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

Our Head of School and faculty enjoyed the following summer reading selections. Click each title to read more.

Change by Design (Tim Brown)

This book introduces the idea of design thinking, the collaborative process by which a designer's sensibilities and methods are employed to match peoples' needs. Design thinking is a human centered approach to problem solving that helps people and organizations become more innovative and creative. This is a book for creative leaders seeking to infuse design thinking into every level of an organization, product, or service, to drive new alternatives for business and society.

Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education (Sir Ken Robinson & Lou Aronica)

Ken Robinson is one of the world’s most influential voices in education, and his 2006 TED Talk on the subject is the most viewed in the organization’s history. Now, the internationally recognized leader on creativity and human potential focuses on one of the most critical issues of our time: how to transform the nation’s troubled educational system.

At a time when standardized testing businesses are raking in huge profits, when many schools are struggling, and students and educators everywhere are suffering under the strain, Robinson points the way forward. He argues for an end to our outmoded industrial educational system and proposes a highly personalized, organic approach that draws on today’s unprecedented technological and professional resources to engage all students, develop their love of learning, and enable them to face the real challenges of the twenty-first century.

Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student (John Spencer & A.J. Juliani)

Educators John Spencer and A.J. Juliani know firsthand the challenges teachers face every day. School can be busy. The creative process can seem confusing. Curriculum requirements can feel limiting. Those challenges too often bully creativity, pushing it to the side as an "enrichment activity" that gets put off or squeezed into the tiniest time block. We can do better. We must do better if we're going to prepare students for their future.

This book presents practical strategies for using design thinking in the classroom to engage, inspire, and empower students in every class at every grade level.

The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age (Catherine Steiner-Adair & Teresa H. Barker)

As the focus of the family has turned to the glow of the screen—children constantly texting their friends or going online to do homework; parents working online around the clock—everyday life is undergoing a massive transformation. Parents often feel they are losing a meaningful connection with their children. Children are feeling lonely and alienated. The digital world is here to stay, but what are families losing with technology's gain?

This book offers insights and advice that can help parents achieve greater understanding, authority, and confidence as they engage with the tech revolution unfolding in their living rooms.