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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below are answers to commonly asked questions about our Place.

WHAT AGES DO YOU TEACH?

We think that it's never too early to learn once kids start reading!  Before reading skills, there are useful apps like Scratch Jr that can introduce kids to coding concepts.  Coding teaches critical thinking and problem-solving, which are valuable no matter what age your child is.   Even if kids do not pursue programming as a career in their future, the ability to create something out of nothing is fun and empowering.  Similarly, it's never too late to start coding and they may wish they started younger, but the important thing is just to start and get exposure!

DO YOU TEACH ADULTS?

HOW DO I KNOW WHERE TO START?

GIve us a call or come in and try our programs!  Sign up for a free trial!

HOW CAN I HELP MY CHILD CODE AT HOME?

We are happy to suggest homework.  The best way to help your child would be to ask them to show you their projects each week and to walk through and explain the code to you. You can find additional projects online or in books.

DO YOU OFFER FINANCIAL AID OR SCHOLARSHIPS?

We do not offer scholarships but can create a payment plan if needed.  There is a small fee if choosing to pay in installments.

HOW IS MCP DIFFERENT FROM OTHER KIDS CODING SCHOOLS?

  • We don't have a proprietary system to teach kids to code.  We believe in accessibility and encourage parents to check out the numerous options for kids learning to code, including online programs and software-based programs in Austin.  We use publicly available programs that your kids can access at home with the passwords we create at MCP.  

  • We offer tutoring and private/semiprivate lessons to give children more attention.  Our classes and camps are led by instructors and have a ratio of 5:1. 

  • We differentiate education from entertainment.  You may have heard the term edutainment.  We prioritize student engagement and fun, but regularly assess what students are learning and the value that we add.  We don't want to waste your time or money.

  • Our teachers are coders who have had training in developing their skills.  They are college students, bootcamp grads, technology teachers or professional coders.  We do not hire high school students.  

  • We use full-sized monitors instead of laptops at our studio for the most part.  We will use touchscreen laptops in classes or camps when a specific install is required.  At schools, equipment will vary.

  • We have a brick and mortar location and are partners In education with Gullett, Hill and Doss Elementary schools.  We are residents in the area and our studio is on Far West Blvd.  You can find us at a few schools too (not listed as Locations), but the majority of our students attend classes at our studio.  We are a family business and our kids attend Gullett Elementary.  

HOW CAN I TELL IF MY CHILD IS MAKING PROGRESS?

We communicate with parents via notes left by their instructor after class.  We also have short monthly assessments from our skill trees to reinforce learning as well as measure progress.  

We would love to teach adults coding as an interest and hobby.  We usually refer adults to the adult coding bootcamps like Flatiron, Galvanize, Hack Reactor or classes at ACC or UT because they exist to help adults with career options.  If a group of friends or co-workers would like to learn about AI or Raspberry Pi, for example, we can help with that in the evenings.

Adults will be eligible to enroll in private coding lessons or group classes for ages 18+, not currently on our schedule.  Please contact us with our Contact Form with a specific request.

HOW MUCH DOES MCP COST?

Pricing is monthly and varies by program and duration. We prefer parents come in for a trial to decide on the best option.  We do not charge equipment fees but do have a registration fee.

Small group classes of no more than 5 kids start at $129/mo depending on topic.  Semi-private lessons are $229/mo.and private lessons are $269/mo.  All sessions are one-hour long and led by an instructor.  A second hour is 25% less than the first hour, which starts at $225/mo for 2 hours a week of instruction.

WHAT IS YOUR MAKEUP AND CANCELLATION POLICY?

With 24 hours notice, a makeup token can be created for your student if they are unable to join their class.  Makeup tokens expire in 30 days and can be applied to group classes.

Tuition is monthly and 14 days advanced notice is required if holding or cancelling as this affects staffing and billing.  Since we do not issue refunds, we kindly request you tell us by the 16th of the previous month if you are leaving so we can avoid billing you for the next month.

Our programs are designed for ages 7-18.  We start at age 7 because reading skills are required for coding.  Before the age of 6-7, we recommend that you use apps like Scratch Jr to introduce kids to coding at home.

We are introducing adult programs for ages 18+ for adults who are interested in learning how to code as a fun hobby and useful skill.  

WHAT IS A GOOD AGE TO START CODING?

Address

3616 Far West Blvd #109
Austin, TX 78731

Contact

512-593-2729

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Sat 10-1 Sun 11-1

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