A thousand passions.
Chapin High School
Your child is more than
just a subject.
The high school experience is so important for teenagers. It is where they find their
passions, create lifelong friends, and begin to discover who they really are. In an
environment where schools are creating more and more specialization, we are proud of
the fact that Chapin High School believes that educating the whole child is more vital
than ever. Here, you will find an Engineering student who presents as a finalist in the
Junior Science & Humanities Symposium and travels to London to sing in our award-
winning Chamber Choir. Or the All State wide receiver wading waist deep in a marsh to
collect samples for an AP Biology project. Or a National Merit Finalist wearing a dress
made out of red Solo® cups as a part of our Junk to Funk Fashion Show. At Chapin, your
child can pursue any passion he or she may have and not sacrifice a thing. Academically,
our standardized test scores, graduation rates, and English and math Proficiency scores
make us the top open enrollment school in South Carolina. The education your child will
receive will continue to be first rate, even in specialized areas of study like engineering,
medicine and the arts. But our students do not only attend classes here. They live here.
Best friends. Good times.
Great school. All right here.
Chapin HS State Average
HSAP Passing - English 99% 91%
HSAP Passing - Math 96% 84%
Graduation Rate 92% 77.5%
EOC - Algebra I 94% 86%
EOC - English I 90% 77%
EOC - Biology 93% 80%
SAT (CR/Math/Writing) 1550 1423
ACT Composite Scores 22.6 20.4
Ranked as “One of America’s Best High Schools” by US News & World Report,
Newsweek and Washington Post
Passions aren’t always
found in the classroom.
As a part of our whole child approach to education, students have a wide variety
of extracurricular activities available at their fingertips. From volleyball to Student
Government, from jazz band to National Honor Society, students can participate in a wide
variety of clubs and organizations. If there is not a club to which a student feels connected,
he or she can start one. Many of our clubs began this way. The Fishing Club, Lumberjack
Club, Computer Science Club, and Love Green Club were all started from students who
wanted to turn their passions into something tangible. Even our Rugby team started as a
club, and now it has won a State Championship.
Since we are a community school, we are not limited to time spent on campus during
“school hours.” Our relationships with businesses and organizations in the area run deep.
We can facilitate student interests from job shadowing to volunteer opportunities to jobs.
Our students have lives outside of the school, and those lives are right here in Chapin.
Our Courses of Study allow students to easily follow a path that suits them, while
keeping all of the benefits that Chapin High School provides, including the ability to
change concentrations without missing a beat. We have simply packaged courses and
“meaningful experiences” in a way that gives students the depth that specialization
provides, with the breadth that comes with a school that embraces whole child
education. Students can concentrate on Engineering at a school that has some of the
top Math and Science test scores in South Carolina, while hanging out with friends
at lunch and winning (another) National Championship in NJROTC. Or concentrate
on 3D Art in our award-winning Fine Arts Department while participating in Student
Government. Or work to solve YouTube’s $500 million loss as a part of a case study
from Harvard Business School used in the Entrepreneurial Studies concentration,
while playing softball wearing Chapin blue. Even if your interests change next year,
your school will not.
Studio Concentration Arts
Visual Arts and Design*
ECOLOGY & SUSTAINABILITY
Medical Science and
Active Patient Care
Chapin Eagle Sports
Chapin Student Press
Civil & Architecture
Science Fair Competitions
Junior Science &
Opportunity to Study
*denotes majors affiliated
with the Course of Study
Courses of Study
Each Course of Study is filled with enriching experiences that enhance the area of
concentration chosen by our students. These meaningful experiences, or CLAW
Experiences, are intended to provide our students the platform for exploring their
passions. For example, in the Entrepreneurial Studies concentration, a Marketing
Management student may create an advertising Campaign for a local Chapin business,
while a Business Information Management student designs an app that serves as an
interactive magazine for Chapin High School. A Convergent Communications student
may call play-by-play for the Homecoming football game, while a Sports Medicine
student may serve as an athletic trainer for our football team. A Performing Arts student
may sing at the National Cathedral while an Engineering student builds a working
trebuchet as a partnered class with the CATE Center. Collaboration, meaningful
experiences, amazing portfolios and an intense learning environment are integrated
into each Course of Study.
The key to our Business program at Chapin High School is the focus on creation.
Students are faced with authentic situations that require creative application of core
concepts, helping them develop a unique portfolio that mixes left and right-brained
sensibilities and skills. Every teacher in the Entrepreneurial Studies concentration
brings real business experience. Prior to becoming teachers, they have worked as Art
Directors and Copywriters in advertising agencies, Marketing Managers, Computer
Programmers, Project Managers, Graphic Designers, and various other positions in the
“business world” that allow them to be dialed- in to the real needs of our students.
358,000 of the 1,650,000 Bachelor’s
Degrees issued in the 2009-10
academic year were for Business.1
Business is by far the most popular
undergraduate major, nearly twice the
number of the next most popular major. 1
177,684 of the 693,025 Master’s
Degrees issued by colleges and
universities were for Business. 1
After a year in the workforce, business
majors earned about 16 percent more
than the average salary for all majors.2
U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics
National Association of Colleges and Employers
of all undergraduate
as popular as
the second most
of all Master’s
higher than average
salary of non-
Business majors’ coursework in business
strategy, statistics, accounting, finance,
and operations management gives them
skills in quantitative analysis. Research,
writing, and presentation assignments en-
hance their ability to gather, analyze, and
present information. Many projects are
done in groups, so students learn to work
cooperatively. This training is important
to employers, a fact reflected in the com-
petitive salary offers that business majors
receive when they enter the job market.
Business Information Management
We are excited to offer our Visual Art students learning experi-
ences unlike any other, both inside and outside of the classroom.
During the Junior and Senior year, students have the opportunity
to meet with college representatives and attend portfolio days at
both in-state and out- of-state institutions. As a result, students
gain insight and learn what awaits them on future career paths.
Visual Art students will have the opportunity to travel with the de-
partment for special events and gallery openings at the Columbia
Museum of Art, along with various other galleries and museums
throughout the state. In addition, students are provided opportuni-
ties to be involved in hands-on art programs that reach across all
core subjects at Chapin High School.
Visual Art is a fundamental part of
the human experience. Visual Art
Education is therefore a necessary
endeavor to ensure that the whole
child is being educated. This
includes skill development, cognitive
understanding, and aesthetic
appreciation for all art forms. Our
goal is to develop and refine the
artistic skills of each student and to
“define the standard” in all we do.
Chapin High School boasts one of the top Performing Arts programs in the state. Our Cho-
ral Program consists of six choirs and has performed all across the country, including The
Duke Chapel, The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the
National Cathedral. The Chapin Band has also received countless awards and has partici-
pated in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington DC, The London Parade, and
the Pearl Harbor Parade, just to name a few. The Chapin Marching Band is on the cutting
edge of outdoor pageantry. Members of the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra often
work as guest artists, enhancing the performance skills of Chapin High School orchestra
students. With a heavy emphasis on performance and production, students involved in
the CHS Theater program enjoy frequent opportunities to participate in everything from
improv to set building, from acting to directing—and everything in between.
• Concert/Symphonic Band
• Marching Band
• Percussion Ensemble
• Jazz Ensemble
• Guitar Ensemble
• Chamber Choir
• Highlights Choir
• Mens Choir
• Womens Choir
• Theater Production
• Basic Music Theory
• Music Theory AP
Chapin High School students learn a diverse spectrum of skills in the fine arts. Through-
out the year, our students are provided with the opportunity to showcase their talents
through activities such as a full scale drama production, band and orchestra concerts,
local professional performances, musicals, art shows, and other events.
Possible Job Shadowing and Learning Partners:
Ecology & Sustainability
The purpose of the School of Ecology and Sustainability is to provide students with
knowledge and experiences within the fields of Environmental Sciences, Natural
Resources, Horticulture, and Sustainable Energy. Students who choose this course of
study will have many opportunities to job shadow and learn from local agencies and
businesses involved in the areas of study.
• Riverbanks Zoo Botanical Garden
• US Forestry Commission
• Congaree Swamp
• Sequicentennial Park
• Dreher Island state park
• Harbison State Forest
• Carter and Holmes- Newberry
• City Roots- Columbia
• WP Law- Lexington
• Department of Natural Resources
• Keep Midlands Beautiful
• Palmetto pride
• Tomato Palms Recycling
• Chapin Deer Processing
In the Medicine program at Chapin
High School, students are able to
connect classroom curriculum to real-
world experiences. Through work-based
learning, field trips, engaging class
activities, and discussions, students
are able to gain first-hand knowledge
of the medical field. The course work
for the medical program is rigorous
and engaging. Students will leave the
program ready to make change in our
The Medical program will introduce
students to a variety of career
opportunities in the healthcare field
and will be enriched by academically
challenging courses at Chapin High
School and The Center.
Students who are interested in studying
physical education might be interested
in the Sports Science Course of Study.
Sports Science will allow students to
delve deeper into the science that is
at the core of physical fitness, physical
therapy, and athletic training.
Students will be exposed to respected
professionals in the areas of coaching,
personal training, and sports rehabili-
tation and will learn about the build-
ing blocks of personal fitness such as
nutrition. Whether students dream of
becoming professional athletes, teach-
er-coaches, or personal trainers, this
course of study will give them the foun-
dation for understanding the intricacies
of physical fitness.
The goal of the School of Convergent Communications is to,
first and foremost, develop strong communications skills with
the individual student through the written and spoken word.
Civil discourse is critical to democracy. Our students will learn
the art of meaningful dialogue - including the ability to listen
and respond respectfully - whether they are face-to-face or on-
line. Technology is utilized to deliver messaging from our school
hallways to the community, locally and globally. Students are
taught that just because we can send out a message, that does
not always mean we should. They learn that digital citizenship
requires responsibility and that the character displayed by an
individual through media is of critical importance- it requires
of Chapin High graduates get accepted into
the engineering colleges or universities of
of all Project Lead the Way students stayed
with their declared major, compared to 33%
of non PLTW graduates
of University of South Carolina engineering
graduates over the past several years have
fielded job offers
According to Forbes, 5 of the top
15 jobs in 2013 are in computers
or engineering, with an average
starting salary of $65,000
provisional patents have been filed.
CHS Engineering students have
access to a patent attorney as
one of many resources.
• Project-based problem solving in top-notch facilities allows students to display
creativity and skill application.
• Full complementary Calculus AP and Physics AP offerings every year.
• Chapin Engineering Design & Development students are consistently top finishers
in the District and Region 2 Science Fairs and have competed in the INTEL
• Students can take basic and capstone engineering courses at CHS as well as more
specific courses in the engineering Course of Study, such as Digital Electronics and
Civil Engineering. Students also have the ability to take courses in Aeronautical or
Biomedical Engineering or Alternative Energy through the CATE Center, while
still attending CHS for other classes and extracurricular activities.
The Academic Leadership Academy (ALA) is designed to devel-
op leaders who will excel in an innovative and global community.
We provide students an honors, advanced placement, and dual
credit curriculum along with leadership training to prepare them
to compete for admission to top-ranked colleges and universities
and become world leaders in their fields of study.
ALA is a community of motivated learners focused on the
application of knowledge. Students will receive training to grow
their leadership skills and research opportunities to turn thought
The goal of the Global Leadership program is to prepare students for their future as citi-
zens in the world economy. Students will learn how to become leaders on the global stage
by being exposed to various countries and cultures around the world.
• Global Pen Pals
• International Festival Field Trip
• International Service Project
• Cultural Portfolio Development
• Community Service Project
• Mission Trips
• Opportunity to Study Abroad
• International Trip Opportunities
• Interaction with Local Languages
• University Trips
• Theatre/Dance Experiences
Possible Global Leadership Opportunities:
Chapin’s NJROTC program has been instrumental in promoting
numerous candidates to service academies, into ROTC scholar-
ships and other, non-military scholarship programs. Our NJROTC
leadership will leave “no stone unturned” to help or to assist a stu-
dent fulfill his or her dreams to serve our country.
The enjoyment our students receive from participating in Chap-
in’s NJROTC program has continuously ranked Chapin as the
best and largest two-instructor school in South Carolina and the
surrounding states. Not only did the NJROTC unit place first in
the nation in 1999, they repeated this accomplishment in 2002,
and just recently 2012. They were National Runner ups in 2001
and 2003, and State Champions in eleven of the sixteen years that
the program has been operational.
Different paths start from
the same community.
No two students are exactly the same. They are uniquely different in wonderful ways.
Whether they are playing rugby at Life University in Marietta, Georgia, honing their
leadership skills at the Citadel, pursuing their passions at Duke, or earning their degree
from the USC Honors College, every student who walks through the halls of Chapin High
School has the opportunity to start on their path with love, support and encouragement
from a community of family members, teachers, friends and neighbors. They will face
academic rigor, and they will be challenged. Those challenges, however, will be faced in an
atmosphere that fosters creativity, nurtures curiosity, and prepares students for the road
ahead. We are not just a school. We are Chapin.
A thousand passions.
Chapin High School
300 Columbia Ave
Chapin, South Carolina
Cover photo from CHS student