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San Francisco - West Portal, CA

231 W Portal Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127
Next to Kumon
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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 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 the form and we will 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 - West Portal, 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 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. Located near top schools like Lowell High and Clarendon Elementary, theCoderSchool San Francisco in West Portal sits on the southwest side of San Francisco in the heart of West Portal. Looking for a location north of Golden Gate Park? Be sure to check out our other San Francisco location in the Richmond District.

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 50 locations around the country, teaching well over 5,000 students every week with the brainpower of 750+ expert Code Coaches®. We're proud of the impact theCoderSchool has had on communities everywhere since our brand was founded 7 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!

  • 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

Coding Camps

Sorry, we don't have any upcoming camps listed yet. Check back soon!

Our Testimonials

  • "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
  • "Kids (and adults!) play way too many video games nowadays. We were happy when we saw that The Coder School had opened up in West Portal. We were thinking about attending another program on the other side of the City. We wanted our kid to spend some time on the other side building these things, and he was definitely interested in trying. We've been happy with the place. Allen is always welcoming, and makes you and your kid feel at home. My kid has been working with Carolyn, who knows her stuff and gets along well with my kid. As a self-confessed (sometimes!) helicopter parent, I am usually there when my kid has class trying to get some work done. I can hear other lessons going on, and can tell that the coaches are knowledgeable, and able to work well with the kids. We have never taken group lessons, so my experience is with the private / semi-private lessons. We recommend them."
    Jamie F, San Francisco
  • "The coaches at The Coder School have captured the attention and focus of each of my 3 kids, even though none of my kids are naturally drawn to coding. Doesn't matter what day, or what coach, or what kid - The Coder School hires great coaches and does an excellent job matching students to teachers, so that every child loves their time there. The flexible curriculum has really allowed our kids to explore what interests them, and cover more languages than they would be exposed to if bound my a more prescribed curriculum. The manager, Allen, is always super responsive and easy to communicate with for any scheduling needs. Top notch customer service."
    Laura S, 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 has been taking lessons at the coder school for several years. He's become proficient in a variety of coding languages and concepts, and is now creating full image games in Unity and system tools in Python. The coaches he has had over several years have all been incredibly supportive, but also challenging in a good way. And of course its all about that he has fun and is getting challenged appropriately. But there's also the parent side of things too. Allen and his team are incredibly patient with adjusting to the ever changing after school schedule and ensuring that my son has the right coach for the right time in his learning. When he was younger, getting coaches who were energetic and supportive in lighter languages was the most important thing. As a high schooler now, its more important that the coaches become more heavyweight both in terms of the concepts being taught, but also in expectations. The team at coder school have been excellent in putting in the right resources at the right time, and working right with our schedule. Couldn't recommend the coder school more!"
    Jay M, 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
  • "Our 10-year-old son Kyle has been attending coaching sessions at The Coder School for over two years. He has really loved working with Allen and the team in West Portal, and he has learned so much. We also appreciate how accommodating and flexible Allen and the rest of the crew is. Thanks so much for supporting and coaching Kyle. This kiddo loves coding!"
    Amy S, San Francisco
  • "The Coder school is a great place to learn to code. Kids learn at their own pace but are always encouraged to push their boundaries and learn more. The 2 kids to 1 instructor sessions means that kids really get time to explore with a lot of hands on guidance. Coding is my son's favorite after school activity!"
    Helene K, San Francisco
  • "My 5th and 7th graders having been coming to the Coder School for over a year. Both of them like their teachers, Jacky and Caroline, so much that I'm making the trip here twice a week so that they can each stay with their respective teacher. The low student teacher ratio allows the teacher to really understand their level and teach at their pace. They've learned Python, HTML, amongst other languages, to create games and websites that they're proud to show me after class. Bonus, the manager, Allen, is awesome and super easy to communicate with. Highly recommend!"
    Jen J, San Francisco
  • "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
  • "Since my son plays so many games and uses so many apps, I figured it makes sense for him to learn the building blocks of how those digital products are made. While, at times, he has felt overwhelmed, I think he has finally found his comfort zone. In a nutshell, The Coder School ensures that your child will learn as much as they want, but more importantly provides a sense of community for kids of all ages, interest levels and skillsets."
    Art D, San Francisco

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Our Upcoming Events

FREE Online Coding Workshops

All workshops start at 6:30pm and end at 7:30pm. 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!


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.


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 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’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 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

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 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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231 W Portal Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127
Next to Kumon
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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We're always looking for great Code Coaches. Find out more about how to apply today.

Private+Semi-Private Coaching

Virtual Learning

Coding Classes




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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