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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

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 Palo Alto, 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! That's where our Code Coaches® come in, providing a long-term mentoring relationship to teach kids to code, from someone who's a coder themselves.

Our coding school's flagship program, Code Coaching®, combines a super-small teaching ratio of typically 2:1 or 1:1 with individualized curriculum so kids are able to move at their own pace, doing things that interest them most. This program works for kids of all ages and skill levels. From game development to web apps, Python to Java, or even niche technologies like AI and beyond, our Code Coaches can help your kids achieve their programming 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. Our lessons are taught in-person at our schools where available, or can be online for social distancing. Fill out our form above to get a free trial today!

Our Coder Tree®

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. Like real trees, our students' coding journeys are unique from each other, but all require strong foundations and trunks to support their higher, advanced branches. Need a magnifying glass? Here's a zoomable view.

Tracking Progress

Custom coding means tracking progress is even more important! Our suite of proprietary tools* does just that. Our Coder Progress and Notes+ systems chart weekly progress through concept tracking and freeform notes. App Reviews track longer term progress by identifying current skills to build their individual Coder Tree®. Finally, our Student Portal is a one-stop shop to see it all and then some! Confused? It's complicated! Get an idea by clicking through a Sample Student's functional 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!

  • 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
  • Webapp using real-time weather
    2020 2nd Place - St Louis MO
    Webapp using real-time weather
  • Assess COVID wellness
    2020 3rd Place - Syosset NY
    Assess COVID wellness
  • Checkbook balancing
    2020 Hon. Men. - Westerville OH
    Checkbook balancing
  • 3D Platformer Game
    2020 Best Prez - Pasadena CA
    3D Platformer Game

SUMMER CAMPS 2021

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. Due to COVID-19, all in-person camps will be limited to 6 campers with 1 coach. All campers and coaches will wear masks and maintain 6 feet of physical distance during camp.

For the early bird discount use code: SAVE100 to get $100 OFF at checkout.



(Looking for more details? You can also read more about our main camps.)

Week Format Camp Ages Price
6/7-6/11 In Person 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
6/14-6/18 In Person WebRox 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
6/21-6/25 In Person Java Camp Java Camp Ready to take on an AP level course? Our Java camp is a little different than our other camps in that it's focused on following a curriculum, for the purpose of helping our students get a head start on the AP Computer Science "A" course. While we're not likely to complete the entire course during just the camp, we'll go as far as we can based on the skillset of the campers we get. 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
7/5-7/9 In Person Game Development 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 8-10 Ages 8-10 $599
7/12-7/16 In Person 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
7/19-7/23 In Person WebRox Camp 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
7/26-7/30 In Person Rise of the Machines Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the bigger buzzwords today, and we're ready to help you tackle it. What is AI? Why is it taking over the world? When will the Terminator come back and take down John Connor?? We'll start out talking about AI use cases and dive into some fundamental algorithms and create some basic AI apps as well. Ages 9+ Ages 9+ $599
8/2-8/6 In Person 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

Parent Testimonials

"My 9-year-old daughter started taking coding lessons before the pandemic. She has been able to continue weekly lessons virtually without missing a beat. She loves working with [the coach] and has had lots of fun while working hard on creating a game." - Kim H.
"To give you an idea of how much he is liking it ...he told me this morning that the whole online camp day felt like only an hour yesterday because it was so much fun."
- Hisham R.
"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 son was really getting into things! It was neat to see him and his reactions as the coaches helped him along. The coaches are great at working with students virtually." - Lyndsey M.
"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.
"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.

Our Upcoming Events

FREE Scratch with Math

We are having a free workshop learning to code in Scratch. Since learning to code requires applied math, we hope this makes learning math more useful and fun.

Signup for the FREE Scratch with Math workshop (kids 8-12 for beginners). The workshop will be held online (Saturday at 1pm February 20) via Zoom and our Code Coach will work with students in a breakout room. Our coaches and the front desk will be available to answer any question you might have about our programs and how to keep your kids coding.

Space is limited, so please make sure to register. We will send Zoom information to registered participants before the event. We hope you can make it!

Contact Us

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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

Felix Chinn

Hi everyone!  My name is Felix and I'm the General Manager at theCoderSchool Palo Alto.  I'm excited to be helping the next generation learn to code, and learn to think like a coder!  While working as an engineer, I taught middle school to high school kids for over 17 years on the side and found the passion to teach and tutor.  I began my interest in coding at 11 (pretty early, at that time!) and eventually went on to get a degree in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State.  If I would have had a good mentor back when I was young, I would have been a CS major instead of an electrical engineer for sure!  I can be reached at felix@thecoderschool.com.

Meet Our Assistant GM

Tyler Jaggers

Hello Coders! My name is Tyler Jaggers and I am the Assistant General Manager at theCoderSchool Palo Alto. I truly enjoy making games and using classic games from the 1980’s and 1990’s as a vehicle for teaching Computer Science concepts. As an independant game developer, I’ve come to appreciate how creative projects make learning fun! Also, with my degree in International Relations from San Francisco State University, the process of making projects and products accessible to everyone has been thoroughly enjoyable. As someone who has been coding since I was 9 years old, I definitely see the advantages of learning programming at any age, the more hours of coding…the better! I can be reached at tyler@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!

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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Briefly Tell Us About You

We're always looking for great Code Coaches. Find out more about how to apply today.

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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