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Welcome to theCoderSchool

Welcome to theCoderSchool, a place where kids learn to code all year round (in-person and remote, too!). Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Silicon Valley, theCoderSchool combines a super-small teaching ratio with an individualized immersion style to get your kids learning to code in no time! We don’t believe in kids being taught by software, and we don’t like one-size-fits-all curriculums. Instead we focus on a mentor relationship with experienced coders, Code Coaches who can guide our students through their amazing technical journey. Learn to code, change the world®. Find out more today!

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Our Philosophy

As a coding school, we’re built a little differently than some folks might think. We’ve taught tens of thousands of students since we started, and to no surprise of any parent, have found that kids are all different! Some learn faster, some learn slower. Some want web, some want games, others still want algorithms or specific languages. So our core philosophy is based on that – all kids learn differently, so let’s teach them differently.

Rather than using static one-size-fits-all curriculums, our core program uses an immersion and mentoring approach in a super-small student to teacher ratio (typically 2:1). This allows our Code Coaches® to personalize and customize based on the students, making for a much more engaging experience. Instead of linear learning of concepts from a curriculum, we immerse the kids in coding by building stuff and then building more stuff! Wanna see what our kids are building? Check our our public App Gallery.

National Top App of the Month

Each month, our locations vote on the best app out of hundreds submitted nationwide by our students. Can you build a Top App? Come on in and find out.

November 2021 Winner
Nick (13) from Cary, NC

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Language: Javascript
App Name: Asteroids
Description: Avoid the asteroids and other things that will spawn and attack you. Some things will attack you, some you just need to avoid. Some things that spawn will shoot back at you, don't get hit. Every 15 seconds you level up, and the screen clears. As the level increases the game will get harder. A boss will spawn every 5 levels, and you cannot progress to higher levels until it is dead. A boss has 35 health and can move around and shoot back at you. Every time you level up a drop will spawn at a rand...

Congressional App Challenge Winners

Congressional App Challenge

Each year, theCoderSchool partners with the Congressional App Challenge, a nationwide coding contest run by districts of the U.S. Congress. Congrats to all our winners from across the country!

  • Drone/AI social distance detection
    2020 Winner - Buffalo NY
    Drone/AI social distance detection
  • Teen job/volunteer matching
    2020 Winner - St Louis MO
    Teen job/volunteer matching
  • 3D Max Game in HTML
    2020 Winner - Folsom CA
    3D Max Game in HTML
  • Note taking for online learning
    2020 Winner - Las Vegas NV
    Note taking for online learning
  • Help make food decisions for health
    2020 Winner - Buffalo, NY
    Help make food decisions for health
  • Distribute restaurant leftovers
    2020 Winner - Syosset NY
    Distribute restaurant leftovers
  • Webapp using real-time weather
    2020 2nd Place - St Louis MO
    Webapp using real-time weather
  • Assess COVID wellness
    2020 3rd Place - Syosset NY
    Assess COVID wellness
  • Checkbook balancing
    2020 Hon. Men. - Westerville OH
    Checkbook balancing
  • 3D Platformer Game
    2020 Best Prez - Pasadena CA
    3D Platformer Game

Our Story

Hansel and Wayne have been best buds and business partners for almost 20 years, even playing in a hilariously horrible but awesomely fun punk-pop cover band together. Back in 2013, Hansel happened to be trying to get his own kids to learn to code. When his oldest, Maile (10 at the time), whipped through an online learning website really fast, proud Papa asked some questions. To his surprise, Maile really didn’t learn much at all! “I just clicked through to get to the end”, they said (sound familiar, parents?!). That was the lightbulb moment when Hansel realized that software can’t teach kids – PEOPLE need to teach kids. And thus the idea behind theCoderSchool and our Code Coaches® mentoring philosophy was born. Wanna know more? See Who We Are, or check out an episode of our Bonus AppStream, one of a series of videos by us that teaches kids how to build a simple app.

Our Videos

Who We Are

Online Coaching

A Day in a School

Our Books

Looking for something more tangible? We teamed up with Simon Basher from Basher Books to author some cool books in a graphical style that can only come from the mind of Basher. Who better to team up with than someone who's sold three million books and has his own line of STEM-based Basher Toys? Head to Amazon to order now, or look for our books in bookstores nationwide (and worldwide)!
theCoderSchool's Coding with Scratch Book theCoderSchool's Code Your Own Website Book

Our AppStream

Looking to learn online on your own? Check out AppStream, our latest product for newbie coders around the world. While AppStream isn't the best or fastest way to learn (our core program, Code Coaching, always is!), it's still a great outlet for our beginner coders to be exposed to coding from our Code Coaches through an online weekly video format.
theCoderSchool AppStream

Parent Testimonials

“If you want your child to learn STEM concepts via coding, send them here. I’ve been in IT for 23 years and I have not seen anything close to the customized curriculum they created. Hands down, this is the place you want your kids to be.”

– Siddhartha from New Jersey

“My son is having a wonderful experience at The Coder School. The instructors are exceptional. I was skeptical whether an online class could be engaging for him, but he is having a blast and learning a lot. It’s a quarantine lifesaver!”

– Karin from California

“My son is loving his coding lessons that are currently all being done online. The coaches and staff are very helpful. We also did an online spring break camp and he really learned a lot. He has fun creating games and then working on them until his next session. Highly recommend!”

– Kim from Georgia

“The kids really loved the Scratch camp. I haven’t seen them this excited about learning something new in a very long time. We look forward to coming back in late August.”

– Bejon from Connecticut


Wanna start your own theCoderSchool business? We’ve had an incredible time so far meeting so many awesome owners and teaching so many amazing kids. Come join the world of coding for kids, and help us keep the momentum going. Find out more on our franchising page.
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What is theCoderSchool? We are an after-school drop-off (and virtual) program for kids learning to code - a coding school! There's after-school kung fu. There's after-school music lessons, sports, art, tutoring, Chinese, you name it, it's out there. But coding for kids? We're among the first of many, and the largest in Silicon Valley with more locations on the way around the country. The future will be ever more dependent on technology so let's get our young generation ready. Learn to Code, Change the World®.

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