Our mission is to provide a high-quality college-preparatory education to able and motivated youth from low-income families in the greater Houston area. Through rigorous curriculum and an emphasis on community service and earning what one receives, we aim to produce responsible, well-educated citizens who will become constructive leaders in their communities.
For 50 years
Chinquapin Prep has provided economically and academically disadvantaged youth from the Houston area with the opportunity for a better future through education.
The Chinquapin School was founded in 1969 by Robert Moore, a former head of the English Department at St. John’s School, and his wife Maxine, with the help of a grant from The Brown Foundation, Inc. The Moores saw the need to provide incentive for students who have high potential, but limited opportunities.
In 2010, our organization officially changed its name to Chinquapin Preparatory School, to better reflect its mission. Chinquapin Prep is a non-profit college-preparatory school for grades six through twelve, primarily serving economically disadvantaged youth from the Houston area. High school students live on campus Monday through Friday, while most sixth, seventh, and eighth graders are transported daily.
Today, more than 20 full-time teachers live on-campus to educate a student body of around 160. Bob and Maxine Moore’s original vision is carried forth under the guidance of the Board of Trustees and the school’s director, Dr. Laura Henry.