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Westerville, OH

6075 Chandler Ct, Westerville, OH 43082
Intersection of Mt Royal and N State St
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SUMMER CAMPS HAVE BEEN ADDED! Check out the Camps section below to sign up!

Hey super-parent! We're happy you're looking for options to get your kids (ages 7-18) 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! Also, follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news, tips, special events, and promotions!

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Who is theCoderSchool

Coding Lessons for Kids near Columbus

We believe coding is an art and a science. Something best taught by an expert mentor sitting right next to our students. Personalized attention goes a long way when learning an advanced subject. That's why our after-school coding lessons for kids revolve around a mentoring relationship with a Code Coach who's not only an expert coder themselves, but an ongoing mentor for our students' tech ambitions even beyond app building.

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 the most. While Code Coaching is our premium program, we also offer a Code Class for those looking for a more traditional curriculum-taught class in a larger ratio. Programs are typically in-person, but may be offered virtually as needed. Contact us using the form above to find out more and get a free trial today.

theCoderSchool System

We're part of a nationwide system of passionate owners in over 60 locations around the country, teaching over 6,500 students every week with the brainpower of 1000+ expert Code Coaches®. Headquartered and founded in Silicon Valley, we're proud of the impact theCoderSchool has had on communities everywhere since our brand was founded 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 what kids are learning and a sampling of possibilities. We even have a suite of proprietary tools (see a sample Student Portal ) that chart our students' progress, concepts learned, and even activities beyond app-building.

The Coder Story

Every coding student has a unique journey, something we call a Coder Story. Our Coder Story structure helps guide kids along a roadmap of coding possibilities as they explore coding-related activities beyond building custom apps. For those striving to go to college as a Computer Science Major, an advanced Coder Story can help differentiate their application to college admissions boards.

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 some recent winners, or ask about our App Gallery to see more apps!

  • Interactive mental health website
    2022 Winner - Pleasanton CA
    Interactive mental health website
  • Scheduling software for busy high schoolers
    2022 Winner - Henderson NV
    Scheduling software for busy high schoolers
  • Website+game to educate on carbon footprint
    2022 Winner - Yorba Linda CA
    Website+game to educate on carbon footprint
  • 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

Coding Camps

Sorry, we don't have any upcoming camps listed yet. Check back soon!

Our Testimonials

  • "My son absolutely loves this place. I love watching him use his imagination and logic to create programs he’s interested in. I am impressed by how accommodating the staff has been and really appreciate the time they take to make sure we are happy and feel welcome. "
    Tricia F., Westerville
  • "We love our time at The Coder School in Westerville. The coaches are engaged and great with the kids. Our son has been exposed to multiple technologies and has opportunities to be creative, while solving problems and developing his logic skills. He's having fun!"
    Matt A., Westerville
  • "Virtual coaching worked well. 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. I'm glad we've been able to continue this even as we stay close to home"
    Lyndsey M., Westerville
  • "My two sons, ages 9 and 14, absolutely LOVE every minute spent at theCoderSchool in Westerville and frequently try to convince me to let them stay all night after their weekly session in over. I'm amazed at what they are already able to accomplish after less than 2 months at the school. I cannot recommend this enough for any parent of a child who loves electronics."
    Kate K., Westerville
  • "My son enjoyed the online session and enjoys the ability to share screen viewing while doing his coding work. Your code coaches continue to deliver a great product even remotely. Thanks!"
    Eric B., Westerville
  • "Our son, age 12, looks forward every week to coming to the Coder School! The owners and coaches are wonderful. Our son learns something new every time and continues to build on his coding skills. It is a great experience, and we are pleased he is learning valuable skills he can use now and apply to his future. He is always excited to share with us what he has learned! The camps are great too and the perfect introduction to coding for kids."
    Heather I., Westerville
  • "I think online coding lesson went great! It was actually easier than coming in - if we could keep it this way that would be ideal actually. Ha!"
    Brittany B., Westerville
  • "The Coder School has been a wonderful experience! My son loved it in camp and since has become so excited each week to go and work on his projects. Highly recommend! And the staff and teachers are so patient and willing to work with the kids. My son had a great time with Online Code Coaching!"
    Will V., Westerville
  • "First impression: nice job! We downloaded zoom ahead of time and had Ry set up in my office so we wouldn’t distract him. Houston called a few minutes ahead of time to make sure we were ready/see if we had any troubles getting set up. I was wondering how engaged Ry would be without this being face to face - but pleasantly surprised. I didn’t stay in the room, but heard Ry & Houston consistently talking back and forth. Ry was tight lipped after class, didn’t give me much feedback. Later last night he disappeared into his room and I found him working on some coding homework. I’m counting this as a win!"
    Nicole H., Westerville
  • "My son absolutely loves the CoderSchool. He has learned so much and is actually excited to go there and learn. He did a summer camp and now goes once a week for class. Phenomenal staff and facility. I would recommend for any future coder to attend. Well worth the money and experience! My son absolutely loved working online! Thank you again for all that you do! "
    Lindsey S., Westerville
  • "My son really enjoyed the online class today. He said he wouldn’t mind if classes were always like that. He was excited to get a new project to work on and is looking forward to next week! Thank you for making this happen!"
    Chris B., Westerville
  • "This place is great!! I really love how engaged my son is and how much he loves to come to his coding classes. Patrick, the owner, is always present and available to answer any questions. The coaches are great at teaching and keeping things fresh for the kids. Kids get some optional homework, my son is always excited to get home and work on it."
    Kenny R., Westerville

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Our Upcoming Events

Coder Fair

Our next Coder Fair is this May! MAY 20, 2023!

We invite all family and friends to take a look at what our students are making at theCoderSchool. Since there are so many different projects and languages, we split the fair into 3 categories.

Take a look at the flier to know when to be here. We can’t wait to see what our kids have been up to!!

School Info

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6075 Chandler Ct, Westerville, OH 43082
Intersection of Mt Royal and N State St
Monday: 3:30 – 7:30 PM
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 3:30 – 7:30 PM
Thursday: 3:30 – 7:30 PM
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday: Closed
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Our Schools

Meet our Owners

Ming, Patrick, and Family

Hello! We are Patrick and Ming, co-owners of theCoderSchool – Westerville and we are beyond thrilled to bring Silicon Valley’s #1 coding program to our local community! Both of us graduated from The Ohio State University (GO BUCKS!) with degrees in Business Administration. We have a couple of children that keep us running around nearly all days of the week but would not trade it for anything! After working in the corporate world for many years, we wanted to tap into the entrepreneurial side of our careers. With technology surrounding nearly all aspects of our lives, we searched for a franchise that would equip our younger generation with the skills needed for the future. We wanted something that would allow the child to have fun while being creative and parents to know they are being prepared for the digital world. When we found theCoderSchool and read their philosophy, we knew immediately this was the one. Their way of immersing the individual into the technical world is different than most other franchises we looked into. What we love about theCoderSchool is that it teaches problem solving, logical thinking, teamwork and presentation skills all of which are important skills to succeed in tomorrow's society. We are excited to work with your child and look forward to being part of their coding journey! If there is anything we can assist with, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at or

Meet our Owners

Lieng Pho

Hi everyone! My name is Lieng and I am one of the co-owners of theCoderSchool Westerville. I am a graduate of THE Ohio State University and married to my college sweetheart, Brandon. We have 3 kids who keep us busy around the clock! I have been working as a Software Engineer for nearly 20 years and love every aspect of my job. Because of my experience in technology and the way the world is evolving, I recognize the importance of introducing and teaching coding to kids at an early age. When the opportunity of owning a franchise of theCoderSchool was brought to my attention by my business partners, I knew immediately that it was something I wanted to pursue and bring to my local community. I am very excited to make a difference in the lives of today's children! Feel free to reach out to me at any time at I'd love to hear from you!

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!
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    Virtual Learning

    Coding Classes




    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 classes 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®. Check out our Carrollwood, Westerville, and Folsom location or all locations.

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