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The Chapin School

Private K-12 School

Mailing Address
100 East End Avenue
New York, New York 10028
(212) 570-4951
School Information
"Chapin’s rich educational tradition dates back to 1901, when Maria Bowen Chapin founded the school. Our mission is to prepare a diverse and talented community of scholars to thrive and lead in a global society through a dedication to academic excellence, personal integrity and community responsibility. Our students are artists, athletes, computer programmers, engineers, musicians and physicists, often at the same time" (Source: Chapin has 810 students and a student to faculty ratio of 6 to 1. There are 53 faculty members in the Upper School.
General Information
Chapin has participated in the movement for anti-racism by creating affinity groups for students, including the White Anti-Racist Affinity Group. Chapin has created a Social Justice Fund as part of its DEI initiatives. At this time, no mandatory Critical Race Training is required. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • In a National Association of Independent Schools job listing, the school said that its Director of Equitable Practices candidate must "Partner with the Division Heads, the Director of Academic Program, and faculty to ensure that the school’s curriculum, advising program, and instruction equitably delivers culturally aware and anti-bias content and culturally responsive pedagogy" and "Foster and maintain a robust culture of professional development in the areas of equity, inclusion, and anti-racism by offering and promoting professional development programming both in-house and externally."
  • Chapin has numerous affinity groups, including its White Anti-Racist Affinity Group.
Symbolic Actions
  • Chapin states that, "Inspired by acts of bravery, compassion and service demonstrated by Chapin alumnae and students as well as others across the nation in response to the historic, ongoing Black Lives Matter movement and aligned with our commitment to racial justice and equity, Chapin is taking a measurable stand against systemic racism, bias and discrimination not only within our own walls, but within our broader community as well."
  • Chapin houses an Equity, Inclusion, and Support Committee.
  • Chapin states that it is "committed to diversity in its culture, curriculum, and program."
  • Chapin created a Social Justice Fund because it is "taking a measurable stand against systemic racism, bias, and discrimination not only within our own walls, but within our broader community as well."
  • Chapin has an Equal Justice Initiative.
  • On June 1, 2020, Chapin released a statement responding to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.
  • On August 28, 2020, Chapin released a statement on Facebook stating, "The WNBA, NBA, MLB, MLS, NFL, and NHL remind us of the importance and power of using collective and individual voices to fight racial injustice. Chapin reaffirms its commitment to anti-racism and continues its work across our community with a goal of ensuring that none of us need reminders." This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On June 2, 2020, Chapin released a statement saying, "Chapin was founded in 1901 to educate and nurture young women. We haven’t always been successful in shielding students from pain or in properly addressing it​, and this is particularly true for many of our Black students. Some of our community members are sharing this pain and expressing their anger and disappointment. We want you to know we hear you. We are committed to ​doing better by you. We will be active in healing this pain and addressing issues that continue to cause pain. As a first step in creating change, we invite alumnae to join us for forums, being organized now, where difficult, candid and vital conversations can be had​. This is a priority for Chapin. Please check your email in the coming days for details on joining those spaces." This post was also featured on its Instagram and Twitter accounts.
  • On June 1, 2020, Chapin released a statement on Facebook saying, ""While we stand in this particular moment in time, perhaps feeling especially defenseless, the opportunity for conversation and action awaits. So, too, does the opportunity for us to embrace the ethic of care so as to erase the forces of white supremacy, racism, discrimination and privilege that disguise reality. We are ready to face this challenge." This post was also featured on its Instagram and Twitter accounts.
  • On June 14, 2020, Chapin released a statement on Instagram saying, "Bravely and passionately, our Black students and alums have expressed anguish, frustrations, and hopes based on their experiences at Chapin. I encourage everyone to read the stories posted on @BlackatChapin. Our faculty, administration, and staff have engaged in honest and productive discussions in meetings with students and alums, including Chapin for Change. Our immediate commitments will provide more role models by expanding the diversity of faculty and staff; will enrich the curriculum with greater recognition of Black individuals; and will establish additional programs in diversity and inclusion. We are committed to racial equity and lasting change at Chapin."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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