Chess students throughout the world can, for the first time, enroll in a chess class with a live instructor. Through the cooperative effort of Smoky Valley Virtual Charter School and the Anatoly Karpov International School of Chess, reasonably priced lessons in beginning and intermediate chess are now a reality.
Full time students of Smoky Valley Virtual Charter School must enroll by no later than August 15, 2011. We have provided a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How does the Virtual School work?
A. Students and instructors are linked together by computers equipped with web cameras. Thanks to high speed Internet access (DSL or Cable), the instructors can present course material to the entire class at one time. Students and teachers can converse with any of the class members at any time, even though they may be hundreds of miles apart at the time.
Q. I live in Kansas and Iím a home-schooled high school student. Can I enroll in the Smoky Valley Virtual Charter School?
A. Yes. You may call the Virtual School at 785-227-4254, extension #237 for more information.
Q. Do I have to live in Kansas in order to participate in the chess classes?
A. No. You may participate through the Karpov Chess School.
Q. Can anyone enroll in on-line chess classes?
A. Yes, however only High School students who are enrolled in the Smoky Valley Virtual Charter School can take chess for credit. Out of area students and adults may participate through the Anatoly Karpov International School of Chess. Adults and students who achieve a passing grade in the class will receive certificates of completion from the chess school.
Q. How many sessions are there in each class?
A. Each class consists of 36 sessions. Each session lasts approximately one hour.
Q. What is the cost of these on-line classes?
A. If you are a High School student enrolled in the Smoky Valley Virtual Charter School, there is no charge. All others need to pay the $295.00 fee per class directly to the Anatoly Karpov International School of Chess. Checks, money orders, and Pay Pal are accepted.
Q. What is the uppermost level of chess taught in the on-line classes?
A. This year, classes are being offered to bring the student to the level of an intermediate chess player, which is equivalent to a U.S. Chess Federation rating of about 1400.
Q. If I miss the Sept. 7, 2010 enrollment date, can I enroll after the class has started?
A. Students enrolled in the Smoky Valley Virtual Charter School must enroll by the August 15 deadline. However, other students and adults may enroll after that date through the Karpov Chess School. Those who wish to enroll late in Chess I or Chess II will be given a placement test to determine if the class selected is suitable for their needs. This test will be sent to the student or adult and may be completed by mail.
Q. What equipment and or supplies will I need for the classes?
A. Apple iBook computers and iSight web cameras are provided to Kansas students enrolled full time at Smoky Valley Virtual School. Other students and adults will need to have access to any computer that has a web-camera and high speed Internet access.
Q. What if I need additional information?
A. You may call the Smoky Valley Virtual Charter School at 785-227-4254, extension #237 or visit their website at: www.smokyvalley.org/charter or e-mail email@example.com. Other students can contact the Anatoly Karpov International School of Chess at 785-227-2224 or e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org