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 San Diego County students.

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


"I have had the privilege of hosting Chess Club in my classroom for two years.  Coach Ron promotes an engaging, inclusive, and fun atmosphere.  He meets the needs of all the chess students, whether they have never played the game, or if they have been playing for years.  Students grow in their knowledge of chess throughout each session.  As the weeks go on, they challenge each other during the games and encourage each other to try new strategies.  Chess Club is a wonderful extra-curricular activity for all students to partake in!"


Hannah Giblin

Second/Third Grade

Chet F. Harritt

Winter and Spring Class Schedule 2024


St. Kieran's School 3:00PM - 4:00PM

Jan  29 Feb 5, 12, 26 Mar 4, 11, 18, 25 Apr 8(9 classes)


Monday Knights at Raymond's Barbershop 6PM - 7:30PM

225 Town Center Parkway, Suite C Santee, CA 92071

Jan 8, 15, 22, 29 Feb 5, 12, 19, 26 (8 classes)




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

Apr 9, 16, 23, 30 May 7, 14, 21, 28 Jun 4

(9 classes)




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

Mar 6, 13, 20 Apr 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

(11 classes)


Diegueno Country School 3:15PM - 4:15PM

Mar 6, 13, 20, 27 Apr 3, 17, 24 May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

(12 classes) No class April 10



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

Mar 14 - May 30

(10 classes) No class 3/28, 4/4


RB Semi-private class 5:00PM - 6:00PM

Apr 25 May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30




Chet F Harritt Spring Session NEW!!

April 19 - June 7 (8 classes)

1:40PM - 3:05PM


Friday Night Semi Private Advanced Group 4S Ranch NEW!!

April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7 (8 classes)


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!