Frequently Asked Questions

How many students attend Chapin?

Our enrollment was 798 for the 2018-2019 school year.

What is the student/faculty ratio at Chapin?

Chapin's student/faculty ratio is 7 to 1.

How diverse is the student population at Chapin?

Chapin is committed to diversity in its culture and its programs. An equitable, inclusive community provides the best environment for learning. Currently, 48% of our student body is of color.

Do students come to Chapin from a small number of schools?

No. We enroll students each year from a wide variety of nursery schools and other secondary schools. Applicants to Kindergarten come from about 149 different nursery schools. In the 2018-2019 application year, Middle and Upper School applicants came from more than 45 public schools in New York City, 80 non-public schools and 15 schools in other states and countries.

Is Chapin only for students in the neighborhood?

No. While many of the girls who attend Chapin live in the neighborhood, students come from all parts of Manhattan, as well as the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester County, Long Island and New Jersey.

How do I get to Chapin?

The school is located at 100 East End Avenue, between 84th and 85th Streets.

By subway:

Take the Q train to 86th Street and Second Avenue or take the 4, 5 or 6 train to 86th and Lexington Avenue. Then take the M-86 bus from the 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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How do Chapin students get to school?

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 SNT Bus NW, Inc., Atlantic Express Bus, Mario's Transportation, Inc., and Friendly Bus.

What is Chapin's curriculum like from K-12?

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.

Is there an after-school program?

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.

What percentage of the student body receives financial aid?

Chapin is committed to a financial aid program that provided 6 million dollars in tuition aid for 20% of the student body in 2018-2019.

What colleges do Chapin students go on to attend?

The colleges and universities most often selected by Chapin students include Brown, University of Chicago, Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, New York University, University of Pennsylvania and Princeton. Click here to view the 2014-2018 Chapin college matriculation list.

What is your application deadline?

The application deadline for all grades is December 1st.

Is there a birthday cut-off for Kindergarten applicants?

Yes. Kindergarten applicants must be five years old by September 1 of the year they would enroll.

Do you offer an open house?

Yes. In December, an open house is held for parents of children applying to Kindergarten. This evening event provides parents with the opportunity to learn more about our program and to meet members of the Chapin community, including students, faculty, administrators and current parents.

Does Chapin maintain a waiting list?

Yes. When the application process is over, some students will be placed on a waiting list. These applicants may be accepted if additional openings become available.

Do you require personal letters of recommendation?

No. We do not require personal letters of recommendation or first choice letters.

Are any applicants given special consideration?

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.

What is the best way to contact the admissions office?

If you have any questions about Chapin that were not covered on this page, you can email us at or or call Deborah Carroll at 212.570.4924 for Class K-3 questions or Kate Knight at 212.570.4951 for Class 4-12 questions.