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South Tampa, FL

1730 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33629
In Carriage Trade Plaza
Map(813)422-5566southtampa@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 our 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 Tampa, FL

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 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

2021 Summer Camps

Let's get ready for summer camps! Our camps are held at The Coder School South Tampa from 9am-3pm Mon-Fri. Kids bring their own lunches and water bottles and we'll take care of the rest! Kids code throughout the week and then demo their week's creations on the last day of camp. Our In-Person camps will require all students, coaches and staff to wear face coverings. What better way to get your kids out of your hair in the summer?!



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

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

Scroll table to see all 10 camps
Week Format Camp Ages Price
6/1-6/4 In Person Games Are Awesome A We'll be using cool drag n' drop languages like Scratch or Snap to create some awesome new and classic games! Aimed at our newbie and novice coders. Content will be different from Games Are Awesome B. Learn More Ages 7-10 Ages 7-10 $499
6/7-6/11 In Person Roblox is Awesome Using Roblox Studio, learn to make real games on the popular Roblox platform. Campers will use their creativity to build their own game that they can publish and allow the world to play! Windows or MacOS computer required. Designed for newbie coders. Ages 8+ Ages 8+ $499
6/14-6/18 In Person Roblox is Awesome Remix Using the Lua coding language, learn to make real games on the popular Roblox platform. Campers will use their creativity to build their own game that they can publish and allow the world to play! Windows or MacOS computer required. Designed for newbie coders. Ages 10+ Ages 10+ $499
(3 seats remaining)
6/21-6/25 In Person WebRox A Everything's about the web these days, and that's why Web Rocks! Code with all the base web technologies like HTML/CSS and Javascript, learn how the internet and file transfers work, and get your pages uploaded to our servers for public viewing! Novice or intermediate coders. Learn More Ages 10+ Ages 10+ $499
6/28-7/2 In Person RoboCode Make it Go With Robots. The field of robotics is growing faster than ever, appearing everywhere from our homes to video games to drones. Learn to build and program the mBot robot through hands-on projects. The mBOT robot included in the camp cost and is yours to keep.
Click here for more information.
Ages 10+
Ages 10+ $549
7/5-7/9 In Person Games Are Awesome B We'll be using cool drag n' drop languages like Scratch or Snap to create some awesome new and classic games! Aimed at our newbie and novice coders. Content will be different from Games Are Awesome A. Learn More Ages 7-10 Ages 7-10 $499
7/12-7/16 In Person Roblox is Awesome Using Roblox Studio, learn to make real games on the popular Roblox platform. Campers will use their creativity to build their own game that they can publish and allow the world to play! Windows or MacOS computer required. Designed for newbie coders. Ages 8+ Ages 8+ $499
7/19-7/23 In Person Roblox is Awesome Remix Using the Lua coding language, learn to make real games on the popular Roblox platform. Campers will use their creativity to build their own game that they can publish and allow the world to play! Windows or MacOS computer required. Designed for newbie coders. Ages 10+ Ages 10+ $499
7/26-7/30 In Person WebRox A Everything's about the web these days, and that's why Web Rocks! Code with all the base web technologies like HTML/CSS and Javascript, learn how the internet and file transfers work, and get your pages uploaded to our servers for public viewing! Novice or intermediate coders. Learn More Ages 10+ Ages 10+ $499
8/2-8/6 In Person RoboCode Make it Go With Robots. The field of robotics is growing faster than ever, appearing everywhere from our homes to video games to drones. Learn to build and program the mBot robot through hands-on projects. The mBOT robot included in the camp cost and is yours to keep.
Click here for more information.
Ages 10+
Ages 10+ $549

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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1730 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33629
In Carriage Trade Plaza
(813)422-5566
southtampa@thecoderschool.com
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Meet Our Owner and General Manager

Lesly Ramirez

Hi, my name is Lesly Ramirez-Olavarria. I'm a proud mom of 5, and I am the Owner and General Manager of The Coder School New Tampa and South Tampa! I was born and raised in Peru until the age of 12 and lived in New York until three years ago. We have made Tampa our home, and we could not be any happier to be bringing you Silicon Valley's #1 Coding School.

I was introduced to coding early in my IT career by my now loving husband. I went from being a passive participant in the digital world to an active player in the field of technology, and I loved every minute of it!

We are so excited to be part of the tech-education movement that teaches kids to code in a fun and exciting way. If you'd like to learn more about what we do or how you can get started, feel free to reach me at lesly@thecoderschool.com with any questions.

Meet the Owner and Senior Advisor

Mike Olavarria

Hi, my name is Michael Olavarria. I'm a proud father and a Senior Advisor for The Coder School New Tampa and South Tampa! Full disclosure: I am a geek. I love computers. I love everything about them. I spend hours coding, debugging, and discussing coding practices with other coders. When I am not coding, I teach coding and write about computers as part of my professional career.

My passion grows as I see students who learn to program early in life gain a deeper and more complete understanding of the logic and advanced thinking behind coding. Like learning a language early in life, learning and practicing this type of thinking early in development influences a child's brain as it is still developing. This is why early learners have experienced such boundless success in this field (think Gates, Zuckerberg, Jobs,…the list goes on and on). If you'd like to learn more about what we do or how you can get started, feel free to reach me at molavarria@thecoderschool.com with any questions.

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

Robotics

Python

Scratch

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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