What Distinguishes Chapin?

Chapin distinguishes itself by being thoughtful in all that concerns us -- in our curriculum, in our programs and in our traditions. Bravely and Rightly we seek to discover meaning in our past, while building new traditions that will keep the flame of this splendid school shining bright and clear for those who 'may take our places and wear the beloved green.'

Dr. Patricia T. Hayot, Head of School

Why an All-Girls' School?

At a girls’ school, girls are the presidents and vice presidents of student government, they are the entire robotics team and they are the first to have their hands raised to solve a quadratic equation. At Chapin, each athlete, editor-in-chief, performer, poet and peer leader is a girl. Girls have complete access to every aspect of school life. Every day, Chapin girls practice the essential skills that will allow them to thrive and lead in the world beyond their K-12 experience.

  • Girls who attend all-girls’ schools outscore their co-ed counterparts on the SAT by an average of 28 to 43 points
  • Nearly 100% of girls’ school grads go on to college
  • Three times as many alumnae of girls’ schools plan to become engineers
  • Girls’ school students spend more hours a week doing homework, attending study groups, tutoring others, and working with their teachers than co-ed school students.

For more information on girls' schools and their myriad benefits, please visit the National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS) website by clicking here.

Our Program

Chapin’s college-preparatory curriculum focuses on the total development of each student, from her academic progress to her social and emotional health. Through the liberal arts, athletics and clubs, fine and performing arts and enriching social activities, a Chapin education challenges the minds of students while providing the foundation for a lifetime of curiosity, creativity, intellectual achievement and an understanding of the power of empathy and compassion.

Academic Rigor and Intellectual Curiosity

Chapin students develop advanced scholarship habits and intellectual curiosity. They learn to think deeply and flexibly, whether they are researching and writing a term paper or creating a multimedia project. Students become self-directed learners with a strong desire to explore new ideas. They gain the means to investigate any facet of the world they encounter.

Collaborative Teaching & Learning

Chapin's faculty regularly collaborate to design and implement lesson plans and teaching strategies for courses. Through Chapin's cluster system, different faculty members teach the various sections of a single course, and they meet to develop a similar syllabus, discuss successful assignments and propose new approaches. This method results in classroom-tested, innovative teaching, which challenges students to expand their intellects and understand the value of shared ideas.


All students attend classes Under One Roof, creating a warm environment in which friendships flourish across grade levels. Faculty and students develop close relationships both inside and outside the classroom, which helps to form an intellectually vibrant and supportive learning community. In addition, many events and school traditions unite every Chapin student, teacher, parent, administrator and alumna, so that each individual feels part of the Chapin family.

Global Outlook

Beginning in the Lower School, every Chapin student learns to understand other cultures and speak a world language. By the time she graduates, she may have visited another country through a study-abroad program and be fluent in Chinese, French or Spanish. All Chapin students understand that they live in an internationally connected world and embrace the opportunity to be thoughtful and responsible global citizens.

Tradition & Innovation

Chapin students draw strength from the School's significant history while preparing themselves for the future. Every Chapin girl participates in school traditions — such as News, a weekly communal gathering started by the school's founder, Maria Bowen Chapin — while exploring new ideas in the classroom, using advanced technology and participating in innovative programs such as the virtual science fair.