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Ashburn, VA

42841 Creek View Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20148
In Goose Creek Village Center
Map(571)918-4604ashburn@thecoderschool.com
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*** THECODERSCHOOL IS OPEN TODAY SATURDAY 1/20/24***

Hey super-parent! We're happy you're looking for options to get your kids learning to code. It's SUCH an amazing skill to learn and will help your kids in more ways than you can imagine! We're super excited to be bringing Silicon Valley's #1 kids coding program to the area to help your kids get going, so read on and let's get our kids coding!

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'll be in touch shortly to tell you more!

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Coding Lessons for Kids in Ashburn, VA

We believe coding is an art and a science. Something best taught by an expert mentor sitting right next to our students. Personalized attention goes a long way when learning an advanced subject. That's why our after-school coding lessons for kids revolve around a mentoring relationship with a Code Coach who's not only an expert coder themselves, but an ongoing mentor for our students' tech ambitions even beyond app building.

Programs at theCoderSchool

Our coding school's flagship after-school program, Code Coaching®, combines a super-small 2:1 teaching ratio with individualized curriculum so kids are able to move at their own pace, doing things that interest them the most. While Code Coaching is our premium program, we also offer a Code Class for those looking for a more traditional curriculum-taught class in a larger ratio. Programs are typically in-person, but may be offered virtually as needed. Contact us using the form above to find out more and get a free trial today.

theCoderSchool System

We're part of a nationwide system of passionate owners in over 65 locations around the country, teaching over 7,000 students every week with the brainpower of 1000+ expert Code Coaches®. Headquartered and founded in Silicon Valley, we're proud of the impact theCoderSchool has had on communities everywhere since our brand was founded way back in August of 2014. In short, we know a thing or two about teaching kids to code - so let's get to it!

What Kids Learn

We 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 what kids are learning and a sampling of possibilities. We even have a suite of proprietary tools (see a sample Student Portal ) that chart our students' progress, concepts learned, and even activities beyond app-building.

The Coder Story

Every coding student has a unique journey, something we call a Coder Story. Our Coder Story structure helps guide kids along a roadmap of coding possibilities as they explore coding-related activities beyond building custom apps. For those striving to go to college as a Computer Science Major, an advanced Coder Story can help differentiate their application to college admissions boards.

Apps We Build

Congressional App Challenge

Each year, theCoderSchool partners with the Congressional App Challenge, a nationwide coding contest run by districts of the U.S. Congress. Take a look at some recent winners, or ask about our App Gallery to see more apps!

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

Summer Camps

Let's get ready for summer camps! Our in-person summer camps are held at the school Monday through Friday. We offer full day and half day options across a variety of programming languages and platforms.

And guess what?! We're offering a discount of $100 off FULL DAY camps and $50 off HALF DAY camps for a limited time only. Just use the code CAMP2024 or CAMP2024HD at checkout.

Beyond Camps: Our year-round program builds upon the camp experience. Code camps are introductory, teaching students basic coding skills which can then be applied and advanced through year-round code coaching. Email us at ashburn@thecoderschool.com for more information and to register for a free 30-minute trial!
Scroll table to see all 12 camps
Week Format Camp Ages Price
6/17-6/21 Half Day Game Developer - AM We'll be using drag n' drop languages like Scratch or Snap to create cool new and classic games! Aimed at our newbie and novice coders. Age 6-10 Age 6-10 $249 $199
6/17-6/21 Half Day Game Developer - PM We'll be using cool drag n' drop languages like Scratch or Snap to create cool new and classic games! Aimed at our newbie and novice coders. Age 6-10 Age 6-10 $249 $199
6/24-6/28 Full Day Python Startup We don't have a pet snake for our schools, so we'll settle for introducing you to Python, one of the most popular coding languages today. For beginner to intermediate coders. No Python experience is necessary. Age 10+ Age 10+ $499 $399
7/8-7/12 Half Day Game Developer We'll be using cool drag n' drop languages like Scratch or Snap to create cool new and classic games! Aimed at our newbie and novice coders. Age 6-10 Age 6-10 $249 $199
7/8-7/12 Half Day WebRox Everything's about the web these days, and that's why Web Rocks! Code with all the base web technologies like HTML/CSS and Javascript and get a real live website going! For beginner to intermediate coders. No HTML/CSS or JavaScript experience is necessary. Age 10+ Age 10+ $249 $199
7/15-7/19 Full Day Rise of the Machines (Intro to Artificial Intelligence) Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the bigger buzzwords today, and we’re ready to help you tackle it. What is AI? Why is it taking over the world? We’ll start out talking about AI use cases, dive into fundamental algorithms and create some basic AI apps. Some coding experience is required. Age 10+ Age 10+ $499 $399
7/22-7/26 Half Day Game Developer We'll be using cool drag n' drop languages like Scratch or Snap to create cool new and classic games! Aimed at our newbie and novice coders. Age 6-10 Age 6-10 $249 $199
7/22-7/26 Half Day RoboCode Explore the world of robots in this introductory level camp. You'll get inside the robot brain, learn how they work, and program and code a robot! Campers get to take home their robot at the end of the week (price of robot included). Age 10+ Age 10+ $329 $279
7/29-8/2 Full Day Intro to Java Our Java camp is designed to help students get a head start on the AP Computer Science “A” course. While we’re not likely to complete the entire course during camp, we’ll go as far as we can based on the skillset of the campers. This camp is aimed at students about to start AP CS A, or those who want to get a head start on Java! Age 13+ Age 13+ $499 $399
8/5-8/9 Half Day Game Developer We'll be using cool drag n' drop languages like Scratch or Snap to create cool new and classic games! Aimed at our newbie and novice coders. Age 6-10 Age 6-10 $249 $199
8/5-8/9 Half Day Minecraft While known for its popularity among games, Minecraft can be educational! Using Minecraft Education Edition, campers will solve puzzles, complete lesson plans, and take on an adventure with coding. For beginners, and Minecraft lovers! Age 8+ Age 8+ $249 $199
8/12-8/16 Full Day Python Startup We don't have a pet snake for our schools, so we'll settle for introducing you to Python, one of the most popular coding languages today. For beginner to intermediate coders. No Python experience is necessary. Age 10+ Age 10+ $499 $399

Our Testimonials

  • "We love theCoderSchool! My 9 year old son started 1:1 lessons there 6 months ago (he is shy, so I thought 1:1 would be good for him to start with that). He LOVES it!"
    Allison D.
  • "What you have brought [here] is simply amazing! Your coaches are fantastic and I couldn't ask for a better learning environment for my son to do his thing and expand his knowledge!"
    Bonnie D.
  • "I was unsure at first but every time my daughter finishes a class she is excited and happy and looks forward to it every week! Nothing better than incorporating fun with education!"
    Sabari P.
  • "My son absolutely loves this coding school! The coaches are fabulous!"
    Lisa A.
  • "Staff is great. They have managed to turn my son's technology obsession into a creative (instead of just observing you tube videos) outlet. Now instead of just watching videos or playing games...he is creating his games."
    Russell H.
  • "My son loves to go here. He looks forward to it all week. They have great communication and make sure the kids are really engaged ."
    Kaylon P.
  • "Excellent staff, reasonable prices, and most important they make it fun for kids to learn coding. My son is always excited to go back and work on his game."
    Mathew J.
  • "My daughter has been going to The Coder School for over five years and absolutely loves it!"
    Nathan W.

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Our Upcoming Events

The Hill School | Grades K-2 | Beginner Code Class 2

In this 8-week course, students will continue to build on coding concepts learned during the winter session. Instruction will be using block-based programming in Scratch to create new projects and games. Registration deadline 3/8!
Apr 1 - Jun 3

The Hill School | Grades 3-5 | Game Developer 2

In this 8-week course, students will continue to build on coding concepts learned during the winter session. Instruction will be using block-based programming in Scratch to create more advanced projects and games. Registration deadline 3/8!
Apr 1 - Jun 3
Apr 4 - May 30

The Hill School | Grades 5-8 | Intro to Python 2

In this 8-week course students will continue to build on coding concepts learned during the winter session. Students will apply fundamental principles learned to additional project-based applications in Python. Registration deadline 3/8!
Apr 1 - Jun 3

The Hill School | Grades JK-1| Junior Code Class 2

In this 8-week course, new or returning students will learn fundamental coding concepts using block-based programming in Scratch. Registration deadline 3/8!
Apr 4 - May 30

The Hill School | Grades 3-5 | Game Developer

In this 8-week course, students will be introduced to fundamental concepts of coding. We'll be building new and classic games using block-based programming in Scratch. Registration deadline 3/8!
Apr 4 - May 30

School Info

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42841 Creek View Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20148
In Goose Creek Village Center
(571)918-4604
ashburn@thecoderschool.com
Monday: 3:00 – 8:00 PM
Tuesday: 3:00 – 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 3:00 – 8:00 PM
Thursday: 3:00 – 8:00 PM
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday: Closed
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Meet our Owners

Chad and Ellen Hamel

Hi everyone! We are Chad and Ellen Hamel, owners of theCoderSchool in Ashburn, VA. We are so excited to bring theCoderSchool to the DC metro area! A little about us - we live on a small farm in Loudoun County with our two boys, a dog and lots of other farm animals! Chad is a veterinarian and graduate of Oklahoma State University and Ellen is a nurse with Nursing degree from the University of Virginia and Master of Public Health from George Washington University. We have each worked in the healthcare field for nearly 20 years and we are both former college athletes. Throughout our careers we’ve experienced more and more the importance of technology and its reach into a variety of different industries, including health! For this reason, we feel it is really important to bring the ability to code to the next generation. Coding is not only a critical skill set for the future, but helps kids to develop their creative, cognitive and analytic abilities, setting them up for success in their careers and in life! We chose theCoderSchool because we believe in its philosophy of teaching to code through a personalized coaching approach, in a fun and supportive environment, fostered by a family-oriented team. We hope you’ll join our community and look forward to working with you and your child to create an awesome learning experience! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us anytime at chamel@thecoderschool.com or ehamel@thecoderschool.com.

Meet our Mascot!

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My name is Magellan, theCodingAlpaca, and I enjoy eating grass, playing with my other Alpaca friends, and of course, Coding. I hope to see you soon at our school. Until then, please ponder how I learned to code when I have hooves for feet and I hope you have an awesome day!

We're always looking for great Code Coaches. Shoot us an email with resumé to see if we're a fit!

Frequently Asked Questions

How can coding help kids?

Many folks might think learning to code is so kids can actually code an app. Honestly, that's not usually the case! Coding real-life apps is tough. Despite what the media says, your kid is not writing some million dollar app by themselves in a month. Instead, coding helps kid *solve problems*. Coding is all about debugging and logically thinking through the fix. Breaking a large problem into smaller parts, logical sequencing, these are all important problem solving skills for any kid (or adult!). A second benefit is confidence and passion in technology. There's plenty of time for kids to learn the latest real tech (which changes all the time), but the time to build passion for technology (and a foundational knowledge base) is when they're young!

What is the best coding language to learn as a beginner?

The truth is, Scratch is amazing for a beginner at ANY AGE. If someone is truly a beginner, a platform like Scratch can allow them to create and engage much more quickly. Older kids (say 11 and up) can soon move to a language like Python or Javascript. Just remember that it takes a LOT MORE work to get Python/Javascript to do the same thing as Scratch - so the kids will need some patience. No matter what anyone tells you please DO NOT start learning with Java or C++! Those languages are too advanced to start with, and we've seen it too often - kids will give up because it's so hard! Definition of backfiring!

What is the best age to start coding?

It depends - we think the best age is the age they want to do it! Listen, there's plenty of time to *really* learn to code - there's a reason Comp Sci is a really tough college degree. The important thing in the younger years is to bring out the desire and passion to learn more - that's why at theCoderSchool we customize our projects based on the student's interests and really focus on engagement before learning.

How do I get accepted into a college computer science program?

These days, top colleges are incredibly selective. Learning to code by itself probably won't help you stand out enough. Instead, consider building a unique Coder Story. Can we help? Sure can!

What are the benefits of kids learning to code?

Children of all ages can benefit from learning coding skills, and students who get hands-on experience with computer programming go on to excel in other subjects Coding helps students gain computer proficiency and build real-world problem-solving skills. Exploring technology is essential for computer literacy. Building fundamental coding skills encourages creativity, promotes teamwork, and enhances spatial intelligence and logical thinking skills. Kids of all ages can learn computer science. For teenagers, learning how to code leads to the development of transferable skills that can be applied in future careers or workplaces. If your student is interested in data science or machine learning, a self-paced course in computer programming can help pave their path.

As you and your family consider coding programs, it helps to keep in mind:

  • The age of the student (we can teach kids as young as six)
  • Their individual interests (such as Lego, Roblox, robotics, video game design, or artificial intelligence)
  • Any previous hands-on experience with coding (even exposure to mobile apps or playing with Minecraft counts)
  • Preferred learning style (we offer both flexible and structured curricula and support self-paced learning)
  • Social skills (some students learn best in one-on-one lessons, while others favor teamwork)

    Whether the student wants to explore Minecraft modding in Minecraft camp, is interested in HTML, or wants to learn block-based coding like CSS, our interactive classes provide a great coding experience.

    Can a 6 year old do coding?

    Sure! Kids this young are just developing their sense of logic. While some advanced 6 year olds are ready to dive into learning Scratch, many are better off with fun learning apps like Kodable or Scratch Jr..

    How do kids learn to code?

    Same way adults do! The best way to learn something is to just DO it. It's not about all the theory and fancy words, it's about just doing it over and over again. If you're a parent with a college degree, think back. How much of that theoretical curriculum did you really use in your job? Or did you really learn your job by DOING your job? It's the same with kids, we'll mentor and guide them, but most importantly, we'll get them to code something custom that they want to code!

    Where is the best place to learn coding for kids?

    We're a little bit biased, but we think it's theCoderSchool! There's no better way to learn anything, including coding, than just doing it with a mentor to guide you. Online or in person, our Code Coaches will give you that low-ratio full attention that every kid deserves!
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    or check out our general blog or our student blogs

    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®.

    Got a question? Email us at ashburn@thecoderschool.com!

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