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Montgomery, NJ

21 Belle Mead Griggstown Road suite j, Belle Mead, NJ 08502
The Grove at Montgomery, near Hwy 206
Map(908)262-7583montgomery@thecoderschool.com
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Hey super-parent! We're happy you're looking for STEM/Coding options for your child. It's a vital skill to know and will help your learner in more ways than you can imagine! We're super excited to bring 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 Montgomery, we want to do more than just teach coding. We want aspiring coders to use their new found passion as a springboard to thinking outside the box-- and then smashing it! Exposure to STEM/Coding create a foundation for advance critical thinking. Your child can build from that base to bring to life whatever their imagination dictates. Interested? Schedule your FREE coding trial now!

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Who is theCoderSchool

Code Coaching®

Code Coaching® is our core philosophy, and what our school is all about!  We believe that every student is different, and that kids should learn in the way that works best for each child. How? Our Code Coaches® - they're the magic sauce!  Unlike some coding schools, we don't just leave the kids in front of a computer, expecting the software to teach them how to code. Nor do we force all kids to go through the same curriculum or projects, regardless of their skills and interests. Instead, our Code Coaches® customize their lessons for each child, and focus on a 2 on 1 mentee-mentor relationship with our kids so our students can get the focused attention they need.

Code Coaching® works for kids of all ages and skill levels, from novice to advanced. From game development to web apps, Python to Java, or even niche technologies like AI and beyond, our Coaches can help your kids achieve their goals.

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 assigned Coach. Check out our video for more info!

Coding Lessons for Kids in Montgomery, NJ

Coding takes practice, and we believe getting kids to code consistently throughout the year is the only way they'll really learn to code. theCoderSchool has a staff of hundreds of Code Coaches all around the country, so we know a thing or two about mentoring students in computer science. That's why our after-school coding classes for kids revolve around this relationship, providing a long-term mentor in a Code Coach to teach kids to code, from someone who's an expert coder themselves. Conveniently situated near great schools like Montgomery Lower Middle School, The Hun School and Orchard Elementary, theCoderSchool Montgomery is located north of Princeton right off Highway 206. Come by and meet our expert coding staff with diverse educational backgrounds from Princeton to Rutgers, Stevens Institute of Technology and more.

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 most. While Code Coaching is our premium program, we also offer a more traditional Code Class for those looking for either software-driven or static-curriculum teaching in a larger ratio. And during summer and holiday breaks, we offer Coding Camps. When available, programs are offered in both in-person and virtual formats. Contact us to find out more and get a free trial today.

theCoderSchool System

We're part of a nationwide system of passionate owners in over 55 locations around the country, teaching over 6,000 students every week with the brainpower of 800+ expert Code Coaches®. We're proud of the impact theCoderSchool has had on communities everywhere since our brand was founded 7 and a half years ago, 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 our students' learning options as they grow and a sampling of some of the topics we teach. Find more details about what kids are learning by checking out our Coder Tree®.

Tracking Progress

Our suite of proprietary tools* chart weekly progress by tracking concepts and apps, and longer term progress by identifying skills to build their individual Coder Tree®. Get an idea of our progress tools by clicking through a Sample Student's Student Portal to see for yourself.

* Used by participating locations, check your location for availability

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 our recent winners, or ask about our App Gallery to see more apps!

  • 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
  • Drone/AI social distance detection
    2020 Winner - Buffalo NY
    Drone/AI social distance detection
  • Teen job/volunteer matching
    2020 Winner - St Louis MO
    Teen job/volunteer matching
  • 3D Max Game in HTML
    2020 Winner - Folsom CA
    3D Max Game in HTML
  • Note taking for online learning
    2020 Winner - Las Vegas NV
    Note taking for online learning
  • Help make food decisions for health
    2020 Winner - Buffalo, NY
    Help make food decisions for health
  • Distribute restaurant leftovers
    2020 Winner - Syosset NY
    Distribute restaurant leftovers

AWESOME SUMMER CAMPS FOR 2023!!!

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Our in-person camps (Monday- Friday 9a-3p), are held at our sweet coding facilities and leverage goodies from our year-round programs to create a uniquely collaborative environment where the kids work together, code together, and have a rockin' fun summer together! Every Friday, we'll have a fun pizza party and a demo day. This gives the kids a chance to show off their projects while articulating their code. We work with students from novice to expert!

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Week Format Camp Ages Price
06/26-06/30 9:00a-3:00p Full Day Video Game Development in Scratch We'll be using cool drag n' drop languages like Scratch to create some awesome new and classic games! Aimed at our newbie and novice coders. Each group will have different themes. This fun camp is all about coding games – and the awesomeness that comes from it! From Frogger to Tron or even classics like Breakout or Flappy Bird, our Code Coaches will help choose the right game(s) for our campers. Campers will not only create a real functioning game from scratch, they’ll practice the fundamental coding concepts required in any language, learn how to think logically, and have fun while doing it. Using Scratch, MIT’s popular drag-and-drop programming language, campers will code cool playable games with guidance from our seasoned Code Coaches and have a sweet Friday afternoon demo for parents to see! Because we do all our coding online, campers can log into their account at any time during or after camp to show off what they’ve done, and even keep adding to their game! Ages 7+ Ages 7+ $599 $499
(Use code Fun333 for Discount!)
06/26-06/30 9:00a-3:00p Full Day Roblox vs Minecraft Kids who love playing Minecraft & Roblox can enhance their experience by learning fundamental coding concepts with these popular games. The students who choose Minecraft lessons will learn fundamental programming concepts while using mods and Redstone in Minecraft. The students who choose Roblox will design games using Roblox Studio and Lua to create their own obstacle course. At the end of the week there will be a Minecraft vs Roblox battle using the games created by the students. Ages 8+ Ages 8+ $599 $499
(Use code Fun333 for Discount!)
07/03-07/07 09:00a-3:00p Full Day YouTube and Clay Animation At YouTube & Clay Animation Camp – Content Creators, learn the exciting process of creating a successful vlog/video for YouTube! Create a brand, brainstorm a creative format, produce engaging content, and create at least one YouTube-style video. From imagination to creation, campers will create realistic and fantastic characters and learn to animate the objects through coding. Campers will give their characters personality and apparel, create storylines and narratives, and bring their objects to life all while on YouTube! Ages 8+ Ages 8+ $549 $449
(Use code Fun333 for Discount!)
07/03-07/07 9:00a-3:00p Full Day Girls Who Code Let’s spark the interest of future engineers and computer science enthusiasts. Join our Girls Who Code camp to be introduced to coding or sharpen your coding skills through hands-on real-world projects in art, storytelling, video games, web sites, apps and more. Girls will have an opportunity to explore Scratch, Python and HTML coding concepts. Ages 7+ Ages 7+ $549 $449
(Use code Fun333 for Discount!)
07/10-07/14 9:00a-3:00p Full Day Lego Robotics The field of robotics is growing faster than ever, appearing everywhere from our homes to video games to drones. Learn to build and program, a variety of small and large robots (including Lego Mindstorm EV3 Spike Prime) through hands-on projects that will culminate in a demo and robotics challenge at the end of the week. Ages 7+ Ages 7+ $649 $549
(Use code Fun333 for Discount!)
07/10-07/14 9:00a-3:00p Full Day WebRox Our WebRox camp is all about websites, because the web rocks! Our campers will spend the week designing and building their very own websites using HTML. By the end of the week, campers will publish their sites to the world. Importantly, kids will be introduced to Internet Safety and why cyber-safety matters, plus we'll learn the basics of how the internet works. We use the “big three” languages of the web in this camp – HTML, CSS, and for advanced kids, Javascript. These three technologies make up the basis of all websites around the world, so are some of the most well-known languages there are! Unlike some other classes, we focus on the core technology code base, instead of using a platform to quickly create a beautiful site without needing to code. Ages 8+ Ages 8+ $599 $499
(Use code Fun333 for Discount!)
07/17-07/21 9:00a-3:00p Full Day Python Startup Who’s ready for some PYTHON! Take advantage of the easy-to-read style of coding while picking up on one of the most popular languages today for professional and beginner coders alike. We’ll start out by using an online python platform to learn some basics and practice some fundamental concepts, and time permitting and based on our camper skill set, we may jump on to some more complex Python coding, potentially getting into coding with PyGame. Python allows beginners to easily read and understand the code while providing an almost endless supply of libraries and supporting systems to develop things from websites to backend servers to data scripts and yes, even a particular version of Minecraft! Depending on the student skill level, we’ll likely start with online coding platforms like Trinket or Pixelpad.io, and may extend into pure Python coding and local machine development, time (and skill) permitting. Ages 9+ Ages 9+ $599 $499
(Use code Fun333 for Discount!)
07/07-07/21 9:00a-3:00p Full Day Coding with Drones This camp is filled with pure action as campers enjoy drone coding and obstacles! Campers will first learn the basic safety of drone flying. From there, students will learn how to code the drones in Python through skill challenges and performing various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drones speed and agility. For beginners and intermediate coders alike! Ages 9+ Ages 9+ $649 $549
(Use code Fun333 for Discount!)
07/24-07/28 9:00a-3:00p Full Day A.I. and Bots Discord is an instant messaging app that has grown very popular in recent years. The main features of the website allow users to send text messages and speak through voice chats through private chats/communities called servers. During this innovative camp, coders will use a Discord API that allows users to create interactive Bot users. These bot users can be used to moderate chat messages, and even games that you can play. By the end of the week, coders will create a multi-player game played using a Discord Bot that other campers can play. Ages 8+ Ages 8+ $599 $499
(Use code Fun333 For Discount!)
07/24-07/28 9:00a-3:00p Full Day Can You Hack This? Cybersecurity is one of the hottest topics around the world and keeping networks secure is literally a full-time job! One of the ways companies do this is to employ Ethical Hackers who look for vulnerabilities in their company’s network so they can be fixed before the bad guys find them! During Can You Hack This camp, we’ll teach coders the fundamentals of cybersecurity and how to ethically hack simple networks! This awesome camp will teach coders not only how to hack, but the importance of securing their passwords efficiently and the dangers of social engineering. Ages 8+ Ages 8+ $599 $499
(Use code FUN333 for Discount!)
07/31-08/04 9:00a-3:00p Full Day 3D Printing and CAD Design Let’s face it, 3D printing is just plain COOL! And did you know we can teach the kids to code their own 3D printable creations? Yup in the 3D Printing & CAD Design camp we teach the kids how to code some of their own creations in a Scratch-like block coding language, each of their creations once complete can be printed on our 3D printer. Also, during this camp, the kids will get a chance to use our Oculus headset to create their own sculptures and artwork in virtual reality that they can then export and print on our 3D printer! Yup, this will be a one-of-a-kind camp we know the kids will enjoy. Sign Up Soon! Ages 8+ Ages 8+ $649 $549
(Use code Fun333 for Discount!)
07/31-08/04 9:00a-3:00p Full Day Python Art and Animation Did you know Python doesn't just output text and numbers, it can make visual art too? In Python Art Camp, we'll deep-dive into the visual turtle library to make some gnarly, sometimes hypnotic designs and illustrations. In this camp, we will see how Python code can also be beautiful. For beginners and intermediate coders alike. Ages 9+ Ages 9+ $599 $499
(Use code Fun33 for Discount!)
08/07-08/11 9:00a-3:00p Full Day JavaScript Bootcamp In this camp, kids will learn real world coding skills using Javascript, a kid-friendly and engaging programming language. Kids will learn to code using the WebStorm Javascript IDE, or Integrated Development Environment. Javascript, a cross-platform object-oriented scripting language, is a great language to dive into programming. Kids will create multiple projects including animations, games, and web apps. Using a Minecraft mod called ScriptCraft, students will learn to use Javascript to extend Minecraft and make Minecraft mods. At the end of the week, students will take home their source code and finished projects. Ages 9+ Ages 9+ $599 $499
(Use code Fun333 for Discount!)
08/07-08/11 9:00a-3:00p Full Day Go Code...The language of Google Go coding started in September 2007 when 3 Google Engineers began discussing a new language to address the engineering challenges Googlers were facing in their daily work. When first released to the public, Google didn’t know if the language would be widely adopted or if it might influence future languages. Go has succeeded in both ways: it is widely used both inside and outside Google, and its approaches to network concurrency and software engineering have had a noticeable effect on other languages and their tools. During this trailblazing camp, coders take an interactive tutorial on how to get started, create modules, learn to write Go code, and create web-based applications. Any coder enrolled in this camp will be ahead of the game! Ages 9+ Ages 9+ $599 $499
(Use code Fun333 for Discount!)
08/17-08/18 9:00a-3:00p Full Day Nintendo 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 8+ Ages 8+ $599 $499
(Use code Fun333 for Discount!)
08/17-08/18 9:00a-3:00p Full Day NASA Space Exploration with Kerbal In our ‘NASA Space Jam Camp’ the kids will be using a space station simulation program called Kerbal Space Program 2. The Kerbal Space Program is one of the most beloved games of all time. Campers will build a space program, construct a powerful spacecraft, and navigate expansive celestial bodies as they explore cosmic mysteries. Ages 8+ Ages 8+ $599 $499
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Our Testimonials

  • "Our 12 year old has never tried coding before, but fell in love with it through his tcs Montgomery experience. They make it engaging and fun! I have never seen our title girl so excited to go to any lessons before this. Keep up the great work!"
    Saarth, Montgomery
  • "Ian has always wanted to learn Python. Our neighbor has her two daughters enrolled at theCoderSchool Montgomery and suggested we give it a try. We did--- and wow!! Ian is in his 3rd month and LOVING it. Thank you guys so much!"
    Jennifer Kim, Belle Mead
  • "If you want your child to learn STEM concepts via coding, send them here. I've been in IT for 23 years and I have not seen anything close to the customized curriculum they created for Manesh. Hands down, this is the place you want your kids to be."
    Siddhartha P., Princeton
  • "Our last coding experience was good but couldn't compare to the fun and learning our kids had at tcs Montgomery. It was very well done. I can recommend this coding school with full confidence."
    James S., Basking Ridge
  • "I can't thank you & your team enough for the joy & excitement you've brought to my son. Before the week ended he asked if he could continue throughout the year. He has found his tribe!!"
    Stacy J., Somerset

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Our Upcoming Events

Plainfield Grassroots CDC 8-week Online Coding Class

The Plainfield Grassroots CDC is pleased to partner with theCoderSchool Montgomery to offer a new Out of the Box Coding Workshop starting January 9th. Students will explore coding through video game and app development. This workshop is great for beginners or intermediate coders. Students will come away with an understanding of variables, loops, conditionals, and if/then logic. We’ll get into cartesian coordinates and sprite movement, honing in on key topics such as event detection, score-keeping, and game design. Foundational to this course is also simple math logic, which will set your child up for a fundamental understanding of how coding works.

Discord + Bots

6-Week Workshop—Discord + Bots January 14 – March 4 Discord is an instant messaging app that has grown very popular in recent years. The main features of the website allow users to send text messages and speak through voice chats through private chats/communities called servers. Discord has their own API that allows users to create interactive Bot users. These bot users can be used to moderate chat messages, and even games that you can play with other users! Key Concepts for 6-Week Class: Internet and Social Media Safety/Security • Fundamental Python Programming • Synchronous and Asynchronous Code • Interacting with APIs Project Goal: Create a Number Guessing Game played with Discord Bot. Class tools: Discord Developer Portal, Discord.py library

School Info

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21 Belle Mead Griggstown Road suite j, Belle Mead, NJ 08502
The Grove at Montgomery, near Hwy 206
(908)262-7583
montgomery@thecoderschool.com
Monday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday: Closed
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Meet Our Owners

Young Family

Hello there fellow super parent! We're Michael and Dominique, co-owners of theCoderSchool Montgomery. As a local family, we are excited to bring this dedicated coding program to our students.

Michael has always had a passion for helping kids learn. As a young man he started a youth group, Positivity, that sought to harness the energy of his peers to have a meaningful impact on the community. As a graduate student Michael designed and taught several courses at The University of Iowa. As a law student, Michael continued to engage in childhood education and noticed an emerging paradigm shift in the way a newer generation processed information. The seed was planted. Michael became committed to become a part of something meaningful that could positively impact the lives of our kids. theCoderSchool Montgomery is the perfect vehicle to facilitate that pursuit.

Dominique has been dedicated to the enrichment of young people for the past 30 years. She has led the development and delivery of nationally recognized K-12 educational programs for some of the most trusted names in learning including Scholastic, ACT, and Lakeshore Learning. Dominique is very knowledgeable in the areas of literacy, after school programming, summer learning, 21st century skills and STEAM. Through her experience, she has helped parents and educators connect teaching practices with relevant research and resources. She brings a creative energy and deep commitment to helping children reach their full potential and looks forward to leading this new environment of innovation, creativity, and enrichment for all of the students and families of theCoderSchool Montgomery.

To watch how coding drives innovation is like watching the future unfold. There is an undeniable beauty in seeing students take an idea that they have, make that idea come to life, and then share that idea with millions of people. Montgomery, Princeton and Hillsborough are at the cutting edge of educational innovation and we are excited about bringing this offering to our kids—including our own two tech savvy young girls. We can be reached anytime at myoung@thecoderschool.com and dyoung@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.

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!

Does coding require reading?

It definitely requires a little bit of reading and comprehension. Even coding with blocks requires some reading, albeit not as much. More importantly when kids move on to typed languages like Python or Javascript - they have to know how to type! If they can't type, coding typed languages is more than frustrating, often causing kids to quit.

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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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 for kids? We're among 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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