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San Francisco - Richmond, CA

251 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118
Corner of Clement and 4th
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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! That's where our Code Coaches® come in, providing a long-term mentoring relationship to teach kids to code, from someone who's a coder themselves.

Our coding school's flagship program, Code Coaching®, combines a super-small teaching ratio of typically 2:1 or 1:1 with individualized curriculum so kids are able to move at their own pace, doing things that interest them most. This program works for kids of all ages and skill levels. From game development to web apps, Python to Java, or even niche technologies like AI and beyond, our Code Coaches can help your kids achieve their programming 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. Our lessons are taught in-person at our schools where available, or can be online for social distancing. Fill out our form above to get a free trial today!

Our Coder Tree®

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. Like real trees, our students' coding journeys are unique from each other, but all require strong foundations and trunks to support their higher, advanced branches. Need a magnifying glass? Here's a zoomable view.

Tracking Progress

Custom coding means tracking progress is even more important! Our suite of proprietary tools* does just that. Our Coder Progress and Notes+ systems chart weekly progress through concept tracking and freeform notes. App Reviews track longer term progress by identifying current skills to build their individual Coder Tree®. Finally, our Student Portal is a one-stop shop to see it all and then some! Confused? It's complicated! Get an idea by clicking through a Sample Student's functional 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 Camps 2021 (updated on 1/21/2021)

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, design websites on a topics of personal interest, and code all kinds of things in Python including music and choose your own adventure stories.

All camps include periodic offline breaks. Students play card games like Uno, chess, foosball, and other fun stuff. Lunch is outdoors and includes active playtime with frisbees, soccer balls, and good ol' fashion tag. We know the importance of a well-rounded, enriching experience for students that includes indoor, outdoor, online, and offline activities.

We can't wait for summer so we can host your kids again! We are planning ahead with hopes that San Francisco's Department of Public Health (DPH)/Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA) will allow in-person camps by June. If, however, DPH/HCA has not given the green light by then, we will again pivot to the virtual camps that worked so well in 2020. While virtual camps aren't the same as in-person camps, we have learned a lot over this last year and have new ways to structure our camps so that they're fun, educational, and engaging.

Thanks for visiting our site, and please stay tuned. We will update this page as we hear more information about the Covid vaccine progress and what that means for our ability to host 2021 summer camps.

If you would like to receive updates by email, please email us at

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

Week Format Camp Ages Price
6/7-6/11 In Person Full Day 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. Content will be different from Games Are Awesome B. Learn More Ages 8-10 Ages 8-10 $599

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
  • "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 son enjoys working with Carolyn. Allen does a great job making people feel welcome at Coder School."
    Jamie F., 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 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

Python Mad Libs Workshop
When: Thursday Mar 4 6pm-7pm
Back by popular demand! Get ready for lots of laughs by creating an online version of the classic word game. Try this out for your own family game night. Recommended Ages: 10+

Web Design March Madness! Workshop
When: Thursday Mar 11 6pm-7pm
It's the mother of all sports tournaments, back again this year. Learn how to create a web page showcasing your favorite college basketball team or NBA player and their college. Recommended Ages: 10+

Scratch: St Patrick's Day Workshop
When: Friday, Mar 12, 6pm-7pm
In this session, we will introduce students to MIT's drag and drop based programming language, Scratch! Students will create a St. Patrick's Day themed project customizing their own 4 leaf clovers and then create a capture the leprechaun game. Recommended Ages: 7+

Python Hang Man Workshop
When: Thursday Mar 18 6pm-7pm
Need more games for family game night? Play a timeless word game that your technologist will make in Python. Students will create an online version of a classic word game: Hangman. Recommended Ages: 10+

Web Design Waffle Waffle Waffle Workshop
When: Thursday Mar 25 6pm-7pm
Did you know that March 25th is International Waffle Day? Celebrate by creating a web page featuring your favorite waffle recipe. Learn about the many types of waffles. Recommended Ages: 10+

Location: Online
Meeting info will be provided after registration.

Please register below.


Online Friday Game Night

Friday Online Game Nights
Date: Fridays
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Cost: $20

Location: Online

Friday Game Nights will feature adult supervised, structured, small group game sessions. A Coder School San Francisco Team member will lead each 2 hour session: starting with introductions, discussing in-game strategies, and concluding with a wrap-up. Participants will enjoy a competitive, team-based experience with others from our Coder School San Francisco community. It’s a great way to connect with current students and meet new friends while having a blast.

New to the game or just want to hang out? Register for the Casual gaming sessions. If you've been playing Among Us for a while now and want a more quick-paced games, register for the Experienced Gamer sessions.

Among Us is one of the top rated games on the Google Play store and iOS App Store.  It is a game of collaboration and misdirection. Join your crew mates in a multiplayer game of teamwork and betrayal! Crew members will attempt to hold the spaceship together and return back to civilization. But there may be an alien impostor aboard! Participants will need to have Among Us installed prior to the start of the Game Night.

Limited spaces available. Sign up here to reserve your spot.





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.

Contact Us

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251 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118
Corner of Clement and 4th
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.

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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