What does CHESS stand for?

The CHESS name stands for Christian Hybrid Educational Support Systems. We desire to meet the needs of both homeschooled students as well as traditionally schooled students. Similar to a university or college, students are able to attend CHESS for as little as one class a week, or as much as full time. You as a parent can decide on an individualized schedule that works best for your child and family.

The CHESS Christian model of education is unique. In working with traditionally schooled students as well as home schooled students, we have found that more time in the classroom does not necessarily result in a superior education. Many studies support this and show that students who are actively engaged in their education, learn and retain information better than children who receive information passively through direct lecture.

Although homeschool has been found to be incredibly effective. Homeschooling parents have voiced a need for extracurricular activities in one location, educational support, as well as a community of students and parents to interact with.

What grade levels are served at CHESS?

CHESS Christian School is pleased to serve students from Pre-K through 12th grade.

Does CHESS have a Preschool offering?

Yes, CHESS Christian Preschool serves 2’s, 3’s, & 4 year olds. Our Preschool is housed in the same facility as the Elementary through High School program. CHESS Christian Preschool implements a sensory-based, biblically-integrated preschool curriculum that focus on learning through play while reaching all learning styles, including visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic learners.

CHESS Christian is a hybrid model school. Parents serve in the role of co teacher for each core class. Teachers will assign work that is to be completed at home on days class is not in session.  The work assigned is designed with a high degree of parental involved and direction expected at home. Communication between teachers and parents is key in this type of model to assure that students are mastering concepts at an appropriate pace.

Does CHESS offer a Multiple Child discount, or any scholarships?

The multiple child discount is built into the value of rock-bottom tuition offered at CHESS. A core value of CHESS is flexible engagement, where families can participate in CHESS based on their educational and financial needs. It is our desire for families seeking Christian education to receive a quality education at an affordable price.

I am interested in sharing my passion and experience as a teacher at CHESS. What is my next step?

CHESS is a hybrid model of education and does not function as a co-op. CHESS hires qualified and passionate teachers who believe in the discipleship mission of helping every student discover who God created them to be, using the tool of education. Interested candidates should send a resume to Tara Lee at tlee@chesschristian.com.

Is there a Dress Code Policy?

Why wear uniforms?

CHESS Christian School believes uniforms provide benefits to the educational experience for students, teachers, and families. Uniforms allow teachers and administrators to focus on school community and the students’ academics rather than on monitoring the appropriateness of various clothing choices.  The benefits of uniforms for students include: reduced pressure of deciding what to wear to school, decreased pressure to keep up with clothing brands and trends, and an increased ability to concentrate on lessons.

What about creativity and individuality?

At CHESS Christian School, we are committed to providing a creative, individualized community.  Students are supported and encouraged to express their uniqueness through dress in any way that is in compliance with the CHESS Dress Code Policy.  Also, the flexibility in the CHESS Dress Code Policy accommodates students who may have special sensory needs.

CHESS Christian Dress Code:

  • Collared shirts of any color, with or without CHESS logo
  • Khaki, navy, or black uniform pants, shorts or skirts (no cargo style)
  • Length of shorts/skirts must be below the length of the student’s fingertips while arms rest at their sides
  • Plain or CHESS logo sweatshirts and jackets (no wording)
  • Belts must be worn if shirts are worn tucked in.
  • No hats worn during school hours.
  • No visible tattoos while in school uniform.
  • Hair must be neat and trimmed with no extreme colors or styles.
  • Unusual or outlandish styles in clothing or hair that detracts from the educational environment will be addressed by administration


Are the teachers certified?

All of our core teachers are degreed and certified. While some certifications may have expired our teachers have years of experience in the classroom. Our elective teachers are not typically certified but rather specialized in their field.

Is CHESS Christian School accredited?

As CHESS enters our 2nd year of providing creative educational options, we are beginning the process of seeking accreditation through ACTS Accreditation (Association of Christian Teachers and Schools). Once our self-study is complete, we hope to have our accreditation visits complete by Spring, 2016. Currently, CHESS partners with parents who complete the Ohio Notification of Home Education form, and parents sign off on their student’s education. For students who participate in the core academic classes, CHESS will complete the form for parents and will supply the curriculum information. Additionally, CHESS will administer year-end standardized testing for core academic students, and elective students, as desired.

Do CHESS academics line up with state standards?

CHESS Christian does not accept funding from the state of Ohio and therefore does not use Common Core Curriculum. We do however have Christ and the scriptures at the core of all of our curriculum. He is the reason that we exist and it is from Him whom we draw wisdom and to Him whom we must give account regarding our children’s education. More aptly stated, at CHESS Christian, Jesus is our Common Core.

CHESS Christian is a hybrid model school. Parents serve in the role of co teacher for each core class. Teachers will assign work that is to be completed at home on days class is not in session.  The work assigned is designed with a high degree of parental involved and direction expected at home. Communication between teachers and parents is key in this type of model to assure that students are mastering concepts at an appropriate pace.

What is the Charlotte Mason approach to education?

The Charlotte Mason method is based on Charlotte’s firm belief that the child is a person and we must educate that whole person, not just his mind. So a Charlotte Mason education is three-pronged: in her words, “Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life.”

For example, Charlotte’s students used living books rather than dry textbooks. Living books are usually written in narrative or story form by one author who has a passion for his topic. A living book makes the subject “come alive.”

How does CHESS partner with High School students?

CHESS is committed to supporting high school students on their educational journey by providing career path counseling, scholarship guidance, testing preparation, and writing transcripts. CHESS High School students can earn dual credit through the College Credit Plus program, or by taking advantage of partnerships with Cedarville University and other higher education offerings. High School students will enjoy a supportive community of proctored classes at CHESS, monthly field trips, job shadow and internship opportunities, intramural sports, and special events, such as formal banquets.


Why are there no classes on Friday?

CHESS is committed to less worksheets and decreased direct lecture. We have found that learning/comprehension is increased with small class sizes (12:1 ratio), hands on learning, while incorporating the Charlotte Mason methodology of “teach back” learning. This method allows children the freedom to spend less time in the classroom, and allows you and your children to have Fridays as your own. We do have some exciting field trips that are scheduled for Fridays that you can participate in.

How much homework is there in a hybrid model?

As a hybrid model of education, for every hour students are in class at CHESS, students should plan to spend 2-3 hours of outside study at home. The amount of time needed outside of class varies based on ability and age. Younger students (K-4) participate in daily work on memorization of math facts, phonics, and handwriting. Older students (5th grade and up) spend varying times of outside study, but should plan daily work in Math and Language Arts.

What is Guided Study, and what is the benefit?

Guided Study is a place where students receive individualized support from a teacher available to answer questions on classwork. Important executive functioning skills such as self-regulation, organization, and concentration are reinforced for students in accordance with the Charlotte Mason Method of discipline in education. Students look forward to the success they experience in Guided Study.

We know CHESS can help a child that struggles. How does CHESS help a child that excels?

Small class sizes allow us to recognize individual students’ abilities. We encourage students to move forward as they are able. Teachers are able to extend work to modify for children that are able to advance beyond the class. High School students are provided career-planning support to maximize dual credit opportunities.