Several folks have asked me where they and their kids can learn to code locally. Of course there’s EPT, but we’re not accepting new students until Summer 2016 for a while yet. I’m not including formal academic programs, rather these are coding bootcamps and informal programs where you can learn for fun (and profit). I’ve heard good and bad about several of these, so please be sure to do your due diligence as in all things. This list is an active work in progress. Got a program to add? Drop me a line. On to the links…

Where to Learn to Code in Atlanta

  1. The Iron Yard – Atlanta: Front end, Rails, and mobile development, PLUS free kids classes.
  2. Tech Talent South – Atlanta: Adult immersion AND kids coding classes, plus occasional one-day kids experiences. Kids coding workshops are Mondays while adult classes are in session, and they’re FREE! One-off kids classes carry a fee.
  3. Start Code: Kids only year-round program teaching coding skills elementary through high school, and an adult Coding 101 class.
  4. iD Tech: Teen summer academies and programming camps (day and overnight) held at Emory and Georgia Tech.
  5. Grow Up n Tech: Workshops and training opportunities that expose children to computer science concepts and careers. Classes often held at Atlanta Technical College.
  6. Black Girls Code: Though based on the west coast, BGC hosts hackathons for girls nationwide. Check out their calendar for upcoming local events.
  7. Codecademy: Online, hands-on coding classes for all in popular languages. Learn on your own time at your own pace. Also, free.
  8. eMagination Summer Camps: Digital media, coding, and game design camps at the Atlanta Mercer campus.
  9. National Computer Camps: Summer computing camps since 1977, residential and day programs. Atlanta program held at Oglethorpe University.
  10. Kids4Coding: Classes available for very young students as well as older kids and teens. Summer AND winter break classes in Roswell.
  11. Youth Digital: Online courses for kids 8-14 in Java, animation, game design, and more.
  12. General Assembly Atlanta: Career change (full-time) or personal enrichment (part-time) classes in a wide variety of languages.
  13. CodeNewbie: Online coding classes plus a supportive community and podcasts.
  14. NodeSchool: Open source workshops that you can do on your own online or at a live workshop. Unfortunately, Atlanta doesn’t have a chapter yet.
  15. DigitalCrafts: New code school with locations in Buckhead and Dunwoody. Features a 16-week full-time immersive bootcamp as well as 10-week part-time courses. Front-end, back-end, and full stack development.
  16. Atlanta Tech Talent Pipeline: Six month part-time bootcamp that matches you with an experienced developer from local companies like Delta, Home Depot, and Salesloft to learn full stack web development 1-on-1.

Updated 10/13/2016