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Sarasota, FL

6293 Lake Osprey Dr, Sarasota, FL 34240
In Lakewood Ranch
Map • (941)355-CODE(2633) • sarasota@thecoderschool.com
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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.

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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 Sarasota, FL

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 over 700 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. We 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.

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

Summer Coding Camps!

Let's get ready for Coding Camps! Our camps are run in our school from 9am-3pm Mon-Fri. Kids bring their own lunches and water bottles and we'll take care of the rest! Kids code throughout the week then demo their week's creations later that afternoon. What better way to get your kids out of your hair during the school breaks and over the summer?!

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

Week Format Camp Ages Price
3/15 - 3/19 Full Day WebRox (Skill Level: Beg/Int)
Prerequisites: Good typer
Our WebRox camp is all about websites, because the web rocks! Our campers will spend the week designing and building their very own websites and get 'em published to the world by the end of the week. Importantly, kids will be introduced to Internet Safety and why cyber-safety matters, plus we'll learn the basics of how the internet works (wait, you mean that Facebook page lives out in the "cloud" somewhere?!). As usual, our Fridays are all about the demo, showing off the all cool website stuff the kids create! Ages 10+
Ages 10+ $495
5/31 - 6/4 Full Day Game Development (Skill Level: Beg/Int)
Prerequisites: None
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. Ages 8-10
Ages 8-10 $495
6/14 - 6/18 Full Day Game Development (Skill Level: Beg/Int)
Prerequisites: None
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. Ages 8-10
Ages 8-10 $495
6/21 - 6/25 Full Day RoboCode (Skill Level: Beg/Int)
Prerequisites: None
Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto! The field of robotics is absolutely booming. Everything from cars to thermostats and appliances are all tied to robotics and hardware engineering. If you're excited by the thought of being an Aerospace engineer at NASA or designing the next robotic creation, then you can get a nice start on the right path with our camp. Ages 9+
Ages 9+ $594
(Includes mBot programmable robot)
7/12 - 7/16 Full Day Python Start-up (Skill Level: Beg/Int)
Prerequisites: Some Coding Experience
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 intermediate coders - no Python experience necessary! Ages 10+
Ages 10+ $495
7/19 - 7/23 Full Day Rise of the Machines (Skill Level: Intermediate)
Prerequisites: Some Coding Experience
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+ $495
8/2 - 8/6 Full Day Raspberry Pi Jam (Skill Level: Int/Adv)
Prerequisites: Some coding experience
Our Pi Jam camp introduces our more advanced programmers to the world of IoT, or Internet of Things. As computers and technology expand like wildfire, you'll find more and more computers in your "things" - like your watch, your smart home, or even your refrigerator. These gadgets are all run by computers that are getting smaller and smaller! Our Pi Jam camp introduces kids to one of the hottest mini-computers today, the Raspberry Pi. Ages 10+
Ages 10+ $594
(Includes Raspberry Pi 4)

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

Roblox Workshop in Cooperation with Manatee Public Libraries

Saturday May 22, 2021 1pm - 3pm
Ages: 12+

We're super excited to be working in cooperation with Manatee Libraries to present our "Your First Obby" Roblox workshop! Coder's are invited to follow along as we us Roblox Studio and Lua Script to build your first real Roblox game! This a virtual workshop and will be conducted via Zoom meeting. Participants must have a PC or Mac computer with an internet connection, speakers and a microphone to participate.

Please email jessica.franklin@mymanatee.org to register.

Online Scratch Workshop in Cooperation with Manatee Libraries

Saturday, June 26th, 2021 from 1-3 pm
Ages: 7-10

Join theCoderSchool of Sarasota and Manatee Libraries for some beginner Scratch coding! Follow along with our code coach building a simple video game using the MIT's Scratch coding platform. This will be an online workshop conducted via Zoom. Students must have a PC or Mac computer with speakers and an internet connection to participate.

Please email daniel.aken@mymanatee.org to register.

Contact Us

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6293 Lake Osprey Dr, Sarasota, FL 34240
In Lakewood Ranch
(941)355-CODE(2633)
sarasota@thecoderschool.com
Monday: 3:00 – 8:00 PM
Tuesday: 3:00 – 8:00 PM
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 3:00 – 8:00 PM
Friday: 3:00 – 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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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.

Private+Semi-Private Coaching

Virtual Learning

Coding Classes

Robotics

Python

Scratch

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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