~ Indian Proverb

Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe.

Chess curriculum is integrated into Grades K-2 and features a world class chess team after school.

In the area of critical thinking, children learn to categorize information, reason by analogy, follow a logical sequence of ideas, recognize patterns, apply general principles, assess whether one general principle overrides another, and calculate and analyze disparate values to arrive at practical outcomes.

In the domain of social development, chess helps children learn to follow the rules, take turns, accept responsibility for their decisions, respect tradition and demonstrate good sportsmanship in both victory and defeat.  They learn that persistence pays off and that discipline and patience are well rewarded in this microcosm of the larger world.

Formal chess instruction begins in the kindergarten grade. Students receive weekly chess instruction in kindergarten for one semester, and in first grade for two semesters. In second grade, students have formal chess classes for one semester. Opportunities for extension and further development of a student’s passion for chess abound at Dalton.  The early morning and after school programs offer chess instruction across all grade levels. Students participate in local, city, state and national tournaments.  Dalton students have been city, state and national champions many times.

We use many methods of instruction. In each class, we utilize verbal, visual, and hands-on activities.  Each child can demonstrate proficiency or seek further guidance. Assessment is constant throughout as the teacher observes the students and asks and answers questions. 

The chess program at Dalton uniquely provides continuous exposure to chess learning and allows all students to be well served.

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Chess Photos and Video

  • Chess Nationals 2018 - Nashville, TN
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  • Grade Level Chess Nationals on Orlando
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  • Chess Supernationals - 2017
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  • Girls Chess Nationals in Chicago - 2017
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  • New York State Chess Championships - 2017

    Photos by David MacEnulty

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  • K-12 Grade Nationals, December 2016, Nashville
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  • Dalton Chess at Grade Nationals May 2016
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  • 2016 Chess Team in Chicago
    2016 Girls National Chess Tournament in Chicago

    2016 Chess Team in Chicago

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  • Girls' Friendly Chess Tournament December 2015

    Over 50 girls from Dalton and other schools had a great time!

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  • Chess Team Reaches New Heights

    Photos from the Grade Nationals in Orlando

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  • K-1 Friendly October 2015
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  • New York State Chess Champions - 2015
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  • Spence All Girls Chess Tournament

    Photos submitted by Mr. David MacEnulty, Chess Academy Director

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  • Chess Team Earns National Recognition

    Photos provided by David MacEnulty

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  • National Elementary Chess Tournament 2014 - Dallas, Tx

    Photos by David MacEnulty

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  • Dalton Hosts All Girls K-3 Chess Tournament
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  • Chicago National Girls Tournament

    Photos by David MacEnulty

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  • Chess Team Raids the NY State Chess Championships
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  • Dalton hosts K-1 Tournament

    Dalton hosted a K-1 Chess Tournament on Jan 31, 2014 at the Big Dalton Cafeteria 
    There were over 60 children who attended the event and it was a huge success.
    For many of the children, it was their first tournament ever.  
    The kids had a great time and everyone received a trophy!

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  • 2013 Chess Nationals - Orlando

    Photos by David MacEnulty

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