Fact Sheet

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The mission of Chinquapin Preparatory School is to provide a high quality college-preparatory education to able and motivated youth from low-income families in the Greater Houston area. Through its rigorous curriculum and an emphasis on community service and earning what one receives, Chinquapin Prep aims to produce responsible, well-educated citizens who will become constructive leaders in the community.


Bob and Maxine Moore founded The Chinquapin School in 1969. Bob Moore was head of the English Department at St. John's School in Houston before starting Chinquapin, which was incorporated in March of 1969.


25 miles east of downtown Houston, just north of I-10, in Highlands, Texas.


All students are on scholarship, but we charge a small tuition of $40 to $200 per month, based on family income. Close to 80% of our students pay $50 or less. Those unable to pay the minimum tuition work additional hours apart from their daily chore-time requirement.

Operating budget for 2012-2013 is $2,115,800 (approximately $13,900 per student, which includes room and board for 7th - 12th grade males, transportation, and pro-rated operating costs).
Budgeted funding sources are: 63.8% from private donations and events, 16.8% from endowment, 13.6% from designated funds, 3.1% from tuition, 2.3% from the School Hot Lunch program (our only government aid), 0.4% from interest and dividends, and 0.1% from miscellaneous sources.


The 2012-2013 school year will begin with 156 students (73 boys, 83 girls) in the 6th through 12th grades. The ethnic makeup of the student body is approximately 82% Hispanic, 10% African American, 3.87% White and 4% Asian. The 7th-12th grade boys live on campus Monday through Friday; the girls and 6th grade boys are bussed to and from the campus daily.


For over 40 years, our students have lived by the motto, Quid pro Quo, or “Something for Something.”  As a testament to that motto, all students work to maintain the campus during a daily chore period and participate in various community service activities. The school employs only one full-time maintenance man and no janitors.


451 students have graduated from Chinquapin Prep in 38 graduating classes, the first in 1975.


  • 95% of our graduates have attended college in the last 29 years (1984-2013)
  • 85% of our alumni have graduated from college or are on target to graduate
  • 17 are currently in the Armed Forces


Our alumni have attended the following colleges and universities:

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


Recruiting Process

Meetings for prospective students and their parents are held in winter on the Chinquapin campus. All students are required to complete an application and register for SSAT testing. Three testing sessions are held at Chinquapin during the winter and spring. Other locations are available throughout the Houston area. We introduce candidates to the school, administer short tests in reading, writing and mathematics, and interview each prospect. Selected students will also have the option of shadowing a current student for a day. Some students will be offered early enrollment by March. Other students are chosen to attend a one-week summer "try out" session at the school. From the summer group, the students who are best qualified are invited to attend Chinquapin Prep in the fall.


Chinquapin Preparatory School is accredited by the Texas Association of Accredited Private Schools (TAAPS).  TAAPS is a member of the Texas Private Accreditation Commission (TEPSAC), the State governing body of private school accreditation associations. Online Privacy Policy. Form 990

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