School Details

Chapin School

4101 Princeton Pike, Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 924-2449

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 308 students 7 students/teacher (NJ avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

Chapin School is a private middle school. The principal of Chapin School is Richard D. Johnson. 308 children attend Chapin School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. The student to teacher ratio at Chapin School is 7:1. French American School of Princeton is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% %
Asian 8% %
White, non-Hispanic 79% %
Hispanic 2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 10% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    Our three daughters have been at Chapin since Kindergarten and it has simply been wonderful. Our two oldest children are now at Lawrenceville and what they learned at Chapin has prepared them to excel at high school. It is a school that stresses character with a focus on the five virtues of respect responsibility kindness perseverance and honesty. My husband and I credit Chapin with helping our children love school and learning.

  • (1 year ago)

    The Chapin School Princeton NJ Our children have moved through the Chapin School during the course of their elementary years. My last child will graduate in 2015. Chapin is exemplary in it's consistent consideration of what a child needs to be a strong well rounded academic student. They graduate with the ability to manage their courses and are prepared to move into any academic arena. Chapin goes beyond the academic value placed on independent schools and seeks to teach the children the value of virtues. There are five key components to Chapin's value system. They are quietly woven throughout the process through books experiences projects and most importantly teacher support. I have summed up Chapin in the past when asked as "an entrepreneurial school with a traditional heart". Constantly improving and learning to educate all the while being mindful of the importance of keeping the soul of character in tact. There are so many unseen elements which work together to create a learning environment which addresses the child as a whole. As a parent who looks to the school as an extension of family I watch my children's progress and know I will long for their days at Chapin. )

  • (1 year ago)

    I have spent almost two decades now teaching in Chapin. The caliber of students has been outstanding. I feel so lucky to have taught all of them and stay connected with them after they graduate in 8th grade. The friendships built here last forever I must say. I always see it as a gift to have good students and dedicated faculty and I'm proud to be part of this community.

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school with caring faculty who work very hard to meet their students needs. Good communication between school and home.

  • (1 year ago)

    After attending the Chapin School for four years it is apparent to me that my parents made the right decision in choosing my middle school education. Chapin prepared me to succeed in high school by fostering a balance of academics athletics and arts. I have many fond memories of the faculty and remain in contact with them as well as my peers. The typical small class is the perfect learning enviornment and intellectual curiosity is abundant spawning thoughtful discussions and meaningful relationships. Chapin School is an excellent school which provides an incredible education and limitless memories.

  • (1 year ago)

    Chapin was without a doubt one of the biggest influences in my life. The teachers want to teach and the students want to learn. They offer a well rounded and balanced curriculum. The greatest thing Chapin gave me however was high school preparation. While other students at my high school struggled to adjust to the increased workload and responsibilities I had no trouble managing my work and responsiblities with everything else. If you have an opportunity to attend Chapin take it. It will be one of the best decisions you make.

  • (1 year ago)

    Chapin was an incredible experience for my four children and our entire family! They only spent one year at Chapin because of a job change but the impact the teachers had on my children is immeasurable. They cared for our kids in a way that is hard to describe. The heart of a school is found in it's people and Chapin has the BEST! They educate at the highest level and know kids like few other places do. I cannot recommend this community more highly.

  • (1 year ago)

    I started my first year at Chapin 17 years ago. I did not know what to expect but what I found was a school that provided enough support to make me stronger at the same time enough space to be creative in school. The teachers were the best! They saw certain characteristics in students and gave them the opportunity to shine.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a former faculty member I can attest to the excellent learning community that is Chapin. Not only do the students receive an educational experience that strives to challenge each student in a personalized way but the school also encourages the faculty members to further their own professional growth modeling the very life-long learning that they work so hard to instill in their students. Although I never attended Chapin as a student I too attribute much of my subsequent success to being a part of that unique learning community. In fact I feel so strongly about my experience there that I literally "put my money where my mouth is". Although Chapin no longer employs me I make sure to support the school through a donation to their annual fund every year. There are many schools that focus on early childhood education but there are few that are able to do so much for their constituents as Chapin.

  • (1 year ago)

    I attended Chapin for middle school and I have to say that it undoubtedly equipped me with the necessary knowledge and experience for my high school years and beyond. Academically Chapin effectively prepared me for a rigorous high school curriculum. The character of the individual faculty members at Chapin is apparent when you first step onto the school grounds. Chapin has certainly had a profound impact on me and I would encourage anyone who has the opportunity to attend to take advantage of it.

  • (1 year ago)

    Chapin prepared me for high school so well that Freshman year felt like a breeze because I was so used to the rigor. Teachers there mentored me and will forever have an impact on me. I met some of my best friends there that I still hold friendships with today. As I approach the last 2 years of high school Chapin's role in my life has become more apparent and will certainly show itself through the college process. Chapin will always have a place in my life and I hope so for many others.

  • (1 year ago)

    Entering the school as a new family with children in both the lower and upper schools we were and continue to be amazed by the "culture of kindness" that prevails at Chapin. From the youngest to the oldest child and throughout the staff there is a consistent belief in the worth of every individual. In keeping with that theme our children with diverse academic talents and challenges have been met where they are and challenged to meet high expectations. Best of all our children LOVE their school!

  • (1 year ago)

    Chapin is a warm and nurturing place that also prepares students for a rigorous high school experience. It is a small school that many may not know about but it is one of Princeton's best!

  • (1 year ago)

    Chapin is a very special place filled with nurturing teachers that go the extra mile to create lesson plans that are engaging and interesting to the students. We had a tremendous experience there for all four of our children and were very sad to leave- a move out of state was the reason for our departure and we still miss it four years later!

  • (1 year ago)

    I attended Chapin for middle school many years ago now but I have remained connected to the community. Chapin is an amazing school filled with the best people.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is mediocre at best a high priced option to many other great public schools in the area. Teachers have inconsistent experience. You may get one teacher with an advanced degree and 15 years experience or a teacher right out of college with no advanced degree not something I want to chance at private school prices!

  • (1 year ago)

    As a Chapin Alumni I can speak to how much Chapin has changed my life. I'm not sure where I would have been without the kind caring faculty and the great academic preparation. Thanks Chapin!

  • (1 year ago)

    We've had two children go through Chapin and when I look at the classmates in their high school and college I realize how amazingly well prepared they were socially and academically. Not only are they ready for the challenges of high school and college classes but they are prepared for all the social land mines that develop. A Chapin graduate is ready to handle the ups and downs of life!

  • (1 year ago)

    We have been incredibly happy with our choice of enrolling our child in Chapin. From the headmaster's morning handshakes his goal of knowing every child's name within the first few weeks of school to the the parents' association and the genuine warmth from the community we are grateful to have found our way to the school. We see that our child has become a fluent reader with great word attack skills--something that she was having difficulty with when she entered. In the beginning I questioned to myself why she wasn't being pushed ahead but now I see that she needed to move back in concepts in order to move forward with the word attack skills and fluency. Homework was introduced at a wonderful pace in January and there isn't an overwhelming amount. The character development program has been a wonderful addition to our child's education as well as the community service aspect of the school. This is a wonderful option if you wish an enriching warm community centered school for your child and family.

  • (2 years ago)

    Not impressed with the culture of the school. They don't practice what they preach and communication between parents and teachers is very poor. Teachers put students down yell and homework load is too heavy! There's plenty of better choices out there!

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