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OWN YOUR OWN TKS LOCATION

Kid-Centered Learning

World-Class Support

Start-Up Friendly Format

Autonomy-Enabling Career

Rewarding Endeavor

The Power to Change Lives

WHAT IS OWNING A TKS BUSINESS LIKE?

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WHY TEACH CHESS?

Profound Impact

Profound Impact: Chess is the best and most well-researched way to positively impact young lives and make a meaningful difference for the next generation. Read more.

Sustainable Business: Most kids' programs and activities are limited by 1-2 semesters of curriculum. Chess, however, is unique in that it takes a lifetime to master and continues to help kids grow indefinitely. That means with chess, kids continue to return, enrolling year after year.

Easy for Beginners to Learn: With our seasoned guidance, you can quickly learn the chess you'll need to be an amazing chess teacher and chess business owner, even if you're starting completely from scratch.  

 More than Trending: Chess has been played for 1,500 years at this point, and it's more popular now than it's ever been in history. If you're starting a business, you will need something you can count on sticking around.

More than Trending

Easy for Beginners to Learn

Sustainable Business

WHERE IS THE KNIGHT SCHOOL NOW?

The Knight School is sweeping the nation due to its revolutionary approach and its proven and veteran-educator-developed national curriculum. 

 

New Owners that join now will be getting in near the ground floor of this fast-growing national phenomenon!

 

Check out this list of locations we plan to expand to very soon! Locations are protected and first-come, first-served!

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WHAT SUPPORT DOES THE KNIGHT SCHOOL PROVIDE?

Large Protected Territories: Unlike most other after-school program businesses, TKS's territories are large and sustainable for business owners. Compared to some organizations, our territories are over 10 times as large.

Educator Established and Proven: When you start a TKS Business, you get a nationally standardized curriculum that was created by veteran classroom educators in 2007 and since has been honed and proven year after year and in location after location.

Packaged Lessons: Every lesson for every age group throughout every single week of the school year and summer has been packaged and can be digitally accessed by TKS owners.

Business Training: When you are starting out, TKS will take you from A to Z to make sure you are equipped and ready. We cover everything from sales to customer service and from classroom management to training of your own future staff.
 
Chess Training: We don't assume you even know how to name the pieces when you start. If you want to help kids and you have the qualifications listed later on this webpage, we will teach you the chess you'll need to get started during our onboarding process.

Consultation and Ongoing Support: Helping you succeed at having a thriving business is TKS's #2 priority, only after the wellbeing of the kids themselves. TKS is quick to respond and always willing to go the extra mile.

Autonomy: Sometimes the best support is providing autonomy. While we will always be available for consultation, once you are up-and-running, we won't require constant, monthly updates and reports like many other businesses. 

Software: TKS Business Owners have free access to enrollment and attendance software as well as training to get set up.

Supplies: TKS Business Owners have access to premium quality chess sets, all 52 unique silicone wristbands (representative of the lessons in our combined national curricula), trademarked t-shirts, and many other items.

Kid-Centered Spirit: With TKS, you are starting a rare gem of a business that, from beginning to end truly places kids first and is genuinely making the world a better place. No gimmicks. Just authentically helping change kids' lives for the better. 

Much More: Just a handful of the additional ways that TKS supports its business owners are: tools to train your staff, tools to manage your business, regular newsletters that can be used in your own city for your families, access to our proven marketing plan, our innovative tech pack system for operating classes, and the network of other TKS Business owners.

Click LEARN MORE below for additional details about how TKS supports its Business Owners!

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Kid-Centered Spirit

Supplies

Software

Autonomy

Consultation and Ongoing Support

Chess Training

Business Training

Packaged Lessons

Educator Established and Proven

Large Protected Territories

WHAT ARE THE KNIGHT SCHOOL BUSINESS OWNERS SAYING?

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As a former classroom teacher, it is such a gift to provide such a positive and fun environment for kiddos to learn and grow in! Is there anything better than playing games, telling jokes, and having fun while simultaneously helping to instill critical life lessons and build independent thinkers and learners?

-Samantha Pellittieri,

TKS North Austin, TX

Business Owner/City Coach

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Being a City Coach for The Knight School is the most fun I’ve ever had at work, and the entire system of The Knight School America really works to ensure the success of my business. I can’t imagine any other business being as rewarding as The Knight School.

-Davis Talley

TKS North Atlanta, GA

Business Owner/City Coach

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Becoming a city coach with The Knight School is the best decision I have ever made. My passion has always been to help make an impact on how kids think and their self-esteem. This job allows me to fulfill that passion in such a creative and fun way! Not only do I love going to work every day, but I also have the freedom and financial stability to have the personal life I desire.  

-Bria Druilhet,

TKS San Antonio, TX

Business Owner/City Coach

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Being a Knight School City Coach is the best job in the world.

Having the flexibility of running my own successful business while making a positive difference in young lives is a win-win.

I feel so fortunate to have found this opportunity!

-REB Phillips,

TKS Jacksonville, FL

Business Owner/City Coach

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INVEST IN YOUR COMMUNITY!

Change Lives: Chess may be the best possible way to change lives and invest in the next generation!

Scholarships: Most TKS Business Owners are able to give many, many partial and full scholarships to families that need it, making all the benefits of chess accessible to everyone. 

Sponsored Classes: There are many grants available and donors interested in providing chess to entire schools in their communities due to its many investments. Check out this School Mates Program video for example.

Free Classes: Many of our TKS Business Owners offer some of their classes or camps totally for free. TKS Business Owners have the option to launch these free classes and are encouraged to do so as soon as they are comfortable with their new businesses!

Free Classes

Sponsored Classes

Scholarships

Change Lives

MAKE A POSITIVE AND LASTING IMPACT ON YOUNG LIVES!

WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS?

No Chess Background Needed: We make sure all our new TKS Owners have the chess knowledge they need by the time they launch their businesses - even if they didn't know any at the time they first connected with us.

TOP 5 QUALIFICATIONS FOR TKS BUSINESS OWNERS

No Chess Background Needed

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Desire to Make a Positive Impact

#1 Desire to Make a Positive Impact: The most important factor is that City Coaches need to care deeply about making a difference in their communities and investing in the lives of young people. The Knight School was founded and is run to this day by educators and people with a desire to improve the lives of others.

Drive

#2 Drive: Owning a TKS Business can be a great path to personal autonomy, flexibility, and business-ownership. While we provide new TKS Business Owners the tools they need to succeed, their ultimate success, especially the first couple years, is determined primarily by their own commitment, effort, and determination.

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Great With People

#3 Great With People: TKS City Coaches are emotionally intelligent, warm, and professional human beings that exude positivity, regardless of whether they are interacting in-person, over the phone, or even over email. Local TKS Business Owners are the face of TKS for their respective cities, and The Knight School is very selective in this regard.

Dependable

#4 Dependable: TKS City Coaches are people that have extremely strong attention-to-detail and can be counted on to follow-through on any and all commitments they make. They never cut corners, and they take their word seriously to the degree that it's a noticeable personality trait. 

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Leadership

#5 Leadership: TKS Business Owners must be positive and supportive leaders for the School Coaches in their respective locations. Great candidates should either have prior leadership experience or understand that leadership is both a privilege and a responsibility and be committed to being a servant-leader for their future team.

Do you have what it takes to be successful and impact your community as a TKS Business Owner? Click below to connect with us or learn more!

7 STEPS TO START YOUR TKS BUSINESS

Depending on what time of year you start, you could be launching your business and running your first class in as little as 3 months from the day you first connect. 

WHAT LOCATIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE?

Click on your state below to find out whether TKS is now looking for a TKS Business Owner in your location!

 

TKS is very selective in choosing who it awards the opportunity to run a TKS business, but all business locations are protected by TKS once awarded and are no longer eligible for new TKS businesses. If your preferred location is still available, consider connecting today!

  • WHY TAKE CHESS?
    Parents and classroom teachers of the kids in The Knight School have reported remarkable increases in classroom confidence as well as marked improvements in behavior, sportsmanship, and character. Moreover, clinical studies have long-established that chess increases math and science scores and consequently boosts ACT scores as well. The main reason to take chess, however, is that very frequently chess results in a personal epiphany in which students begin to see that any goal in life can be achieved once it is clearly defined. Chess is pure magic; it allows kids to conjure any future they conceive, build a pathway to it, learn to anticipate and eliminate obstacles before they materialize, and control every environment they ever encounter.
  • WILL MY CHILD LIKE CHESS?
    The Knight School is designed by a blue-ribbon educator from the ground up to be alluring and irresistible to kids so that the hook of critical thinking can take hold. Everything about class is fast-paced, fun-centered, music-driven, movie-oriented, and silly. The curricular cleverness and child-centered nature of this innovative and ground-breaking approach is truly effective at taking a beginner and making them great at chess. Have your child attend a free, no-obligation trial class to find out!
  • CAN BEGINNERS JOIN?
    Absolutely! Many, many beginners join each week throughout the school year, and we have a set procedure to assure that the new kids are folded into the larger class seamlessly. Many of our kids at any given time are brand-new-beginners or are very new to chess.
  • ARE CLASSES CONDUCTED PROFESSIONALLY?
    The Knight School takes great pride in our 100% guarantee of a deeply rewarding classroom experience, effortless billing, and world-class customer service. Since all classes are standardized and presented in identical format each week all over the United States, the classroom experience is predictable and delightful to the chess students enrolled. All classes include a weekly tactic, which is taught by your school's official chess coach, who interacts with the weekly video lessons presented by Dr. Brooks. After the hilarious and highly effective tactics lesson of the week, complete with puzzlers for immediate lesson application, kids break into the Mardi Gras bead tournament until they pack up. The synthesis of the awesome on-site coach, the blue-ribbon zany lesson, and the compelling Mardi Gras bead tourney generates a very effective, professional class and a very entertained and educated chess student who climbs into your car after school delighted to tell you about chess class.
  • WHAT WILL I BE MISSING IF MY CHILD DOESN'T TAKE CHESS?
    Your child needs to understand that they are truly smart. They need to be confident in every academic and non-academic setting. They need friends who share their celebration of reason and sophistication. Mostly, all Knight School students genuinely understand that gaining control of the chess board is a practice field for manipulating and controlling every aspect of their own classrooms, sports fields, and home lives.
  • WHAT IS INCLUDED IN TUITION?
    In most schools, The Knight School tuition includes each student’s personal premium TKS chess bag and vinyl chess board, chess pieces, the official The Knight School Chess shirt, and all the silicone Tactixbands a student can earn. Also included in the tuition are free replacement pieces and chess boards for life. This feature is a significant and luxurious benefit for kids who often misplace a chess piece or two! The Knight School families that register through our site are able to pay tuition by automatic, recurring draft. Automatic drafting frees us both from the old days of lost checks, worry, and late fees and leaves us free to enjoy a pure chess experience! There are no contracts ever in The Knight School; while a one-year commitment generates the best chance for a fully successful and satisfying chess experience for your student, automatic drafting can be canceled at any point in the year just by e-mailing us. You may also opt out of the recurring draft right now by paying by for the entire semester or school year. Contact us with any questions.
  • CAN MY CHILD ATTEND MORE THAN ONE CLASS PER WEEK?
    Yes, your child may attend any other participating location of The Knight School as part of the tuition. In addition to attending other locations, you may choose to enroll in The Varsity, which is our city-wide advanced class, meets weekly for pizza, a grandmaster lesson and an awesome city-wide bead tourney. Enrollment in The Varsity requires enrollment in the standard Knight School and costs $50 per month.
  • HOW OFTEN DO CLASSES MEET?
    The Knight School meets once per week inside your school in a room designated by your principal. We always meet once per week - throughout the school year - unless your school is dismissed on the designated chess day or unless an alternative chess calendar has been published for your school.
  • WHAT AGES CAN JOIN?
    “Little Geniuses” Preschool Chess is a division of the Knight School that provides developmentally-appropriate chess classes to 3-5 year-olds during the school day in many local, excellent child development centers. “Chess Nuts” Kindergarten Chess, which is the division that targets kindergarten kids ages 5 and 6, has a Little Geniuses-style curriculum but allows 15 additional minutes each week for chess play, which results over the course of the year in substantial improvement in the entire kindergarten chess team. “The Knight School" Elementary Chess is developmentally designed to target kids kindergarten through seventh grade; the mix of all these ages really works in The Knight School.
  • DOES MY CHILD ACTUALLY LEARN CHESS?
    Yes, our ground-breaking curriculum, designed from beginning-to-end by veteran educators, works backwards and results in amazing chess mastery. First we make the kids love the class, the activities, and the coaches. In that environment, the tactics lesson begins to take hold. Kids consistently report The Knight School to be the favorite part of their week and our focus is always good sportsmanship and being both a graceful winner and a graceful loser. This results in brand-new-beginners finding a fun and positive atmosphere that, almost without them even realizing it, develops into chess mastery. Advanced players will find targetted challenges within each lesson, as well as steep competition - either at their own schools or at "The Varsity," which is the city-wide advanced chess team. For the very best of the best, we have "The Masters," our nation-wide elite chess team, which meets on Zoom each week.
  • IS THERE A SIBLING DISCOUNT?
    Yes, the second child is $10 less per month.
  • CAN I TRY A SAMPLE CLASS AND SEE IF IT'S A GOOD FIT BEFORE I COMMIT?
    Absolutely. Many people come to one free sample class first. If they love the class, they enroll right here on this website.
  • CAN MY CHILD TAKE CHESS IN ADDITION TO OTHER SPORTS?
    In The Knight School, all our kids are involved in many diverse activities. We are the chess academy for the well-rounded kids of America who are good at multiple things.
  • WHAT IS THE COMMITMENT?
    You may withdraw at any point, but for best results and to be sure your child meets his or her epiphany when it comes, we recommend that you keep your child enrolled in chess the entire year. We have learned that the muse never announces herself and when the lightning bolt hits--the one revealing to the child that every single thing in a kid’s life is manageable and engineerable--it changes the child’s life. Most students return for many years; many have enrolled seven years in a row and have become better than the coaches. Three have even gone on to grow up, move to a new city, and to become The Knight School City Coaches!
  • HOW MUCH DO I SAVE IF I REFER A FRIEND?
    Referring a friend earns you one month’s credit in The Knight School.
  • AT EXACTLY HOW MANY SCHOOLS DOES THE KNIGHT SCHOOL COACH CHESS?
    At last count The Knight School brought chess to 270 schools across America, coaching 3514 students each week. We are the chess coaches at the National Cathedral School in Washington DC; in the Eanes School District in Austin, Texas; in the Mountain Brook Schools in Birmingham, Alabama; and in many, many systems. This map shows all the locations you can currently find The Knight School classes across America, but you can enroll in our online classes from anywhere.
  • HOW GOOD IS THE KNIGHT SCHOOL?
    The Knight School was 51-0 in head-to-head matches against our rivals and competitors when good sportsmanship dictated that we stop counting. Our coaches have a hand signal that commands our students to lose a match on purpose so our opponents can save face and avoid winning zero games in a match. Some years, kids who first joined The Knight School as beginners have won ten state championships. Mainly, though, our kids have fun and develop a life-long love of both chess and learning in general. Bragging is not in our nature, which is why this FAQ came last.

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The Knight School is looking for a few amazing people to bring into our family. What we offer to those who meet our qualifications is almost impossible to believe: a career where you choose your own hours, be your own boss, earn a great living, radically improve your community and its children, and go to sleep very happy and unstressed every night. Complete the form above to learn more today!

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