Whether your child is new to coding or already building their own games and websites, our coding classes will promote their growth within a safe, supportive environment. By challenging students at their individual level to create projects as unique as they are, we underscore the power of personalized learning.
While our classes are tailored to each of the four experience levels below, our student-centered approach creates a fully personalized education experience, allowing students to be challenged at their individual level and pace. No matter where they’ve started, we’re here to help them get where they want to go.
For young and first-time coders, we focus on fostering a welcoming and creative learning environment where students will develop a fluency with technology and start forming crucial computational thinking patterns. Students learn through specially curated activities in Code.org and ScratchJr, and advance into building animations and games in Scratch, a block-based programming language developed by MIT.
In our Beginner course, we use Scratch challenge projects as our core curriculum. By starting in Scratch, a block-based coding language, we skip over the small syntactic details of text-based languages and cut directly to the difficult part of coding: formulating one’s ideas into a logical sequence of steps. Students can jump into this class with no prior programming knowledge and in just a few hours build a foundational understanding of core computer science concepts through building games and animations. As they progress through this course, they’ll continue to learn essential programming constructs and develop a computational thought process that will prepare them for more advanced material.
As they advance, the course introduces complex aspects of web development. Students will integrate APIs and databases, skills crucial for modern web applications. This hands-on experience is not just about coding; it's about connecting the dots in the vast web ecosystem.
In the Python segment, students will transition to this versatile language, known for its extensive application in AI and data science – fields that are shaping our future.
They'll start by building simple yet engaging games like Rock, Scissors, Paper and Guess the Number, which are perfect for understanding Python's basics. But it doesn't end there. The course dives into graphical game development using Pygame, allowing students to create more visually engaging and complex games. They'll also tackle real-world problems using algorithms, manage data and files efficiently, and explore the realms of object-oriented programming.
Your Journey to Advanced Skills
Ages 13-17, co-ed
Still unsure where your child should begin? Visit our classes page where you can check your child's experience, interests, and skills.