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Request Membership in CHESS!

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Welcome to CHESS!  We're so glad you found us!

We hope the information on this site has helped you to decide whether our organization might be a good fit for your family.  If we seem to be what your family has been looking for, we invite you to request a family interview.


Membership costs just $150 for your entire family for the whole year (September thru August)* and includes our "Rank & File" club for outside events.  The only other costs you may incur are minimal supply fees (typically no more than $15 per student per class, and many classes have no supply fee) and expenses related to field trips.

Our members benefit from the option of participating in a unique program that results in many families' membership being FREE from year to year -- without selling anything or making any time commitment beyond a few minutes of one-time initial set-up.  Contact us for more information if you're interested in this opportunity. 

If you're approved to lead a class, you'll receive a 15% discount. 

If you lead two classes (one in Fall and one in Spring), you'll receive a 30% discount. 

We also offer a limited number of need-based scholarships.


Prior to your family interview, please review our CHESS Member Handbook to learn what is expected of all CHESS families.  There will be a quiz.  (Seriously!)


We host several "public" activities throughout the year designed to let us all get to know each other face-to-face, and we encourage your family to attend one or more of these events prior to your family interview if at all possible.

We also require every adult to undergo a national criminal background screening.  (The cost of this screening is already included in your annual family membership dues.)  If it feels as though your family's approval is taking longer than you were expecting, we're probably just waiting for the results of this screening.  Please be patient with this process; our families' safety is of the utmost importance to all of us.


We assure you that any sensitive information you may provide during your family interview is strictly confidential and only accessible to the CHESS-Board.


*At times, we may accept new members for the Spring semester (February thru August) at a cost of $75.

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