Lower School Process (K - Class 3)


Kindergarten Process

To apply for entrance into Kindergarten at Chapin, you will need to begin the admissions process in the fall prior to the desired year of enrollment. After receiving your online application form and fee, the admissions office will contact you to schedule appointments for you and your daughter. All Kindergarten applicants must be five years old by September 1, 2018.

  1. Complete the online application form with fee by December 1, 2017.
  2. Wait for a scheduling call from the admissions office. Parents of applicants will be asked to schedule a parent-only tour and interview, and girls will be asked to attend a visit at Chapin.
  3. Download a release of records form and submit to the staff at your daughter’s school so that the school will send us her report.

Kindergarten Parent Visit

During a visit, prospective Kindergarten parents will tour the school with a parent guide. There are two families per tour. Parents meet individually with a member of the admissions staff, either before or after the tour, for about 30 minutes. In addition, families have a chance to hear from Thérèse Cruite, Head of the Lower School. Visits are conducted from Monday through Friday in the morning. Please allow about two hours for your tour and interview.

Kindergarten Applicant Visit

    As part of the admissions process, your daughter will be invited to participate in a playgroup at Chapin. It is helpful for both parents and children to know what to expect at this visit, and you may want to share this information with your child. We encourage you to dress your daughter comfortably for play. Playgroups are held for one hour in the afternoon during the week and usually include 8 to 10 girls. The group gathers in our reception room and is then taken to a Lower School classroom for the session. During this time, parents will have the opportunity to engage with a member of the school's leadership team and hear from an Upper School student panel. The students will lead a discussion about their Chapin experience and answer any questions from the group.


    Class 1 through Class 3 Process

    To apply for entrance into Classes 1 through 3, you will also need to begin the process in the fall prior to the desired year of enrollment. Admission to these classes is dependent upon available space. Please contact the admissions office to inquire about openings.

    1. Complete the online application form with fee by December 1, 2017.
    2. Wait for a scheduling call from the admissions office. Parents of applicants will be asked to schedule a parent-only tour and interview, and girls will be asked to attend a visit at Chapin.
    3. Download a release of records form and submit to the staff at your daughter’s school so that the school will send us her report.
    4. For applicants to Classes 2 and 3, your child will need to take the ECAA test through the Educational Resources Bureau. Please contact our office before you schedule this test so we can best advise you on the timing of the testing appointment.

    PLEASE NOTE that we no longer require applicants to Kindergarten and Class 1 to take the Early Childhood Admissions Assessment (ECAA) through the ERB. If your daughter takes the ECAA, please do not have the results released to us. We will not consider or accept them as part of her application for admission.

    Key Lower School admission dates

    • September 28, 2017: LGBTQ Single Sex School Fair from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Allen-Stevenson School.
    • October 23, 2017 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Kindergarten applicant event, "Conversations About Community Life & Diversity." Kindergarten applicant families only. Registration is now closed. Please click HERE to add your family to our wait list.
    • December 1, 2017: Kindergarten application submission deadline
    • December 6, 2017: Open house for parents of girls applying to Kindergarten, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. No RSVP required.
    • January 10, 2018: Financial aid application deadline
    • January 10, 2018 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Kindergarten applicant event, "Conversations About Community Life & Diversity." Kindergarten applicant families only. Please click HERE to register.
    • February 6, 2018: Classes 1, 2 and 3 admissions decisions notification
    • February 9, 2018: Kindergarten admissions decisions notification
    • February 17, 2018 : Parents' reply date for Kindergarten (by noon)
    • February 27, 2018: Parents' reply date for Classes 1, 2 and 3 (by noon)

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