HRCA School Chess Clubs 2021-2022

2021-2022 School Chess Program Sessions


This program is for schools that desire a fully HRCA-coached program with formal chess curriculum.  Each session includes 12 one-hour classes.  If a session day falls on a holiday, coaches will provide a video lesson.  All sessions can be taught in person or via Zoom — you choose your one-hour time block, and our coaches will come to you, in person or virtually — your choice!  Students may also Zoom into in-person class sessions if the school is equipped for it and allows it.  We will be using the award winning Think Like a King curriculum, developed and used for decades in the New York City schools, with a focus on improving Critical Thinking through chess!  Each one-hour session will include interactive instructional time on Zoom or in person with your coach, followed by time to practice and play with your friends in person or on our own private chess server.  Fun weekly homework is assigned and completed in your Think Like a King training account, where you earn achievements every step of the way, and your coach can check on your progress.  Our private chess server is available to you for an entire year from the start of your program, to practice and play whenever you like!  You can even play in tournaments as an individual or team.  If enough schools register for the program, we will organize a chess league to play inter-school matches in person or online! Schools may opt for three additional sessions, during which we will hold fun tournaments for the kids!  You choose your one-hour time slot, and our coaches come to you, in person or on Zoom — your choice.  Coaches are all background checked by HRCA and are certified coaches through US Chess!

Critical thinking learned through the systematic study and practice of chess will help your child do better in school and learn valuable life skills, including focus, impulse control, decision-making, planning and organizing, calculating, pattern recognition, time management, and more!

First Semester

Class sessions:  October 4th, 2021 to January 14th, 2022 (12 weeks)

No classes Thanksgiving week or over winter break from December 20th to 31st

Optional Tournament sessions:  January 17th to February 4th, 2022 (3 weeks)


Second Semester

Class sessions:  February 7th to May 2nd, 2022 (12 weeks)

No classes during spring break (April 11th-15th)

Optional Tournament sessions:  May 9th through May 27th, 2022 (3 weeks)



Price includes HRCA membership, Think Like a King training accounts, Coaching (based on one coach), and Admin fees.

Under 10 students:  Contact us

10-14 Students:  $80 per student per semester

15-19 Students:  $65 per student per semester

20-24 Students: $55 per student per semester

More than 24 students require more than one coach:  Contact us

Optional Tournament Sessions:  $5 per student per semester


Schools that want to pick up the tab for your students, we will work with you on possibly even further reduced pricing.

HRCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.  We turn no child away for inability to pay.  Ask about our needs-based scholarship applications.  Parents may also request, by exception, a payment plan at no extra charge, and pay as little as $20/month.

HRCA sends out electronic invoices which can be paid directly online.  Checks accepted if necessary.

Deadline for schools to register for the first semester session is September 24th.  Student payments due by the first day of class. 

For more information, parent/PTA/teacher volunteers, CONTACT US.