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Welcome to theCoderSchool

Welcome to theCoderSchool, a place where kids learn to code in our cool startup-vibe locations. Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Silicon Valley, theCoderSchool believes every kid is unique, and we treat them that way. 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®. Go to a location page to learn more about our programs.

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How We Teach

Kids are like snowflakes, they're each unique individuals. So why teach them the same things? Our core philosophy is based on that concept - kids are unique, so let's teach them the way that fits them best. Our core program uses a super-small student to teacher ratio (typically 2:1) to allow our Code Coaches to personalize and customize based on the students, making for a much more engaging experience. Find out more details about our programs by going to one of our location pages or contacting us today. Wanna see what our kids are building? Check our our public App Gallery.

National Top App of the Month

Each month, we 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.

July 2024 Winner
Tokiwa (15) from Short Hills, NJ

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Language: Python
App Name: Checkers
Description: Classic Checkers game with Turtle graphics that supports king pieces and forces players to capture if capturing is possible. Players can use the console to make moves. A two-dimensional list is used to keep track of the state of the board. Various functions are used to validate or invalidate moves based on the rules. Players can see how many captures they have made on their side of the board. Capture all of the opponent's pieces to win!

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. Check out some of our winners below!

  • Inform about dangers of tobacco
    2023 Winner - San Francisco CA
    Inform about dangers of tobacco
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  • Stock Market simulation app
    2023 Winner - Las Vegas NV
    Stock Market simulation app
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  • Plant health recognition app
    2023 Winner - Pleasanton CA
    Plant health recognition app
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  • Food bank support
    2023 Winner - Irvine CA
    Food bank support
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  • Interactive mental health website
    2022 Winner - Pleasanton CA
    Interactive mental health website
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  • Scheduling software for busy high schoolers
    2022 Winner - Henderson NV
    Scheduling software for busy high schoolers
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  • Website+game to educate on carbon footprint
    2022 Winner - Yorba Linda CA
    Website+game to educate on carbon footprint
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  • Help health care workers with code blue
    2021 Winner - Sarasota FL
    Help health care workers with code blue
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  • Chat room with built-in AI
    2021 Winner - Buffalo NY
    Chat room with built-in AI
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  • Gem collection game in Python
    2021 Winner - Folsom CA
    Gem collection game in Python
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  • Education resource for all communities
    2021 Winner - Syosset NY
    Education resource for all communities
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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

Code 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 classes for kids? Founded in 2013, we're 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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