About Us

Beyond Education
& Expectation



Chinquapin Preparatory School is a private college-preparatory school for 6th-12th grade students located 25 miles east of downtown Houston. Since 1969, Chinquapin has prepared motivated students from Houston’s under-resourced communities and schools for college. Our endowment has grown to roughly $10 million through decades of generous donations from supporters. The school funds well over 90% of its school expenses, facilities, transportation, and programs with private donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations. Our school’s unique mission provides students with seven years of high-quality education through small class sizes and intense preparation. College acceptance is a graduation requirement, and our alumni have a remarkable record of college completion.


While we think that the best way to fully appreciate Chinquapin is to visit our campus and talk to our students and faculty, we know that isn’t always possible. Click on the video below for an overview of what we are all about.

Our Mission

To provide a high-quality college-preparatory education to Houston’s most able and motivated students from historically excluded communities and schools across the city.

Through a 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 academically motivated students in 6th-12th grades who benefit from up to 97% tuition scholarships the opportunity for a better future through education.

Our Story

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 is a non-profit college-preparatory school for grades six through twelve, primarily serving highly-motivated youth from Houston’s under resourced communities and schools by providing a better future through education. High school students live on campus Monday through Friday, while most sixth, seventh, and eighth graders are transported daily.

Quid Pro Quo is Chinquapin Prep’s motto. It is lived daily as students give time and effort to the school for the opportunity to receive a quality education in a caring, family-oriented environment. The school aims to produce responsible, educated citizens and leaders who can become positive role models in their community.

More than 20 full-time teachers live on campus to educate a student body of around 125. Bob and Maxine Moore’s original vision is carried forth under the guidance of the Board of Trustees and the school’s Leadership Team.


Chinquapin Prep is accredited by TAAPS

Contact Info

2615 E. Wallisville Rd.
Highlands, TX 77562

(281) 426-5551

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Chinquapin Preparatory School does not discriminate in admissions, hiring or firing of faculty/staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services against any individual on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity (gender expression), marital status, age, disability, race, color, national or ethnic origin (ancestry), military status, or religion (creed) in any of its activities or operations in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Chinquapin is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our Board, faculty/staff, students/families, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and donors. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. Chinquapin Preparatory School does not discriminate on the basis of sex in education programs and/or activities, admissions, or employment. Any member of the Chinquapin community should promptly report any instances of discrimination, harassment, or violence.