USA Chess has been running school chess programs in schools in the Southwest for over 14 years. USA Chess School chess programs generally consist of one half-hour chess lessons and one half-hour practice and play.
USA Chess currently teaches chess at many public and private schools throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Austin, and Houston areas. These programs are run in a variety of different ways -- some are held after school, some before school, and others are part of the school's curriculum and, therefore, held during the school day.
Some schools do not have organized clubs and, therefore, schedule meetings outside of the school (if a suitable location can be located).
USA Chess provides an experienced instructor to teach the children lessons geared toward their abilities.
How to Start a School Chess Program
Step 1 is to get the permission of the school principal. This is the most important step. USA Chess will not contact a school directly until a parent or administrator at the school has received permission from the principal to hold the program.
Once permission is granted, USA Chess takes over the process. There is little involvement by the school beyond arranging for a room and deciding what day of the week the chess program will be held. USA Chess will prepare a flyer to advertise the school chess program, provide all the materials, take the registrations, and manage the classroom sessions.
The Structure of the School Chess Program
Most USA Chess school chess programs are one hour in length directly after school, one day per week. The time of the program, length, and number of sessions can be flexible and depend on the school's desires. Most programs consist of one half-hour lesson and one half-hour practice and play.
USA Chess instructors are all experienced tournament chess players. Our staff includes several national and FIDE Masters, experts, and more. They are background checked and screened to make sure they are effective instructors and teach children the game in a fun and interesting way.