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Welcome to theCoderSchool
1435 E Warner Rd, Ste 104,
Between Target and Petco


Looking for the best place to learn to code? Look no further. From novice to advanced, we can teach students at any level. At theCoderSchool, we teach with a small ratio to allow our expert Code Coaches to get to know our students and teach them as individuals, using a custom project-building approach. Fill out our form to learn more! Learn to code. Change the World.®

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Our Philosophy

Looking for coding lessons for kids near Phoenix? 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


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

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Our Coder Tree


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

Camp Schedule By Week

Computer Coding Camps are a great way to get your kids ENGAGED and EDUCATED during school breaks! We have a low student-to-teacher ratio, so your kids really learn to code and have fun, too. Camps will include interactive breaks with STEM activities and team building challenges. Turn screen time into learning time! IMPORTANT: We are an approved Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) vendor offered through the Arizona Department of Education. We are also on Class Wallet! Not sure what camp to sign up for? Call, text or email us! (480)410-7669 OR Camps will fill up fast so don't delay and BOOK TODAY! SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW ALL CAMPS!
Week Format Camp Ages Price
7/8-7/11 Mon-Thur, 9am-3pm Minecraft Madness Do you love playing Minecraft? Play in Minecraft Education Edition and solve puzzles and take on the Minecraft world with code! Coding may be done in a block language or Python, depending on the skillset of campers. No experience necessary, love for Minecraft a huge plus! Ages 7+ Ages 7+ $399
(Beginner to Intermediate)
7/8-7/11 Mon-Thur, 9am-3pm Nintendo Switch! Game Builder Garage We’re always looking for new and fun ways to introduce kids to the power of learning to code and it appears Nintendo is as well! Nintendo Game Builder Garage is a new game that has a unique way of teaching kids how to code using their interface. It’s a new twist on learning to code and since it’s from the Nintendo team, you know it’s fun! During this camp we’ll teach the kids to code using this gaming platform and we’ll build some fun and playable games that the kids will be able to share with the world via Nintendo’s online network! Must have a Nintendo Switch and a copy of the Game Builder Garage game. Ages 7+ Ages 7+ $399
(Beginner to Intermediate)
7/15-7/18 Mon-Thur, 9am-3pm Minecraft Madness Do you love playing Minecraft? Play in Minecraft Education Edition and solve puzzles and take on the Minecraft world with code! Coding may be done in a block language or Python, depending on the skillset of campers. No experience necessary, love for Minecraft a huge plus! Ages 7+ Ages 7+ $399
(Beginner to Intermediate)
7/15-7/18 Mon-Thur, 9am-3pm Roblox Want to create and publish your own Roblox "Obby" game to the Roblox website for the world to play? You will spend each day building an Obby using the amazing Roblox Studio platform. You will learn the basics of creating games in a 3D environment. You will also learn about the programming language Lua by modifying pre-programmed blocks to suit your obstacle course needs. Ages 9+ Ages 9+ $399
(Beginner to Intermediate)

Our Testimonials

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

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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

theCoderSchool Logo
1435 E Warner Rd, Ste 104
Between Target and Petco
Monday: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 3:00 – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 2:00 – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

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Meet our Owner

Rob and Emily Thornock

My name is Emily Thornock, and I am the General Manager and Owner of theCoderSchool Gilbert. As an active Gilbert parent with four children, I know how important those after school hours are. As parents, we want our children to be prepared for a successful and happy future, while our kids just want to have fun in the moment. Why not accomplish both with after school coding classes?

“Learn to code. Change the world.” It isn't just a tagline – it’s the truth! I spent years at a major Public Relations firm in New York working exclusively with technology clients. As a Technology Account Executive, I saw something that connected seemingly disparate products - whether my clients were developing 3D television screens, or connecting home devices like smart fridges and thermostats, or promoting the latest in graphics technology – it all required coding.

I don’t know about you, but my children are very plugged in. Technology is a part of their lives like no generation before them- whether on their laptops in school, or using an iPad/tablet at home, to filming themselves and making movies, to playing video games or watching too much YouTube – screens abound. When my then 9 year old son told me he wanted to be a Youtuber when he grew up, I knew right then we had to change his relationship with technology. I wanted to make technology start working for him.

By learning to code, children study complex ideas using strategy and logic. Their brains are creating new neural pathways and synapses with each coding language they master! The best part is that it doesn’t feel like a class, it feels like they are just creating computer games and Apps with friends.

I am passionate about our kids here in Gilbert and could not be more excited to bring computer coding to our town. I hope you will join us!

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®.

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