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 the form and we will be in touch shortly to tell you more!
Code Coaching® is our core philosophy, and what our school is about! We believe that every student is different, and that kids should learn the things they're most interested in, at the speed that works best for them. From game development to Python or Java and beyond, Code Coaching® works for all kids of all ages and skills. Code Coaching® uses a super-small 2:1 student-to-instructor ratio so our students can get the focused attention and customization they need. These 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 Coach. Check out our video for more!
Code Coaching PLUS
Code Coaching PLUS is our premium program that combines our classic Code Coaching®
with a Coder Fair presentation every 3-4 months. Kids come in as usual
for their one (or two) hour Code Coaching® session as scheduled, but come
a second time each week for a group one-hour session to work on their presentations
and get together for team-oriented activities. Code Coaching PLUS is for our
students aged 10 and up. Check with your location
for the group session times, and check out our explainer video for more!
Code Class is our entry level program for the novice and younger (ages 8-10)
coder. Our Coaches use Scratch or Snap! to teach kids using our
project-based game development curriculum.
Code Class runs one hour per week at a preset time.
Check out our video for more!
Code Coaching PRO
In our advanced program, invited students get a chance to boost their coder portfolio
by a more targeted private Code Coaching session with advanced apps, required
presentations at the Coder Fair, regular opportunities to teach younger coders,
and frequent posts to our technical Student Blog page.
For more details, check out our PRO Page.
Code CampOur Code Camps are a great way to spend a school break. Camps are typically one week long, and usually 9am-3pm (check your location for specific times). Each week has a different theme and may be aimed for a specific age group or skill set. Some locations may offer camps during other breaks such as holiday or track-out breaks. For more information, check out our Camps page or our video below!
And don't forget we also run Coding Camps  too, during certain holiday and summer breaks!
AI Focus Branch
Artificial Intelligence is all the rage these days. The technology behind autonomous cars, computer opponents, and shopping recommendations is a vast and growing field. Because AI is fundamentally based on algorithms (usually very complex ones!), we may teach this Coder Branch using any language, from Python all the way to Scratch, focusing more on the algorithm than the language. Our AI Focus Branch is for our advanced students with an already strong grasp of a number of languages and basic algorithms.
Can you believe the first iPhone was released by Steve Jobs in 2007? A few short years later, almost everyone has a smartphone. Our Mobile Branch teaches kids how to create and design apps and websites for the phone. Technologies used may include Phone Gap, App Inventor, or even XCode/Eclipse for our most advanced students. Our Mobile Branch is intended for intermediate-advanced students.
Data Focus Branch
As many professional coders know, data is what runs the world these days. From Google to Wikipedia, from maps to shopping, it's the data underneath that supports all this technology. Programming in data manipulation is just like it sounds - lots of numbers! Because of that, this branch tends to target more advanced kids who aren't afraid of a lot of math, numbers, and algorithmic coding. We may teach data in any language from Python to Scratch, and for more advanced kids, we may move into SQL databases.
Algorithms form the basis of all coding, and in a nutshell are basically the logical processes that a computer follows to perform a task. Basic algorithms are everywhere, starting with our students' first program that repeats a loop 10 times. More complex algorithms are like logic puzzles, and can be tough for even the most seasoned coders. While algorithms are in all projects we create, we may also use algorithm-specific tools like Coding Bat, Project Euler, and others to hone students' logic skills.
3D Games Branch
As the name implies, in our Custom Branch, anything is game! Our philosophy is that coding covers such a wide range of topics, it's impossible to name every one. Will students build a utility app for their community? A data website that tracks storms? A game that their friends play together? Their imagination's the limit in our Custom Branch.
Bots 'n Hardware Branch
From robots to mini-computers, having a physical, tangible product is bound to engage kids at all levels. With platforms like Raspberry Pi, Makey Makey or MakeBlock's mBot, we can teach kids how to program them and bring them to life. While we don't typically provide the hardware, we may have some school-owned bots students can use - or students are encouraged to bring in their own!
Games are for everyone! Whether we're talking battle games, social games, or platform games, our Code Coaches® can help students create something fun and playable. Gaming+ covers a wide range of skill levels, from easy games in Scratch to harder games using platforms like PyGame or even PlayCanvas.
Web Dev Branch
AP Tutor Branch
While we've never believed that static curriculums are a good way to learn computer science, some folks just need straight tutoring help for their AP Comp Sci course. Usually reserved for high school students taking (or soon taking) AP Comp Sci, our AP Tutor Branch consists of tutoring our students straight down the line with the standard AP Comp Sci curriculum, typically in Java. Our AP Tutor Branch is best taught in our private 1:1 Code Coaching® program.
Our Tech Talks aren't directly related to heads down coding but instead focus on higher level topics like how the internet works, Internet Safety (required for all our students), or just understanding technology at a high level. From quantum computing to map directions, students can be exposed to these technologies, learning how they shape our lives. Tech Talks are less about the detailed coding, and more about understanding high-level concepts.
Our Coder Tree™ ProgressionWe 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. Like real trees, our students' coding journeys are unique from each other, but all require strong foundations and trunks to support their higher, advanced branches. Click on a branch to find out more about some of the focus areas we teach (subject to staff availability).
Meet the Owners
The Brown Family
Hi! We're Justin and Robin Brown, co-owners of theCoderSchool-North Shore. As a local family, we are excited to bring theCoderSchool to the North Shore! Robin grew up in Deerfield and has been involved in the education world through her work as a registered dietitian. Though Robin's coding experience is minimal, she knows that teaching our kids to code is just as important as teaching them to eat healthy and be active for their futures.
Justin grew up in the suburbs of Michigan and came to Chicago for law school. As an entrepreneur, Justin decided to learn how to code so he could build his own websites. While taking classes, Justin knew that he one day wanted to teach his own kids and others how to code. Justin and Robin have twin toddlers with one on the way. Though they are too young to take classes now, they'll be signed up for classes as soon as they can read and type!
The Kreindler Family
Hi! We're Chad and Karen, co-owners of theCoderSchool-North Shore. As a local family, we are also excited to bring theCoderSchool to the North Shore!
Karen grew up in Deerfield and has been involved in the education world through her work as an inclusion facilitator in the Glencoe School District. She has a passion for providing equality of access to education and believes that the same applies to technology and coding.
Chad grew up in the suburbs of Cincinnati and came to Chicago after graduating from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. After moving to Chicago, Chad also graduated from DePaul University’s MBA Program. As someone who has a passion for technology and education, Chad has worked in EdTech for the past 9 years - initially as a National Lead for T-Mobile's "Connecting the Classroom" initiative and more recently as a Strategic Accounts Director at Blackboard, K-12. In his experience, he has seen the importance of incorporating a personalized approach to learning as means to better engage kids to learn. Chad and Karen have two daughters, Ella and Tessa. Although they are not yet ready for code coaching, we are confident they will be masters of Scratch soon enough!