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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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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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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 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 55 locations around the country, teaching over 6,000 students every week with the brainpower of 800+ expert Code Coaches®. We're proud of the impact theCoderSchool has had on communities everywhere since our brand was founded 7 and a half 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!

  • 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
  • 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

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 over the summer break?! Take advantage of our EARLY BIRD DEAL by using code SUMMER23 by March 31st and save $100 on our full day summer camps!

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

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Week Format Camp Ages Price
5/30-6/2 Full Day (4 day) Minecraft (Skill Level: Beginner)
Minecraft has taken the world over by surprise since it debuted in 2009. This camp combines the fun of Minecraft with teaching kids to code at the same time. Playing Minecraft is fun, but building, creating, and modifying your Minecraft agents and worlds through coding is a skill that can help our younger generation in any field they choose to pursue. Tell your Minecraft fan to get their Creepers and Magma Cubes ready for this camp! Ages 9+
Ages 9+ $395
6/5 - 6/9 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
6/5 - 6/9 Full Day Python Startup (Skill Level:Beg/Int)
Prerequisites: Some experience preferred but not required.
Who’s ready for some PYTHON! Sounds a little gross, like a giant snake right? But it’s actually one of the hottest languages around today. Take advantage of the easy-to-read style of coding while picking up on one of the most popular languages today for professional and beginner coders alike. We’ll start out by using an online python platform to learn some basics and practice some fundamental concepts, and time permitting and based on our camper skill set, we may jump on to some more complex Python coding, potentially getting into coding with PyGame. Ages 10+
Ages 10+ $495
6/12 - 6/16 Full Day Roblox Camp (Skill Level: Beginner)
Prerequisites: Good typer, must bring own PC
In this camp, participants will get to create and publish their own Roblox game to Roblox website for the world to play. Campers will spend each day building an Obby (Roblox lingo for Obstacle course) using the amazing Roblox Studio platform. Campers will learn the basics of creating games in a 3D environment. They will also learn about the programming language Lua by modifying pre-programmed blocks to suit their obstacle course needs. On Friday, parents will get to see the awesome creations of their campers. Ages 9+
Ages 9+ $495
6/19 - 6/23 Full Day Minecraft (Skill Level: Beginner)
Minecraft has taken the world over by surprise since it debuted in 2009. This camp combines the fun of Minecraft with teaching kids to code at the same time. Playing Minecraft is fun, but building, creating, and modifying your Minecraft agents and worlds through coding is a skill that can help our younger generation in any field they choose to pursue. Tell your Minecraft fan to get their Creepers and Magma Cubes ready for this camp! Ages 9+
Ages 9+ $495
6/19 - 6/23 Full Day Data Connector (Skill Level: Int/Adv)
Prerequisites: Good Typer, some Javascript experience is helpful but not necessary
Today's computers are constantly connecting to each other, requesting all kinds of data. Need to get directions from Google? No problem. Find out the latest tweets? Sure. Companies large and small today expose something call an Application Programming Interface (API) so apps can connect to their services (sometimes free, sometimes for a cost). APIs are one of the most useful tools for professional programmers today, so get a head start by building your own data connections with an API at this camp! Ages 11+
Ages 11+ $495
6/26 - 6/30 Full Day Robocode Robot Coding Camp (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+ $595
7/3, 7/5 - 7/7 Full Day (4 day) Minecraft (Skill Level: Beginner)
Minecraft has taken the world over by surprise since it debuted in 2009. This camp combines the fun of Minecraft with teaching kids to code at the same time. Playing Minecraft is fun, but building, creating, and modifying your Minecraft agents and worlds through coding is a skill that can help our younger generation in any field they choose to pursue. Tell your Minecraft fan to get their Creepers and Magma Cubes ready for this camp! Ages 9+
Ages 9+ $395
7/10 - 7/14 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
7/10 - 7/14 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
7/17 - 7/21 Full Day Roblox Camp (Skill Level: Beginner)
Prerequisites: Good typer, must bring own PC
In this camp, participants will get to create and publish their own Roblox game to Roblox website for the world to play. Campers will spend each day building an Obby (Roblox lingo for Obstacle course) using the amazing Roblox Studio platform. Campers will learn the basics of creating games in a 3D environment. They will also learn about the programming language Lua by modifying pre-programmed blocks to suit their obstacle course needs. On Friday, parents will get to see the awesome creations of their campers. Ages 9+
Ages 9+ $495
7/24 - 7/28 Full Day Arduino Camp (Skill Level: Beg/Int
Prerequisits: None
Our Arduino summer camp teaches kids the ins and outs of how to use the Arduino platform to create simple electronic projects. During the camp, students will learn the basics of programming and electronics using the Arduino platform with an Arduino board and starter kit provided. Campers will be introduced to the Arduino Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and will learn how to write code to control the behavior of electronic circuits. Activities at the camp may include building simple circuits using breadboards, programming LEDs to blink and fade, building simple games or interactive projects using sensors and displays. It is a great way for kids to learn hands-on skills and to explore the possibilities of the Arduino platform. Ages 9+
Ages 9+ $595
7/24 - 7/28 Full Day Python Startup (Skill Level:Beg/Int)
Prerequisites: Some experience preferred but not required.
Who’s ready for some PYTHON! Sounds a little gross, like a giant snake right? But it’s actually one of the hottest languages around today. Take advantage of the easy-to-read style of coding while picking up on one of the most popular languages today for professional and beginner coders alike. We’ll start out by using an online python platform to learn some basics and practice some fundamental concepts, and time permitting and based on our camper skill set, we may jump on to some more complex Python coding, potentially getting into coding with PyGame. Ages 10+
Ages 10+ $495
7/31 - 8/4 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

Our Testimonials

  • "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 son loves his classes and summer camp program was a hit. The owners are wonderful to work with."
    Jeanne S, Ellenton
  • "Fun, safe environment for our son to expand his coding skills and be social! Thank you Coder School!!"
    Samantha D, Sarasota
  • "I get great progress Information on the results after each class and I’m very impressed with that. Friendly staff. "
    Cheryl R, Bradenton
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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

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Our Upcoming Events

Grown Up and Me Preschool Coding

Every Wednesday 10am

Age: Preschool + Adult

$99 (per child) for 4 sessions (sessions do not have to be used consecutively)

Our 4-week coding program for preschoolers using Tale-Bot is a great way for your child to learn the basics of coding in a fun and interactive way. Each week, we will cover concepts such as loop and conditional statements, functions, and variables using Tale-Bot's simple visual programming language and cute robot character. Our hands-on lessons will also help your child develop important skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity. Classes are held every Wednesday at 10 am – sign up today and give your child the opportunity to learn about coding in a supportive and engaging environment.

Rubiks Cube Workshop

Saturday, January 28th, 2023 from 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!

Minecraft Kids Night Out

Friday February 17th 2023 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 Code Coach Kyle 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.

CoderFair

Sunday, February 26th, 2023 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!

School Info

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6293 Lake Osprey Dr, Sarasota, FL 34240
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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Our Schools

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.

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!

Does coding require reading?

It definitely requires a little bit of reading and comprehension. Even coding with blocks requires some reading, albeit not as much. More importantly when kids move on to typed languages like Python or Javascript - they have to know how to type! If they can't type, coding typed languages is more than frustrating, often causing kids to quit.

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 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®.

Got a question? Email us at sarasota@thecoderschool.com!

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