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San Ramon, CA

161 Market Pl, San Ramon, CA 94583
Near San Ramon Library next to Jimmy John's
Map(925)336-3328sanramon@thecoderschool.com
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Year-Round Weekly Coding Classes for Kids In-person & Remote offered by theCoderSchool San Ramon.

In response to the COVID-19 situation, we are offering In-person & Remote zoom coding lessons. Your students can still receive quality instruction from our Code Coaches each week with a very low ratio of 2-students-to-1-instructor at our school or from the safety of your own home.

Small student to coach ratio (2:1), customized project-based coding lessons engage students, We work with each coder in their area of interest and work at their own pace. Learn Scratch, Python, C++, Unity, Java, HTML, Javascript, CSS, Minecraft, Roblox, Raspberry Pi, AI, App dev, and other technologies. Where do your interests take you?

At theCoderSchool, we want to do more than just teach coding. We want aspiring coders to use their new found passion as a stepping stone to thinking outside the box, as a way to channel their ideas in a creative way, and most importantly, to have fun. Interested? Fill out the form and we'll be in touch shortly to tell you more!

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Who is theCoderSchool

Coding Lessons for Kids in San Ramon, 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

2024 Code Camps

We plan on holding our Code Camps In-Person at our school.

Camps are Mon-Fri either Morning (9:00am-12:00pm) or Afternoon (12:30-3:30pm).

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Week Format Camp Ages Price
6/03 - 6/07 9AM - 12PM Half Day Coding is Awesome This beginner drag-n-drops coding class teaches the basics of coding while kids build fun games and animations using Scratch. The class is designed for young kids and new coders with little to no coding experience. Classes will be in-person. If you were enrolled in a previous class, projects will be new and not repeated, so re-enrollment is encouraged. 8-10 8-10 $349 $299
6/03 - 6/07 12:30PM - 3:30PM Half Day Python Startup This beginner coding class teaches programming fundamentals with Python, one of the most popular coding languages. No coding experience is necessary. The camp is great prep for students interested in taking our "Python Game Design" camp. The camp will be in-person. If you were enrolled in a previous class, projects will be new and not repeated, so re-enrollment is encouraged. 10-14 10-14 $349 $299
6/10 - 6/14 9AM - 12PM Half Day Python Startup This beginner coding class teaches programming fundamentals with Python, one of the most popular coding languages. No coding experience is necessary. The camp is great prep for students interested in taking our "Python Game Design" camp. The camp will be in-person. If you were enrolled in a previous class, projects will be new and not repeated, so re-enrollment is encouraged. 10-14 10-14 $349 $299
6/10 - 6/14 12:30PM - 3:30PM Half Day Python Game Design This intermediate coding class teaches students how to build their very own 2D games using Python. It is recommended that students take either our "Python Startup" camp or have taken several tutoring sessions with one of our coaches. The camp will be in-person. If you were enrolled in a previous class, projects will be new and not repeated, so re-enrollment is encouraged. 10-14 10-14 $349 $299
6/17 - 6/21 9AM - 12PM Half Day 3D Printing for Beginners In this beginner class, we will teach students how to turn their ideas into reality! They will learn how to design and print their very own 3D creations using Tinker. We also will teach them the science behind 3D printers. The camp is great prep for students interested in taking our "Blender 3D printing, modeling, & Animation" camp. All materials and computers will be provided. If you were enrolled in a previous class, projects will be new and not repeated, so re-enrollment is encouraged. The camp will be in-person at theCoderSchool in San Ramon. 8-12 8-12 $349 $299
6/17 - 6/21 12:30PM - 3:30PM Half Day Minecraft Play & Mods Minecraft is one of the most popular creative games for kids, and in our program, we will show kids how to use Minecraft Code Builder to make all kinds of fun things while learning the fundamentals of coding. No coding experience is necessary. If you were enrolled in a previous class, projects will be new and not repeated, so re-enrollment is encouraged. The camp will be in-person at theCoderSchool San Ramon. 8-12 8-12 $349 $299
6/24 - 6/28 9AM - 12PM Half Day 3D modeling w Blender This intermediate 3D modeling camp teaches students how to build incredible creations for 3D printing or games using Blender. It is recommended that students take either our "3D Printing for Beginners" camp or have taken several tutoring sessions with one of our coaches before taking this class. The camp pairs well with our "Unit 3D Game Design Camp" letting students put their designs in their games. All materials and computers will be provided. If you were enrolled in a previous class, projects will be new and not repeated, so re-enrollment is encouraged. The camp will be in-person at theCoderSchool in San Ramon. 10-14 10-14 $349 $299
6/24 - 6/28 12:30PM - 3:30PM Half Day 3D Game dev w Unity This advanced coding camp teaches kids how to design and build their 3D games using the powerful game engine Unity. To be fully prepared, students are recommended to take either our "Python Game Design" camp or have taken several tutoring sessions with one of our coaches. It is also recommended that students bring their own laptops. The camp will be in person. If you were enrolled in a previous class, projects will be new and not repeated, so re-enrollment is encouraged. 10-14 10-14 $349 $299
7/08 - 7/12 9:00AM - 12:00PM Half Day WebRox Learn how to create your very own website! This camp will cover the basics of coding in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and go over design principles. No coding experience is necessary. The camp will be in-person at theCoderSchool San Ramon. If you were enrolled in a previous class, projects will be new and not repeated, so re-enrollment is encouraged. 10-14 10-14 $349 $299
7/08 - 7/12 12:30PM - 3:30PM Half Day Python Startup This beginner coding class teaches programming fundamentals with Python, one of the most popular coding languages. No coding experience is necessary. The camp is great prep for students interested in taking our "Python Game Design" camp. The camp will be in-person. If you were enrolled in a previous class, projects will be new and not repeated, so re-enrollment is encouraged. 10-14 10-14 $349 $299
7/15 - 7/19 9:00AM - 12:00PM Half Day Roblox and Lua Kids LOVE Roblox! Using Roblox Studio, we’ll teach the kids how to write code in the Lua programming language, allowing them to create their own players, environments, and mini-games! We’ll also teach them about game design theory, which makes games challenging and adds the element of fun that keeps players coming back repeatedly! Classes will be in-person at theCoderSchool San Ramon. If you were enrolled in a previous class, projects will be new and not repeated, so re-enrollment is encouraged. 10-14 10-14 $349 $299
7/15 - 7/19 12:30PM - 3:30PM Half Day Python Game Dev This intermediate coding class teaches students how to build their very own 2D games using Python. It is recommended that students take either our "Python Startup" camp or have taken several tutoring sessions with one of our coaches. The camp will be in-person. If you were enrolled in a previous class, projects will be new and not repeated, so re-enrollment is encouraged. 10-14 10-14 $349 $299
7/22 - 7/26 9:00AM - 12:00PM Half Day Build Your Own Camp Build your own custom camp! All you need to do is sign up your student plus at least 4 of their friends. You can pick any topic we teach. Python, Roblox, Scratch, 3D printing, you name it we will make it happen! 8+ 8+ $349 $299

Our Testimonials

  • "My kids love going to coder school. It really gets their mind stimulated and helps them think about problems in a methodical way. It's not just for kids who want to code as a profession someday; it's good for their brain. The staff is so friendly, knowledgeable and patient. Keep up the good work!"
    Erik P, Castro Valley
  • "I signed my Grandson up for The Coder School a little less than a year ago. He absolutely loves going each week and attended two camps during the summer, as well as a week during Spring break. He is on the Spectrum and I was concerned as to how he would fit in. I never had to worry, all the Coaches have gone out of their way to make him feel comfortable and give him any extra help when needed. I love his enthusiasm for learning how to code. Thank you Dede and all the Coaches who have made this such a rewarding experience for him. I look forward to many more years of him attending the school. "
    Logan’s Grandma, San Ramon
  • "Fabulous first month for my three kids at The Coder School San Ramon! General manager, Dede Leonard was so very helpful and got us a schedule that works great for us. The instructors have been very well matched to each of my children's different ages and ability. They are super excited to go to this activity in the afternoon and I feel like they are learning languages that will help them navigate the world's emerging technological advances! I would definitely recommend this service to any kids that wants to learn how to code or shows an interest in developing technology!"
    Jaimi M, Vallejo
  • "Alex always looks forward to his session. Very good experience so far. Thank you! "
    Keith W, Castro Valley
  • "Well organized program and we like the coaches / teachers, very motivating . Thank you"
    Suchi P, San Ramon
  • "Extremely good people, high quality learning and very flexible."
    Dushyant P, San Ramon
  • "Jack has a really good lesson with Eamon today. Just wanted to say thank you for giving him a bit of normalcy in all of this! We are looking forward to next week! "
    Kelly B, Danville
  • "Zach is a wonderful teacher! He is knowledgeable and siper patient!"
    Jane C, Danville
  • "Makena and her coding partner Sabine think this is one of their best homeschool classes. They wear their Coder School shirts proudly . I like the quality of instruction and guidance they are receiving. They are learning how to think through problems and how to use technology to answer their real world questions. The staff is fantastic and are so helpful with managing schedules!"
    Angela F, Benecia
  • "Honestly, I was hesitant to sign my kids up for more screen time during the pandemic, but my son has been begging to try coding. I'm glad I did. It's creative, develops problem solving skills, logic and reasoning. There's some math in there too. Much more interesting and worthwhile than I thought it would be. The teachers are knowledgable and the classes run smoothly. It's been a good thing all around."
    Dana G, Danville
  • "Nik loves his code classes! We are taking a summer break and he cried on his last day. Lukas asked his coach if he could come to his house to teach him while he is on break. We will definitely be back in August"
    Adriana J, San Ramon
  • "She LOVED it. She also loves working with Cassie. Right away she felt like she was not working with a coach but spending time with a big sister that is trying to teach her something. That connection I think is helping to shape her love for coding. Also, as soon as she got home she showed all her sisters the game she is working on. Plus, later that day, I found her continuing to work on the game, so she is completely engaged. Words really can't express how happy I am right now with this situation."
    John S, San Ramon

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Our Upcoming Events

HAVE A BIRTHDAY PARTY AT THE CODER SCHOOL!

Our amazing Code Coaches will work with the kids at your party to code a game of their own and show them some fun games to play together. Our foosball table and fun games and toys are available for those who want some time to be unplugged.

You can bring your own food and drinks OR we can provide pizza, juice and water if you choose “The Whole Shebang” (which also gives you an extra hour of party time).

The birthday guest of honor gets a Coder School T-shirt and special gift and all guests receive coder bands and stickers. Best of all, we set up, we entertain and we clean up while the birthday child and their friends have a blast.

Party Packages

The Coolest Party Ever (6 kids) - starting at $279

  • 2 hours of coding and gaming fun
  • Table setup for your snacks, drinks and cake
  • Balloons, happy birthday banner and outdoor sign for the guest of honor
  • Paper goods and utensils provided
  • Coder School T-shirt and special gift for the guest of honor
  • Coder bands and stickers for all guests
  • 5 guests with each additional guest $25

The Whole Shebang (6 kids) - starting at $429

Everything in The Coolest Party Ever PLUS:

  • 1 additional hour of coding and gaming fun (3 hours total)
  • Pizza and juice provided for all guests (additional cost if pizza is needed for parents)
  • 5 guests with each additional guest $30

Please contact us at (925) 336-3328 or sanramon@thecoderschool.com to set up a birthday party for that special day!

Now Hiring: Code Coaches

Do you enjoy teaching? Do you love working with kids? Are you a creative coder? Our social and immersive method is a great way to get our next generation ready while being able to have fun with technology yourself.

theCoderSchool San Ramon is hiring personable, fun-loving solid coders who are good with kids. We can offer you flexible, part-time hours to fit any schedule. If you want to give back to the community, earn some pocket-money and enjoy your work, apply today!

Interested? Shoot an email with resume to sanramon@thecoderschool.com

School Info

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Near San Ramon Library next to Jimmy John's
(925)336-3328
sanramon@thecoderschool.com
Monday: 3:30 – 7:30 PM
Tuesday: 1:30 – 7:30 PM
Wednesday: 3:30 – 7:30 PM
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Friday: 3:30 – 6:30 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: Closed
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Our Schools

Meet Our General Manager

Alex theCoderSchool San Ramon

Hello! My name is Alex. As an East Bay native, homeschool, and software engineer, I know what it means to find your own path in this face-paced tech world. Growing up I taught myself programming working with Lego Mindstorms and Game Maker. In high school, I started taking math and science classes at DVC, before going full time in college. I transferred to UC Santa Cruz for a degree in Computer Science and then spent several years as a Software Engineer at a variety of companies working on projects like smart farming technology and CRISPR gene editing research.

I have always loved tutoring friends and family members whether I was in high school, college, or working. I enjoyed it so much that I switched to teaching and tech education full time. It is so exciting to see the same curiosity and discovery in kids learning about tech that I have experienced. Working at theCoderSchool San Ramon I am so envious of all the great learning tools and resources kids have access to. Growing up I would have loved to be part of a program like this. Feel free to reach out with any questions you have. I am always excited to talk! alex@thecoderschool.com

Meet Our District Manager

Dede Leonard

Hi! I’m Dede Leonard and I’m the District Manager of Tri-Valley CS with schools in Pleasanton, Irvine, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Mission Viejo and now South Bay! As a homeschooler and avid equestrian, I enjoyed advocating for passion driven opportunities for youth to realize their potential and explore their interests.

I watched the technological revolution unfold, expand and encompass all aspects of our daily life. Early exposure to computer languages and coding concepts empower and enrich lives. After graduating from UC Berkeley, I spent over 20 years working as a product manager for Oracle, HP and Motorola and as an internet freelancer helping small businesses expand and improve through the use of technology.

I opened theCoderSchool San Ramon in 2018 to bring coding to kids in the Tri-Valley area and beyond. Our communities recognize the power of code. Learning to create with code empowers our next generations to become problem solvers and grow critical thinking skills.

Whether it is finding your passion, competing in a horse show or learning technology skills to allow self-expression, I am excited to be a part of that journey for kids and their families. Happy, confident kids become adults who see a world that is open to all possibilities! Contact me anytime at dede@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!

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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    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 sanramon@thecoderschool.com!

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