Our Mission

To empower students with the skills and confidence necessary to become future leaders, problem solvers and innovators.

Our goal is to ensure coding education is accessible to each and every student. In particular we’re dedicated to increasing diversity in the field of computer science by ensuring we reach underrepresented students who are disadvantaged in traditional education environments including girls, minorities, students with learning disabilities, low SES students and students from rural communities.

Our Story

Kiera Peltz is both a Gates-Cambridge Scholar, having earned her Masters with Distinction in Political and Economic Sociology at the University of Cambridge, and she is currently a Schwarzman Scholar pursuing 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.

One summer, while attending an international conference in Seliger, Russia, she 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 U.S. education system and came to realize that while the world has changed drastically in the past 50 years, our country’s K-12 curriculum has remained relatively unaltered. So she set out to fix the gap in the education system to ensure no child would lack the necessary skills needed to thrive in the 21st century, and thus, The Coding School was born.

Board and Advisors

Eva Manolis

Co founder of shutterfly
Former VP of Amazon

Pamit Surana

Managing Director at Alvarez & Marsal

Jessica McKellar

Founder of Pilot

Ravi Pendse

Ravi Pendse, Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Technology at University of Michigan

Bill Derouin

Software Engineer at SpaceX

Gisele Ragusa

Professor of Engineering at USC
Co-chair of USC STEM Education Consortium

Mark Redekopp

Associate Professor of Engineering Practice at USC

To ensure the highest quality in development and delivery, we’re proudly partnered with the following educational institutions

Our Coding Philosophy

At The Coding School, we believe...

1

Coding is the key to social mobility.

There is no skill more important in the 21st century than coding. It’s the way the world operates, and those who know how to do it, will have the competitive edge. That’s why we’re dedicated to ensuring coding is accessible to all students including geographically and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities.

2

Coding empowers students with special needs to thrive.

We’ve found students with special needs flourish in their academics across the board with the introduction of coding education, and that they are particularly gifted in this field. codeConnects was in part developed with these findings in mind as it provides the ideal learning environment needed for students who need extra support.

3

There is no one-size-fits-all to coding education.

Females and minorities remain significantly underrepresented in the field of computer science. codeConnects overcomes the structural and systemic barriers that prevent underrepresented groups from pursuing computer science by providing nontraditional teaching methods that engage, empower and inspire individuals who are typically left behind.

4

Real coding education is a marathon, not a sprint.

We’ve developed a multi-year curriculum to ensure 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 mentorship and personalized lessons.

Our Goals

Accessibility is not limited to the physical presence of coding instruction; even where
coding education is available, it doesn’t always mean it’s a learning environment where the student can thrive.

Geographic Accessibility

Structural Accessibility

Socioeconomic Accessibility

Coding classes -- where offered -- are often tuition based, making it impossible for low-income students to attend these courses. With so many inherent barriers to coding education, money should not be one of them. We’re dedicated to providing scholarships to students with financial need who wouldn’t have lessons otherwise.

The field of computer science lacks diversity, leaving minorities, females, LGBTQ, and special needs students, significantly underrepresented. This is largely due structural and systemic barriers in traditional education environments. codeConnects is the only program of its kind reimagining coding education & ensuring these structural barriers are overcome.

Coding classes -- where offered -- are often tuition based, making it impossible for low-income students to attend these courses. With so many inherent barriers to coding education, money should not be one of them. We’re dedicated to providing scholarships to students with financial need who wouldn’t have lessons otherwise