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South Bay, CA

14103 Winchester Blvd, Suite E, Los Gatos, CA 95032
Near Netflix HQ
Map(408)596-2588southbay@thecoderschool.com
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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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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 South Bay, 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.

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

2023 In-Person Code Camps

Holiday Code Camps are Mon - Fri from 12:30pm - 3:00pm.

Summer Code Camps are Mon-Fri at either: Morning (9:00am-12pm) or Afternoon (12:30pm-3:30pm)
Kids code throughout the week. What better way to keep your kids' brains active this summer?! !

And guess what, we're offering $100 off camps for a limited time. Price is already discounted in the store! Camps are filling fast so sign up now!

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

Scroll table to see all 15 camps
Week Format Camp Ages Price
2/20-2/24 12:30 - 3PM Half Day Arcade Game Design We'll be creating some cool new and classic arcade games! Aimed at our newbie and novice coders. Games will be created in Scratch and/or Python. 6-12 6-12 $349 $249
(Early Bird Discount!)
06/12 - 06/16 9AM - 12PM Half Day 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. No Python experience necessary! 8+ 8+ $349 $249
(Early Bird Discount!)
06/12 - 06/16 12:30PM-3:30PM Half Day Games Are Awesome 1 We'll be using cool drag-n-drop languages like Scratch to create some cool new and classic games! Aimed at our newbie and novice coders. If you were enrolled in a previous class, projects will be new and not repeated so re-enrollment is encouraged. 6-12 6-12 $349 $249
(Early Bird Discount!)
06/19 - 06/23 9AM - 12PM Half Day Python With Turtle 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. No Python experience necessary! 8+ 8+ $349 $249
(Early Bird Discount!)
06/19 - 06/23 12:30PM-3:30PM Half Day Minecraft Play & Mods 1 Minecraft is one of the most popular creative games for kids, and in our program we will show kids how to use Minecraft Code Builder to make all kinds of fun things while learning the fundamentals of coding. No coding experience necessary. If you were enrolled in a previous class, projects will be new and not repeated so re-enrollment is encouraged. 8-10 8-10 $349 $249
(Early Bird Discount!)
06/26 - 06/30 9AM - 12PM Half Day Roblox Play 1 Kids LOVE Roblox! Using Roblox Studio we’ll 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’ll 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! Note: personal PC/Mac laptop required. 8-12 8-12 $349 $249
(Early Bird Discount!)
06/26 - 06/30 12:30PM-3:30PM Half Day Games Are Awesome 2 We'll be using cool drag-n-drop languages like Scratch to create some cool new and classic games! Aimed at our newbie and novice coders. If you were enrolled in a previous class, projects will be new and not repeated so re-enrollment is encouraged. 6-10 6-10 $349 $249
(Early Bird Discount!)
07/10 - 07/14 9AM - 12PM Half Day Python Game Design 1 This beginner code class teaches game development through Python, one of the most popular coding languages today. Learn how to work with text and graphics! No coding experience necessary. 10+ 10+ $349 $249
(Early Bird Discount!)
07/10 - 07/14 12:30PM-3:30PM Half Day Unity 3D Game Dev 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! Previous experience highly recommended. Note: personal PC/Mac laptop required. 12-16+ 12-16+ $349 $249
(Early Bird Discount!)
07/17 - 07/21 9AM - 12PM Half Day Roblox Play 2 Kids LOVE Roblox! Using Roblox Studio we’ll 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’ll 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! Note: personal PC/Mac laptop required. 8-12 8-12 $349 $249
(Early Bird Discount!)
07/17 - 07/21 12:30PM-3:30PM Half Day Python Game Design 2 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. No Python experience necessary! 8+ 8+ $349 $249
(Early Bird Discount!)
07/24 - 07/28 9AM - 12PM Half Day Minecraft Play & Mods 2 Minecraft is one of the most popular creative games for kids, and in our program we will show kids how to use Minecraft Code Builder to make all kinds of fun things while learning the fundamentals of coding. No coding experience necessary. If you were enrolled in a previous class, projects will be new and not repeated so re-enrollment is encouraged. 8-10 8-10 $349 $249
(Early Bird Discount!)
07/24 - 07/28 12:30PM-3:30PM Half Day Mobile Madness Mobile App development is really hot!! We will teach students how to create their own mobile apps on iOS and Android devices using "App Inventor" from MIT. NOTE - Campers must bring their own iOS or Android phone or tablet. 10-14+ 10-14+ $349 $249
(Early Bird Discount!)
07/31 - 08/04 9AM - 12PM Half Day AP Comp Sci Bootcamp Heard AP Computer Science was tough? Want to get a head start? We've got you covered! Learn all the essentials of Java FAST in this bootcamp and get enough practice to be ready to ace the class and the AP test in May! Good for both AP CS A and AP CS Principles (PLTW). 13+ 13+ $349 $249
(Early Bird Discount!)
07/31 - 08/04 12:30PM-3:30PM Half Day Games Are Awesome 3 We'll be using cool drag-n-drop languages like Scratch to create some cool new and classic games! Aimed at our newbie and novice coders. If you were enrolled in a previous class, projects will be new and not repeated so re-enrollment is encouraged. 6-12 6-12 $349 $249
(Early Bird Discount!)

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

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

School Info

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14103 Winchester Blvd, Suite E, Los Gatos, CA 95032
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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Our Schools

Meet our GM and 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.

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!

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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 southbay@thecoderschool.com!

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