Hello East Bay! We are so excited to be bringing a Coder School to Berkeley! With UC Berkeley, the best public university in the country down the street, Pixar, the leader in animation innovation around the corner and Oakland, the latest stop in the Bay Area tech boom just minutes away, Berkeley is where the next generation of artists, thinkers, inventors and coders are all gathering.
At theCoderSchool, we want to do more than just teach coding. We want aspiring coders to use their new found passion as a stepping stone to thinking outside the box, as a way to channel their ideas in a creative way and most importantly, to have fun. Interested? Fill out the form and we will be in touch shortly to tell you more!
Code Coaching®Code Coaching® is our core philosophy, and what our school is about! We believe that every student is different, and that kids should learn the things they're most interested in, at the speed that works best for them. From game development to Python or Java and beyond, Code Coaching® works for all kids of all ages and skills. Code Coaching® uses a super-small 2:1 student-to-instructor ratio so our students can get the focused attention and customization they need. These sessions run one or two hours a week (your choice), at the same time every week on a schedule that works for both you and our Coach. Check out our video for more!
App TeamApp Team is our premium program that combines our classic Code Coaching® with a Coder Fair presentation every 3-4 months. Kids come in as usual for their one (or two) hour Code Coaching® session as scheduled, but come a second time each week for a group one-hour session to work on their presentations and get together for team-oriented activities. App Team is for our students aged 10 and up. Check with your location for the group session times, and check out our explainer video for more!
Code ClassCode Class is our entry level program for the novice and younger (ages 8-10) coder. Our Coaches use Scratch or Snap! to teach kids using our project-based game development curriculum. Code Class runs one hour per week at a preset time. Check out our video for more!
Code CampOur Code Camps are a great way to spend a school break. Camps are typically one week long, and usually 9am-3pm (check your location for specific times). Each week has a different theme and may be aimed for a specific age group or skill set. Some locations may offer camps during other breaks such as holiday or track-out breaks. For more information, check out our Camps page or our video below!
AI Focus BranchArtificial Intelligence is all the rage these days. The technology behind autonomous cars, computer opponents, and shopping recommendations is a vast and growing field. Because AI is fundamentally based on algorithms (usually very complex ones!), we may teach this Coder Branch using any language, from Python all the way to Scratch, focusing more on the algorithm than the language. Our AI Focus Branch is for our advanced students with an already strong grasp of a number of languages and basic algorithms.
Mobile BranchCan you believe the first iPhone was released by Steve Jobs in 2007? A few short years later, almost everyone has a smartphone. Our Mobile Branch teaches kids how to create and design apps and websites for the phone. Technologies used may include Phone Gap, App Inventor, or even XCode/Eclipse for our most advanced students. Our Mobile Branch is intended for intermediate-advanced students.
Data Focus BranchAs many professional coders know, data is what runs the world these days. From Google to Wikipedia, from maps to shopping, it's the data underneath that supports all this technology. Programming in data manipulation is just like it sounds - lots of numbers! Because of that, this branch tends to target more advanced kids who aren't afraid of a lot of math, numbers, and algorithmic coding. We may teach data in any language from Python to Scratch, and for more advanced kids, we may move into SQL databases.
Algorithms BranchAlgorithms form the basis of all coding, and in a nutshell are basically the logical processes that a computer follows to perform a task. Basic algorithms are everywhere, starting with our students' first program that repeats a loop 10 times. More complex algorithms are like logic puzzles, and can be tough for even the most seasoned coders. While algorithms are in all projects we create, we may also use algorithm-specific tools like Coding Bat, Project Euler, and others to hone students' logic skills.
Custom BranchAs the name implies, in our Custom Branch, anything is game! Our philosophy is that coding covers such a wide range of topics, it's impossible to name every one. Will students build a utility app for their community? A data website that tracks storms? A game that their friends play together? Their imagination's the limit in our Custom Branch.
Bots 'n Hardware BranchFrom robots to mini-computers, having a physical, tangible product is bound to engage kids at all levels. With platforms like Raspberry Pi, Makey Makey or MakeBlock's mBot, we can teach kids how to program them and bring them to life. While we don't typically provide the hardware, we may have some school-owned bots students can use - or students are encouraged to bring in their own!
Gaming+ BranchGames are for everyone! Whether we're talking battle games, social games, or platform games, our Code Coaches® can help students create something fun and playable. Gaming+ covers a wide range of skill levels, from easy games in Scratch to harder games using platforms like PyGame or even PlayCanvas.
AP Tutor BranchWhile we've never believed that static curriculums are a good way to learn computer science, some folks just need straight tutoring help for their AP Comp Sci course. Usually reserved for high school students taking (or soon taking) AP Comp Sci, our AP Tutor Branch consists of tutoring our students straight down the line with the standard AP Comp Sci curriculum, typically in Java. Our AP Tutor Branch is best taught in our private 1:1 Code Coaching® program.
Tech TalkOur Tech Talks aren't directly related to heads down coding but instead focus on higher level topics like how the internet works, Internet Safety (required for all our students), or just understanding technology at a high level. From quantum computing to map directions, students can be exposed to these technologies, learning how they shape our lives. Tech Talks are less about the detailed coding, and more about understanding high-level concepts.
Our Coder Tree™ ProgressionWe believe that every student learns in his or her own way, not only in what they want to work on, but how fast and how much. Our Coder Tree™ is a visualization of our students' learning options as they grow and a sampling of some of the topics we teach. Like real trees, our students' coding journeys are unique from each other, but all require strong foundations and trunks to support their higher, advanced branches. Click on a branch to find out more about some of the focus areas we teach (subject to staff availability).
Meet the General Manager
My name is Michael Scribner and I'm the general manager/co-owner of theCoderSchool Berkeley. My first experience with a computer was in junior high (before it was called middle school!!) with an Apple IIe and little did I realize where that was going to lead. From school to career, technology has always been important, but never more so than today, especially for kids. I’m excited to be able to help kids develop a passion for learning how to utilize today's technology for the future. I received my BA in English from Cal, worked in HR for 13 years, ran a Color Me Mine for 2 years, and helped run after school programs and school fundraisers, not to mention countless hours of volunteering at our kids’ many schools. You can always reach me at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I remember my parents giving me my first Apple IIe computer when I was 10, learning BASIC from my dad, and hating to see the words ‘syntax error’ appear on my screen. Today, I’m learning to code alongside my three kids and trying not to let them get too far ahead of me in technology. I graduated from Cal (Go Bears!) with a PhD in educational psychology and have worked for over 15 years as a school psychologist and educational consultant. As a founding family member of Yu Ming Charter School and an adjunct professor at the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute (BATTI), I teach and mentor teachers throughout the Bay Area. I’m passionate about understanding children and how to best support their social-emotional and learning needs, and I feel so grateful to have this opportunity to bring coding and technology to ALL families and children in a setting that’s both educational and fun!