What is the Chinquapin Prep School?
Chinquapin is already one of the most sought after private schools in the greater Houston area ever, but the majority of its students come from low-income households. Founded by Robert P. Moore in 1969, the school – a 50 acre campus located 20 miles east of Houston, Texas – has seen hundreds of Chinquapin graduates go on to earn a four-year college degree.
Chinquapin employs a motley crew of faculty and staff to challenge their students to aim for excellence, to be curious, to question everything in order to not fall for the astounding claims of others.
In mid January, Chinquapin opened a new two-story building on campus, which holds a dining hall on the first floor and a girl’s dormitory on the second floor. Historically, girls have never been allowed to stay overnight on campus unlike their male counterparts.
The school board of directors started this project in hopes of achieving better academic outcomes for the girls. According to the school’s current development director, Marilu Garza, “…male students who board on campus have an average grade-point average of 3.2, versus an average GPA of 3.08 for girls”. Therefore it’s imperative that girls receive the same opportunities to stay more focused on academics and grow on a personal level as they get their first real taste of a college atmosphere.
It still begs the question, why should a parent allow their child to stay on campus at Chinquapin? In my personal experience, Chinquapin, has always put emphasis on the liberal arts. This means we read a lot of works inspired by the Graeco-Roman world like Aeschylus’s Prometheus Bound to mythical history/and paradigmatic figures: Julius Caesar, Augustus, Charlemagne and Napoleon. In addition we get to do many hands-on activities pertaining to science, health and medicine. This has fostered a sense of curiosity in us all. However our days are also spent in finding our lesser binding pursuits like art, politics or sports. Finally, living on campus proves that a liberal arts education is worth every dollar because every student grows up to become a great humanist.
Many of our alumni association are now dedicated towards teaching other less fortunate than themselves as well fundraising money to keep the Chinquapin School fulfilling the school’s motto Quid Pro Quo, something for something, for nothing is more endearing than giving back to the community that believes you can make a difference.
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