Address

3616 Far West Blvd #109
Austin, TX 78731

Contact

512-593-2729

Hours for Instruction

Tu-Th 3-7

Sat, Sun 10-1

other times by appt

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below are answers to commonly asked questions about our Place.

WHAT AGES DO YOU TEACH?

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.

WHAT IS A GOOD AGE TO START CODING?

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!

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 DO I KNOW WHERE TO START?

GIve us a call or come in and try our programs!

HOW IS MCP DIFFERENT FROM OTHER KIDS CODING SCHOOLS?

First, and most importantly, 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.  

Next, we are part of the Northwest Hills community and are partners In education with Gullett, Hill and Doss Elementary schools.  We have our own location on Far West Blvd, while other programs may be online or have locations at schools and churches.  You can find us at a few schools too (not listed as Locations), but the majority of our students attend classes at our studio.  

Also, for the most part, we use full-sized monitors instead of laptops at our studio.  We occasionally use touchscreen laptops to conserve space depending on the activity and program.  At schools, equipment will vary.

Lastly, 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 as teachers.

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

Tuition is monthly and 30 days advanced notice is required if holding or cancelling as this affects staffing and billing.  

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.  

DO YOU TEACH ADULTS?

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.

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.

To give you an idea, group classes start at $129/mo depending on topic.  Semi-private lessons are $229/mo and camps start at $99 for a single day camp.

WHAT IS YOUR MAKEUP POLICY?

Class or lesson makeups must be scheduled immediately or they will be forfeited.  For a class, your session can only be rescheduled if there is another session during the week.  For lessons, a class must be rescheduled during the same week and may be rescheduled with a different instructor.  

For students who come multiple times a week, one makeup pass can be stored in their account for a future lesson.  No refunds will be issued.