WHO || WHAT || WHY
Equipping the next generation with the coding skills necessary to thrive in an increasingly tech-driven world
Who we are.
The Coding School is a 501(c)(3) organization that aims to empower the next generation through computer science education. Founded by a Brown University undergraduate in 2014, The Coding School has grown into an international organization with 600+ instructors and students from over 10 countries participating in our programs. To ensure our programming and teaching is of the highest quality, we’re partnered with a number of internationally-renowned educational institutions, including: UCLA, USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Brown University, and Villanova University.
Recognizing coding as the universal language of the 21st century, we believe coding education must be dynamic. Thus, we are pushing the boundaries of traditional coding education, embracing a diverse set of approaches and programs to ensure all students, regardless of socioeconomic background, geographic location, or learning differences, develop the skills necessary to thrive in our tech-driven world. To date, we have four main initiatives: 4-year, in-classroom instruction; codeConnects, one-on-one coding lessons and mentorship; virtual classrooms, and a program for students with learning disabilities.
What we do.
What Drives Us.
Kiera Peltz, founder of The Coding School, is both a Gates-Cambridge Scholar, having earned her Masters with Distinction in Political and Economic Sociology at the University of Cambridge and a Schwarzman Scholar earning a second Masters in International Economics at Tsinghua University in Beijing. She is a graduate of Brown University, where she received her B.A. in Political Science and Happiness and is an advocate for putting people’s wellbeing at the forefront of policy making.
As a second semester college freshman, Kiera was discouraged from declaring a computer science major - she was told it was too late to start. That following summer while attending an international conference in Seliger, Russia, Kiera met a group of Estonians, who spoke about the importance of early childhood coding, stating that it’s mandatory for every Estonian, starting at age seven, to learn how to code.
Upon returning to the United States, Kiera began critically examining the education system and came to realize that while the world has changed drastically in the past 50 years, our country’s public K-12 curriculum has remained relatively unaltered. She found a fundamental disconnect between what kids are taught and what they need to learn to thrive and become leaders. So she set out to fix the gap in the education system to ensure no child would lack the necessary skills of the 21st century. And thus, The Coding School was born.
Our Young Professional Advisors.
AJ DiDonato III
50,000 hours of coding instruction
600+ instructors nationwide
80 creative & admin staff
Coding is the key to social mobility.
That's why we are dedicated to ensuring coding is accessible to all students by providing coding lessons to socioeconomically and geographically disadvantaged communities and integrating classes into the school day so all students will be learning computer programming.
Coding empowers students with special needs to thrive.
Often left out of the discussions surrounding coding education, we’ve found students with learning differences not only flourish with the introduction of coding, but their passion and focus has a butterfly effect in improving their other academic subjects as well. We’ve created a coding program designed for students with special needs to ensure they have the same opportunities to learn how to code.
Coding education cannot be one-size-fits-all.
Females and minorities remain significantly underrepresented in the field of computer science. We understand diverse approaches to coding education are necessary to achieve diversity in computer science. We’re committed to developing innovative teaching styles and approaches to ensure no student is excluded or discouraged from learning how to code. That’s why we created codeConnects, a collaborative platform that provides one-on-one coding instruction so all students are receive empowering coding education, especially those often deterred due to a host of systemic educational factors.
Coding education is a marathon, not a sprint.
It requires long-term, continuous commitment. We’ve developed a multi-year curriculum to ensure that students aren’t just introduced to the world of computer science but that they have the support and guidance to develop their coding skills with years of taught lessons.
A timeline of the how The Coding School went from an idea to one of the largest coding initiatives in the nation.
Kiera attends career fair at Brown University - discovers 95% of the companies represented are only hiring coders.
Kiera is discouraged from changing her major to Computer Science -- she is told it is too late.
While in the Russian wilderness for a leadership conference, Kiera learns every Estonian begins learning how to code at age 7.
Kiera sets out to help ensure the next generation of U.S. youth gain the necessary skills of the 21st century.
TCS is created.
TCS teaches it’s first coding classes to 109 K-8 students at Beverly Vista School in Los angeles.
TCS is considered by the NSF to conduct research on Coding and Early Education.
Striving to increase diversity in the field of CS the Conception of codeConnects is born.
codeConnects pilot program launches.
Conference TCS is empowering underrepresented youth in 40 states and 11 countries through coding education.
Our Game Changing Approach to Coding Education.
Ability to offer coding to literally any student in the U.S.
Highest quality of curriculum - Our educational partners, USC and UCLA Schools of Engineering, ensure our curriculum & delivery are effective and on the cutting-edge.
Developing diverse approaches to achieve diversity - Recognizing there is not a 'one-size-fits-all' to coding education, our initiatives overcome the lack of diversity and coders in the field of CS are ensuring all students are empowered through code rather than discouraged by it.
Real coding challenges from real computer scientists.
Long-term instruction - To ensure long-term coding support.
1-on-1 lessons - We are the only program to offer individual and personal lessons on a large scale.
Largest network of computer science educators in the nation - 500+ !
Real relatable role models - Our teachers match our students in terms of race, gender and socioeconomic status.
Inspiring with real world apps - Our teachers bring a vast variety of coding application experiences personally into the childrens' lives.