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Welcome to theCoderSchool
509 A Millburn Ave,
One Block from Millburn High School

(973)314-1159shorthills@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 the form and we'll be in touch shortly to tell you more!

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Our Philosophy

Looking for coding lessons for kids in Short Hills, NJ? We're here to help. We believe every kid is different, so we teach them accordingly. Our expert coders teach our students in a super-small two to one ratio, allowing our Code Coaches to personalize projects built to suit each student. Kids are able to move at their own pace and engage in things that interest them most.

Our Programs

Our coding school's flagship after-school program, Code Coaching, combines a super-small 2:1 teaching ratio with individualized curriculum. Although Code Coaching works from novice to advanced coders, we also offer entry-level classes for those looking for a more traditional class in a larger ratio, as well as @school classes and our ever popular coding camps.

Our System

We're part of a nationwide system of over 65 locations around the country, teaching over 7,000 students every week with the brainpower of 1000+ expert Code Coaches®. Headquartered and founded in Silicon Valley since 2014, we're proud of the impact theCoderSchool has had on communities everywhere. Find out more about Who We Are in our brand video .

How Students Progress

OUR CODER TREE

See our visualization of what kids are learning and a sampling of possibilities.

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OUR CODER STORY

Find our coding roadmap that goes beyond coding custom apps to building a story for college

Camp Schedule By Week

Let's get ready for summer camps! Our camps are run in our school from 9am-3pm Mon-Fri. Kids bring their own lunches or purchases lunch off our menu 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 in the summer?!And guess what, we're offering our
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7/22-7/26 Full Day In-person Roblox Remix 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 9+ Ages 9+ $599
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7/22-7/26 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 12+ Ages 12+ $699
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7/29-8/2 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
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7/29-8/2 Full Day In-person Blender & 3D Printing Transform the vivid designs and fantasy worlds of your dreams into physical reality with a powerful 3D printer. You’ll build a foundation in 3D modeling—starting from your initial sketch, then creating characters from scratch in Blender, an expansive 3D software used by professionals across the game design and film industries. After you’ve finalized your creations, you’ll print them out into tactile objects that you can hold in the palm of your hand. Stack your desk full of your uniquely hand-crafted prints! While you prep your next design, you’ll learn to operate and maintain the 3D printing equipment for future use. The best part? You'll get to paint your work and take home all of your printed models! Ages 11+ Ages 11+ $699
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8/5-8/9 Full Day In-person Cubing & Coding - Python A.I. Camp Have you ever tried to solve a Rubik's Cube only to give up after hours of only managing to get one side to match!? Yes we’ve all been there, and to solve a Rubik's Cube it can be tricky unless you know the algorithm to do so, and we do! In the ‘Cubing & Coding Python A.I. Camp’ we’ll teach kids how to solve a real Rubik's Cube using an algorithm, or a list of steps and we’ll be teaching them how to code an application in Python to solve a virtual Rubik's Cube through Artificial Intelligence or A.I. We’re excited about this new coding camp and we know the kids will love it! Ages 10+ Ages 10+ $649
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8/5-8/9 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
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8/12-8/16 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
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8/12-8/16 Full Day In-person Minecraft Madness At Minecraft™ Camp, utilize your creativity, learn and improve your skills, and work individually or collaboratively in an exclusive virtual world! In this camp we’ll be using Minecraft Education Edition along with our favorite programming language Python! Python is extremely powerful yet easy to read compared to other programming languages, so it’s perfect for kids who are ready for a typed programming language. We know the kids love Minecraft so what better way to teach them to code than doing so on the platform they already know and play! The kids will have a blast in this camp! Ages 8+ Ages 8+ $599
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8/19-8/23 Full Day In-person Robotics Engineering 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+ $699
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8/19-8/23 Full Day In-person Roblox Remix 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 9+ Ages 9+ $599
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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!

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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,

Coder Fair 2024

JOIN US for our 2024 CODER FAIR at theCoderSchool of Short Hills! Enjoy 3-5 minute presentations from each student as they describe their favorite coding project. Chat with other families and coaches over refreshments and music. RSVP by Saturday, June 8, 2024, by calling (973) 314-1159 or emailing shorthills.desk@thecoderschool.com. We'll see you at the fair!

Our Testimonials

  • "We love theCoderSchool! My 9 year old son started 1:1 lessons there 6 months ago (he is shy, so I thought 1:1 would be good for him to start with that). He LOVES it!"
    Allison D.
  • "My son loves to go here. He looks forward to it all week. They have great communication and make sure the kids are really engaged ."
    Kaylon P.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • "My son absolutely loves this coding school! The coaches are fabulous!"
    Lisa A.
  • "I was unsure at first but every time my daughter finishes a class she is excited and happy and looks forward to it every week! Nothing better than incorporating fun with education!"
    Sabari P.
  • "My daughter has been going to The Coder School for over five years and absolutely loves it!"
    Nathan W.

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Apps We Build

Each year, theCoderSchool partners with the Congressional App Challenge, a nationwide coding contest run by districts of the U.S. Congress. Some of our students have won this prestigious prize, met their U.S. Congressperson, and even flown to DC for the winners event. Take a look at some recent CAC winners from theCoderSchool, or browse through our Live App Gallery to see custom apps our students are building!

School Info

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509 A Millburn Ave
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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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.

How do I get accepted into a college computer science program?

These days, top colleges are incredibly selective. Learning to code by itself probably won't help you stand out enough. Instead, consider building a unique Coder Story. Can we help? Sure can!

What are the benefits of kids learning to code?

Children of all ages can benefit from learning coding skills, and students who get hands-on experience with computer programming go on to excel in other subjects Coding helps students gain computer proficiency and build real-world problem-solving skills. Exploring technology is essential for computer literacy. Building fundamental coding skills encourages creativity, promotes teamwork, and enhances spatial intelligence and logical thinking skills. Kids of all ages can learn computer science. For teenagers, learning how to code leads to the development of transferable skills that can be applied in future careers or workplaces. If your student is interested in data science or machine learning, a self-paced course in computer programming can help pave their path.

As you and your family consider coding programs, it helps to keep in mind:

  • The age of the student (we can teach kids as young as six)
  • Their individual interests (such as Lego, Roblox, robotics, video game design, or artificial intelligence)
  • Any previous hands-on experience with coding (even exposure to mobile apps or playing with Minecraft counts)
  • Preferred learning style (we offer both flexible and structured curricula and support self-paced learning)
  • Social skills (some students learn best in one-on-one lessons, while others favor teamwork)

    Whether the student wants to explore Minecraft modding in Minecraft camp, is interested in HTML, or wants to learn block-based coding like CSS, our interactive classes provide a great coding experience.

    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!

    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!
  • Read about Private+Semi-Private Coaching, Virtual Learning, Coding Classes, Robotics, Python, Scratch, or Video Game Coding
    or check out our general blog or our student blogs

    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 classes for kids? Founded in 2013, we're 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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