A school where chess is cool

The cool kids are on the chess team at I.S. 318, an inner-city school in New York City. Brooklyn Castle follows five players on the championship-winning team known as the “Yankees” of middle-school chess.

Pobo Efekoro, last year’s IS 318 class president, and documentarian Katie Dellmaggiore discussed the importance of extracurricular activities with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. The school’s budget has been cut, making it hard for the team to travel to tournaments.

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  1. Isn’t this the same school that you focused on in the Grit piece by Pondiscio? Many of the kids are extremely low-functioning, and even intensive summer tutoring couldn’t make a dent?