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Mr. Michael Ames

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 incredibly proud of our almost 100 year tradition of excellence based on scholarship and leadership.  Our goal is to produce students who are exceptional problem solvers and contributors to a global society - young men and women who are Ready, Respectful and Responsible - prepared to continue their journey beyond the walls of our school.  The foundation for this success is the dedication and hard work of all stakeholders; students, teachers, staff, business partners and community members.


The Eagle Family continues to excel academically, athletically and through the arts.  We are nationally ranked by US News and World Report year after year as one of the nation’s most academically rigorous high schools and routinely named as one of the top performing schools in the state.  The graduating class of 2022 earned  $97,294,131 in scholarships and included 31 Palmetto Fellows, 62 two year Life Scholarships, 147 four year Life Scholarships and 110 Hope Scholarships.  Chapin has a strong Advanced Placement program, offering the prestigious AP Capstone diploma, and boasts an 83 percent AP pass rate for the current year.  The faculty and staff at Chapin are committed to providing a learning environment that challenges students to exceed the expectations of the Profile of the SC Graduate, as demonstrated by our “Excellent” rating on the SC Report Card and graduation rate of almost 96 percent. 


Our tradition of excellence extends well beyond the classroom through our athletics, arts and extra-curricular programs.  CHS finished second in the Carlisle Cup, a ranking of the top athletic programs in the state, based on Cheer’s 16th state championship, three state runners-up in boys soccer and boys and girls golf, and a Lower State runner up in girls soccer and lacrosse.  We also had individual state champions in wrestling and track and field. Overall, Chapin has won 56 state championships beginning in 1954.  NJROTC was again a recipient of the Distinguished Unit award for the 19th time since 1996 and our performing arts programs continue to receive superior ratings at state level events.  To top things off, our dance team has won multiple state titles through the SCDA.


As strong as our academic, athletic and arts performances are, the most exciting part of the family is our student body, who most recently won the Student Body of the Year from The State newspaper, and nationally by Varsity Brands, the second time in three years we have received  the award.  In addition, our Student Government was 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 here at Chapin High School are endless.  I look forward to seeing you and I thank you for being part of our 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