The JSSPVA organizes and operates The Joseph Sears School Chess Club. Chess Club participants meet once a week during lunch, either in The Link area or in the Auditorium. Chess Club is open to all students from 1st - 8th grade, however, Kindergarten students may be accepted providing they have had some previous chess experience.
Chess Master Shiva Maharaj provides instruction to students of all levels from beginners to experts. Mr. Maharaj teaches chess for Wilmette school programs, runs chess tournaments though his own chess company and has taken students to national finals. Joseph Sears School staff members assist the instructor during the lunch session.