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Mr. Michael Ames

Dear Eagle Family, 


On behalf of the faculty and staff, I have the honor and privilege of welcoming you to Chapin High School, home of the Eagles. We are proud of our school and its 97 year tradition of excellence. Our goal is to produce students who are exceptional problem solvers and contributors to a global society - students who are Ready, Responsible, and Respectful - prepared to continue their journeys beyond the halls of our school. The key to our success is the dedication and hard work of students, teachers, staff, parents, business partners, and community members.  


Chapin High School continues to excel academically as students reach new levels of achievement. We are nationally ranked by U. S. News and World Report and as one of the nation’s most academically rigorous and challenging high schools. Most recently, we were recognized as the top school in the Midlands and fifth in the entire state. The graduating class of 2021 was offered over $79 million in scholarships and included 36 Palmetto Fellows, 134 four-year Life recipients, 83 two-year Life recipients and 67 Hope recipients. In all, 89 percent of this class earned a South Carolina Lottery Scholarship.  Chapin also has a strong Advanced Placement program with 133 students designated as AP Scholars and an overall passage rate of 78 percent. The faculty and staff at Chapin High School is committed to providing a learning environment that challenges students to exceed the expectations of the Profile of the SC Graduate demonstrated by Chapin’s Excellent rating on the SC School Report Card and a graduation rate of almost 96 percent. 


The tradition of excellence extends well beyond the classroom with numerous awards and accolades as we continue our journey into 5A. Varsity Cheer has won 18 state championships since 2000 while baseball, girls lacrosse, and both boys and girls soccer have won multiple state championships within the last five years. NJROTC was a recipient of the Distinguished Unit Award for the 19th time, finishing first in the state and second nationally competing against 600 other schools around the country. Our performing arts programs continue to receive superior ratings, while our dance team has received numerous accolades for their accomplishments.


The most exciting part of our family is our students who won Student Body of the Year in 2020 locally through The State newspaper and nationally by Varsity Brands - the second time in three years they have received national recognition. Our Student Government was also recognized as one of the best in the country, receiving the National Gold Council of Excellence award by the National Student Council Organization.


The opportunities at Chapin High are endless.  I look forward to seeing you, and I thank you for being part of the Eagle family.


As Always...
We aRe Ready to Learn
We aRe Respectful to Others
We aRe Responsible to Ourselves
We aRe a thousand passions with One Heartbeat!
We aRe Chapin! 

Michael Ames Principal