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Scratch Classes Get Kids Excited About Coding

Scratch is a free block-based coding platform that lets kids drag and drop code blocks to build fun games and apps. It’s an ideal way for younger students to learn programming because it’s simple and visual, yet teaches powerful code concepts like variables, loops, and conditionals.

Skills Learned With Scratch Coding

Scratch teaches more than just programming fundamentals.

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In Scratch, kids learn to tackle each small problem to eventually solve a bigger problem, like a full-fledged game. While kids are coding in Scratch, they learn to decompose, sequence, and solve problems in a problem-solving framework.

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Kids have to make many decisions to code a game in Scratch. These can be simple or complex, but practicing this process in Scratch helps make them comfortable with evaluating and making good decisions.

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In Scratch classes, kids learn to communicate about their code and overall ideas in a way that the computer and others can understand. With Scratch, they learn to communicate in code and verbally.

Online Scratch Classes for Kids

Our scratch coding classes are for students ages 8-11. Take live, online Scratch classes that are both fun and engaging. Kids can let their creativity run wild while having a foundation and structure for their programming journey. Younger students are set up for success in coding text-based languages because they learn the underlying coding concepts through Scratch. They’ll create animations, build interactive games, and gain critical thinking and problem-solving skills at the same time.

  • New students start in the Animation and Gaming with Scratch course
  • Placement testing is available for students with previous coding experience
  • Every course has 12 lessons
  • Every Wizard Level consists of 3 core courses and 1 capstone course 
  • The entire Elementary School program consists of 3 Wizard Levels
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The Most Fun and Effective Scratch Courses for Kids

Class Highlights:

• Learn coding concepts using Scratch platform
• Beginner-friendly (no prior experience needed)
• Project-based curriculum and learning approach
• Innovative teacher-led online classes
• Small class sizes and personalized support
• Weekly parent updates
• Certification in 12 weeks

Learning Scratch is a great place for kids, ages 8-10, to start coding!

Scratch Class Schedule

All students start in Animation and Gaming in Scratch at Wizard Level I. If you have previous coding experience, take the Advanced Placement test. Returning students can continue with the class where they left off.

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What Kids Learn in Scratch Coding Courses

Coding for elementary school kids starts with block programming in Scratch. These courses focus on helping younger kids problem-solve and strategize like a programmer before advancing to text-based coding including HTML/CSS, JavaScript, and Python. They’ll explore a multitude of subjects ranging from basic computer science concepts to animation to decision-making. By the end of the elementary school coding program, students will be able to go from playing games to coding games themselves.

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Animation and Games With Scratch

Elementary School Class 1

In this course, students are introduced to block programming in Scratch and how to think like a programmer while building fun, interactive projects. This class uses the Scratch platform to make learning complex concepts and advanced programming skills fun. Kids learn and practice how to create and use variables, implement loops, and use conditionals. By the end of the class, students will have the ability to code simple Scratch games and animations.

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Elementary School Class 2

In this course, students deepen their Scratch and programming knowledge by developing functional games and applications. This Scratch class builds on critical, foundational concepts learned in the previous class, such as variables, data types, lists, arrays, loops, and operators. These skills also translate to other languages when students advance from Scratch to text-based code. By the end of this class, students will have the ability to build functions and code complex Scratch games and animations.

What is Scratch?

Scratch is a free block programming language and online community that allows kids to create programs and games using drag-and-drop.

What is Scratch Coding?

Scratch coding is writing and running programs in the Scratch platform. Coding in Scratch works by taking small snippets of code and grouping them together.

How can kids learn Scratch?

Kids can learn to code in Scratch through books, apps, tutorials, and coding classes both online and in-person.

How long does it take to learn Scratch?

Kids can learn the basics of Scratch very quickly, in as little as 1-3 months. For more advanced Scratch coding, around 6-12 months.

Can you learn coding with Scratch?

Kids can learn block-based coding with Scratch and coding concepts like variables, loops, if-else statements, and conditions.

Is Scratch coding free?

According to the creators, Scratch is and always will be free. There is no license required to use Scratch in your school or at home. Create an account to get started.

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Questions? We Are Here to Help.

Easy answers to some common questions.

How much does a course cost?

All courses meet for 12 class sessions with an associated cost of $447 (3 payments of $149 per course), unless specified otherwise. The price includes a full suite of beyond-the-classroom benefits that your child needs to be successful. For a full list of what's included, please see pricing details page.

Is there a sibling discount?

Yes, we have a significant discount for siblings. Siblings receive a $50 discount per payment, a total $150 per course. Regular students pay $447, 3 payments of $149 per course. Siblings pay $297, 3 payments of only $99 per course. For full details of the sibling discount and how to get it, please see our sibling discounts page.

My child has no coding experience. Is it ok?

Yes! Our classes are designed so that no prior experience is necessary.

Classes are beginner-friendly. Simply start with the first class in the program for your child’s age:

What course should I start with in elementary school?

The first course of the elementary school core track is Animation and Games with Scratch in the core track. Upon successful completion of the first course, students progress through our structured and progressive curriculum in the order that they are listed on the curriculum page. See the placement testing page if your student has significant coding experience and would like to start at a higher level in the core track.

How do you teach elementary students coding?

We start elementary school students, ages 8-10, with a fun introduction to block coding in Animation and Games with Scratch. Using a project-based approach, kids learn about computer science concepts in block code before moving on to text-based coding languages in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Classes in the Elementary School Core Track are designed to keep younger students engaged and interested in continuing to code.

My child already knows Scratch. What do I do?

If your child has good prior coding experience in Scratch, then take a placement exam to skip to the next course in the core track.

We highly recommend that you review the full course curriculum and feel confident about knowing that material before taking the placement exam.

What if my student needs help between classes?

Unlike other coding classes, all students have access to a full suite of beyond-the-classroom benefits including class recordings, live homework help, and the student forum. We’re here to support your child’s learning when they need us. See beyond-the-classroom benefits.

I have a 10 year old, which program should I enroll?

Most 10-year-old students should start with the Animation and Games with Scratch in the core track. If your child is 10 years old, you may choose the middle school core track if they are confident about text-based programming and have a typing speed of 25 wpm with 90% accuracy. After you complete the online enrollment, have your child take a typing test then email a screenshot of your results to [email protected] to be placed in the middle school core track.

What if my child misses a class?

It's easy to catch up. All class sessions are recorded. Recordings along with class slides are made available to the student shortly after the class is over. Students can review the recorded session and slides before the next class.

You also have a full suite of beyond-the-classroom benefits, everything your child needs to be successful (even if they miss a class). See full benefits.

More questions? Find answers on our FAQ page.

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