We provide our program in Public and Public Charter schools as well as non-profit youth organizations throughout Washington, DC.
No. Our curriculum is flexibly designed to accommodate beginners and also players who have experience with the game.
No. The cost of the program and the take-home chess sets supplied to all participants is supported by CC in DC, and in some cases by the participating school or organization.
The Chess Challenge curriculum uses chess as a learning tool to increase academic achievement. Our specially designed curriculum is literacy-based, using chess as a vehicle for improving reading, writing, speaking, thinking and listening skills. Additionally, the goal of this curriculum is for students to transfer fundamental chess principles to their lives, such as good decision-making, goal setting, and accountability for one’s actions.
Our coaches are all devoted chess players. Each one has a background in teaching or youth development. Every coach receives ongoing training on our specialized curriculum. All Chess Challenge coaches undergo a rigorous interview and background check.
Typically programs meet twice a week for one-and-half hours after school or on the weekend. Our curriculum is designed for a full academic year. We also offer summer programs.
Children can choose to participate in weekend chess tournaments, where all CC in DC participants compete.