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Pasadena, CA

319 S Arroyo Pkwy Suite 5, Pasadena, CA 91105
At E Del Mar and S Arroyo
Map(626)345-5875pasadena@thecoderschool.com
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Hello Coders and Coders-to-be! The #1 after-school coding program for ages 7-18 in Silicon Valley is now in the Los Angeles area. With Caltech and JPL just down the street, Pasadena is where the next generation of thinkers, innovators and coders are all gathering.

Whether your coder is brand new to Scratch, already programming distributed code in Python or preparing for the CS AP exam, we can help your coder get to the next level. Unlike other programs, our experienced coaches are trained to tap your student's interest in a fun and innovative way. This unique approach fosters a lifelong passion for building and technology. Our unique program will equip your student with life skills of creativity, critical thinking (logic, breaking complex problems into manageable chunks), and confidence which are valuable for school and any future career. Contact us today to learn 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 Pasadena, 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.

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 50 locations around the country, teaching well over 5,000 students every week with the brainpower of 750+ expert Code Coaches®. We're proud of the impact theCoderSchool has had on communities everywhere since our brand was founded 7 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!

  • 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

Coding Camps

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Our Testimonials

  • "Awesome program. Great way to learn real programming. Our daughter really enjoys it. Good combination of games, physical exercise, and computer training. The online format works well."
    Matt T, Los Angeles
  • "My son is having a wonderful experience at The Coder School Pasadena. The instructors are exceptional. I was skeptical whether an online class could be engaging for him, but he is having a blast and learning a lot. It's a quarantine lifesaver!"
    Karin K, Pasadena
  • "Despite the difficulty of schooling during this time, The Coder School in Pasadena has done an excellent job of reorganizing lessons from on site to online. I like that the lessons are one-on-one and build towards a project geared for the individual student."
    Jennifer W, Pasadena
  • "I honestly cannot say enough about the Coder School of Pasadena. The owner, Nicole, is unbelievable. She has gone ABOVE AND BEYOND to create a virtual coding camp that my son (10) finds so incredibly fun, it flies by. He cannot wait to do it. (He does a half-day version.) With Covid-19 we now have something that challenges his mind and entertains him--and we don't have to feel awful that he's watching TV or just playing video games when we need to get work done. Someday we hope he can do the camp in person, but in the meantime the instructors are amazing and my son just loves it so so much. Best money we have spent all summer for SURE! "
    Amy D, Los Angeles
  • "My 11th grader has loved working with his Coder School Pasadena coach. The staff and coach have been so professional, patient, accommodating, resourceful and, more than anything, inspirational. My son has always been interested in technology, but, thanks to these classes, he has been so motivated. He is interested in pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering, and the training with The Coder School is helping him build a strong foundation towards this pursuit. Thank you!"
    Evelyn S, Sunland
  • "Our son had an amazing experience doing one of the Coder School Pasadena's remote game design summer camps this year. He was able to do it from home and we were very impressed with the level of engagement the teachers had with the kids. Everyone was having such a good time! Our son kept working on his games even when camp was over for the day. We overheard him say to his little brother, "
    Eden M, Los Angeles
  • "I can't speak highly enough about The Coder School. My 10-year-old niece was indicating some interest and aptitude in computer technology. Being technology Luddites, her parents and I were totally clueless on what to do to support her. That's when I found The Coder School. She just loves it! Every week, she looks forward to her class (now remote) with her coach. The classes are tailored just for her and coach Cindy is super encouraging. She's learning computer programming in a fun and supportive environment, but she is also learning other important life skills that she will serve her well in the future. The school is super responsive to our needs - we were once late to class and they contacted us and then tacked time on at the end. Thank you Coder School Pasadena!"
    Melissa W, Pasadena
  • "Just awesome! Great program and great ownership! It was a pleasure working with Nicole. She has a heart for the kids and is making an amazing impact!"
    Eugene H, Los Angeles
  • "The Coder School is the best kept secret in Pasadena! The Coder School brings new technology and innovation to the children in our community. We attended the Grand Opening and were completely impressed and booked then on the spot. They provide a wide range of programs that cater to a child's individual needs. Since this new crisis they have been able to shift into an online version to continue running their programs. My 11 year-old looks forward to his weekly lessons and is quickly broadening his creativity. The coaches are gentle and caring of the learning of each child. They provide a summary of what was covered after each class, this keeps us parents in the loop of our child's progress!"
    Silvia A, Pasadena
  • "This is a cool way of learning coding. The teacher makes It is fun and easy to learn while helping everyone stay focused. Learning online is really working for us."
    Brian C, Pasadena
  • "I honestly cannot say enough about the Coder School of Pasadena. The owner, Nicole, is unbelievable. She has gone ABOVE AND BEYOND to create a virtual coding camp that my son (10) finds so incredibly fun, it flies by. He cannot wait to do it. (He does a half-day version.) With Covid-19 we now have something that challenges his mind and entertains him--and we don't have to feel awful that he's watching TV or just playing video games when we need to get work done. Someday we hope he can do the camp in person, but in the meantime the instructors are amazing and my son just loves it so so much. Best money we have spent all summer for SURE! "
    Amy D, Los Angeles
  • "When I met Nicole and heard what she did and her passion for it, I could hardly wait to sign up. It's been years since I had anything to do with coding, but it's always something that appealed to me. And I found out my granddaughters and my son were equally interested. So, now the four of us--all living in different parts of the country--happily look forward to our weekly sessions and sometimes have some lively discussions between classes going over what we did the previous week! Nicole is always quick to respond when I send questions and totally receptive to input about anything that would make the sessions more relevant to all of us. I am so glad to have found out about this!"
    Barbara R, Pasadena
  • "This is a cool way of learning coding. The teacher makes It is fun and easy to learn while helping everyone stay focused. Learning online is really working for us."
    Brian C, Pasadena
  • "I can't speak highly enough about The Coder School. My 10-year-old niece was indicating some interest and aptitude in computer technology. Being technology Luddites, her parents and I were totally clueless on what to do to support her. That's when I found The Coder School. She just loves it! Every week, she looks forward to her class (now remote) with her coach. The classes are tailored just for her and coach Cindy is super encouraging. She's learning computer programming in a fun and supportive environment, but she is also learning other important life skills that she will serve her well in the future. The school is super responsive to our needs - we were once late to class and they contacted us and then tacked time on at the end. Thank you Coder School Pasadena!"
    Melissa W, Pasadena
  • "Despite the difficulty of schooling during this time, The Coder School in Pasadena has done an excellent job of reorganizing lessons from on site to online. I like that the lessons are one-on-one and build towards a project geared for the individual student."
    Jennifer W, Pasadena
  • "Our son had an amazing experience doing one of the Coder School Pasadena's remote game design summer camps this year. He was able to do it from home and we were very impressed with the level of engagement the teachers had with the kids. Everyone was having such a good time! Our son kept working on his games even when camp was over for the day. We overheard him say to his little brother, "
    Eden M, Los Angeles
  • "Just awesome! Great program and great ownership! It was a pleasure working with Nicole. She has a heart for the kids and is making an amazing impact!"
    Eugene H, Los Angeles
  • "My son is having a wonderful experience at The Coder School Pasadena. The instructors are exceptional. I was skeptical whether an online class could be engaging for him, but he is having a blast and learning a lot. It's a quarantine lifesaver!"
    Karin K, Pasadena
  • "Awesome program. Great way to learn real programming. Our daughter really enjoys it. Good combination of games, physical exercise, and computer training. The online format works well."
    Matt T, Los Angeles
  • "Nicole is absolutely wonderful. She's on top of any issue that may arise and is just delightful to communicate with. Cindy (Instructor) has all the patients in the world. Pushes you to use your brain. If you're stuck, she knows how to nudge you in the right direction to get you to the correct answer. Lovely to work with and learn from. Strongly recommend them, if you or your child are interested in learning Python."
    Briyona D, Pasadena
  • "When I met Nicole and heard what she did and her passion for it, I could hardly wait to sign up. It's been years since I had anything to do with coding, but it's always something that appealed to me. And I found out my granddaughters and my son were equally interested. So, now the four of us--all living in different parts of the country--happily look forward to our weekly sessions and sometimes have some lively discussions between classes going over what we did the previous week! Nicole is always quick to respond when I send questions and totally receptive to input about anything that would make the sessions more relevant to all of us. I am so glad to have found out about this!"
    Barbara R, Pasadena
  • "The Coder School is the best kept secret in Pasadena! The Coder School brings new technology and innovation to the children in our community. We attended the Grand Opening and were completely impressed and booked then on the spot. They provide a wide range of programs that cater to a child's individual needs. Since this new crisis they have been able to shift into an online version to continue running their programs. My 11 year-old looks forward to his weekly lessons and is quickly broadening his creativity. The coaches are gentle and caring of the learning of each child. They provide a summary of what was covered after each class, this keeps us parents in the loop of our child's progress!"
    Silvia A, Pasadena
  • "Nicole is absolutely wonderful. She's on top of any issue that may arise and is just delightful to communicate with. Cindy (Instructor) has all the patients in the world. Pushes you to use your brain. If you're stuck, she knows how to nudge you in the right direction to get you to the correct answer. Lovely to work with and learn from. Strongly recommend them, if you or your child are interested in learning Python."
    Briyona D, Pasadena
  • "My 11th grader has loved working with his Coder School Pasadena coach. The staff and coach have been so professional, patient, accommodating, resourceful and, more than anything, inspirational. My son has always been interested in technology, but, thanks to these classes, he has been so motivated. He is interested in pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering, and the training with The Coder School is helping him build a strong foundation towards this pursuit. Thank you!"
    Evelyn S, Sunland

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Our Upcoming Events

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOPS FOR GIRL SCOUTS

Have your Troop earn their "STEM", "Coding For Good", or other Badges by attending a REMOTE Computer Technology Workshop on-line over the Internet, from the safety of their own home!

Our 60 to 90-minute coding workshops are designed to help Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes or Seniors earn each their badges. Each workshop (min 8 students) are at a very affordable cost, starting at only $12 per girl.

Our Code Coaches® will introduce the girls in your troop to the world of coding using a variety of on-line tools, such as Scratch, a graphical, drag-and-drop coding language that was developed by MIT (for younger girls) or Python and HTML (for older girls). Additionally, we will have the girls read, discuss and sign the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge.

Contact our school for more information and schedule availability for this unique educational opportunity for your troop.

CONGRESSIONAL APP CHALLENCE

2021 Congressional App Challenge Information Meeting [ONLINE], Saturday, September 11, 2021 10 AM - 10:45 AM On Saturday, September 11, 2021 we will be sharing about the 2021 Congressional App Challenge. All middle and high school students are welcome to participate and compete in this National App Challenge. Officially launched in 2015, this nationwide competition is intended to engage students' creativity and encourage participation in STEM fields. Students can work as individuals or in teams (of up to 4) as they exhibit their coding skills in different programming languages (including block code). We encourage all of our eligible coding students to participate. Come learn more about this exciting challenge and tips to make the experience rewarding. Please RSVP to Pasadena@thecoderschool.com and you will be provided a Zoom Link.

PATHWAY TO COLLEGE

Pathway to College - How You Can Support Your Child Throughout the College Application Process - A First Glimpse at the Process [ONLINE Seminar], Saturday, September 18, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM We have all heard a lot about the College Application Process, but what does it exactly entail? What is expected from the student and how can a parent support their child during this critical time? Nicole Chang of theCoderSchool Pasadena will share her recent experience with what the application process looks like (pre- and during the COVID pandemic). This seminar is intended for parents of High Schoolers, but open to any parent who is interested in getting insights on this process. Please send any questions in advance to pasadena@thecoderschool.com. Please RSVP to Pasadena@thecoderschool.com and you will be provided a Zoom Link.

School Info

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319 S Arroyo Pkwy Suite 5, Pasadena, CA 91105
At E Del Mar and S Arroyo
(626)345-5875
pasadena@thecoderschool.com
Monday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
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Meet Our Family

Chang Fasquelle Family

Welcome to our school, welcome to your community! We hope you will think of this as your second home -- a place to learn and have fun in a caring and supportive environment! We are Nicole Chang and Denis Fasquelle, wife-husband co-owner team. We are so excited to bring theCoderSchool to the Los Angeles area! We are joined by our two teenagers and Chuck the Chihuahua. Our son Ming-Wei studies computer science and engineering at Stanford and when not doing problem sets can often be found with our students online or in camps. Our daughter, Cybèle will be going to Harvard in the Fall to study neuroscience but otherwise usually can be found at the recording studio (she is a budding international singer/songwriter @cybelemusic). And Chuck the Chihuahua and Pebbles (rescue dog named so because he was so hungry we found pebbles in his stomach) can usually be found looking for food scraps by your feet. A little about us – We come from a family of educators. Nicole grew up in New Haven, CT where her father was a Professor at Yale, and Mom an educator for the talented and gifted. Denis hails from Paris, France where his mother taught music at the Conservatory of Lyon. We have lived abroad for almost 20 years in Europe and Asia where we were senior business executives and entrepreneurs (we have jointly started over 4 companies!) in the finance, retail, service, and media-entertainment industries. We currently serve at the Board level for some educational institutions and have lectured/taught at many including local Californian Stanford, USC, and UCLA. Nicole studied programming at Harvard University where she graduated with ‘BA in Economics, and received her JD and MBA from Stanford University. Denis has his MBA from Cornell/ESSEC. As parents and social activists, we believe in the importance of equipping today’s youth (and yesterday’s youth - we teach adults too!) with the tools they need not only for their personal success and careers, but to change the world and make it a better place for the generations to come. This involves developing a creative mindset and the ability to think critically and to communicate with others. We chose to develop theCoderSchool in our community because we believe in its philosophy of teaching to code through a personalized entrepreneurial coaching approach, learning in a fun and supportive environment, encouraging self-expression, and fostering a family-oriented community. We hope you will join our community and we look forward to working with you and your children to create an amazing learning environment. If you have any questions, please contact us anytime at nchang@thecoderschool.com or dfasquelle@thecoderschool.com.

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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