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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Texas Association of Accredited Private Schools (TAAPS)
Texas Private School Accreditation Commission
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
Year Founded1969

Student Body

Total Students164 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 38%
Students by Grade Chinquapin Preparatory School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers23 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size19 students
Number of AP Courses8 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesBiology, Calculus AB, English, Environmental Science, Spanish, Statistics
Average SAT score1180
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(No dress code)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$1,170
Tuition NotesTuition 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$13,700
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorAby Cisneros


Total Sports Offered9 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFlag Football,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.12 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.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 a challenging, college-preparatory education to able and motivated youth from low-income families in the Greater Houston area. Chinquapin Prep is privately managed and funded. Parents pay a minimal tuition that 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.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (7 reviews)
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 Texas is $8,097 for elementary schools and $11,389 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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