Chapin School

About Chapin School Our student body is divided amongst middle school and elementary school students; grades fifth through eighth and pre-K through fourth, respectively.
Immersing our students in the arts, sports, STEAM, and more, we make sure your children experience the full spectrum of a private education and sustain the motivation required for them to succeed.
At Chapin School Princeton, students are pushed toward their potential through collaborative learning and diverse extracurricular activities.
By cultivating their curiosity and capturing their attention, we transform our students into high achievers and compassionate citizens.
We invite you to learn more about Chapin School Princeton and what sets us apart from other private schools by scheduling an on-site visit today.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked NJ School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 223 students
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Mar. 10 / rolling

Top Rankings

Chapin School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New Jersey for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
223 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 39%
Students by Grade
Chapin School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
41 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
10 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Mar. 10 / rolling
Admissions Director
Christy Welborne
Admissions Associate
Karen Hepburn


Total Sports Offered
4 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
18 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Amazing Warrior, Chess, Golf, Legos, Little Legos, Mad Science, Mosaics, Natural Explorers, Pillo Polo, Sustainability

Arts and Music Programs:
Boys' Ensemble, Chamber Choir, Chamber Strings, Girls' Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Private lessons, Show Choir, Wind Ensemble

School Notes

  • Chapin School Princeton seeks to instill respect, responsibility, honesty, kindness and perseverance in its students as it fully prepares them, academically and personally, for secondary school.
  • We help students prepare to be successful at the most prestigious secondary schools in the area. Class sizes are small, and opportunities for learning abound in Chapin's technology centers, science labs, library, theater, design lab, and athletic facilities.
  • At Chapin, students are inspired to excel in their studies while becoming good people. Studies are interwoven with character-building concepts. We prepare students to pursue their dreams while making the world a better place.
  • Families, teachers, and students at Chapin form a vibrant and diverse community. Students can take advantage of athletic and service opportunities while their families can enjoy the multitude of school events held throughout the year.
  • The Lower School introduces students in pre-kindergarten to fourth grade to a wide variety of educational subjects and begins to instill a lifetime love of learning. In our elementary school, students start their learning experience in a supportive environment, with hands-on, integrated technology, and parental involvement. By the time they move on to the Upper School, they've received instruction in language, music, art, mathematics, science, and history and have learned to manage academic responsibility with instructor support.
  • The Upper School (Chapin's middle school) helps students in the fifth through eighth grades develop critical thinking and analytical skills. We combine challenging academic work in math, social studies, English, world languages, and science with the emotional support to promote lifelong healthy decision-making. Chapin believes that learning is enhanced by arts, music, and culture. So, students are encouraged to explore their interests in the broad range of co-curricular, character development, art, and technology courses offered at Chapin. Every student in eighth grade at Chapin is also required to take at least one course in service learning.When students graduate from Chapin, they have an academic background and strength of character that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Contact the admissions office to get your student started on the Chapin path today.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
I am a current Chapin Parent with one child who will be entering 7th grade and another child who graduated from Chapin in 2020. This pandemic brought upon so many challenges, which I feel Chapin took head-on. In March of 2020, Chapin made sure all students were prepared for whatever was to come after spring break. The faculty and staff saw that we would be unable to open after the break and gave up their own time off to go into full over-drive to provide sound, quality education in an ever-changing environment. One of the most profound things that occurred during that time, was advisors reached out to me and asked how we, as a family, were doing at that time. Their continued commitment to making sure our students have the skills needed for the world tomorrow continued even after the tapestry of the school changed. One of the biggest projects that upper school has, the Curriculum Fair, was refigured and redesigned to fit the current environment. Students continued the tradition of dressing up as their subjects and displaying a rich breadth of knowledge on the subject at hand. We were able to see all of their hard work in an online presentation on our school-wide system. It was a reminder that not even a pandemic could quell their creative spirit. In terms of community, Chapin did not disappoint. From extracurricular activities such as Show Choir, Quiz Bowl, and Science Olympiad, Chapin gave true meaning to the slogan "the Show Must Go On". Quiz Bowl did outstanding in its position in their competition as well as many students placing in Science Olympiad! Show Choir stole the show with an outdoor performance that reminded us that the future is bright and is right around the corner. The Parents Association hosted multiple online events including one of our most celebrated, Ice Cream Bingo. Families came together digitally to just have fun and of course, try to win the most popular Ice Cream Party for the grade that wins! I feel that Chapin gave our family hope. I was able to send my 6th grader to a physical school safely. I felt lucky and fortunate that my child did get graduation in 2020, even if it was postponed into July. Chapin made things happen in a safe, effective way which I will be forever grateful. I look forward to what`s to come for my child`s 7th-grade year. I feel that if Chapin did such an amazing, safe job during the pandemic, the future is incredibly bright for things to come.
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We have been a Chapin family for eleven years. My older daughter had attended Chapin since pre-k and graduated last year. She was more than ready to take on the challenges of secondary school. Her freshman year was an academic success! Throughout her years at Chapin, she has grown to be an independent, well-rounded individual. She's not afraid to email teachers about assignments, ask questions when she is uncertain about something discussed during class, or voice her opinion about anything. We owe those positive attributes to Chapin.My younger daughter has also attended Chapin since pre-k. She continues to amaze us with how much she's learned in just a short amount of time. We owe that to the excellent Chapin teachers who not only educate their students but also care about their growth and development. My husband and I are excited for my little one to experience all that Chapin offers in the coming years. Chapin is an extraordinary school. The decision to send our children here is one of the best decisions that my husband and I have ever made.
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Chapin School Princeton is truly an amazing place. Children learn how to be terrific students and wonderful,people. They are always challenged, yet always supported and guided through those challenges. A truly special place.
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked NJ School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 223 students
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Mar. 10 / rolling

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The average private school tuition in Princeton, NJ is $25,751 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Princeton, NJ is 55% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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