Frequently Asked Questions
- How many students attend Chapin?
- What is the student/faculty ration at Chapin?
- How diverse is the student population at Chapin?
- Do students come to Chapin from a small number of schools?
- Is Chapin only for students in the neighborhood?
- How do I get to Chapin?
- How do Chapin students get to school?
- What is Chapin's curriculum like from K-12?
- Is there an after-school program?
- What percentage of the student body receives financial aid?
- What colleges do Chapin students go on to attend?
- How many AP courses are offered at Chapin?
- Do you offer spring tours?
- What is your application deadline?
- Is there a birthday cut-off for Kindergarten applicants?
- Do you offer an open house?
- Does Chapin maintain a waiting list?
- Do you require personal letters of recommendation?
- Are any applicants given special consideration?
- What is the best way to contact the admissions office?
No. We enroll students each year from a wide variety of nursery schools and other secondary schools. Applicants to Kindergarten come from about 130 different nursery schools. In the 2015-2016 application year, Middle and Upper School applicants came from more than 60 public schools in New York City, 75 non-public schools and 35 schools in other states and countries.
The school is located at 100 East End Avenue, between 84th and 85th Streets.
By subway: Take the 4, 5 or 6 train to 86th and Lexington Avenue. Take the M-86 bus from this corner, going east on 86th Street, and exit at York Avenue. Walk one block east to East End Avenue and two blocks south to 84th Street.By car: Take the FDR Drive and exit at 96th Street. Stay on the service road, which will become York Avenue. Turn right onto East End Avenue and continue to 84th Street. Parking garages are located on 85th Street and on 83rd Street.
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A number of options, including public and private transportation, are available to younger girls who live in the neighborhood and for girls who live farther from the school. Parents may choose the form of transportation that suits their family best. Chapin families currently use Atlantic Express Bus, Cupie Bus Service, Mario's Transportation, Inc. and Friendly Bus.
Chapin's rigorous liberal arts program prepares students for further academic study and encourages the development of curiosity, creativity and integrity. To see a curriculum chart for K-12, please click here. To read more about the curriculum in each division, please follow the links below.
- Lower School
- Middle School
- Upper School
Yes. Clubhouse is an after-school enrichment program for girls from both Chapin and Brearley in Kindergarten through Class 5. There is also an extended day program from the end of Clubhouse until 5:45pm.
Students in the Middle and Upper Schools participate in clubs and athletic teams that meet after school. Learn about Middle School extracurricular activities here and about Upper School extracurricular activities here. To learn more about Upper School athletics, click here.
The colleges and universities most often selected by Chapin students include Brown, Bowdoin, Cornell, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania and Yale. Click here to view the 2013-2017 Chapin college matriculation list.
We currently offer 17 AP courses at Chapin: English Literature and Composition, French Language and Culture, Spanish Language and Culture, Spanish Literature and Culture, Chinese Language and Culture, United States History, Art History, Studio Art, Calculus (level AB), Calculus (level BC), Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics C: Mechanics, and Computer Science A. We also offer AP Macroeconomics through our partnership with the Online School for Girls (OSG).
Chapin offers an early notification option to the siblings of currently enrolled students, as well as daughters of alumnae who attended Chapin for at least three years or who graduated from the school. We adhere to the early notification dates mandated by the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY). Families who are eligible for and interested in early notification should contact the admissions office in the spring or early in September of the application year and must have their file, including financial aid, if applicable, completed by December 1st.
As a community-minded school, we appreciate the allegiance and commitment that sibling and alumnae families have to deepening their ties to Chapin. Regardless of whether or not an applicant is eligible for early notification, each girl is evaluated with equal consideration by the admissions committee.