Frequently Asked Questions


Code Ninjas is creating the problem solvers of tomorrow. At our centers, kids ages 7-14 learn to code (also known as computer programming) in a fun, safe, and inspiring learning environment, with a game-based curriculum that they love. Parents love it too, because their kids gain valuable skills while having a great time. Kids see real progress and achievement that encourages them to continually learn, grow, with different belt levels just like a real dojo. Learn more about our program here. Code Ninjas is not required to be licensed as a child care center *
*applies to TX locations
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 program that teaches adults to be successful software developers.
Over 17 years as a software developer, David Graham saw that coding is not only a great career choice, but a valuable life skill. Coders learn how to use logic, be resourceful, and solve problems, giving them distinct advantage in everyday life. Graham combined his knowledge of coding with his desire to give kids everywhere a better life to found Code Ninjas.
Code Ninjas is headquartered in Pearland, TX. Code Ninjas centers are now open nationwide. More information here.
It is possible! We are currently seeking savvy owners to help us grow nationwide through franchising. Find franchising information here.


Our curriculum is designed for kids ages 7-14.
Code Ninjas centers are open to kids after school on weekdays. Some locations may offer weekend hours. Please check with a nearby center for local hours of operation.
Our self-paced curriculum lets you fit Code Ninjas into your busy schedule. Kids can attend up to twice a week, and will see good progress in that time.
Absolutely! We provide a luxurious waiting area for parents where you can relax while your kid is learning in the student area.
Yes, each center is equipped with a state-of-the-art security system. Kids wear wristbands that grant them access to the student area.
Code Ninjas centers comfortably accommodate up to 30 students at a time, with some local variation. Please check with a nearby center for details.
Rates are set by our locally owned and operated centers. Please contact a nearby center for pricing information.
Coding has been called "the literacy of the 21st century” for good reason. Just like math, 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.  
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 are turning to Code Ninjas.   
Many kids already spend hours playing computer games. What if that screen time could be put to better use? At Code Ninjas, kids play video games while gaining a valuable skill that they aren’t getting at home – learning to code. The best part is that kids don’t even realize they are learning. Code Ninjas feels like play, not school, and they can’t wait to come back!
Our curriculum teaches kids to code using games that they already know and love, such as Scratch®, Minecraft®, and Roblox®. They are not just passively playing games – they are building games – and have a great time doing it. It is divided into levels, from white to black belt, that kids advance through as they build their coding skills.
Most students use a laptop supplied by Code Ninjas. Please contact your local center to learn more about computer options.


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.
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.
No, there is no additional charge for any future updates made to the curriculum.
The cost to open a Code Ninjas franchise ranges from $118,640 to $387,270. Learn more about the investment here.
The initial franchise fee is $29,000 and royalties are 6% of net sales.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, each franchise is granted an exclusive operating territory. Territory size is determined by population density and presence of schools, among other factors.
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.
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. 

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