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Welcome to theCoderSchool
6293 Lake Osprey Dr,
In Lakewood Ranch

(941)355-CODE(2633) • sarasota@thecoderschool.com

Hello Sarasota / Manatee parent! We’re so psyched you found your way here to theCoderSchool of Sarasota. Coding is such an awesome skill and it’s going to be so important in the future. That’s why we’re so happy to be bringing Silicon Valley’s most popular after school coding program here to the Suncoast. When we talk about coding, sure we mean programming computers to do cool and amazing things, but we also teach abstract thinking, logical reasoning, and problem-solving skills. Oh, and fun. We have a TON of fun.

Interested? Fill out the form and we’ll be in touch shortly to tell you more!

Got some coding chops yourself?
We're always looking for skillful coders to add to our Code Coaching team. Send your resume to Sarasota@thecoderschool.com and we'll be in touch!

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Our Philosophy

Looking for coding lessons for kids in Sarasota, FL? We're here to help. We believe every kid is different, so we teach them accordingly. Our expert coders teach our students in a super-small two to one ratio, allowing our Code Coaches to personalize projects built to suit each student. Kids are able to move at their own pace and engage in things that interest them most.

Our Programs

Our coding school's flagship after-school program, Code Coaching, combines a super-small 2:1 teaching ratio with individualized curriculum. Although Code Coaching works from novice to advanced coders, we also offer entry-level classes for those looking for a more traditional class in a larger ratio, as well as @school classes and our ever popular coding camps.

Our System

We're part of a nationwide system of 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 since 2014, we're proud of the impact theCoderSchool has had on communities everywhere. Find out more about Who We Are in our brand video .

How Students Progress

OUR CODER TREE

See our visualization of what kids are learning and a sampling of possibilities.

Learn About
Our Coder Tree

OUR CODER STORY

Find our coding roadmap that goes beyond coding custom apps to building a story for college

Our Coding Camps

From AI to bots, web development to games, we got it all. Our camps stick to a low ratio of around 6:1 and are taught by our expert Code Coaches.

Our Upcoming Events

Minecraft Kids Night Out

Minecraft Kid's Night Out from 6pm - 9pm

Ages 8-12

$40

Who doesn’t enjoy building, hunting, and destroying in a friendly game of Minecraft? I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t want to join us for our Minecraft Kid’s Night Out where our Code Coaches will help kids learn how to use Minecraft Education Edition for 3 hours – with a break for pizza, of course. This is a drop-off event for kids 8-12 so parents can enjoy one of the many dining locations near our school.


Kids Night Out - Super Mario Party

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Friday from 6pm - 9pm

Ages 7-11

$40

Drop off the kids for a fun night of Super Mario Party on our big screen TVs. Don't worry about feeding them dinner, because we'll be providing pizza and juice for all our players. Get ready to embark on exciting mini-game adventures with Mario and his friends as they vie to collect the most stars! Our school is conveniently located just minutes from the UTC Mall and Shops, as well as Main Street in Lakewood Ranch, offering endless entertainment and dining options to keep parents engaged while their kids are immersed in the thrill of Mario-themed competition. (wink, wink)


Kids Night Out - Super Smash Bros. Party

Friday from 6pm - 9pm

Ages 7-11

$40

Drop off the kids for a fun night of Super Smash Bros. on our big screen TV's. Don't worry about feeding them dinner, because we'll be providing pizza and juice for all our players. Our school is conveniently located just minutes from the UTC Mall and Shops as well as Main Street in Lakewood Ranch providing endless entertainment and dining options to keep parents from getting too bored while their kids are having so much fun. (wink, wink)


Kids Night Out - Mario Kart Party

Friday from 6pm - 9pm

Ages 7-11

$40

Drop off the kids for a fun night of Mario Kart on our big screen TV's. Don't worry about feeding them dinner, because we'll be providing pizza and juice for all our players. Our school is conveniently located just minutes from the UTC Mall and Shops as well as Main Street in Lakewood Ranch providing endless entertainment and dining options to keep parents from getting too bored while their kids are having so much fun. (wink, wink)


Rubiks Cube Workshop

3-4:30pm

$30

Join Code Coach Kai in learning the mystery of the cube.

Spend 90 minutes learning how to solve the classic 3x3 Rubik’s style speed cube. Each student will receive their own cube to use for the workshop and take home when you're done. Space is limited so sign up now!


CoderFair

Sunday, February 25th, 2024 from 12pm - 4pm

Join us for our CoderFair / Student demo day. Students are invited to submit their best projects of the season as part of our CoderFair. Exhibits will be on display for other students, their families, and members of the community to see and try out. Our panel of community judges score each project and stand-out projects will be recognized. Come support our young coders and be inspired by their hard work!

FREE Scratch Workshop at Braden River Library

Saturday, Sep 9th, Oct 14th & Nov 18th 2023 from 1-3 pm

Ages 8+

FREE

Manatee Library - Braden River Branch - 4915 53rd Ave E, Bradenton

Join Coach Matt for another of our FREE beginner Scratch workshops in cooperation with Manatee Libraries. Learn to build a simple game in MIT's Scratch coding platform. This is a great chance for beginner coders to see what coding is all about.



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Our Testimonials

  • "Fun, safe environment for our son to expand his coding skills and be social! Thank you Coder School!!"
    Samantha D, Sarasota
  • "This place is amazing! My son has finally found something he loves to do. I personally do not know the first thing about coding, but everyone who works there is super knowledgeable and inclusive regardless of age or ability. They have camps every vacation which we book as soon as available - we haven't done a different camp since discovering the Coder School. Pete and Allison who run it couldn't be sweeter or more enthusiastic. It really is a welcoming and happy place and if you have a kid who has an interest in coding or even just gaming, this place is like a Mecca for them. Clean and Covid conscious - give it a try."
    Claire F, Sarasota
  • "Great !!!my son loves the coder school, The place is very nice, Teachers are awesome, coach Ali is teaching my son so much, Pete and Allyson are so professional and friendly too. Great place, we will continue there and recommend it for sure.👍"
    Ludy C, Sarasota
  • "My son loves his classes and summer camp program was a hit. The owners are wonderful to work with."
    Jeanne S, Ellenton
  • "My son wakes up every Tuesday knowing he has coding class after school and CAN'T WAIT! He learns new things everyday and the staff and coaches are extremely helpful and dedicated to helping him grow. Absolutely recommend any parent to come in and take a tour. Great atmosphere and everyone is so nice!"
    Adam L, Bradenton
  • "My son (8) loves theCoderSchool. Talks about it almost daily and asks how many days till he goes back."
    Jackie S, Sarasota
  • "We have loved our experience with coding classes for our boys. They have really developed and learned skills in Scratch. They've built games and found the desire to create with the platform more exciting since starting lessons."
    Ashley C, Sarasota
  • "Our son has been attending classes both virtually and in person for almost two years. He has increased his knowledge of computer coding in multiple languages. I love the positive and nurturing environment at this school. They make it fun and interactive. They also have easy to follow progress reports after each session. I do not know the terminology and appreciate that they use terms that a non-coder can understand."
    Gena M, Lakewood Ranch
  • "Our daughter started at theCoderSchool recently and has learned so much in a short time. She loves her coach and the staff. She looks forward to going every week. The staff is very welcoming."
    James B, Bradenton
  • "We love theCoderSchool and my son always has a great time when he goes. The owners are so attentive and caring and you can tell they love working with children. My son has excelled in creating programs and has come a long way."
    Carly C, Sarasota
  • "My 11-year-old son has been taking coding classes for about 6 months and absolutely loves it here! He is learning so much and his coaches make it fun and engaging. I highly recommend theCoderSchool."
    Melissa H, Bradenton
  • "I get great progress Information on the results after each class and I’m very impressed with that. Friendly staff. "
    Cheryl R, Bradenton

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Apps We Build

Each year, theCoderSchool partners with the Congressional App Challenge, a nationwide coding contest run by districts of the U.S. Congress. Some of our students have won this prestigious prize, met their U.S. Congressperson, and even flown to DC for the winners event. Take a look at some recent CAC winners from theCoderSchool, or browse through our Live App Gallery to see custom apps our students are building!

School Info

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6293 Lake Osprey Dr
In Lakewood Ranch
(941)355-CODE(2633)
sarasota@thecoderschool.com
Monday: 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Tuesday: 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Thursday: 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Friday: 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

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Meet our Owners

Allyson and Pete Christinzio

Hello! We’re Allyson and Pete Christinzio, and we’re co-owners/operators of theCoderSchool of Sarasota. We’d like to share a little about ourselves and why we decided to bring Silicon Valley’s best coding school to Sarasota.

Allyson has been using her time as a stay-at-home mom to bring her two boys on educational adventures, and volunteer for the PTOs of several of Sarasota County’s public schools. She has always been tech-interested and wants to spend her time encouraging young minds to think logically and be problem solvers. Allyson loves to see that “ah-ha!” moment on the faces of students as they break through their latest challenge and is thrilled to bring this program to her community.

Pete has been a software developer for twenty years, and during the last decade or so, has found that what he really wants to do is inspire the future. He enjoys attending conferences and working on personal coding projects to keep his skills sharp and relevant, and he has a talent for sharing his knowledge and his fire. Pete continues to work his day job in the corporate world and brings his dev team experience to the atmosphere here at theCoderSchool of Sarasota.

As parents, we know that each child learns differently, and has different motivations for what drives them. Which is why we’re so excited to have this versatile program to help your children learn valuable life skills – coding being only the most obvious. Also as parents, we’re happy to have a place where our own sons can learn to code since it’s so much easier to learn from someone who isn’t, “Dad.”

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!
  • Read about Private+Semi-Private Coaching, Virtual Learning, Coding Classes, Robotics, Python, Scratch, or Video Game Coding
    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 sarasota@thecoderschool.com!

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