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West County, MO

157 Lamp and Lantern Village, Chesterfield, MO 63017
Near Clayton and 141
Map(636)220-3002westcounty@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 West County, MO

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 in the Parkway and Ladue school districts, theCoderSchool West County is located west of the St. Louis metro area, on the border of Chesterfield and Town and Country. Our coaches include the author of Supergirls Code, we have several student winners of the national Congressional App Challenge, and theCoderSchool's nationwide leadership both graduated from WashU. In other words, what a great place to learn to code!

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. We 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

Summer Camps

Let's get ready for summer camps! Our camps run from 9:00am-3:00pm Mon-Fri. Late pick-up ends at 4:00 pm. For the early bird discount use code: CODECAMP2021 to get $25 OFF at checkout.

Due to COVID-19, all in-person camps will be limited to 6 campers with 1 coach. All campers and coaches will wear masks and maintain 6 feet of physical distance during camp.

We are also offering online camps for those who prefer that option. At West County, we have been working very successfully with remote coaching in our weekly year-round after-school program since mid-March, 2020. We have accumulated excellent experience thanks to the support of our parent community!


Here are a few testimonials:

  • “My son has been taking class at The Coder School since they opened and we were concerned we would have to stop during this pandemic. We were so pleased that the Coder School was able to accommodate classes and still be able to conduct "normal" coding class! It certainly provides a sense of normalcy during this chaotic time.”

  • “The Coder School has been a wonderful addition to my daughter's learning. It is impressive how much she has learned from her weekly coaching sessions. When COVID hit and our "new normal" caused most everything to go virtual, the Coder School was able to transition to the virtual environment seamlessly. Our online coaching sessions via Zoom have been an effective alternative to the in person sessions. My daughter continues to enjoy her classes and her ability to interact with her coach has not been hindered. Because coding is one of her passions, I am pleased that we've been able to keep up with this through this crisis!”

  • “Remote Coaching has been great for my son. It has allowed him the opportunity to stay connected to his amazing teacher and he is continuing to learn valuable coding skills. This is a great distraction from the boredom of being stuck at home.”

  • You will receive that same experience in our remote summer camps. This time, our ratio will be 6:1 or less depending on enrollment. Our Online Summer Camps will be conducted on the platform of Zoom and will be a mix of a week-long coding project, mini lessons, coding challenges, Kahoot! quizzes, tech talks, small group collaborations with breakout rooms, interactive games, exercise, screen-free breaks and of course, the chance to present their projects to fellow campers on the last day of camp!


    Campers will be required to have the following technology available at home:

  • Windows PC, Apple/Mac, or Chromebook (or similar) computer.
  • Internet connection of at least 15 Mbps (most homes support at least this speed)
  • Microphone/Speakers - Many computers have a built-in microphone/speaker system that should work
  • A video/web camera connected to your computer allows us to see your child and coach them better based on their reactions.

  • Beyond Camps: Our year-round program weekly builds upon their summer experience. Coding Camp is like learning baseball over the summer. You must keep building on those skills throughout the year, you cannot just drop it.


    If you have any questions, we would be happy to offer you a free trial lesson! Please email at charu@thecoderschool.com or you can call at 636-220-3002 to chat!

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

    Week Format Camp Ages Price
    7/12-7/16 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! Ages 10+ Ages 10+ $349 $324
    (Use the discount code CODECAMP2021 at checkout)
    7/19-7/23 Full Day (In-Person) Games are Awesome 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're looking to sign up for two Gaming camps, pls contact us first!). Ages 8-10 Ages 8-10 $349 $324
    (Use the discount code CODECAMP2021 at checkout)
    8/02-8/06 Full Day (In-Person) Games are Awesome 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're looking to sign up for two Gaming camps, pls contact us first!). Ages 8-10 Ages 8-10 $349 $324
    (Use the discount code CODECAMP2021 at checkout)

    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.

    School Info

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    157 Lamp and Lantern Village, Chesterfield, MO 63017
    Near Clayton and 141
    (636)220-3002
    westcounty@thecoderschool.com
    Monday: 3:00 – 8:00 PM
    Tuesday: 3:00 – 8:00 PM
    Wednesday: 3:00 – 8:00 PM
    Thursday: 3:00 – 8:00 PM
    Friday: Closed
    Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Sunday: Closed
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    Our Schools

    Meet Our Owner and GM

    Charu Katyal

    Hi, I am Charu Katyal and I am the General Manager and co-owner at The Coder School. Most of my work experience has been in HR and IT recruitment, and my volunteer experience is primarily in the realm of education whether it is causes that support underprivileged kids or volunteering at my daughter’s school. These arenas that are seemingly separate, blend together in The Coder School mission which is: to teach children coding in a fun, nurturing environment. Truly an intermeshing of education and HRD which can be summed up as, "Kids learning happily!" That they are, because the teaching is customized and paced according to a child’s strengths and interests.

    In today's STEM focused environment, The Coder School is a perfect fit. When kids learn programming they hone many skills-logic, precision, reasoning, problem-solving, persistence and much, much more as they evolve into creative out-of-the-box thinkers. Our school lights a spark that is limited to not only coding, but one that carries over to math and science and beyond. So many of us assume we are not good in math, and it is my passion that children not borrow the same script. When kids learn to code they are learning math and science too as they organize data, break it down into smaller components, analyze, use math expressions and algorithms as they advance forward. For all of this to happen, the building block is an environment which is conducive to experimenting and taking risks. Welcome to a new experience...The Coder School! Please contact me at charu@thecoderschool.com.

    Meet Our Co-Owner

    Kathy Kilo-Peterson

    My name is Kathy Kilo Peterson and I am co-owner of The Coder School, Chesterfield/Town & Country. I am a parent that is passionate about enriching the lives of children. My business partner, Charu Katyal, will be running the school on a daily basis. I will be in the background helping with community outreach. I am super excited to bring The Coder School to St. Louis. We have such a rich connection to the Founders, Hansel Lynn and Wayne Teng. Both are Silicon Valley guys that attended Washington University, returned to Silicon Valley, met and founded The Coder School. They are just as excited as we are to bring this approach of learning technology to St. Louis. What I love about teaching kids to code, is that they learn logical thinking and math while having a blast. The ability to code is a skill every child should have. The philosophy of the Coder School intertwines technology learning, critical thinking and presentation skills. These skillsets will continue to become increasingly important for our children. Feel free to contact me directly at kathy@thecoderschool.com

    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!

    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!
    Contact Email

    Briefly Tell Us About You

    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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