Enrichment Chess Programs, private and semi-private chess lessons in San Diego!

Serving Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Scripps Ranch, Tierrasanta, Miramar, Allied Gardens, San Diego State, Rancho San Diego, Mt. Helix, La Mesa, San Carlos, Lemon Grove, Lakeside, El Cajon, & Santee!

Scholastic Chess Enrichment!
Scholastic Chess Enrichment!

An outstanding enrichment program for your school or organization! After school programs currently available, typically 8-12 weeks each session, three times over the academic year with sessions in Fall, Winter, and Spring!


If you're looking for a mentally stimulating after-school activity for your kid to get into, a Santana High School alumnus recently started up the Pacific Hills Chess Academy in East County San Diego.

In July 2012 Ron Rezendes, known as Coach Ron by his students, founded the Pacific Hills Chess Academy and is focusing his efforts to bring his after school enrichment program to East County students.

He said the game of chess itself naturally increases the critical thinking skills of his students. Read the entire article, here: https://patch.com/california/santee/santana-alumni-brings-chess-to-east-county-kids


Fall Classes starting soon!!

New!! Fall Class Schedule 2023


Barnard Elementary 2:15PM - 3:15PM

Sept. 11, 18, 25 Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 

(8 classes)




Carlton Oaks Elementary 2:20PM - 3:50PM

Oct. 17, 24, 31 Nov. 7, 28 Dec. 5, 12, 19

(8 classes)



Benchley Weinberger Elementary 11:50AM - 12:50PM

Sept. 13, 20, 27 Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 Nov. 1, 8 (9 classes)


Thursday The Cambridge School 3:05pm-4:15PM

September 14th-November 16th No Class 10/12

Sept. 14, 21, 28 Oct. 5, 19, 26 Nov. 2, 9, 16



Chet F Harritt

September 8 - October 27 (8 classes)

1:40PM - 3:05PM


Friday Knights at Team Touché  Fencing


September 22 - October 27 (6 classes)

11468 Sorrento Valley Rd., Suite A-1

San Diego, CA 92121



Sign up now to reserve your spot!! 

Salute To Education TV Segment

Salute to Education #9
Salute to Education #9

See our video!! Channel 4 San Diego has a feature on our program airing in San Diego!! 




Show #9 Segment 4

Pacific Hills Chess Academy

It’s no secret chess is a great workout for your mind.  Studies have shown that chess improves cognitive thinking which in turn improves school grades, and besides, it’s a lot of fun!  One after-school program is helping kids improve their lives, through this very popular board game. 


Local IM Cyrus Lakdawala interview excerpt

Here is a quote from a recent interview, December 27, 2014, with International Master Cyrus Lakdawala:  

What do you have to say about the benefits of chess in education and in life?

The benefits are numerous to children: their concentration improves, they understand the benefits of engaged study, and, most of all, they learn that mistakes have negative consequences, while virtues are rewarded.

The rest of the interview is here:  http://blog.investinchess.org/in-conversation-with-international-master-cyrus-lakdawala/

"The Evans" Method!

Coach Ron
Coach Ron

The program, dubbed “The Evans Method” by the United States Chess Federation, includes instruction, formal and casual play. Students receive prizes at the end of each class to reward positive participation and trophies or medals at the end of each session. Their program (once featured on The Tonight Show) has produced national champions at every scholastic level.

Beginners are welcome! Chess is a great workout for the mind utilizing continuous problem-solving with changing conditions. Students learn to think ahead, evaluate multiple alternatives and anticipate consequences. They improve spatial reasoning, visual memory and attention span while learning good judgment, reasoning power and self-confidence. Studies have shown that chess improves cognitive thinking which in turn improves school grades. 

USCF Chess Research Bibliography:  http://main.uschess.org/content/view/7866/131/ 

We honestly believe learning to play chess will positively influence your life!