These Are Questions Our Students Ask Most
1. Question: I captured my friend's Queen, two rooks, two bishops and her knight. How many class points do I have?
Answer: Piece value points are different from class points. Capturing pieces and getting points don't count as class points. Each piece students capture has a point value. Review the "Piece Value" video to see what your chess pieces are worth.
2. Question: How many class points do I have?
Answer: Students accumulate class points based on a variety of different circumstances. Enything from answering questions correctly to having the right color shoes on that day :-) At the end of each month students will recieve a "Chess Report" this report will have the total # of points for the month. This report also includes what we will go over the following month as-well-as valuable information about what your student learned the previous month. Just another way to keep you (the parents) connected to your young mastermind's progress in our program.
3. Question: How BIG is my trophy going to be?
Answer: Trophies vary in size dependent upon the total number of games won and loss during the course of the semester. Trophies are also determined by the number of points your student earned during classes. More points' BIGGER trophy, less points' smaller trophy
4. Question: How do I watch the cartoon videos on the website?
Answer: Click on the "Children's Chess Videos" section of the website under "Learn Chess Now". Enter the password that was emailed to mom or dad or nana or grand papa or big sister or big brother or auntie or uncle or 1st cousin or 2nd cousin or 3rd cousin or the dog or the cat or the gold fish or...... Got It? ................. Say "Got It" if you Got It. Good Job!
5. Question: How do I practice chess on the website?
Answer: To practice on our website, click on PLAY CHESS NOW, select any of the games or puzzles and begin playing using the information our awesome coaches taught you in class.
6. Question: Will I have homework?
Answer: NEVER........ Chess Adventures does not give homework. Between soccer, dance, karate, swim lessons, basketball, football, fencing, robotics, polo, lacrosse, English, Math, Science, Recess...... (OK, Maybe Not Recess) drama, homework club and video games, you don't have time for chess homework too. We ask you to study chess at your own pace. Practice chess when you feel the need to get smarter, then go and challenge one of the people in #4. to a game of CHESS!
7. Question: When are the chess tournament?
Answer: We currently host three chess tournaments per year. Our fist tournament is normally held the second week of October. This is our Bughouse tournament and usually reserved for only students who know how to play BUGHOUSE!
Our second tournament is held in the first week of December. This is a regular chess tournament for grade school participants only (K-12). All students grades K-12 are invited to this tournament.
Our third tournament is normally held in the first week of May. This tournament is for all participants including our Pre-K schools. All students may register for this tournament.
Please note: The reason we do not recommend our Pre-K students register for the December tournament is: It normally takes our 4 year old's a full year to learn how to play chess correctly and they may not be ready for a full game by December considering classes normally start in August. We open the second tournament up to our Pre-K students because they should be ready for full chess and tournament play by the end of the school year.
These Are Questions Our Parents Ask Most
1. Question: When are payments due?
Answer: Payments are due on the first of each month. All payments are automatically debited on the first of each month unless other arrangements have been made. Please feel free to call our office if you have any questions or concerns about payment arrangements.
***** Please Note: There will be a $5 fee assessed to any failed payments. If your payment is processed successfully, you will NOT see this fee. This fee is only for payments that do not process successfully for any reason.
2. Question: When Is Awards Day?
Answer: Awards day's are held on the day of your student's class one week before school is officially over for the semester. Trophy Day also marks the last day of the chess class for the semester.
3. Question: How do I re-register for next school year?
Answer: If your student is already attending our chess classes, simply indicate that you would like to re-sign your child up for the next school year by email or a phone call to our office. You do not need to do any paper work or re-setting accounts. Simply let us know! That's All :-)
4. Question: How is my child doing in the class?
Answer: Our kid friendly coaches and instructors go out of their way to make sure each child get the proper attentions and information in our classes. You are welcome to call our office to speak with the coaches for your child's school to check their progress. Further, we give "Monthly Chess Reports" (per request) that detail your students progress in the class and what they've learned each month so you are never in the dark about how your student is progressing.
5. Question: What happens if I am late picking up my child after class?
Answer: This is a tricky subject but we will give you our policy first and then, how we normally handle late pick-ups second.
#1. Our policy is to allow for ONE late pick up per school year with no action taken. If you are late picking your student up two times, we have the right to dismiss your student from the program indefinitely. Please note that a late pick up is anything beyond 15 minutes after the scheduled end time for your child's class. (EXAMPLE: If your child's class ends at 3:30pm and you show up at 3:45pm you are considered late.)
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#2. Our policy is to charge a minimum $30 late fee for all late pick-ups. This fee is charged because the coaches who are responsible for your child beyond the normal class end time still have to be paid for their extra time during the time they are at the school. They are REQUIRED (per our handbook) to stay with your child until a parent or guardian arrives to pick up the student and therefore they are responsible for their safety during that time. This fee starts at $30 and can be up to $40 (per student). Please note for your child's safety and the safety of our coaches, TWO coaches are required to stay with your child until a parent or guardian arrives to pick them up, even if it's only one student who is being picked up late.
By signing your child up for this program you are agreeing to pay the late pick-up fee with all terms and conditions stated in this policy. This policy can be found on the CHESS REGISTRATION & PAYMENT FORM under your child's school on our website. It is stated in the TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
How we normally handle late pick-ups
We truly do understand that things happen and sometimes tardy pick-ups can't be avoided. We normally do not charge the late fee unless we notice a pattern of lateness or that our policy is being abused. We try our very best to make dismissing any child the very LAST option. By our policy, we are supposed to dismiss students after the second late pick up but we RARELY ever do this. We believe that dismissing any student from our program is punishing the child more than the parent for being late and therefore we really do try to make this the absolute last course of action. Most pick-ups are not more than 15 minutes of the class ending and therefore we try not to charge the late pick up fees or dismiss any students.
We simply ask that you be courteous and mindful of the end time for your child's chess class and be there at that time ready to pick them up immediately when classes ends. Please remember that our coaches also have children that need to picked up after school and if you are late, it makes them late and their ASP may have the same late fee policy that we have therefore, your tardiness cost them money.
6. Question: How/When can I dis-enroll my child from the chess club?
To dis-enroll from the program you would need to call or email our office with the following information: Your name, your child's name and school's name. The email should state that you want to dis-enroll and stop the automatic payment.
You can dis-enroll at anytime before the next payment is withdrawn. Please give us at least 3-5 business days before, so we can stop the next payment on time. Please note that if you wait to dis-enroll after the payment is made we cannot provide a refund.
7. Question: Can I get a refund if my child was absent from class?
We do not issue refunds for missed classes due the student being absent. Classes will still be held in your student's absence. We simply mark your student absent.
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For your convenience we have made our enrollment application, brochure and publicity release forms available for download. Feel free to download this information and keep for your records or submit into our office via fax or email.
Session Dates & Fees
Aug. - Dec.
Our total fee for the fall semester is just $200 (in most schools). You can pay the total fee upfront to to eliminate monthly credit card charges. If you opt out of auto-pay you must pay the semester in full.
January - May
Our total fee for the spring semester is $200 (in most schools). Pay for full fee upfront to eliminate monthly credit card charges. This fee will only be higher if your student's school charges us a fee to host there.
June - July
Our total fee for a full week of summer camp is normally $200 (per week). Compare this price with other camps and you'll notice we are very reasonably priced. Some programs vary in price. Register now!