Frequently Asked Questions

General

WHAT IS CODE NINJAS?

Code Ninjas® is the world’s largest and fastest-growing kids coding franchise, with hundreds of locations in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Our goal is to create the problem solvers of tomorrow. At our centres, kids learn to code while building their own video games in a fun, safe, and inspiring environment. Kids gain confidence, logic, resourcefulness, and problem solving skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives.

WHO FOUNDED CODE NINJAS?

Code Ninjas was founded by David Graham, a programmer, entrepreneur, and father of two, based in Houston, TX. Previously, Graham was the founder and owner of Coder Camps, a programme that teaches adults to be successful software developers.

With over 17 years of experience as a software developer, David Graham realised that coding was not only a great career choice, but a valuable life skill. Coders learn how to use logic, be resourceful, and solve problems, giving them an distinct advantage in everyday life. Graham combined his knowledge of coding, with his desire to give kids everywhere a better life, to establish Code Ninjas.

WHAT AGES DOES CODE NINJAS TEACH?

At Code Ninjas, we have programmes for kids ages 5-14. programmes vary by centre, please contact a nearby centre for details.

WHY SHOULD MY KIDS LEARN TO CODE?

Coding has been called "the literacy of the 21st century” for good reason. Just like maths, science, and literature, coding is a key aspect of understanding our technologically advanced world. There’s a huge need for a generation that not only understands technology, but how it works. Regardless of whether your kids one day pursue a career in coding, Code Ninjas teaches them confidence, logic, resourcefulness, and problem solving skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives.

MY KIDS ALREADY HAVE COMPUTER CLASSES AT SCHOOL. WHY DO THEY NEED CODE NINJAS?

It’s great that schools offer computer education, but they are often under-resourced and are unable to offer the sophisticated ongoing coding curriculum that kids need. Parents who want their kids to get ahead and learn coding properly are turning to Code Ninjas.

WHAT’S IN THE CODE NINJAS CURRICULUM?

Our curriculum teaches kids to code using games that they already know and love, such as Minecraft® and Roblox®. They are not just passively playing games – they are building games – and have a great time doing it. In Code Ninjas CREATE, the curriculum is divided into levels, from white to black belt, that kids advance through as they build their coding skills.

Code Ninjas Centres

WHEN CAN MY KIDS ATTEND CODE NINJAS?

Code Ninjas centres are open to kids after school on weekdays. Some locations may offer weekend hours. Please cheque with a nearby centre for local hours of operation.

HOW OFTEN CAN MY KID ATTEND CODE NINJAS?

We have a variety of programmes to fit Code Ninjas into your busy schedule. In Code Ninjas CREATE, kids can attend mulitple times a week. Just drop-in at your convenience during available centre hours.

CAN I STAY WHILE MY KID IS LEARNING?

Absolutely! We provide a luxurious waiting area for parents where you can relax while your kid is in the dojo (learning area).

ARE YOUR CENTRES SECURE?

Yes, each centre is equipped with a state-of-the-art security system. In Code Ninjas CREATE, kids wear wristbands that grant them access to the dojo (learning area), in which only kids and staff are allowed entry.

HOW MANY STUDENTS ATTEND CODE NINJAS?

Code Ninjas centres comfortably accommodate up to 30 students at a time, with some local variation. Please cheque with a nearby centre for details.

HOW MUCH DOES CODE NINJAS COST?

Rates are set by our locally owned and operated centres. Please contact a nearby centre for pricing information.

IS A CODE NINJAS CENTRE GOING TO OPEN IN MY TOWN?

It is possible! We are currently seeking savvy owners to help us grow nationwide through franchising. Find franchising information here.

Franchise

I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT CODING. AM I ELIGIBLE TO OPEN A CODE NINJAS FRANCHISE?

Yes, you can open a Code Ninjas franchise even if you're not a coder. Our franchise is specifically designed to be non-coder friendly. If you're willing to learn, work, and follow a system, you have an opportunity to thrive with us.

WHAT KIND OF BACKGROUND DO I NEED TO BE A CODE NINJAS FRANCHISE OWNER?

Qualified candidates for Code Ninjas franchise ownership come from all walks of life, including business, education, military, police, retirees, entrepreneurs (and yes, coders). The best franchise owners play an active role in the business, and are interested in making a positive impact on children and their community. Other qualities we look for are drive, compassion, willingness to learn, and support for our values.

DO FRANCHISE OWNERS HAVE TO PAY FOR UPDATES TO THE CURRICULUM?

No, there is no additional charge for any future updates made to the curriculum.

HOW DO I KNOW IF A CODE NINJAS FRANCHISE IS RIGHT FOR MY COMMUNITY?

We consider several factors in determining the location of Code Ninjas centers, including concentration of families with children, proximity to schools, and household income. We work with you to analyze your preferred market and provide site selection recommendations.

WHAT KIND OF TRAINING DOES CODE NINJAS PROVIDE FRANCHISE OWNERS?

Prior to opening, franchise owners attend training led by our team of franchising experts, totaling approximately 50 hours. This includes in-person and online training. We also provide ongoing training including webinars, conferences, and online resources.

WHAT KIND OF ONGOING SUPPORT CAN I EXPECT?

Code Ninjas is designed to be a turnkey business model with a complete ecosystem of tools and support to run every aspect your franchise. This includes training, site selection, marketing, design, vendor network, franchise management software, and a dedicated support team.

DO I NEED TO RUN THE FRANCHISE MYSELF?

No, you do not have to run the day-to-day operation of the franchise, but you must be involved in the general oversight and management of the operations of your center. Additionally, you must designate either yourself, your designated principal, or a general manager to assume the full-time responsibility for daily supervision and operation of your center.

WILL I HAVE A PROTECTED TERRITORY FOR MY CENTER?

Yes, each franchise is granted an exclusive operating territory. Territory size is determined by population density and presence of schools, among other factors.

CAN I OPEN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS?

Yes. Many Code Ninjas franchisees have added more locations after opening their first, which is a validation of our franchise model. A majority of our franchisees own two locations or more.

DO I NEED TO BE A CODER TO LEAD CODE NINJAS STUDENTS?

No, you do not have to be a coder to lead students at Code Ninjas. Our training program gives you the tools you need to be an effective leader, no matter what your background.