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San Francisco - Richmond, CA

251 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118
Corner of Clement and 4th
Map(415)592-8421sf-richmond@thecoderschool.com
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Hey super-parent! We're happy you're looking for options to get your kids learning to code. It's SUCH an amazing skill to learn and will help your kids in more ways than you can imagine! We're super excited to be bringing Silicon Valley's #1 kids coding program to the area to help your kids get going, so read on and let's get our kids coding!

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 our form and we'll be in touch shortly to tell you 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 San Francisco - Richmond, 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 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. Located near top schools like Argonne Elementary and Presidio Middle, theCoderSchool San Francisco in Richmond sits on the northern side of San Francisco in the Richmond District. Looking for a location south of Golden Gate Park? Be sure to check out our other San Francisco location in West Portal.

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 Enrichment Camps

The Coder School San Francisco's popular summer camps are all about coding, fun, and making new friends. Our campers learn how to create games, compose music, design websites, and code all kinds of projects based on their personal interest.

Online Camps 2021. This summer, we will be bringing back an exciting range of online camps allowing your technologists to code safely from home. They will learn new technologies while still interacting with other technologists. We'll build in screen-free breaks and a lot of interactivity to keep everyone engaged.  These camps will use Zoom and will run from 9:30am-2:30pm with a 1 hour lunch break from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

In-Person Camps 2021. We are offering a limited number of in-person camps according to the San Francisco Department of Public Health safety guidelines. These in-person camps will run from 9am-3pm Mon-Fri and will be limited to a ratio of 6 campers to one coach per camp. As usual, we will include offline breaks with active games like charades or “tech Pictionary,” outdoor lunch, and playtime with safer distanced activities like soccer.  Please use the filter "In-Person" to see the full list. Please email Allen for more information on how to setup your own in-person camp pods.

We understand the need for flexibility in summer planning. All online and in-person camps are fully refundable.  All online camps can be switched to in-person camps and vice versa, depending on capacity. If you need to withdraw from a camp, please let us at least 3 days before the start of your camp.

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

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Week Format Camp Ages Price
6/21-6/25 Online 9:30am-2:30pm WebRox Everything's about the web these days, and that's why Web Rocks! Code with all the base web technologies like HTML/CSS and JavaScript, learn how the internet and file transfers work, and get your pages uploaded to our servers for public viewing! Novice or intermediate coders. Learn More Ages 10+ Ages 10+ $499
6/21-6/25 Online 9:30am-2:30pm Minecraft Microsoft MakeCode Challenge your imagination and learn to program in a Minecraft world! Your technologist will learn real programming concepts while creating and completing awesome challenges. We will be using MakeCode’s drag-and-drop interface, so no typing is required! Your technologist will need a Windows operating system to participate. They also get to keep their own copy of Minecraft for Windows when camp ends so they can continue coding in their Minecraft world. Learn More Ages 8+ Ages 8+ $529
6/28-7/2 Online 9:30am-2:30pm Games Are Awesome We'll be using Scratch, a cool drag n' drop languages to create some awesome new and classic games! Aimed at our newbie and novice coders. Learn More Ages 8+ Ages 8+ $499
6/28-7/2 Online 9:30am-2:30pm Python Startup 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! Learn More Ages 10+ Ages 10+ $499
7/5-7/9 Online 9:30am-2:30pm PICO-8 Game Development Learn to make real 8-bit games on PICO-8 using Lua coding language. PICO-8 is a fantasy console for making, sharing, and playing tiny games and other computer programs. Technologists will use their creativity to build their own 8-bit games while learning basic programming concepts. Your technologist will need either a Windows computer or a Mac to participate. They also get to keep their own copy of PICO-8 console software when camp ends so they can continue projects. This camp is designed for intermediate coders. Learn More Ages 10+ Ages 10+ $529
7/12-7/16 InPerson 9:00am-300pm Games Are Awesome InPerson We'll be using Scratch, a cool drag n' drop languages to create some awesome new and classic games! Aimed at our newbie and novice coders. Learn More Ages 8+ Ages 8+ $650
(Please email for waitlist.)
7/12-7/16 Online 9:30am-2:30pm Unity Game Design This Game Design Camp is reserved for our most advanced coders. We will be using Unity, a cross platform game engine to develop games using various design techniques. Ages 13+ Ages 13+ $529
7/19-7/23 InPerson 9:00am-300pm Python Startup InPerson 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! Learn More Ages 10+ Ages 10+ $650
(Only 1 spot left!)
7/26-7/30 Online 9:30am-2:30pm WebRox Everything's about the web these days, and that's why Web Rocks! Code with all the base web technologies like HTML/CSS and JavaScript, learn how the internet and file transfers work, and get your pages uploaded to our servers for public viewing! Novice or intermediate coders. Learn More Ages 10+ Ages 10+ $499
8/2-8/6 Online 9:30am-2:30pm AP Computer Science Prep Want to get a head start on JAVA for AP Computer Science? We've got you covered! Learn the essentials of JAVA and get enough practice to be ready to feel more confident in the class and upcoming AP test! Learn More Ages 13+ Ages 13+ $529
8/9-8/13 Online 9:30am-2:30pm PICO-8 Game Development Learn to make real 8-bit games on PICO-8 using Lua coding language. PICO-8 is a fantasy console for making, sharing, and playing tiny games and other computer programs. Technologists will use their creativity to build their own 8-bit games while learning basic programming concepts. Your technologist will need either a Windows computer or a Mac to participate. They also get to keep their own copy of PICO-8 console software when camp ends so they can continue projects. This camp is designed for intermediate coders. Learn More Ages 10+ Ages 10+ $529
8/9-8/13 InPerson 9:00am-300pm Games Are Awesome InPerson We'll be using Scratch, a cool drag n' drop languages to create some awesome new and classic games! Aimed at our newbie and novice coders. Learn More Ages 8+ Ages 8+ $650
(4 spots left!)
8/16-8/20 Online 9:30am-2:30pm Games Are Awesome We'll be using Scratch, a cool drag n' drop languages to create some awesome new and classic games! Aimed at our newbie and novice coders. Learn More Ages 8+ Ages 8+ $499
8/16-8/20 Online 9:30am-2:30pm Python Startup 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! Learn More Ages 10+ Ages 10+ $499

Our Testimonials

  • "You've taught me logic as way of thinking and being patient. You're complicated and intricate especially Python 3. However I love making you work and I love all the challenges that you throw at me. If you think about where everything is going, coding is the future in terms of AI and everyday technology. "
    Bradley C., San Francisco
  • "Owners, manager Allen, and instructors (Max) in SF West Portal are involved and very encouraging to our two boys. Both loved summer camps and weekly group instruction tailored to their interests and abilities. "
    Jeff L., San Francisco
  • "My son enjoys working with Carolyn. Allen does a great job making people feel welcome at Coder School."
    Jamie F., San Francisco
  • "My son loves the coder school - their camps and their after school classes - the teachers and the owners are awesome. We will be long time clients. "
    Kate L., San Francisco
  • "My 8-year-old son just finished a week of camp there, and I think he'd move in if he could! He had a great experience there, and seems to have a learned a lot. The staff was excellent - they really seemed to connect with kids, and were enthusiastic about introducing coding concepts to them. They were always available to answer questions and talk a bit about what my son had worked on during the day. We'll definitely be back next summer, or may check out their after school programs this fall. "
    Michelle S., San Francisco

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Our Upcoming Events

FREE Coding Workshops

All workshops start at 6pm and end at 7pm. Please select registration links below for age recommendations and descriptions. New workshop themes are being introduced. If you have an idea for a new workshop theme, please let us know!


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Online Coding Programs

These are unprecedented times. We hope that you and your kids are adjusting the new school year. Distance learning has become a new norm for us all. We know that schools, parents, and educators at all levels are doing their best to make things work.

At The Coder School San Francisco, we are grateful that our students are thriving with our shift to Remote Code Coaching. They are practicing math, logic, and analytical thinking, while designing fun games from the safety and comfort of their own homes. We remain committed to our students' education and will adapt whether online, in-person (when permitted), or a hybrid approach. We'll be flexible depending on what works best for you.

Keep calm and Code on.

NOW HIRING!

Do you enjoy teaching and watching kids' eyes light up? Are you a decent competent 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. Apply today!

Please send an email with your resume to Allen

Congrats to our amazing coaches

for winning several awards in the inaugural Repl.it Game Jam Game Design Contest.

Best Individual Game: CryptoStory: Isekai, Action Adventure game using Phaser CE by Coach Jason Huang

Best Team Game: Zanderian Prince Simulator 2020 by Coaches Jacky Chen, Dakota Madden-Fong, Nicolas Graves, Michael Tran

Be sure to read Repl.it’s Developer Spotlight interview with Nico, Dakota, Michael, and Jackie! "We're a small group of co-workers at the Coder School San Francisco, we're instructors and teach programming to kids and use repl.it all the time for lessons and instruction with students.”

Learn more about games that our coaches built below:

Community Services

We were pleased to kick off 2019 by co-hosting a conversation with parents and kids on electronic gaming at SFPD's Taraval Station community room. We talked about balancing gaming time with other activities and setting clear rules and expectations for kids. We also discussed how coding and game design can be potential careers for kids who love games and want to engage that passion. This is a hot topic that we enjoyed talking about! If you are interested in having us host a similar discussion with your school or parent community, please email lee@thecoderschool.com.

Toys help kids dive into augmented reality

The Coder School San Francisco was featured on the ABC7 6pm Evening News. 7 On Your Side Michael Finney finds out if Augmented Reality could really educate our children in the Toys Help Kids dive into Augmented Reality news segment.

Check out on ABC7 News web site here

Thank You 2018 MIT Artificial Intelligence Conference - Kids Day!

We had a great time at the 2018 MIT Artificial Intelligence Conference - Kids Day! This event brought conference attendees and SF Bay area families together for a day of hands-on, experiential learning in the AI field. We hope that you had as much fun as we did!

Shout out to The Coder School San Mateo, The Coder School Berkeley, The Coder School Fremont who all joined us for the day!

See you next year.

FREE Girl Power Workshops

The Coder School San Francisco is excited to offer a free Girl Power Workshop in April! Students will get an intro to coding from our fabulous female coaches and learn about women like Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper who were amazing pioneers in computer science.

When: Saturday, Jun 2, 2pm-3:30pm
Where: the Coder School San Francisco, 231 West Portal Ave
- Intro to Scratch (Ages 7-11)
- Intro to Web Design (Ages 12-14)
- FREE. Space is limited.

Sign up a by emailing allen@thecoderschool.com with child's name, child's age and grade, parent's name, and preferred phone number.

Check out a column about the Coder School San Francisco written by columnist Joel Engardio from the SF Examiner here

School Info

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251 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118
Corner of Clement and 4th
(415)592-8421
sf-richmond@thecoderschool.com
Monday: 1:00 – 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 1:00 – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 1:00 – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 1:00 – 7:00 PM
Friday: 1:00 – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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Meet Our Owner and GM

Allen Kwan

Hi there! My name is Allen and I’m the Owner and General Manager of the Coder School San Francisco. I am excited to bring the Coder School to the San Francisco bay area when I was born and raised. My Bachelor’s degree is in Finance and I am a proud alum of San Francisco State University. I remember my first experience with a computer: arguing with my older brother over who could play the original Starcraft game first. It took a week to finally get a chance to play, but I was instantly obsessed with gaming, computers, and technology. Making technology more accessible to children is the biggest reason why we’re opening the Coder School San Francisco. I can’t wait to meet all of you and to help shape the future of your little technologist.

And the Other Owner!

Lee Hsu

Hi all! My name is Lee Hsu. I’m a co-owner at the Coder School San Francisco. As an EdTech consultant and teacher, I’ve designed technology curricula and taught computer skills, digital citizenship, and coding to over 1,000 students in San Francisco schools. I've seen firsthand through my work and teaching that high-quality coding instruction is critical for jobs of the future. And, I know from my time studying at the University of Texas and at Stanford University that education must keep pace with modern trends to prepare kids to be future technologists, creative professionals, and leaders in every industry. We have a wonderful team here at the Coder School San Francisco. I look forward to being part of your child's learning and coding journey.

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!

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

Video Game Coding



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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