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®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!
App TeamApp Team 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. App Team 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 ClassCode 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 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!
AI Focus BranchArtificial 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.
Mobile BranchCan 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 BranchAs 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 BranchAlgorithms 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.
Custom BranchAs 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 BranchFrom 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!
Gaming+ BranchGames 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.
AP Tutor BranchWhile 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.
Tech TalkOur 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 our General Manager
Hello! My name is Maria and I am so excited to be the General Manager for theCoderSchool, Raleigh! You can always find me at the intersection of Education and Technology! During my days I work for a charter school as their Director of Technology and Computer Science teacher. I have degrees in Business and Instructional Technology. I have one adult son and he and his wife are both science teachers in Johnston County.
I have been a strong proponent of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Education for some time. The first programming language I learned was BASIC, waaayyy back at the dawn of time! I’m amazed by how quickly technology has developed and how much it has changed our lives in such a short period of time. At theCoderSchool we encourage our students to stretch the boundaries of their imaginations with the hopes that maybe someday they will help solve some of the problems in the world! It is my prediction that most of our students will eventually have jobs that haven’t been invented yet. I feel honored every day to have the opportunity to assist them on their technological journey. You can mail me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Our Owners
Hi there! We are the owners of theCoderSchool in Cary and Raleigh. Ravisha and I have always enjoyed working with kids and starting theCoderSchool is a dream come true opportunity. We are glad to play a part in teaching children to code and learning to think in new ways. It was in 2015 that we exposed our kids to coding, they were 7 and 10. We were impressed how quickly they grasped it. They were engaging well with the computer coding and asking a lot of questions, which was the most amazing feeling. We did some online research (like any other parents would) and quickly realized that coding for kids is everywhere, specifically in CA. At that time, we reached out to theCoderSchool and rest is history.
Ravisha's background is in Molecular and Cell biology and she got PhD at NC State. While Mehul's background is in Semiconductor chip design and he got his MS at Uni of Florida. When they are not at theCoderSchool, Ravisha runs a children's non-profit while Mehul is an executive at a large Semiconductor company. Mehul also serves on the Town of Cary Information Systems Advisory Board. After working as a scientist and engineer, we know that problem solving skills that your child will learn at theCoderSchool can be used no matter where you go in life. We believe that knowledge is power and the only limit is our imagination. If you have any questions or are interested in finding out more about our school, shoot us an email at email@example.com.