OUR MISSION The Chapin School is dedicated to empowering a diverse, ambitious and resolute community of young women to thrive and lead in their world. Guided by our motto, Fortiter et Recte, Chapin considers bravery, compassion, service and respect for self and others to be fundamental values. We believe that equity, inclusion and collaboration are critical to personal growth. By advancing and deepening each student’s agency, confidence and resilience within an affirming and joyful learning environment, Chapin strives to ensure that each student is emboldened to pursue distinction as a leader and contributing citizen.
MIDDLE SCHOOL Chapin students are valued, loved, and appreciated for their diverse backgrounds, talents, and interests. The Middle School faculty strives to engage students in their learning, challenging them while nurturing the joy and curiosity that they naturally bring to our classrooms daily. As they develop the ability to think critically, they are simultaneously learning the skills and acquiring the tools to communicate clearly and effectively. Without realizing it, they are part of the teaching and learning process, asking the essential questions, researching the answers through reading, investigations, problems and projects, and able to assess their learning and growth. When they leave Middle School, at the end of Class 7, our students understand what it means to be a self-directed learner, they have a foundation of knowledge and skills upon which to build, and most importantly, they are eager to continue on their learning journey.
In MIDDLE SCHOOL HUMANITIES, students focus on what kind of life is worth wanting. They do so by analyzing the stories and histories of our world, striving to understand the past that has given birth to the present and using that understanding to make choices for a better future. They investigate issues of identity and perspective, of cultures and community, seeking to locate themselves in the dazzling tapestry of humanity. In Class 7, students explore the humanities in separate English and history classes as they give specialized attention to the higher-level demands of the disciplines. Though divided into two distinct subjects, the unified nature of humanities pervades their experiences, as teachers coordinate themes and skills.
CLASS 7 HISTORY focuses on the United States, from an exploration of the diversity of indigenous peoples to the complex story of the nation’s beginning, including the paradoxical founding of our country, one that brought the admirable ideals of liberty and democracy and, at the same time, was built on native lands and through the exploitation of enslaved labor. Each year, students dive deeply into the Constitution and the workings of federal, state, and local governments; trace the impact of race, class, and gender injustice; and engage in an interdisciplinary arts, literature, and history research unit focused on a moment of cultural and political significance such as the Harlem Renaissance. Non-fiction reading and writing skills are developed throughout the course, and students are encouraged to engage in civil discourse and action as they become more informed, engaged citizens.
Chapin’s next Class 7 History Teacher and Advisor will be
A historian who prioritizes context, critical thinking, and the skills of historical inquiry who
Regards the study of history as the opportunity to ask questions about the past and to better understand the forces that have shaped the present
Teaches students how to investigate historical questions through approaches such as sourcing, contextualizing, corroborating, and close reading
Deepens in students the skills to evaluate sources from a variety of perspectives on historical issues
Develops students’ abilities to make historical claims backed by documentary evidence
Centers the development of reading and writing skills so that students build their capacity to express understanding of complex ideas
Possesses the capacity to teach about the histories and cultures of a wide variety of communities, including those whose stories have been marginalized
Embraces the responsibility to develop an educated, informed, engaged citizenry
A student-centered educator who values each student’s voice, experience, and history who
Understands and appreciates the Middle School learner within the context of pre-adolescent development
Demonstrates effective pedagogy, particularly in response to the needs of students with a variety of backgrounds, learning needs, and interests
Believes that in order for young people to thrive, they must see in the curriculum both themselves and others
Seeks continually to develop a wide variety of assessment tools and approaches that are age appropriate and focused on fostering a growth mindset
An educator who actively cultivates a classroom and community of belonging who
Develops, alongside students, a safe and productive learning environment, building trust with students through clear guidelines and expectations
Understands and celebrates diversity in the deepest and broadest sense, working equitably with all learners and exhibiting cultural competency to support students of different backgrounds
Cultivates an inclusive classroom that promotes diverse points of view and constructive dialogue
A joyful partner to students, their parents, and colleagues in teaching and learning who
Employs research-based strategies to reach all students through differentiated approaches, mindful of students’ receptive and expressive learning preferences
Provides ongoing, authentic feedback to students and their families
Develops, collaboratively, interdisciplinary units of study that allow students to draw meaningful connections across subjects
Simultaneously challenges and supports students, fostering joy, intellectual curiosity, and love of learning
Brings energy, positivity, flexibility, and creativity to school each day
Candidates should submit a current résumé, a cover letter, and a philosophy of education by May 7.
About The Chapin School
The Chapin School is dedicated to empowering a diverse, ambitious and resolute community of young women to thrive and lead in their world. Guided by our motto, Fortiter et Recte, Chapin considers bravery, compassion, service and respect for self and others to be fundamental values. We believe that equity, inclusion and collaboration are critical to personal growth. By advancing and deepening each student’s agency, confidence and resilience within an affirming and joyful learning environment, Chapin strives to ensure that each student is emboldened to pursue distinction as a leader and contributing citizen.
The Chapin School, founded in 1901, is an independent, all-girls day school in New York City currently serving 802 students K–12.
Chapin’s signature Focus Forward strategic plan, which guided our work for more than a decade, intensified Chapin’s historic commitment to offering the most challenging academic curriculum while also teaching the social, emotional and other skills that will set the stage for its students’ success in this century. Chapin’s institutional priorities continue to be imbued with the spirit of Focus Forward. We have fine-tuned our... articulation of the School’s purpose as we approach the third decade of the 21st century. A forward-focused learning community whose symbol is a wheel will never cease to strive toward achieving its vision of cultivating in girls the skills and attributes that will allow them to be brave for themselves and for others.
UNDER ONE ROOF
Chapin’s single building provides a unified learning environment under one roof for all students, the 128 faculty members who teach them and the 85 staff members who support all other aspects of school life. An ambitious construction project to be completed in 2020 will feature an entire floor dedicated to the arts and a gymnasium with suspended running track—all with spectacular views of our urban location. The Hayot Center for Innovation, to open in 2020, will provide our entire learning community the opportunity to extend our commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry-based investigations and explorations, deepening students’ interests through experimentation, invention and the development of out-of-the-box solutions to complex issues.
Our vibrant, inspiring and welcoming new spaces will further our commitment to a forward- focused learning environment that enables all students to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century to the best of their abilities. With these exciting new spaces as a canvas, we renew our pledge to develop curriculum and pedagogy that reflect current research and best practices, always placing each student at the center of her own learning.