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Chinquapin is a non-profit, college-preparatory private school for economically disadvantaged but academically promising Houston-area students in the 6th through 12th grades. As such, we do not admit students with serious behavioral problems* or learning disabilities. Five-day a week boarding is offered to boys in grades 7 through 12 and girls grades 8 through 12. Students who choose not to board, along with all 6th grade students are transported daily. We are looking for students who have a positive attitude, a community spirit, and a work ethic conducive to a successful education both at Chinquapin and in college. Chinquapin Preparatory School is not religiously affiliated and is not a military school. College admission is a requirement of graduation.

Qualifications for Admission

  1. Respect of others and school property.
  2. Willingness to work hard, take a heavy academic load, do homework every night and weekend.
  3. Desire to go to a four-year college or university and take all the required courses to get there.
  4. Score at or above grade level on standardized tests.
  5. Good conduct record from previous schools.

About Our Alumni

  • More than 500 students have graduated from Chinquapin Prep in 45 graduating classes, the first in 1975.
  • 95% of our graduates have attended college
  • 85% of our alumni have graduated from a four-year college or are on target to graduate

Our alumni have attended the following colleges and universities:

Bethany, Bowdoin, Brown, Bryn Mawr, Carleton, Colby, Colorado College, Columbia, Drake, Drexel University, Duke, Evergreen State, Georgetown, Harvard, Hendrix, Howard, Knox, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Middlebury, Morehouse, Northland College, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Occidental, Our Lady of the Lake, Pomona, Prairie View A&M, Purdue, Reed, Rice, Sam Houston, Santa Clara, Smith, Southwestern, St. Edward’s, St. Mary’s, St. Olaf, St. Thomas, Stanford, Texas A&M, Texas Christian, Texas Southern, Texas Tech, Trinity, University of Houston, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Dallas , University of Texas at San Antonio, The University of Virginia, University of Wisconsin, Villanova, Wellesley

*If you have a child with a serious behavioral problem, please contact the DePelchin Children’s Center (formerly Houston Child Guidance Center) at (713) 730-2335.


We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Please check back in October. If you have additional questions about submitting an application, please contact us directly.


Chinquapin Prep is accredited by TAAPS

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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.