Beyond Education
& Expectation

Chinquapin Prep is a half-century-old college preparatory boarding and day school that is working hard to correct the sagging Houston minority high school graduation rate.

Our faculty hold firmly that income should not dictate outcome — and that’s why we provide a world-class educational opportunity to motivated, gifted students from underserved communities in and around Houston.

Our Mission

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 nearly 50 years

Chinquapin Prep has provided economically disadvantaged youth from the Houston area with the opportunity for a better future through education.

a response to a low minority high school graduation rate in houston tx

It’s no mystery that minorities in Houston, and throughout the country, frequently face economic hardships. Still, this should not be an impassable barrier standing between them and the academic resources that they need to graduate high school and thrive in a collegiate setting. 

Chinquapin Prep was established 50 years ago with the purpose of erasing this disparity in academic opportunity. We want to bolster the Houston low income high school graduation rate one graduating class at a time.

Our school, which starts at sixth grade and extends throughout high school, features a diverse student body: 

  • 83 percent of Chinquapin families are economically disadvantaged
  • Almost all qualify for free or reduced lunch program
  • Chinquapin Prep students are proud of their diversity and what they can bring to the table
    • 82 percent Hispanic
    • 14 percent African American
    • 3 percent white
    • 1 percent Asian

Our admissions director seeks out promising candidates in schools throughout the Houston area. These aren’t always students at the top of their class or achieving perfect test scores; rather, we look for students with aptitude, grit, demonstrated ability and leadership qualities.

 Focused on more than just enhancing the Houston minority high school graduation rate

One thing even more dismal than the minority high school graduation rate in Houston TX is the rate in which minorities and economically challenged students are able to reach, and thrive in, college. Here at Chinquapin Prep, we’re not only focused on helping our students graduate from high school — we want them to achieve success in college.

That’s why, in order to graduate, students must be accepted into a four-year college program. Some of our student even head to institutions like Harvard, Stanford, and MIT.

In order to help achieve this success in college, and combat a low income high school graduation rate in Houston TX, we hone in on key points to offer a rigorous education and community building:

  • Chinquapin starts in sixth grade so, giving students ample time to prepare for the rigors of our college-prep high school curriculum.
  • We follow rigorous curriculum consistent with those of the city’s most prestigious prep schools.
  • Chinquapin maintains a student-teacher ratio of 8 , giving students a personalized educational experience.
  • College counseling begins in the ninth grade, directing students toward college or university acceptance.
  • SAT/ACT test preparation, essay writing, community service, extra-curricular activities, summer programs and college campus visits are all part of this process.

Chinquapin Prep is a proven institution that has bolstered the Houston minority high school graduation rate. Join us by making a generous donation and help us in our efforts.


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.