Admissions FAQ

Where is Chinquapin Located?

We are located off exit 789 on 10 East, near Baytown. We run bus routes throughout the greater Houston area and over 90% of our student body is from Houston. We also have students from Seabrook, Pasadena, Baytown, Spring, and other outlying cities.

How much does it cost?

Every student who is accepted to Chinquapin receives at least an $11,000 scholarship. This year families pay between $35-$250 a month, depending on income. If families qualify for additional financial aid, the student has the opportunity to work off tuition on campus much like a work-study program at college. This helps to instill a deeper sense of pride and respect for the education they receive at Chinquapin.

How do I apply?

The first step is to educate yourself and the prospective student about Chinquapin. You may call the office at (281) 426-5551 to request materials, schedule a tour, or register for an upcoming test. We also offer presentations at schools. In order to schedule a presentation, please call our office or speak to your principal.

Do I have to register for the entrance exam?

Yes, if you wish to go through the admissions process, you must call the office at (281) 426-5551 to reserve a spot for testing. We recommend you do this well in advance of the testing date, as our spots do fill up several weeks before the exam.

What is on the exam?

The entrance exam is a basic test to determine if the prospective student is at or near grade level. The test has five sections which cover basic subject matter such as math, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing.

Should I study for the exam?

This test is geared to determine the grade level of the prospective student. Those who take the exam are not expected to know all of the material.

When will I know if I have been accepted?

Once a student’s file is complete, qualified students will be invited either to shadow one of our students for a day at Chinquapin or to interview. Once a student has completed the admissions process, they will hear back in generally 2-3 weeks with a decision. Qualified students will either be offered early admission or invited to Summer Session in June. Students who attend Summer Session will receive a decision within a week.

What If I don’t file taxes?

We can also accept a signed statement of income or a copy of the food stamp letter.

Which factors set Chinquapin apart from other prep schools nationally and from local charter schools?

  • Each accepted student is offered a scholarship to help cover tuition, transportation and meals.
  • Chinquapin Prep offers a full college preparatory program in grades 6-12 with a full boarding program for boys and girls in grades 7-12. Students are not charged for boarding.
  • Chinquapin is among the few college preparatory schools that requires acceptance to a four-year college or university in order to graduate.
  • The admission process is not a lottery system. Students are carefully selected by our admission team based on grades, test scores, recommendations, and an interview.
  • Chinquapin Prep is small, with 150 students, and has very small class sizes with an 8 to 1 student-teacher ratio. This allows Chinquapin teachers and students to form very special, close relationships, which build our very special sense of community. Chinquapin students often refer to the school as “family.”
  • 85% of our graduates complete a college education. In contrast, approximately 1 in 10 students in Houston Independent School District —where many of our students come from—graduate from college. The graduation rate for low-income students in cities is not known, but is estimated to be much lower than 10%.
  • Chinquapin has full interscholastic programs for middle school and high school in soccer, cross country, volleyball, basketball, tennis, and track.
  • Chinquapin is a private, non-profit college prep school that does not participate in NCLB testing or other federally required educational mandates. We believe that highly qualified and talented faculty members are fully capable of providing excellent curriculum and instruction that ensures success after high school and especially in college.
  • The school supports well over 90% of its school expenses, facilities, transportation, and programs with private donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Because over 80% of our student body is designated as below federal poverty levels, we receive funding each year for our food program.
  • Chinquapin’s 55-acre campus and 24 buildings include a 13,000-volume library, two dormitories, a full kitchen, a gym with locker rooms and weight rooms, a music studio, an art studio, and residences for up to 22 adult faculty and staff members.
  • Since our founding, our students have lived by the school motto, “Quid pro Quo,” or “something for something.” As a testament to that motto, all of the students work to maintain the campus, clean, serve food, and improve the facilities and its many native Texas plants. The school employs only one full-time groundskeeper and no janitors.
  • The school has had highly successful and stable leadership both administratively and on its Board. The Board of Trustees recently hired the 5th director of the school since 1969.
  • Over the years, the school has built an endowment of well over $10 million. The endowment is overseen by a talented and capable, separate Chinquapin Endowment Board.


Our application for the 2021-2022 school year is now open! Visit our Admissions page for information about the application process.


Chinquapin Prep is accredited by TAAPS

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2615 E. Wallisville Rd.
Highlands, TX 77562

(281) 426-5551

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