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207 S El Camino Real Suite C,
Behind Orange Theory Fitness

(760)652-9960encinitas@thecoderschool.com

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Hello Encinitas! The #1 after-school coding program for ages 7-18 in Silicon Valley is now here in Encinitas. 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. 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.

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Our Philosophy

Looking for coding lessons for kids in Encinitas, CA? 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.

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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

In-Person Scratch Group Class

Sign up for our Intro to Scratch group classes! Ages 6+ They will run on Fridays 3/1, 3/8, 3/15 and 3/22 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm, Up to 6 students to one teacher. The Group classes may continue beyond March based on demand. Tuition is $149

In-Person Python Group Class

Sign up for our Intro to Python group classes! Ages 9+ They will run on Fridays 3/1, 3/8, 3/15 and 3/22 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm, Up to 6 students to one teacher. The Group classes may continue beyond March based on demand. Tuition is $149

Roblox Classes

Build your own Roblox game from start to finish! Once done, you will be able to take these skills to create your unique playable game you can invite your friends to play, as well as the world!

Minecraft Classes

Learn coding while building custom worlds and solving challenges on private and secure Minecraft servers.

Robotics Classes

Check out our mBots, LEGO MindStorms, Dash and Ozobot classes today!

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition

Thank you Rep Mike Levin and team ! We are humbled by receiving the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. Thank you so much for your support and engagement to inspire a new generation to learn about the exciting and creative world of coding!

Our Testimonials

  • "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.
  • "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.
  • "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 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.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • "My daughter has been going to The Coder School for over five years and absolutely loves it!"
    Nathan W.

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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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207 S El Camino Real Suite C
Behind Orange Theory Fitness
(760)652-9960
encinitas@thecoderschool.com
Monday: 3:30 – 6:30 PM
Tuesday: 3:30 – 6:30 PM
Wednesday: 3:30 – 6:30 PM
Thursday: 3:30 – 6:30 PM
Friday: 3:30 – 6:30 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

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Meet Our Owners

Renata Brunelo

Hello! My name is Renata, and I’m the co-owner and general manager of theCoderSchool Encinitas. After three years running theCoderSchool North San Diego, we are so thrilled to bring this unique coding program to Encinitas! I’m a mother of two young children, and I’m amazed to see how this generation is already using so much of the digital world at such a young age. I’ve also worked multiple years at Bank of New York Mellon where I saw how technology is turning all businesses across the world upside down. The ability to understand coding will create countless opportunities for our kids’ futures in any path they choose to follow. I’m excited to help kids learn how to use today's tech to change the future! You can reach me anytime at renata@thecoderschool.com

Marcel Brunelo

Hi all! My name is Marcel, and I’m a co-owner and general manager at theCoderSchool Encinitas. I’ve spent my career working on the trading floor, where I saw firsthand how quickly computers were replacing traders and dramatically changing the way we worked. I was lucky to have received computer science education during my BA in Engineering and my MBA at Columbia Business School, and I have no doubt that high-quality coding instruction is a key tool for critical jobs of the future. Since 2017, I have been directly involved in the day to day of theCoderSchool North San Diego along with my wife, Renata, and we see that learning coding really changes the way kids think and problem solve. We have an awesome team here at theCoderSchool Encinitas, and we look forward to being part of your child's coding journey! You can reach me directly at marcel@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 encinitas@thecoderschool.com!

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