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Welcome to theCoderSchool

Palo Alto, CA

3441 Alma St #150, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Next to Grocery Outlet
Map(650)433-1908paloalto@thecoderschool.com
PROUD PARTNERS OF THECongressional App Challenge
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Hey people, welcome to theCoderSchool!  Located smack in the middle of some of the best engineering talent and companies in the world, our school has Code Coaches™ and programs ready and waiting to get your next generation ready.

Coder School is a new kind of after school coding program that focuses on the individuality of each student, customizing our teachings depending on their skills and the desires. From graphical languages like Snap or Scratch to more powerful stuff like Python or Javascript and even the advanced coding like Java and C++, we're ready to inspire you and amaze you.  Drop us a line or swing by to find out more!

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Who is theCoderSchool

Coding Lessons for Kids in Palo Alto, CA

We believe coding is an art and a science. Something best taught by an expert mentor sitting right next to our students. Personalized attention goes a long way when learning an advanced subject. That's why our after-school coding lessons for kids revolve around a mentoring relationship with a Code Coach who's not only an expert coder themselves, but an ongoing mentor for our students' tech ambitions even beyond app building.

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 the most. While Code Coaching is our premium program, we also offer a Code Class for those looking for a more traditional curriculum-taught class in a larger ratio. Programs are typically in-person, but may be offered virtually as needed. Contact us using the form above to find out more and get a free trial today.

theCoderSchool System

We're part of a nationwide system of passionate owners in 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, we're proud of the impact theCoderSchool has had on communities everywhere since our brand was founded 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 what kids are learning and a sampling of possibilities. We even have a suite of proprietary tools (see a sample Student Portal ) that chart our students' progress, concepts learned, and even activities beyond app-building.

The Coder Story

Every coding student has a unique journey, something we call a Coder Story. Our Coder Story structure helps guide kids along a roadmap of coding possibilities as they explore coding-related activities beyond building custom apps. For those striving to go to college as a Computer Science Major, an advanced Coder Story can help differentiate their application to college admissions boards.

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

  • Stock Market simulation app
    2023 Winner - Las Vegas NV
    Stock Market simulation app
  • Plant health recognition app
    2023 Winner - Pleasanton CA
    Plant health recognition app
  • Food bank support
    2023 Winner - Irvine CA
    Food bank support
  • Interactive mental health website
    2022 Winner - Pleasanton CA
    Interactive mental health website
  • Scheduling software for busy high schoolers
    2022 Winner - Henderson NV
    Scheduling software for busy high schoolers
  • Website+game to educate on carbon footprint
    2022 Winner - Yorba Linda CA
    Website+game to educate on carbon footprint
  • 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

SUMMER CAMPS 2024

Let's get ready for summer camps! Our camps run from 9:00am-3:00pm Mon-Fri.

Our camps are held at our sweet coding facilities (when possible) 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 do a fun pizza party on us and demo day so that the kids can show off their projects!


Use Code: EARLYBIRD100 to get $100 Off any camp during our early bird special period.
Week Format Camp Ages Price
6/03-6/07 In Person - Full Day Python Startup- BEGINNER We don't have a pet snake for our schools, so we'll settle for introducing you to Python, one of the most popular coding languages today. Start slowly or code fast, this camp is for our coders who are intermediate in thinking – no Python experience necessary! Ages 10+ Ages 10+ $599 $499
(Use Code: EARLYBIRD100)
6/10-6/14 In Person - Full Day Game Development- BEGINNER We'll be using cool drag n' drop languages like Scratch or Snap to create us some cool new and classic games! Aimed at our newbie and novice coders (if you're looking to sign up for two Gaming camps, pls contact us first!). Ages 7-10 Ages 7-10 $599 $499
(Use Code: EARLYBIRD100)
6/17-6/21 In Person - Full Day Python Startup- BEGINNER We don't have a pet snake for our schools, so we'll settle for introducing you to Python, one of the most popular coding languages today. Start slowly or code fast, this camp is for our coders who are intermediate in thinking – no Python experience necessary! Ages 10+ Ages 10+ $599 $499
(Use Code: EARLYBIRD100)
6/24-6/28 In Person - Full Day Java-EXpress- INTERMEDIATE Ready to take on some more advanced concepts? Our Java camp is a little different than our other camps in that it's focused on helping our students get a head start on AP Java concepts, as well as explaining more of Java as a whole. This camp is aimed at those who are about to start AP CS A, or just want to get a head start with come curriculum-based Java learning! Ages 12+ Ages 12+ $599 $499
(Use Code: EARLYBIRD100)
7/8-7/12 In Person - Full Day WebRox- BEGINNER Everything's about the web these days, and that's why Web Rocks! Code with all the base web technologies like HTML/CSS and Javascript, learn how the internet and file transfers work, and get your pages uploaded to our servers for public viewing! Novice or intermediate coders. Ages 9+ Ages 9+ $599 $499
(Use Code: EARLYBIRD100)
7/15-7/19 In Person - Full Day Game Development- BEGINNER We'll be using cool drag n' drop languages like Scratch or Snap to create us some cool new and classic games! Aimed at our newbie and novice coders (if you're looking to sign up for two Gaming camps, pls contact us first!). Ages 7-10 Ages 7-10 $599 $499
(Use Code: EARLYBIRD100)
7/22-7/26 In Person - Full Day Python Startup We don't have a pet snake for our schools, so we'll settle for introducing you to Python, one of the most popular coding languages today. Start slowly or code fast, this camp is for our coders who are intermediate in thinking – no Python experience necessary! Ages 10+ Ages 10+ $599 $499
(Use Code: EARLYBIRD100)
7/29-8/2 In Person - Full Day Unity 2D Enjoy game development on a completely different level. Using one of the most popular game development engines, students will learn the basics of Unity as a framework creating basic 2D games. Recommended for intermediate level coders who are interested in true game development. Ages 10+ Ages 10+ $599 $499
(Use Code: EARLYBIRD100)

Our Testimonials

  • "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.
  • "My son absolutely loves this coding school! The coaches are fabulous!"
    Lisa A.
  • "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 daughter has been going to The Coder School for over five years and absolutely loves it!"
    Nathan W.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • "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.

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School Info

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3441 Alma St #150, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Next to Grocery Outlet
(650)433-1908
paloalto@thecoderschool.com
Monday: 3:00 – 8:00 PM
Tuesday: 3:00 – 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 2:00 – 8:00 PM
Thursday: 3:00 – 8:00 PM
Friday: 3:00 – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: Closed
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Meet Our General Manager

Zachary McBeth

I like to say that engineering is equal parts art and science. And like any art form, there's always more to learn, more to do, more to see, and more to make. Modern computers are nothing short of masterpieces. They put rockets on the moon and rovers on mars. They place machines in our pockets that instantly connect to the single largest collection of information in human history — the internet. They are found on our desks, and in our cars, and even in our toasters now. They are integral to our society and yet only a few ever get to know how they actually work. I have spent the last decade creating chips, writing software, designing anything and everything and not a day goes by where I regret any second of it. Engineering and computer science are the foundation of not only my career but of my life and I encourage anyone and everyone: try it. Because that was the single best decision of my life. Feel free to contact me at zach@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.

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 paloalto@thecoderschool.com!

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