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5100 Orangethorpe Ave,
Next to McDonalds & Starbucks

(714)735-8393cerritos@thecoderschool.com

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Whether your coder is brand new to Scratch or already building distributed Python programs, we can help him or her get to the next level. Unlike other programs, our talented coaches are trained to tailor the lessons to your kid’s interests with an individualized curriculum. This unique approach fosters a lifelong passion for building and technology. Our program will equip your child with critical skills (logic, breaking complex problems into manageable chunks, working with others towards an end goal) and confidence valuable in any future career.

Small student to coach ratio (2:1), customized project-base coding lessons engage students. We work with each coder in their area of interest and work at their own pace. Learn Scratch, Python, C++, Unity, Java, HTML, Javascript, CSS, Minecraft, Roblox, Raspberry Pi, AI, App dev and other technologies.

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! Schedule a FREE class and see why our premier service and methodology outshines the rest!

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Our Philosophy

Looking for coding lessons for kids near Long Beach and Anaheim? We're here to help. We believe every kid is different, so we teach them accordingly. Our expert coders teach our students in a super-small two to one ratio, allowing our Code Coaches to personalize projects built to suit each student. Kids are able to move at their own pace and engage in things that interest them most.

Our Programs

Our coding school's flagship after-school program, Code Coaching, combines a super-small 2:1 teaching ratio with individualized curriculum. Although Code Coaching works from novice to advanced coders, we also offer entry-level classes for those looking for a more traditional class in a larger ratio, as well as @school classes and our ever popular coding camps.

Our System

We're part of a nationwide system of 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 since 2014, we're proud of the impact theCoderSchool has had on communities everywhere. Find out more about Who We Are in our brand video .

How Students Progress

OUR CODER TREE

See our visualization of what kids are learning and a sampling of possibilities.

Learn About
Our Coder Tree

OUR CODER STORY

Find our coding roadmap that goes beyond coding custom apps to building a story for college

Our Coding Camps

From AI to bots, web development to games, we got it all. Our camps stick to a low ratio of around 6:1 and are taught by our expert Code Coaches.

Our Upcoming Events

Prisk Elementary - At School Coding Classes

Prisk Fav afterschool program is back! Our AT School Session Code Class is an afterschool course for newbies and experienced coders held at PRISK! Each session will be different! Grades 2nd-5th. Don't just play video games - learn how to make video games!

Coding Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child’s birthday in a unique way!

With our online or in person coding birthday party, kids have a blast creating their own themed video games and animation while hanging out with their friends! Ideal for Ages 6-15

Make a memorable celebration no matter the distance!!

Our 75 minute Coding Birthday Party includes:

60 minutes of a fun and uniquely themed coding adventure in a private room!

15 minutes for cake cutting and singing – additional family and friends welcome to join in!

Pricing: Our 75 minute virtual or in person party costs $150 for up to 6 guests. Additional guests cost $15 each. We have a maximum of 12 kids per birthday party.

Email: cerritos@thecoderschool.com or call 714-735-8393 to book!

EXPERIENCE THE CODER SCHOOL AT YOUR LOCAL SCHOOL!

Our@School program offers our introductory Code Class at your school campus to provide more coding opportunities for students who can't make it to our in-house Code Class at our facility in Cerritos/La Palma.

These classes vary in duration, based on the specific school. Unless otherwise specified, all classes use "Scratch", which is a graphical drag-and-drop programming environment that was developed by MIT. We use that tool to teach the basic fundamentals of all computer programming languages. This includes functions, looping, conditional processing, variables, Cartesian coordinates and basic arithmetic operations, without needing to worry about the detailed syntax of a typed programming language.

Please contact us at (714) 735-8393 or cerritos@thecoderschool.com to learn how to establish an on-site coding program at your school or in a Virtual Setting.

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOPS FOR GIRL SCOUTS

Have your Girl Scout Troop earn all of their new "Coding For Good" Badges by attending various Computer Technology Workshops at theCoderSchool!

Our 90-minute coding workshops are designed to help Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes or Seniors earn each of the new "CODING FOR GOOD" badges. Each workshop can accommodate up to 20 girls. 8 girls minimum.

Our Code Coaches® will introduce the girls in your troop to the world of coding using a variety of on-line tools, such as Scratch, a graphical, drag-and-drop coding language that was developed by MIT (for younger girls) or Python and HTML (for older girls). Additionally, we will have the girls read, discuss and sign the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge.

The workshop price also includes an iron-on Coder School "FUN PATCH", a completion certificate, inspiration poster, coder pencil and sticker for each girl.

Contact our school office at 714-735-8393 for pricing information and schedule availability for this unique educational opportunity for your troop.

Our Testimonials

  • "My boy has been enrolled since the grand opening. Thus far, Dipali and her staff have done an amazing job. My boy is learning C++. Highly recommend enrolling your child. "
    EJ, TCS Parent, Cerritos, CA
  • "The Coder School has been a great experience for me. Having the opportunity to work with Dipali and the rest of the staff has been one of the best experiences I've had. Everyone is respectful and full of energy with each student that walks in and I enjoy every moment of it. "
    AD, TCS Code Coach
  • "My daughter has been attending since December and she really liked the 2:1 coaching. All of the staff is very attentive and patient with students. "
    EM, TCS Parent, Cerritos, CA
  • "The Coder School Cerritos has patient, knowledgeable, friendly, and understanding coding instructors. Dipali is the friendliest managers you'll run into and she does an incredible job at hand-picking her coaches to work their magic to help your child discover their inner-love to code. My daughter is 10 yrs old, currently creating her second game. She loves her weekly class. You know the class is good when a 10 yr old looks forward to the class, starts with a smile and excitement and goes home with a huge sense of accomplishment; this is priceless to me as a father. "
    CV, TCS Parent, La Palma, CA
  • "My 7 and 9 year old boys share their excitement for their upcoming classes verbally with me each week — truly they say, “I’m so excited for coding class!” We started in quarantine, so it’s all taught over zoom (and they are typically zoomed out by distance learning), and yet they look forward to it greatly! Dipali was so communicative, open, and professional. We couldn’t be happier so far!"
    CJ, TCS Parent, Huntington Beach, CA
  • "When my son first wanted to do coding I was skeptical. We visited all of the coding schools around this coding school. We did the trials at each one. The Coder School was the most focused, kept kids on tasks, provided quiet work environment, and made my son feel comfortable. The staff is really friendly and willing to work with every schedule needed. My son is so excited for every session. We are grateful for this company."
    MF, TCS Cerritos Parent, Artesia, CA
  • "My son's remote coding session went well. He was able to log on without any issues. He was fully engaged during the instruction block and seemed excited to explain what he had learned when he was done. An overall success. Thank you for making the sessions available for the kids during this very strange time."
    MB, TCS Parent, Torrance, CA
  • "My son has been attending classes since November. He is now using terminology that is very sophisticated and thinking about his game design in ways I never would have imagined, coming from an 8-year-old. Even with classes moving online due to COVID-19, he has continued to grow his coding abilities. Great investment in your child!"
    SS, TCS Cerritos Parent
  • "A very well designed curriculum for either group setting or one-on-one coaching. Dipali has put together knowledgeable and motivated staff to get our kids thinking through coding concepts. Love that my son looks forward to his class every week."
    AC, TCS Cerritos Parent
  • "The Coder School coding class has been the best out of school activity I could have ever chosen for my son. Having a child on the spectrum one can only imagine being hesitant of not only group but 1 on 1 as well, however, The Coder School has such an amazing staff who are not only caring, but patient as well. My son not only looks forward to his Friday classes, but asks when the next Coder camp will be. I recommend this program 100%, one of the absolutely best investments I've made for my son."
    NC, TCS Parent
  • "We are very happy with the instruction as well as material that is being learned in the class. My son is enjoying coding while learning at the same time. It’s a win win!!! Also the owner of the school is very helpful and approachable for all of your questions and concerns!"
    LS, TCS Cerritos Parent
  • "My son has been attending The Coder School Cerritos/LaPalma for some time now. He really likes learning about new programs and gets excited to create new games. The school not only teaches but also communicates the lessons and progress for each child. The staff is very attentive and approachable. I would recommend it to everyone."
    NV, TCS Cerritos Parent

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Apps We Build

Each year, theCoderSchool partners with the Congressional App Challenge, a nationwide coding contest run by districts of the U.S. Congress. Some of our students have won this prestigious prize, met their U.S. Congressperson, and even flown to DC for the winners event. Take a look at some recent CAC winners from theCoderSchool, or browse through our Live App Gallery to see custom apps our students are building!

School Info

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5100 Orangethorpe Ave
Next to McDonalds & Starbucks
(714)735-8393
cerritos@thecoderschool.com
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 2:00 – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 2:00 – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 2:00 – 7:00 PM
Friday: 2:00 – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

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Meet Our Owner and Manager

Dipali Patel

Hello Fellow Parents! Welcome to The Coder School! I am so thrilled to bring the #1 Coding School in Silicon Valley to SoCal. My name is Dipali Patel and I am the Owner/General Manager for both the Cerritos/La Palma and Redondo Beach/Torrance locations. I am a graduate of UC Davis with a degree in Psychology. I have 2 tech savvy boys who remind me each day the value and importance of technology in our world today. My background is a mix of HR and Education. For 6 years, I was the owner of a Kumon Math and Reading center in which I helped many students maximize their true potential with their academics. Then I went on to do Tech Recruiting for startups across California. One consistent feedback I received from the software engineers, developers, and programmers I recruited was that they wished there was a coding school around when they were younger. This feedback led me to opening The Coder School. Coding helps foster creativity as well as builds logical thinking and problem-solving skills - all of which helps them prepare for the future, no matter occupation they choose to go in. I couldn’t be prouder of being the first coding school in a community my family and I call home. Feel free to contact me at dipali@thecoderschool.com

Meet Our Code Coaches® Too!

We've got plenty of Coaches, and tons of Comp Sci experience tucked inside! Who's the best Coach for you? I guess you'll have to come on in for a free trial to find out! Roll over a pic to see if we jotted down their background!
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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!
  • Read about Private+Semi-Private Coaching, Virtual Learning, Coding Classes, Robotics, Python, Scratch, or Video Game Coding
    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 cerritos@thecoderschool.com!

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