The battle belongs to the smart.

Every move in the game of chess is a battle-move, just like every move in our lives. With ACA After-School Enrichment Program, you get the early-mover advantage – a must for winners today.

Build critical-thinking skills, self-confidence and sportsmanship with our After-School Enrichment Program.

At ACA, we believe learning should be fun, especially when it comes to learning a serious game like chess. Our curriculum is designed to impart the many benefits of learning chess such as critical thinking, sportsmanship, and learning from mistakes in a challenging and exciting way. In addition to lessons and traditional gameplay, we incorporate variations of chess games that build teamwork and foster a genuine enjoyment of a game over a thousand years old.

Right from the general rules of play to advanced tactics and strategy, our program is designed to teach not only the experienced player, but also the interested beginner.

Benefits: Learning chess

  • Helps to build student’s logic, memory and pattern recognition.

  • Cultivates problem solving ability, analytical skills and critical thinking.

  • Improves problem solving and critical thinking skills.

  • Boosts memory and retention.

  • Has been proven to increase IQ and test scores.

  • Increases visualization and imagination capability.

  • Improves math and reading skills.

  • Teaches good sportsmanship in a group environment.

Curriculum: Overview

Meets once per week, after school for one hour. Students are introduced to a new lesson each week, which includes new strategies and techniques. As part of each class, students practice new strategies through partner-play including:

  • Checkmate & Stalemate

  • Pawn Structure

  • In-Your-Face & Back-Rank Checkmate Patterns

  • Pawn Promotion

  • King & Rook Checkmate

  • Draws

  • Center Board

  • Object of the game

  • Piece Development

  • Piece movement

  • Piece Value & Exchange

  • Introduction to Checkmates

  • Castling & Development

  • Checkmate with two rooks

  • Endgame Basics

Participating Schools

  • Glendale Montessori
    413 West Doran St
    Glendale, CA 91203
    Phone: 818 240 9415

  • ST.Gregory @ Hovsepian School
    2215 E. Colorado Blvd
    Pasadena, CA 91107
    Phone: 626 578 1343

  • Armenian Sisters Academy
    2361 Florencita Dr
    Montrose, CA 91020
    Phone: 818 249 8783

  • Dunsmore Elementary School
    4717 Dunsmore Ave
    La Cresenta, CA 91214
    Phone: 818 248 1758

  • Woodland Hills Elementary School
    2201 San Miguel St
    Woodland Hills, CA 91364
    Phone: 818 347 9220

  • Wilshire Boulevard Temple
    3663 Wilshire Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90010
    Phone: 213 388 2401

  • Maripoza Elementary
    6050 Calmfield Ave
    Agoura Hills, CA 91301
    Phone: 818 707 7144

  • Scholars School Los Angeles
    5225 West San Fernando Road
    Los Angeles, CA 90039
    Phone: 818 395 4590