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Welcome to theCoderSchool
8632 Hunters Village Rd,
In the Village at Hunter's Lake

(813)422-5566newtampa@thecoderschool.com

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 in New Tampa, FL? 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 STORY

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

Camp Schedule By Week

Discover our Full-Day beginner to advanced coding camps, perfect for kids of all skill levels! Our summer camps blend STEM learning with exciting summer activities, creating a one-of-a-kind educational experience. Led by top-notch computer science students from USF & UT, our camps run from 9:00AM to 3:00PM, with optional aftercare available upon request.
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7/8-7/12 ALL DAY Python Part 1: Python 101 Begin your journey into computer programming with Python, one of the most in-demand coding languages in the world! You’ll develop essential programming skills by working through logic games and learning foundational algorithms. Once you have your feet wet, you’ll go all-in by designing your own arcade-style game. Deepen your understanding of computational thinking and grow more ambitious with every project! Beginning with Python will start you on a long and fulfilling path in coding and STEM. Ages 11-14 Ages 11-14 $525
7/15-7/19 ALL DAY Roblox Part 1: Launch Your Own Obby Game Get your imagination flowing with Roblox Studio, an immersive game engine that can be played on the web, mobile, or even in virtual reality! You'll learn the fundamentals of game design and build your very own obstacle course, complete with fire-spawning platforms and speed boosts that’ll put your name on the top of the leaderboard. And with Roblox’s toolbox and a dash of creativity, you’ll sculpt mountains and design custom art for your avatar to wear in-game. Ages 7-10 Ages 7-10 $475
7/15-7/19 ALL DAY Python Part 2: Python For Gamers Dive into our Tetris Python Pygame Camp, where young minds aged 11-14 transform coding concepts into a classic game. In just one week, campers learn Python basics and game development in Pygame, ending with their own Tetris game. This hands-on camp boosts problem-solving skills and creativity, emphasizing teamwork in a fun, supportive environment. Perfect for aspiring programmers and game enthusiasts, it's a blend of learning, creativity, and classic gaming fun! Ages 11-14 Ages 11-14 $525
7/22-7/26 ALL DAY Python Part 3: Python for Artificial Intelligence In our technologically evolved culture, terms like artificial intelligence and machine learning are all the rage. Imagine if your computer could distinguish between cats and dogs, turn pictures of horses into zebras, and beat the world champion in chess. By utilizing applications like Python and TensorFlow, which allow computers to replicate brain function, you can make your ideas from yesterday a reality today. Build machine learning models using Python in this camp to perform imaginable tasks. Ages 11-14 Ages 11-14 $525

Our Testimonials

  • "My son, Demetrius has really learned a wealth of knowledge here at the coder school. He looks forward to coming every week to participate with his fellow classmates & teacher! This is a wonderful school to register your child in so that they can explore and develop into an excellent student!"
    Delores R., New Tampa
  • "My son has only done two sessions with his amazing instructor Sam and he loves it. It’s so exciting to see his face light up when they talk about coding and prospective projects. I see great things from him with the guidance of Mike leading him in the right direction so he can achieve his goals. Best decision I’ve made."
    Donna S., Land O' Lakes
  • "July. I mentioned the camp is a birthday present for him and asked if it would be possible to print a certificate for him so he has something to open on his birthday. Lesly (owner) modified a certificate out of an extra gift basket they had, and also gave me the gift basket for his birthday! The generosity shown to us was above and beyond what I expected. Watching them interact with each student that enters their facility, it’s obvious that Lesly and Michael care about each of their students and are truly good people. Please support this local business as they just opened their doors for camps and classes."
    Michael B., New Tampa
  • "I was not sure about sending the kids to coding school, especially during these difficult times, but not only do the owners care about the kids and their education, they also do their part to keep the children safe (providing hand sanitizer, ensuring students and teachers wear masks, and small class sizes). This is a great school! My children are 8 and they have a blast doing classes and the school also provides camps during the summer and during school breaks, my kids have had a blast during camp as well. They do roblox camp, building robots, coding apps, and others. They get them excited about coding and moving to the next level, always keeping them active and trying to achieve more. They are always excited to see the kids and make them feel welcome. Also, the owners are incredibly nice and always have smiles on their faces. This is the best choice I have made for my kids! If you are looking for something to keep your child's mind active and an activity that has a lot of bang for the buck, this is where you should enroll...you will not be disappointed!"
    Cara L., Dade City

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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
8632 Hunters Village Rd
In the Village at Hunter's Lake
(813)422-5566
newtampa@thecoderschool.com
Monday: 3:00 – 8:00 PM
Tuesday: 3:00 – 8:00 PM
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 3:00 – 8:00 PM
Friday: 3:00 – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

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Meet Our Owner

Lesly Ramirez

Hi, my name is Lesly Ramirez-Olavarria. I'm a proud mom of 5, and I am the Owner of theCoderSchools in the Tampa Area! I was born and raised in Peru until the age of 12 and lived in New York until three years ago. We have made Tampa our home, and we could not be any happier to be bringing you Silicon Valley's #1 Coding School.

I was introduced to coding early in my IT career by my now loving husband. I went from being a passive participant in the digital world to an active player in the field of technology, and I loved every minute of it!

We are so excited to be part of the tech-education movement that teaches kids to code in a fun and exciting way. If you'd like to learn more about what we do or how you can get started, feel free to reach me at lesly@thecoderschool.com with any questions.

Meet the Owner and Senior Advisor

Mike Olavarria

Hi, my name is Michael Olavarria. I'm a proud father and a Senior Advisor for theCoderSchool Tampa! Full disclosure: I am a geek. I love computers. I love everything about them. I spend hours coding, debugging, and discussing coding practices with other coders. When I am not coding, I teach coding and write about computers as part of my professional career.

My passion grows as I see students who learn to program early in life gain a deeper and more complete understanding of the logic and advanced thinking behind coding. Like learning a language early in life, learning and practicing this type of thinking early in development influences a child's brain as it is still developing. This is why early learners have experienced such boundless success in this field (think Gates, Zuckerberg, Jobs,…the list goes on and on). If you'd like to learn more about what we do or how you can get started, feel free to reach me at molavarria@thecoderschool.com with any questions.

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!
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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 newtampa@thecoderschool.com!

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