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Welcome to theCoderSchool

Short Hills, NJ

509 A Millburn Ave, Short Hills, NJ 07078
One Block from Millburn High School
Map(973)314-1159shorthills@thecoderschool.com
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TheCoderSchool will be closed for the holidays from Saturday, December 24th through Sunday, January 1st.

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 the 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 Short Hills, NJ

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. Conveniently located near great schools like Glenwood and Hartshorn, theCoderSchool Short Hills is situated on Millburn Ave. near Millburn High School. Looking for schools on Long Island instead? Be sure to check out our other schools on our Long Island page.

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 Camps

Let's get ready for summer camps! Our camps are run in our school from 9am-3pm Mon-Fri.

Our camps are held at our sweet coding facilities (when possible) and leverage goodies from our year-round programs to create a uniquely collaborative environment where the kids work together, code together, and have a rockin’ fun summer together! Kids bring their own lunches or purchase weekly meal plans and we'll take care of the rest! Kids code throughout the week then demo their week's creations later that afternoon.

Camp registration may be cancelled up to 60 days prior to the first day of the start of camp for a full refund. Cancellations made up to 30 days prior are eligible for a 50% refund.

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Additional camp offerings at our other locations.

Syosset., Roslyn., Commack., Bayside. Bellmore.

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And guess what, we're offering our early-bird discount of $100 off for a limited time only. Just use the code CAMPSROCK2023 at checkout! Sign up now!

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

Scroll table to see all 13 camps
Week Format Camp Ages Price
6/26-6/30 Full Day In-person Lego Robotics The field of robotics is growing faster than ever, appearing everywhere from our homes to video games to drones. Learn to build and program, a variety of small and large robots(including Lego Mindstorm EV3 Spike Prime) through hands-on projects that will culminate in a demo at the end of the week. Intermediate coders only, please. Ages 9+ Ages 9+ $649 $549
6/26-6/30 Full Day In-person 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! Click here to learn more. Ages 10+ Ages 10+ $599 $499
7/10-7/14 Full Day In-person Youtube Video Production At YouTube Camp – Content Creators, learn the exciting process of creating a successful vlog/video for YouTube! Create a brand, brainstorm a creative format, produce engaging content, and create at least one YouTube-style video. Utilizing the hands-on format of this course, you’ll learn the skills you need to create your own vlog/video for YouTube. Sample topics may include Minecraft Tutorials, Pokemon Game Walkthroughs, How-To Videos, Lifestyle Tips, and so much more! You’ll receive lots of guidance and instruction and have the opportunity to collaborate with other passionate campers! Ages 9+ Ages 9+ $699 $599
7/10-7/14 Full Day In-person Games are Awesome We'll be using cool drag n' drop languages like Scratch to create some awesome new and classic games! Aimed at our newbie and novice coders. Each Games Are Awesome will have different themes. Click here to learn more. Ages 7-10 Ages 7-10 $599 $499
7/17-7/21 Full Day In-person App Development From the day Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in 2007, smart phones have been quickly taking over all of our worlds. Our Mobile App Development camp gets our intermediate coders introduced to the world of app development by coding projects loaded on an Android-based mobile phone. Each student will receive a basic Android phone that they can keep. Intermediate coders only, please. Click here to learn more. Ages 11+ Ages 11+ $699 $599
7/17-7/21 Full Day In-person Game Builder Garage (Nintendo Switch) We’re always looking for new and fun ways to introduce kids to the power of learning to code and it appears Nintendo is as well! Nintendo Game Builder Garage is a new game that has a unique way of teaching kids how to code using their interface. It’s a new twist on learning to code and since it’s from the Nintendo team you know it’s fun! During this camp we’ll teach the kids to code using this gaming platform and we’ll build some fun and playable games that the kids will be able to share with the world via Nintendo’s online network! Must have a Nintendo Switch and a copy of the Game Builder Garage game. Ages 8+ Ages 8+ $599 $499
7/24-7/28 Full Day In-person Coding Robots in Scratch 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. It generally will culminate in a robot competition whether it's racing through a maze or a timed activity. mBot is a STEAM education robot and is the standard robot for this camp. Click here to learn more. Ages 7-10 Ages 7-10 $649 $549
7/24-7/28 Full Day In-person Game Dev in Unity and Blender Join us for a breathtaking journey through code-based video game design. Gain in-depth skills that set you up for programming and game development careers in one of the hottest job markets out there! C# is a language used for trending applications, including Microsoft Visual Studio and many mobile applications. Unity is a cross-platform game engine that allows developers to produce high-quality 2D and 3D games for mobile phones, desktop computers, and gaming consoles. Immerse yourself in virtual graphics, visual game design, gameplay, and mechanics. At the end of the week, you will have created a programming portfolio that includes an exhilarating programming project. Ages 11+ Ages 11+ $699 $599
7/31-8/4 Full Day In-person Python Art + Animation Did you know Python doesn't just output text and numbers, it can make visual art too? In Python Art Camp, we'll deep-dive into the visual turtle library to make some gnarly, sometimes hypnotic designs and illustrations. In this camp, we will see how Python code can also be beautiful. For beginners and intermediate coders alike. Ages 10+ Ages 10+ $599 $499
7/31-8/4 Full Day In-person Game Builder Garage (Nintendo Switch) We’re always looking for new and fun ways to introduce kids to the power of learning to code and it appears Nintendo is as well! Nintendo Game Builder Garage is a new game that has a unique way of teaching kids how to code using their interface. It’s a new twist on learning to code and since it’s from the Nintendo team you know it’s fun! During this camp we’ll teach the kids to code using this gaming platform and we’ll build some fun and playable games that the kids will be able to share with the world via Nintendo’s online network! Must have a Nintendo Switch and a copy of the Game Builder Garage game. Ages 8+ Ages 8+ $599 $499
8/7-8/11 Full Day In-person Coding with Drones This camp is filled with pure action as campers enjoy drone coding and obstacles! Campers will first learn the basic safety of drone flying. From there, students will learn how to code the drones through skill challenges while also learning how to perform various excercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drones speed and agility. For beginners and intermediate coders alike. Ages 10+ Ages 10+ $699 $599
8/14-8/18 Full Day In-person Coding Robots in Scratch 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. It generally will culminate in a robot competition whether it's racing through a maze or a timed activity. mBot is a STEAM education robot and is the standard robot for this camp. Click here to learn more. Ages 7-10 Ages 7-10 $649 $549
8/21-8/25 Full Day In-person Scratch and Roblox We'll be using cool drag n' drop languages like Scratch to create some awesome new and classic games! Aimed at our newbie and novice coders. Each Games Are Awesome will have different themes.Then our Roblox portion of camp, you will design and create your own 3D worlds. Choosing from a variety of different templates, you can select your type of world and customize your environment. Add awesome features such as drawbridges, scoreboards, clocks, traps, power ups, and customized terrain! With so many options to include, you can create a game that is unique, fast-paced, and fun! Ages 7-10 Ages 7-10 $599 $499

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.

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Our Upcoming Events

Girl Scouts Coding Badge

Have your girl scout troop earn their coding badge! From coding basics to digital game design, and app development, we are able to meet the requirements of all badges. We offer a workshop for your girl scouts. Please contact us if you are interested.

​​Have a Birthday Party at The Coder School!

Celebrate your child’s special day by taking over The Coder School!
Our amazing Code Coaches will work with the kids at your party to code a game of their own and show them some fun games to play together. We will work with your kids to code, build, and play video games, We even have drones and coding with Minecraft! Our foosball table and fun games and toys in our ultra-cool Coder Lounge are available for those who want some time to be unplugged. You can bring your own food and drinks to set up in our party room OR we can provide pizza, juice, and water if you choose “The Whole Shebang” (which also gives you an extra hour of party time). The birthday guest of honor gets a Coder School T-shirt and drawstring backpack and all guests receive coder bands and stickers. Best of all, we set up, we entertain and we clean up while the birthday child and their friends have a blast.

Give us a call for pricing!

973-314-1159

Now Hiring!

Do you love working with kids? Are you a computer science major? Do you love to teach? Do you love coding? Apply now! Email your resumé to shorthills@thecoderschool.com,

School Info

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509 A Millburn Ave, Short Hills, NJ 07078
One Block from Millburn High School
(973)314-1159
shorthills@thecoderschool.com
Monday: 3:30 – 7:30 PM
Tuesday: 3:30 – 7:30 PM
Wednesday: 3:30 – 7:30 PM
Thursday: 3:30 – 7:30 PM
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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Our Schools

Meet Our Owner

Noreen Kazi

My name is Noreen Kazi and I’m the owner of theCoderSchool of Short Hills. I am an active parent that is excited about bringing this dedicated coding program to our students. I have experience as a community leader and organizer and I have spent over 20 years creating educational curriculum and leading programs focused on ensuring that our youth are ready to be tomorrow’s leaders.

Through my experience designing educational curriculum, I have had the privilege of seeing how technology has positively impacted curriculum development. What I love about coding is that it drives innovation – coding provides students with the ability to take an idea that they have, make that idea come to life, and then share that idea with millions of people. Additionally, coding can provide a cross curricular benefit by improving student’s math skills as they start to visualize and break down problems from other angles. I truly believe that our children are at the cutting edge of educational innovation and I am excited about bringing this offering to our kids. You can reach me anytime at noreen@thecoderschool.com.

Meet Our Senior Advisor

Nisha Bhalla

MEET OUR SENIOR ADVISOR My name is Nisha Bhalla and I am the Senior Advisor of theCoderSchool of Short Hills. I still remember learning how to code in Linux and was fascinated with the collaboration and support of the programming community as we all looked to build a better program, together. Technology has continued to drive significant change and the ability to code is a skillset that every student should have.

I am so excited about bringing this program to New Jersey in a setting that is both educational and fun. As a graduate of Harvard Business School, I have seen firsthand the way technology has impacted the future of all industries from farming to healthcare and I can’t wait to bring this knowledge to our students. Additionally, I have over 10 years of experience working in product development roles at various Fortune 500 companies and start-ups and I am thrilled about sharing this career knowledge with our students.

I’m also passionate about mentoring students on their communication and presentation skills, and I love that this program will not only teach kids how to code, but also how to engage their audiences to effectively communicate their ideas and opinions.

Our Board of Advisors

We've also assembled a team of experienced advisors to help provide oversight and guidance. Read more about who they are, and don't be surprised when they come in as speakers for our school events!

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!

Private+Semi-Private Coaching

Virtual Learning

Coding Classes

Robotics

Python

Scratch

Video Game Coding

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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 shorthills@thecoderschool.com!

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