The Alabama Chess in Schools (ACIS) initiative was Chess in School’s pilot program formulated in partnership with the Alabama State Department of Education. ACIS began in 2015 and concluded its fourth year in May 2019.

Created and directed by Chess in Schools, ACIS demonstrated a model of introducing chess in the classroom that can be replicated in any state-wide or local school system. The research accompanying this project along with the field-tested approach to training teachers helps to establish the value of chess as an educational tool and shows that such a program can be introduced in locations with limited access to an existing chess community. The interim report is titled “Teaching with Chess: Exploring the Relationship between Chess and Student Learning Outcomes – ACIS Years 1-3 Report 1.” published a summary of the ACIS research.