About Chapin

Welcome from the Head of School

Welcome to Chapin's website! I encourage you to explore its many pages to learn more about a Chapin education, and how our students discover within themselves the power to lead lives of curiosity, empathy and happiness.

Chapin’s rich educational tradition dates back to 1901, when Maria Bowen Chapin founded the school. Our mission is to prepare a diverse and talented community of young women to thrive and lead in a global society through a dedication to academic excellence, personal integrity and community responsibility. Our students are artists, athletes, computer programmers, engineers, musicians and physicists, often at the same time. From Kindergarten to Class 12, they all share a home at 100 East End Avenue, which encourages collaboration and life-long friendships and vibrates with their warmth and energy.

As you explore our website's pages, you will find that Chapin is a school where young women blossom, and to which they often return.

Thank you for your interest in Chapin, and I hope to see you here soon.


Patricia T. Hayot, PhD
Head of School

Celebrating Chapin: A Video

Dr. Hayot's Bookshelf

Here is a selection of what our Head of School is reading. Click each title to read more.

Mrs. Osmond (John Banville)

By Man Booker Prize winning author John Banville, this book picks up where Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady left off, from the moment she arrives back in Italy. I recommend re-reading The Portrait before reading Mrs. Osmond for maximum effect.

Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York (Roz Chast)

This is a great gift for someone just arriving to New York, as well as a long-time resident looking for a fun read. New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast is brilliant! The illustrations are magnificent and the content is laugh-out-loud funny and relatable.

Women & Power (Mary Beard)

The Chapin Alumnae Association gave this book to each graduating senior in June 2018. It is powerfully relevant today: Beard traces the origins of misogyny to ancient times (Our Chapin students have been debating for years in English class whether Odysseus was hero or anti-hero!).

Go, Went, Gone (Jenny Erpenbeck)

Erpenbeck is an acclaimed German-language novelist. While a powerful work of fiction, this book is an indictment of Western policies as they relate to the European refugee crisis. A tender story runs alongside this theme.

If Beale Street Could Talk (James Baldwin)

Baldwin's work is as relevant today as it has ever been. This novel tells a powerful story of love and injustice, and is soon to be a major motion picture.

Pachinko (Min Jin Lee)

I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction novel about a young Korean woman who immigrates to Japan. It was a National Book Award Finalist, and has been noted as the first English language novel written about Japanese-Korean culture.

Last Days of Night (Graham Moore)

I am currently reading this New York Times Bestseller. Erik Larson says this about the book; "In The Last Days of Night, Moore takes us back to the dawn of light---electric light--into a world of invention and skulduggery populated by the likes of Edison, Westinghouse, and Tesla."