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North San Diego, CA

9879 Carmel Mountain Rd, San Diego, CA 92129
Next to Stater Bros
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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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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 North San Diego, CA

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 located near great schools like Oak Valley Middle School and Deer Canyon Elementary School, theCoderSchool North San Diego sits Northeast of San Diego between 4S Ranch and Carmel Valley. In addition to coding, we also offer fun camps like Roblox and Minecraft Camps. Our expert coaches have backgrounds that range from graduates of top universities like Harvard or UCSD, to employees at Sony Playstation or winners of a Qualcomm Hackathon.

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

Coding Camps

Sorry, we don't have any upcoming camps listed yet. Check back soon!

Our Testimonials

  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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

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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.

Robotics Classes

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

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!

School Info

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9879 Carmel Mountain Rd, San Diego, CA 92129
Next to Stater Bros
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

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 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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Ready to be a Code Coach?

Are you passionate about working with kids? Good with coding languages like Python, Javascript, Java or similar? Willing to learn the amazing world of drag 'n drop languages like Scratch? Then you might be a great fit for us! At theCoderSchool, our coaches are our product. It's your experience with coding, and more importantly your mentorship through teaching that drives our program. Ready to see what the buzz is all about? Fill out our short form below and let's go!
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We're always looking for great Code Coaches. Find out more about how to apply today.

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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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