Chinquapin Preparatory School

The Chinquapin School was founded to provide a high quality college-preparatory education to able and motivated youth from low-income families in the Greater Houston area.
Through its rigorous curriculum and an emphasis on community service and earning what one receives, Chinquapin hopes to produce responsible, well-educated citizens who will become constructive leaders in the community.
The Chinquapin School is a college preparatory, 5-day co-ed boarding school with a day school component for students from low-income Houston area families.
The school was founded in 1969 by Robert P. Moore, former head of the English Department at St. John's School in Houston, with the help of a $250,000 grant from The Brown Foundation.

Quick Stats (2024)

Top Rankings

Chinquapin Preparatory School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Texas for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 6-12
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
151 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 41%
Students by Grade
Chinquapin Preparatory School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
19 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
19 students
Number of AP Courses
8 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Biology, Calculus AB, English, Environmental Science, Spanish, Statistics
Average SAT score
(Out of 1600)
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
No dress code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition is based on a sliding scale using the TDA eligibility guidelines for free and reduced lunch. Most students pay $35-225/month for 9 months. The highest current tuition is $200/month ($1,800 total). Students may work off tuition on campus, similar to a Work Study program.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Aby Cisneros



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
12 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
community service, debate, guitar, Interact Club, newspaper, performing arts, piano lessons, Student Ambassadors, yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
ceramics, choir

Recreational Athletic Programs:

School Notes

  • Chinquapin Preparatory School provides achallenging,college-preparatoryeducation to able and motivated youth fromlow-incomefamilies in the Greater Houston area. Chinquapin Prep isprivately managed and funded. Parents pay aminimal tuitionthat typically covers only three percent of the annual cost of educating our students. Students are also able to work off tuition through a program similar to work study. 95%of our students matriculate into college. 85%of our students receive college degrees. 100%receive college tuition assistance.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Chinquapin Preparatory School cost?
Chinquapin Preparatory School's tuition is approximately $1,170 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Chinquapin Preparatory School?
The acceptance rate of Chinquapin Preparatory School is 32%, which is lower than the national average of 85%. Chinquapin Preparatory School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Texas with low acceptance rates.
What sports does Chinquapin Preparatory School offer?
Chinquapin Preparatory School offers 9 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field and Volleyball.
What is Chinquapin Preparatory School's ranking?
Chinquapin Preparatory School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Texas for: Least expensive tuition, Lowest average acceptance rates and Highest percentage of students of color.
When is the application deadline for Chinquapin Preparatory School?
The application deadline for Chinquapin Preparatory School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (8 reviews)
Chinquapin was home away from home. I attended from 7th - 12th grade. This school prepared me for life. For college, and for the real world. Fast forward some years, and I now have a Junior attending Chinquapin. He fell in love with the campus, teachers and students. Chinquapin continues being, home away from home.
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Chinquapin has had my back since I can remember starting sixth grade. This school offers two things that can't be bought with money and they are teacher showing their students to love learning and a family away from home. I am thankful for my opportunity to be here and can't wait for the years to come .
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Chinquapin is a great opportunity for any student with a low income family. It truly prepares you for college, but more importantly it instills great values in you that will stay with you forever. It is a true family community and it's only getting better.
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I need an opportunity in this campus I have 3 girls grades 10, 11 and 12 and just moved to Highlands from Deer Park Tx and very interested in attending your school.
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Chinquapin is a wonderful college-preparatory school dedicated to sending students to college. The boarding system for students really teaches students how to interact with others and manage their time wisely.
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Great school that helps you achieve your goals in life. The teachers push you and motivate you so you can graduate and get prepared for college.
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Never have I met so many teachers dedicated to the success of their students or this many kids decated to learning. Chinquapin might seem like an exotic way of learning and teaching because of the rigorous work load but it prepares the students for college. And the students have fun !
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Chinquapin is a great private school that offers the low income students a chance to receive a better education. The schools main focus is education. Chinquapin cares a lot about the students level of grades, and they offer lots of help to everyone. Chinquapin is not only a private school that offers great education, but it also offers students an oppurtunity to show there athletic and creative side. They offer all students an oppurtunity to join sports no matter who they are. Everyone has many oppurtunities to succeed in life. When you come to Chinquapin you receive an oppurtunity like no other.
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The average private school tuition in Harris County, TX is $14,781 for elementary schools and $17,070 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Harris County, TX is 81% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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