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Welcome to theCoderSchool
9879 Carmel Mountain Rd,
Next to Stater Bros

(858)859-3330northsandiego@thecoderschool.com

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Hello San Diego! The #1 after-school coding program for ages 7-18 in Silicon Valley is now here in Rancho Penasquitos. 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 North San Diego, 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 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

Roblox Classes

Build your own Roblox from start to finish! And 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.

AP Computer Science

Could use some extra help on that AP CS class? Our coaches are excited to re-crack AP CS class problems and review key concepts that helped them!

Our Testimonials

  • "My kids love it here!! The coaches make it fun, and do a great job. I highly recommend this type of learning for children of any age. Instead of my children just playing video games, they CREATE their own games here at the coding school :)"
    Chris K., The Coder School North San Diego
  • "Sending my son to The Coder School was one of the most satisfying decisions I've made for his summer school programs. My son had taken a summer program called 'Games are awesome' of The Coder School. Even though he went with non-technical background, he had achieved a visible output from the class at the end. I especially liked a final presentation that all the parents were invited to come and see what their kiddos had learned from the course. The staff was very supportive and kind, and the teacher was professional with great background experiences."
    Mint L., The Coder School North San Diego
  • "I came here because my son wanted to learn Python. The instructors are amazing and my son is excited to come every time and says it is fun! he loves it when I read the detailed feedback."
    Erin S., The Coder School North San Diego
  • "Pleasantly surprised by this school. My son started here when it opened and he always loves going. The owner is very friendly and the coaches are excellent, and we feel like he is learning a lot. I can't recommend this place enough!"
    Anu S., The Coder School North San Diego
  • "My 8yo son is really enjoying his coding coaching every week. Thanks to Renata and the coaches for helping him learn so quickly and in such a fun and encouraging environment."
    Jamie L., The Coder School North San Diego
  • "Professional and clear instruction to children on computer programming. My child has been attending coding class here for the past month, the instructions are just right for him. Also the staff is very inspiring in terms of teaching a young child. Keep up the great work!!"
    Sandeep D., The Coder School North San Diego

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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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9879 Carmel Mountain Rd
Next to Stater Bros
(858)859-3330
northsandiego@thecoderschool.com
Monday: 2:30 – 7:30 PM
Tuesday: 2:30 – 7:30 PM
Wednesday: 2:30 – 7:30 PM
Thursday: 2:30 – 7:30 PM
Friday: 2:30 – 7:30 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

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Meet Our Owners

Renata Brunelo

Hello! My name is Renata and I am the general manager and co-owner of the Coder School in North San Diego. I am so thrilled to be able to bring this unique coding program to our community. I have worked multiple years at Bank of New York where I could clearly see how technology is changing the financial markets and how industries have to innovate in order to stay competitive.

I am a mother of two young children and it is amazing how technology today has changed from when I was a child. As technology grows, the next generation will be even more online and digital. I know not every child will be a coder, but the ability to understand technology will create countless opportunities for their future. I’m excited to be able to help kids develop a passion for learning how to utilize today's technology for the future. You can always reach me anytime at renata@thecoderschool.com

Marcel Brunelo

My name is Marcel, and along with my wife Renata, I am a co-owner of the Coder School in North San Diego. I took my first programing class in an Apple IIe back in the day and never looked back! Being a parent I am very excited to bring to our kids the Coder School’s proven concept in a setting that is designed to nurture both creativity and critical thinking.

As a graduate of Columbia Business School, I have seen firsthand the way new technology has disrupted the very core of several companies within large industries from auto to retail. I have worked on a trading floor for 10 years and during this time I developed a large appreciation for the power that an analytical thought process can have to drive changes and frame new ideas!

Our San Diego community is on the cutting edge of innovation and I am very thankful to have this chance to bring such a powerful concept to our community. As you can see, I am passionate about education and coding! You can reach me at marcel@thecoderschool.com to bounce off ideas anytime.

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 northsandiego@thecoderschool.com!

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