who we are

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 joy.

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 scholars 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.


Suzanne Fogarty
Head of School

Discover What Distinguishes Chapin



The Chapin School is dedicated to empowering a diverse, ambitious and resolute community of young women to thrive and lead in their world.

Guided by our motto, Fortiter et Recte, Chapin considers bravery, compassion, service and respect for self and others to be fundamental values. We believe that equity, inclusion and collaboration are critical to personal growth. By advancing and deepening each student’s agency, confidence and resilience within an affirming and joyful learning environment, Chapin strives to ensure that each student is emboldened to pursue distinction as a leader and contributing citizen.


Ever since Maria Bowen Chapin founded The Chapin School in 1901, her commitment to academic excellence and high moral values have been the cornerstones of the School's philosophy. Miss Chapin cited the following characteristics as a standard of excellence for a school: "Profound recognition of the dignity of sound scholarship, respect for all those values and traditions of the past which have contributed to that which is best in the present, and courage to attempt the untrodden ways of any height which may give a wider vision of the future-to-be-desired." Her vision for the education of young women has remained our guide as our curriculum and traditions have evolved.


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