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Welcome to theCoderSchool
14103 Winchester Blvd, Suite E,
Near Netflix HQ

(408)596-2588southbay@thecoderschool.com

Year-Round Weekly Coding Classes for Kids In-person & Remote offered by theCoderSchool South Bay. Offering services to the communities of Los Gatos, Campbell, Saratoga and San Jose.

We are offering both In-person & Remote zoom coding lessons. Our students receive quality instruction from our Code Coaches each week with a very low ratio of 2-students-to-1-instructor either at our school or from the safety of your own home.

Small student to coach ratio (2:1), customized project-based coding lessons engage students, We work with each coder in their area of interest and work at their own pace. Learn Scratch, Python, C++, Unity, Java, HTML, Javascript, CSS, Minecraft, Roblox, Raspberry Pi, AI, App dev, and other technologies. Where do your interests take you?

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 South Bay, CA? 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 Tree

OUR CODER STORY

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

Camp Schedule By Week

Camps are filling fast so sign up now! Summer Code Camps are Mon-Fri at either: Morning (9:00am-12:00pm) or Afternoon (12:30pm-3:30pm). Kids code throughout the week. Our campers are welcome to sign up for both the AM and PM camps any week and stay with us during the lunch break to make it a full day camp. What better way to keep your kids' brains active this summer?! ! If you need early drop-off we will be open starting at 8:45am for the morning camps. If earlier drop-off times are needed please contact us.
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Week Format Camp Ages Price
6/10-8/2(M-F) All summer Half Day Custom Code Camp Your student and their friends can create a custom coding camp based on their interest/experience! Minimum number of students required will be 4. Email southbay@thecoderschool.com for more information! Ages 6 - 18 Ages 6 - 18 $349
6/10-6/14 9:00-12:000pm Half Day Beginner Coding w/ Scratch Tired of your kids playing other people's games, students ;earn to design their own. Using Scratch, students will learn beginner coding concepts, all while designing their own 2D video games. Through class discussion, students will learn how games are created and how different game mechanics work. Ages 6-10+ Ages 6-10+ $349
6/10-6/14 12:30-3:30pm Half Day Python Startup 1 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! Ages 10+ Ages 10+ $349
6/17-6/21 9:00-12:00pm Half Day E is for Engineering - Robotics, 3D-Printing, and more.. Build and code an mBot Ranger, learn Computer Aided Design and make cool 3D printed projects and build your first mobile app. Ages 6-14+ Ages 6-14+ $349
6/17-6/21 12:30-3:30pm Half Day Minecraft Play 1 Minecraft is one of the most popular creative games for kids, and in our program, we will show kids how to use Minecraft Education to make all kinds of fun things while learning the fundamentals of coding. No coding experience necessary. Ages 6-14+ Ages 6-14+ $349
6/24-6/28 9:00-12:00pm Half Day Games are Awesome 1 Ever wanted to learn how to make games like Flappy Bird, Geometry Dash, or Subway Surfers? Using Scratch, students will learn beginner coding concepts, all while designing their own 2D video games. Through class discussion, students will learn how games are created, how different game mechanics work, and how to apply their understanding to their own coding projects. Ages 6-12+ Ages 6-12+ $349
6/24-6/28 12:30-3:30pm Half Day 2D Python Game Design Want to make games like Super Mario Bros, Geometry Dash, or Minecraft? Learn how to create your own games with fun 2D visual projects. Through a focus on the thought process behind the different game concepts, students will gain a better understanding of how to code their own mechanics and gameplay. Ages 10+ Ages 10+ $349
7/8-7/12 9:00-12:00 Half Day Arcade Game Design Campers will use Microsoft Makecode Arcade's object-oriented development platform to design cool retro arcade games that can be played on the computer or hand held devices. Ages 7-12+ Ages 7-12+ $349
7/8-7/12 12:30-3:30pm Half Day Roblox Play Kids LOVE Roblox! Using Roblox Studio we will be teaching the kids how to write code in the Lua programming language that will allow them to create their own players, environments and mini games! We will also teach them about game design theory which makes games challenging and adds the element of fun that keeps players coming back again and again! Window or Mac laptop needed. Ages 10+ Ages 10+ $349
7/15-7/19 9:00-12:00pm Half Day Unity 3D Game Design Learn about building awesome 3D games using Unity, a real-world game engine. Many professional games like Pokemon Go were made with this powerful program! Godot may also be offered as an alternate platform. Previous experience highly recommended. Note: personal PC/Mac laptop required. Ages 10+ Ages 10+ $349
7/15-7/19 12:30-3:30pm Half Day Python Startup 2 Game Design Want to make games like Super Mario Bros, Geometry Dash, or Minecraft? Learn how to create your own games with fun 2D visual projects. Through a focus on the thought process behind the different game concepts, students will gain a better understanding of how to code their own mechanics and gameplay. Ages 10+ Ages 10+ $349
7/22-7/26 9:00-12:00pm Half Day Minecraft Play 2 Minecraft is one of the most popular creative games for kids, and in our program, we will show kids how to use Minecraft Education to make all kinds of fun things while learning the fundamentals of coding. No coding experience necessary. Ages 6-14+ Ages 6-14+ $349
7/22-7/26 12:30-3:30pm Half Day Games Are Awesome 2 Ever wanted to learn how to make games like Flappy Bird, Geometry Dash, or Subway Surfers? Using Scratch, students will learn beginner coding concepts, all while designing their own 2D video games. Through class discussion, students will learn how games are created, how different game mechanics work, and how to apply their understanding to their own coding projects. Ages 6-10+ Ages 6-10+ $349
7/29-8/2 9:00-12:00pm Half Day E is for Engineering - Robotics, 3D-Printing, and more.. Build and code an mBot Ranger, learn Computer Aided Design and make cool 3D printed projects and build your first mobile app. Ages 6-14+ Ages 6-14+ $349
7/29-8/2 12:30-3:30pm Half Day E is for Engineering - Robotics, 3D-Printing, and more.. Build and code an mBot Ranger, learn Computer Aided Design and make cool 3D printed projects and build your first mobile app. Ages 6-14+ Ages 6-14+ $349

Our Upcoming Events

EXPERIENCE THE CODER SCHOOL AT YOUR LOCAL SCHOOL!

Our @School program offers our introductory Code Class at your school campus to provide more coding opportunities for students who can't make it to our in-house Code Class at our facility in South Bay/Los Gatos .

These classes vary in duration, based on the specific school. Unless otherwise specified, all classes use "Scratch", which is a graphical drag-and-drop programming environment that was developed by MIT. We use that tool to teach the basic fundamentals of all computer programming languages. This includes functions, looping, conditional processing, variables, Cartesian coordinates and basic arithmetic operations, without needing to worry about the detailed syntax of a typed programming language.

For older students, we can prepare a multi-week course that teaches the "Python" coding language.

Please contact us at (408) 596-2588 or southbay@thecoderschool.com to learn how to establish an on-site coding program at your school.

Click on the green button below for your specific school to register your student.


Now Hiring: Code Coaches

Do you enjoy teaching? Do you love working with kids? Are you a creative 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.

theCoderSchool South Bay is hiring personable, fun-loving solid coders who are good with kids. We can offer you flexible, part-time hours to fit any schedule. If you want to give back to the community, earn some pocket-money and enjoy your work, apply today!

Interested? Shoot an email with resume to southbay@thecoderschool.com

Our Testimonials

  • "My daughter has been going to The Coder School for over five years and absolutely loves it!"
    Nathan W.
  • "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.
  • "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 absolutely loves this coding school! The coaches are fabulous!"
    Lisa A.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • "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.

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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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14103 Winchester Blvd, Suite E
Near Netflix HQ
(408)596-2588
southbay@thecoderschool.com
Monday: 3:30 – 6:30 PM
Tuesday: 3:30 – 6:30 PM
Wednesday: 2:30 – 7:30 PM
Thursday: 3:30 – 6:30 PM
Friday: 3:30 – 6:30 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

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Meet Our General Manager

Jim Johnston

Hi, I’m Jim, General Manager for theCoderSchool South Bay. I have a BS EECS from U.C. Berkeley and spent many years in the tech industry. Several years ago, I shifted gears to get involved in something that really matters to me and that could make a real difference. Since then, I have had the opportunity to expose thousands of students to a variety of STEM topics (most of which included coding in some form) and help set them off on their coding adventure. I am really excited to be at theCoderSchool because now, not only do I have the opportunity to get kids excited about coding, I also have the opportunity to influence their coding adventure.

I view coding as much more than getting a computer to do what you want it to. As Steve Jobs famously said, “Everyone should learn how to code. Because it teaches you how to think.” I think about what Jonathan Buchanan, the youngest developer at that time (10 years if age) who had an app in the Apple App Store stated in a 2012 Ted Talk where he explained that, “learning to code also taught him creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, organization, dealing with failure and setback, among other things directly related to coding such as logic and design.” I really enjoy working with students as they continue on their coding adventure and pick up these empowering life skills. I’d love to hear from you any time at jjohnston@thecoderschool.com.

Meet our District Manager

Dede Leonard

Hi! I’m Dede Leonard and I’m the District Manager of Tri-Valley CS with schools in Pleasanton, Irvine, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Mission Viejo and now South Bay! As a homeschooler and avid equestrian, I enjoyed advocating for passion driven opportunities for youth to realize their potential and explore their interests.

I watched the technological revolution unfold, expand and encompass all aspects of our daily life. Early exposure to computer languages and coding concepts empower and enrich lives. After graduating from UC Berkeley, I spent over 20 years working as a product manager for Oracle, HP and Motorola and as an internet freelancer helping small businesses expand and improve through the use of technology.

I opened theCoderSchool San Ramon in 2018 to bring coding to kids in the Tri-Valley area and beyond. Our communities recognize the power of code. Learning to create with code empowers our next generations to become problem solvers and grow critical thinking skills.

Whether it is finding your passion, competing in a horse show or learning technology skills to allow self-expression, I am excited to be a part of that journey for kids and their families. Happy, confident kids become adults who see a world that is open to all possibilities! Contact me anytime at dede@thecoderschool.com.

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!
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    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 southbay@thecoderschool.com!

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