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The League of Amazing Programmers

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Causes: Computer Science, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Engineering, Literacy, Technology, Vocational & Technical Schools

Mission: Igniting young minds through computer programming

Results: Over 500 children from 5th - 12th grade have taken courses since 2008 with 100 students presently taking weekly after-school classes. Several students have passed the Oracle Professional Certification Exam and 20 students have passed the Computer Science Advanced Placement Exam, one in the 7th grade. The League of Amazing Programmers was formerly named Wintriss Technical Schools (WTS).

Target demographics: With an emphasis on reaching more girls and low-income populations, The League teaches programming to youth in grades 5 through 12 throughout San Diego county.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 120 kids

Geographic areas served: San Diego

Programs: programming mastery, Java for girls, giving underserved youth access to advanced programming instruction, college prep, career readiness

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Donald J.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son had always been interested in programming every since he was very young. We weren't quite sure where to look for real programming instruction in Java for a kid in 5th grade. We found the League of Amazing Programmers and it has been a godsend for my son. The instructors are knowledgeable and patient. The coursework is relevant and interesting. My son wants to be a programmer someday and we are thankful we found this non profit but importantly this wonderful group of dedicated teachers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son loves to PLAY computer games, but wasn't showing much interest in programming initially. Now he very much enjoys his programming experiences, and is considering it as a possible career. Thanks guys!

1 Rod_2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My elder son's life was transformed by the LEAGUE! He is now entering his final college year as a Comuter Science major while employed full time this summer as a software engineer. We owe the entire start to his career to the LEAGUE. My youngest son also briefly attended the LEAGUE and is now following in his older brother's footsteps.

June, Vic and Diane are the most passionate, caring leaders of any non-profit I've known. They truly aim to ignite young minds and change kid's lives!

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2

Board Member

Rating: 5

My son is now attending the top-rated university for Software Electronic Arts & Entertainment (e.g. video game programming). He owes his entire future career to the foundational education he got at the LEAGUE. The hands-on small classroom approach is completely effective and the passion at the LEAGUE shines through in every teacher... and every student. This is one special school!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son started here in 5th grade and is now entering high school. I know that he has a solid foundation as a programmer. He will fly through any high school programming classes and be a real asset to any robotics program. Best of all, he loves it! There is no homework and no books. There is no other program around that will take kids this age and teach them real coding skills. I know that he will want to continue on through high school and get is Oracle Java Programmer certification. Great program - can't recommend it highly enough!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have only been learning how to code in Java for a year but thanks to the helpful and supportive teachers learning how to code is a piece of cake, and learning through the League not only earns me extension credit but I found out about other programming related activities such as the iAROC competition, which is an autonomous robotics competition which was not only fun, but challenged my coding abilities. All in all the League is making learning code incredibly easy and fun at the same time!

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have 2 kids attending The League and several others that I have recommended. This is the best thing ever for my kids. My daughter was reluctant at first and June Clarke (Lead teacher, who is very smart and an outstanding individual) took my daughter under her wings and before I knew it my middle schooler wanted to volunteer and teach Java. Not only are the kids leanings a very marketable programming skill they are also being mentored by the Java professionals that teach the classes.

As a board member, I have known Vic and Diane for the last 4 years. Both of them are the most outstanding individuals you will ever meet in a lifetime.

What are you waiting for?

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at the League for over a year now and it is an amazing organization. Professional programmers share their skills with kids to teach them how to code. We've just had 5 kids get their Oracle certification!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a teacher/mentor at the League for many years. The league has allowed me to share my passion for programming with students. It's a joy to see them marvel, enjoying working on small projects, gradually becoming better and better at solving problems, taking on more and more complex tasks, and, over the course of 4-6 years, ending up with invaluable skills they'll have for life.

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great school where students and teachers interact one-on-one on site.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been attending the LEAGUE for the past 5 years. He started in 5th grade. He truly loves going to class. He is always excited to go and leaves knowing he learned something. The low student ratio allows the great teachers to really engage the students. Learning JAVA programming has really boost my son's academic confidence and opened a new world of opportunities. He is looking forward to taking his computer AP test at the end of 10th Grade and pursuing an computer science degree.

2 Eric95

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've gotten two interns through The League, and both have been remarkable, with the current intern tackling Linux, Microcontrollers, and a Robot Operating System on a project to rebuild a robotic arm. The evident skill is proof that the League is making an important contribution to training the next generation of engineers and programmers.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a student for over three years now and have had an absolutely amazing experience. With the knowledge I have learned from the League, I have much to put on my resumes of the future and I have made quite a bit of money freelancing! The teachers are great and it's very friendly.

3 Diana103

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is great! My son loves coding, and the League is able to support his interests outside of school and take it beyond any courses offered in high school.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I continue to be pleased with how much my son has learned at The League, and how much he enjoys it. We just got the scores for the AP Computer Science exam and he passed, as a 7th grader! He would not have been able to do that with any other coding program that I know of - this is far and away the best programming class for kids! (And we've tried several!)

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a teacher at The LEAGUE of Amazing Programmers with a degree in computer science from Purdue and 25 years of experience in the field. I have found the other teachers to be knowledgeable and kind-hearted. It has been fun sharing what I know with children and young adults who are interested in the subject. If you have a child interested in computers, I can highly recommend this school.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been attending the league is amazing programmers for 4 years. He looks forward every week to go to the class. He has learned a lot about programming and more importantly has developed the confidence that he can do programmingand that is t is fun.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am filled with pride every time I see a bunch of our kids excitedly writing their game programs in professional level Java and having real fun. They don't even realize that they are learning a skill that will change their lives.

3 Franca R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter started with the League at a weeklong summer camp over a year ago. She loved it, and began attending weekly classes. Her classes are Friday evenings, so I thought she might be tempted to skip them. No way! She loves the class and looks forward to it, no matter how crazy the week may be. She is now taking AP Computer Science in high school, and her League classes have made it so much easier for her to understand the material.

Even though girls are the minority in her classes, the positive and welcoming atmosphere at the League has always made her feel comfortable. There are only three girls in her high school AP Computer Science class, but because she already learned so much at the League, she has not felt intimidated at all.

We were so excited to find the League, and plan to continue classes for many years.

3 Michelle329

Client Served

Rating: 5

We started with the League of Amazing Programmers when my son was in 5th grade. He took classes on Saturdays and loved them. They prepared him for the Computer Science AP exam, which he took and passed in 7th grade. He is now in 10th grade and last summer completed a college Computer class at UCSD for credits. Yes, he was the only high school student in the class. My younger boy has started with the League this summer at an Introduction to Programming Camp, again loved it! He is now in the after school classes at the League and looks forward to his "lessons" every Tuesday. The conversations at our dinner table are way over my head! The two kids talk in their own langue. "Did you use index of?" , "No, I used if the variable contains and then two curly brackets and wrote J option pane, show message dialogue". Etc... Trust me I have NO idea what any of that means but they LOVE IT! Thank you for making learning fun!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son began at The League over a year ago, when he was 11. He is fairly advanced when it comes to computers, and has done pretty much all the tech/programming/coding camps for kids that I could find in San Diego - such as iDTech, UCSD Extension, etc. - most of which were not challenging enough and were "watered down" for kids (i.e. "learn to program through Minecraft" and that type of thing). He loved the League from the very start. They are teaching REAL programming with JAVA, not the Scratch or code.org stuff, so he is learning real-life skills! The staff and instructor mentors are great and passionate about what they do. I also like how they use the more advanced students to help mentor the new students, which helps the student mentors build their knowledge as well as confidence and self esteem. It's a terrific, supportive community for a techie kid like mine, where he can be around other kids who share his interest in tech and programming. I know of no other program in San Diego doing anything like this. I am so thankful to have found this gem right here in our community! I only wish I could have found it sooner!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My son had attended some "Java Programming Camps" prior to participating in The League of Amazing Programmers. His enthusiasm to pursue more in-depth features of Java led him to The League. Imagine his surprise at discovering he learned more about professional level approaches to Java programming in his first day with The League than what transpired during the combined time at those (very expensive) camps. The intimate class size at The League and personal attention and encouragement have inspired him to aspire to majoring in computer science in college -- even though he just entered 9th grade! He is looking forward to working on his next exciting Java game through the expert support and guidance of the knowledgeable League staff.