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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.

Chapin Facts

  • All Chapin students, Kindergarten through Class 12, attend school under one roof, creating a unique sense of continuity and community. The school building, located at 100 East End Avenue, features 56 classrooms, a two-story library with a multimedia room, eight science laboratories, three art studios including a photography darkroom and a ceramics studio, three music studios, a black box theater, two dance studios, two computer laboratories, a design and innovation lab, two cafeterias, three gymnasiums, a fitness center and a training room, a greenhouse and a play roof.
  • Chapin has cultivated a student body and faculty that reflect the diversity of the world in which our students live. Each member of the school community takes an active role in confirming diversity's primary place among Chapin values. Our current enrollment is 825. Students come from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and New Jersey. The student-to-teacher ratio is 6 to 1. Students of color make up 52% of the student body and 20% of our students receive tuition assistance. Click here to view our college entrance record for the past five years.
  • Chapin is a member of Interschool, a non-profit, tax-exempt consortium of eight Manhattan independent schools—Brearley, Browning, Chapin, Collegiate, Dalton, Nightingale-Bamford, Spence and Trinity—known for their high academic standards, outstanding teaching and traditions of quality. The purpose of Interschool is to share the special resources and talents of each of the schools with the other schools in the consortium, thereby supplementing what each school can do on its own. Interschool runs collaborative curricular and extracurricular programs that serve students, teachers, administrators, trustees and parents and link the schools to the great New York City community. The eight Heads of School compose the Board of Directors.

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