A typical fall semester prgram meets for 12 weeks. A typical spring semester program meets for approximately 16 weeks. Subject to the school's preferred structure we meet for 45 minutes to an hour not including times for student pick up, drop off, etc. We typically do a brief lesson followed by a ladder competition. During the semester, we will organize tournaments and learn variations such as team chess. We also provide all students with premium ChessKid accounts so they can continue to play and learn at home.
We teach all ages! In fact, the kindergarten and 1st grade state champions were part of our programs last year. However, we do request that kindergarten and 1st grade parents contact us prior to registration to discuss if the program is right for your child at this time.
Our standard rate is $10 a week times the number of weeks. Thus, a 12 week program (typical for fall) is $120 over 12 weeks or a 16 week program (typical for spring) is $160 over 16 weeks. We generally use PayPal for payment, but you may pay by check as well. Please let us know if you wish to pay by check and can't deliver said check to the instructor directly. You will notice the "In Full" and "Monthly" payment options. The "Monthly" option is a subscription option. It is exactly the same amount as the full payment, but it is distributed over 4 months. PayPal bill one payment on submission and three additional payments spaced out over the course of the semester.
Yes! You can absolutely join in the middle of the year. We will also happily pro-rate payment. Please e-mail us to arrange registration and payment.
We don't like to accept payment, until we are 100% sure a program is ready to go :) There are two reasons we might keep payment closed. First, when programs are conditional on enrollment (6+ students), we disable payment until enrollment has been met. Second, as we are finalizing our schedule and paperwork, we keep payment closed.