The Personalized Approach for Kids Learning to Code
Your child is carefully matched with an exciting mentor who will customize the project-based learning
Meet weekly year-round to keep advancing at the perfect pace. Students are proud of the fun games they create
Weekdays or weekends. In-person or online. Beginner to advanced. We will craft the perfect solution for your unique needs
There are plenty of options for kids to code, Breakout Mentors is the most personalized and designed for long-term growth. I’m glad you found us!
How Breakout Mentors is different
There are many skills necessary to code effectively - everything from planning ahead to troubleshooting when things go wrong. Coding isn’t just knowing individual concepts, it’s putting them together to achieve a result. This is very difficult for adults - kids require 1-on-1 attention to advance and continue to have fun.
Breakout Mentors is centered around our talented mentors - Computer Science students at Stanford and UC Berkeley (also USF and SCU upon request). Each kid is paired with an exciting mentor for weekly 90 minute sessions - whether in person at the college, over video conference, or even in-home. They build a rapport together over months or years. The mentor provides the right balance of structured curriculum and encouragement of student creativity through fun projects.
All languages: Scratch, Python, Java, and more
There isn’t a perfect curriculum that is a fit for every student, nor is there a perfect programming language for every situation. We work with students in many languages.
It is important to focus though, better to attain a depth of understanding in one language than making the same simple program in several. For our students that keep with Breakout Mentors multiple years, they’ll switch coding languages roughly once per year.
Logistics that work for you
The regular day and time is based on your preference, including weekends. It is one of the many variables we take into account when pairing your son or daughter with the perfect mentor. There is flexibility to reschedule directly with the mentor or skip if there is a conflict.
The majority of sessions are held on the college campus: Stanford or UC Berkeley (we also have a couple talented mentors at University of San Francisco and Santa Clara University available upon request). They grab a study table at the student union and the parents usually stay at a nearby table. We can also explore in-home for an extra fee if you live within 5 miles.
For families that live even farther away or outside the Bay Area, we do video conference sessions as well. The student shares their screen and is still talking with the mentor live while they code.
- What parents say: Testimonials
- One of many student success stories: You’ll Remember This Oakland Middle School Girl’s Coding Project – From Scratch to Android Java
- Our teaching philosophy: 1-on-1 Mentoring Allows Us to Challenge, Not Just Teach
- Now is the best time to start: "My Student is Only 12 - What is the Hurry to Learn Programming?"
- A mentor's perspective: Solving Sudoku - The Story of How a College CS Student Inspired and Taught 3 Kids to Code