The League of Amazing Programmers has helped me develop my software skills and also improve my skills in problem solving. The skills I learned from the league helped me lead an award winning robotics team in the San Diego Region. Overall, the excellent teachers and program at League of Amazing truly helped me improve my skills and set me on track to becoming an engineer in the future.
Great Program -both of my kids attend it, my teenage daughter can program in Java, and my son is learning fast. Definitely highly recommend it to everyone interested in going the programming/engineering rout. They also support disadvantaged kids by waving or decreasing tuition. Teachers are amazing and highly involved.
The League of Amazing Programmers provides its students with unique programming instruction. Taught by industry professionals, the students learn more than just programming, but also logic, analysis and critical thinking. Regardless of a student's prior knowledge, the League provides a nurturing environment that can help a student see their potential and provide skills that are valuable for all future endeavors.
My name is Anurup Joseph, and I truly believe myself to be an embodiment of the American Dream. I am a grandchild of poor farmers in India. My parents, who grew up in houses without running water, plumbing, or electricity, bettered themselves through the power of education. To escape the Communist government in my home state, we first moved to Ireland, and then to the USA. By the age of six, I had now lived on three continents.
My family was very low income in America, and I deeply appreciated the charitable groups that assisted my family with clothing or after-school education. As a child, a computer that I received as a present was one of the few opportunities that I had for entertainment. Using that computer, I soon learned that I loved programming. Many years later, while studying Computer Science at university, I was fortunate enough to get my first programming job, and I haven't looked back.
I, who grew up with little, who descended from those who had even less, now felt that I had accomplished the dreams of my ancestors. Unquestionably, I was honor-bound to give back to the universe which has given me so much. Having long evangelized the field of Computer Science as having the highest return on investment of all fields, I was casting about for a vehicle to help others. It was upon finding the League that I found an ideal match. Since 2016, I have volunteered to teach students (mostly underprivileged minorities) via the League. Hence, I could put my evangelizing desires into practice and help lift up others the way that others lifted me. And I am eternally grateful that five of my former students are the first in their families to go to college, and they are all studying STEM fields.
Education is the key to the realm of the knowledge industry, and helping these students gain an education in a highly-rewarding field sets them up for success in their futures. And my hope is that after they are successful, they too will give back to society. As Tim Cook of Apple wrote, "I’m doing my part, however small, to help others. We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick."
My son ( a high school senior now) , had gone to the League of Amazing Programmers since he was in the 6th grade, and completed Level 8 and passed Oracle JAVA exam in the 11th grade. Now he self-educated Python and passed the associate Python certification. This organization gave him not only the JAVA language knowledge but also confidence, and succeed in his life. The teachers and volunteers are 100% committed to teach the computer language and work with our children. While other organizations are closed for holidays or any other reasons, the league is always opened and teaching the kids. It surprised me their commitments over the years. I really appreciate what have given to my son. I highly recommend this organization.
My son has been taking a class at the League of Amazing Programers since his 6th grade, now he is Jr in high school. Teachers are great and all are volunteers. It has been amazing experience for him. He started level 0 and now almost complete level 6. After complaining level 7, he will be ready to take Oracle exam. He is now hoping to pass Oracle exam before graduating the high school.
Thank you for the wonderful review, Hitomi! We're so happy to hear of your son's advancement through the program.
I have been a student at the League for a very long time, and they never fail to impress me with their commitment to providing engaging material to teach Java! They genuinely care about their students, and classes are always an enjoyable experience :)
A fantastic opportunity for kids in 5th grade through high school. The only school in the country that offers an Oracle certification to kids starting this young.
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.
Over the last 6 months, I've had the honor of hearing the stories of several LEAGUE alumni. The positive impact that this program has on these teens is truly astounding. Many of them were on scholarship and are now in college pursuing a degree in Computer Science - which will set them up for a lucrative career in the tech industry. I also love The LEAGUE's dedication to serving more girls and underserved kids, and giving them the opportunity to learn Java programming in a fun, hands-on learning environment.
I started classes at the League in 7th grade, and I stayed all the way up until my senior year of high school. I love the League, and I had a great time there. It is a fantastic environment to learn how to code. The teachers are awesome, everyone is very nice and collaborative, and there are events you can participate in to gain experience (or just for fun!). I volunteered as a TA for a few summer camps as well, and if you can I highly recommend it, it's a great way to spend time and a super fun experience overall.
I first joined The League of Amazing Programmers in the 7th grade as just something my mom wanted me to do. Little did I know that it would become not only one of my favorite activities but would develop into my career choice. The league would teach me programming not by lecture but by actually giving me tasks and learning from them. More than anything the teachers were always willing to help out with even the smallest questions I had. I will take all of the lessons I have learned and put them to use in college
Thank you for sharing your experience as a student at The League! We wish you all the best in your next endeavors.
As a volunteer for this school, I find this is an amazing organization to help kids learn java programming language. Teaching children to study coding is not an easy task, but the league of amazing programmers has made all lessons interesting by igniting kids' curiosity. I am surprised when they know how to use GitHub, Eclipse, and more, which are all resources that every programmer must know
Thank you for the excellent review, nhinguyen! We are grateful to have the help of such awesome volunteers like yourself!
Absolutely great program made available to underrepresentated areas on San Diego. The program has grown be being availble more days providing these kids with a skill which is a highly desirable by employers.
Thank you for your kind review, Olivia! We're so glad to hear it!
My daughter has been taking coding classes here since last winter. She loves her classes and the teachers. I'm impressed with the way they structure the curriculum. She has learned a lot, and it seems to be structured in a very intuitive way compared with other CS classes she has taken
Thank you for the fantastic review, lunacat7! We're so thrilled to hear your daughter is enjoying the program.
My son started programming classes with The League in 6th grade and it sparked his passion for computer programming. He is now a high school senior well versed in coding thanks to the great team at The League. This program has created outstanding opportunities for our son!
Thank you for the great review, Shana! That is wonderful to hear!
I've been a student at the League Of Amazing Programmers for almost four years. The education the League provides is fun and informative, and I learn much more in class than I do in other academic settings. Completing recipes helps give the complex concepts we learn more context, and makes the whole subject easier to understand. The League also provides opportunities to teach younger students programming skills, and the ability to tutor these students helps broaden my understanding of the topic as well. The League Of Amazing Programmers makes learning easy and fun, and I've loved every class I've been to.
Thank you for the wonderful review, ThirdTime! We're so glad to hear you are having fun and learning a lot in the classes. Thank you also for giving back by becoming a TA!
My son had an amazing two years at The League of Amazing Programmers! He went from a novice programmer to an expert during that time. He learned so much, he was able to score a 4 on the Computer Science AP Exam without even taking a computer class at his high school! He is now studying computer science at UCSD, and he claims that the Intro to Java class is a piece of cake. He also says that the way he learned at The League was the best way to learn coding!! Thank you so much!!
Thank you for the awesome review, Jennifer! We are thrilled to hear your son's story!
This is a great course and they teach coding very well!
Thank you for your kind review, PercyGhenburg! We are glad to hear it!
The League has been an integral part in my son's development. He began attending classes in 5th grade and is now a Senior at Canyon Crest Academy. He was able to take the AP Computer Science exam in 9th grade with a top score of 5 -- just by all his work at the League. He has developed skills for working in teams, has been allowed to teach younger kids and has developed his own projects based on his work at the League. I highly recommend Vic and his team.
Thank you for the excellent review, Jstuart! We are thrilled to hear how your son has benefitted from the program.
My son looks forward to his class every week. He has learned a great deal
and looks forward to advancing through the program.
Thank you for the great review, Deborah! We are very glad to know your son is enjoying the program.
Our son started at age 11 and is13 now and still going strong! His teacher, Dave, is really personable and reliable. So great that they have classes near us (we live in La Mesa). So happy that my son looks forward to going each and every week- he comes out of class feeling like he’s achieved something every time.
He’s learning a skill that will set him up in the professional world by the time he is done with high school. Having a certificate from this organization will also help with college applications.
If programming interests your child, this is the best investment you can make.
Thank you for the great review, JJJH! We're so happy to hear your son is enjoying classes with Dave and that the location is convenient for you.
My son was able to attend League of Amazing Programmers classes on financial aid, and the things he learned there got him excited about a career in computer programming. He's now a freshman in college and really happy with his career choice. Because finances are tight for our family this never would have been possible without him receiving the financial aid. Thank you to everyone out there who donated!
Thank you for the excellent review, idesign 1234! We are excited to hear your son was inspired to follow a career in computer programming!
The League provide an excellent curriculum. My son has been in the program for 4 years and we are very happy. The league helped him pass the AP computer science test with the top score of 5. He was only in 8th grade at the time. I love the small class sizes and individual attention.
Thank you for the wonderful review, cnizet! We are glad to hear your son is doing well in the program.
Two of my children have attended The League of Amazing Programmers. It is simply an amazing place! Students get support from excellent teachers and a well thought out program to learn programming skills in Java and to discover if programming is for them. Students are allowed to progress at their own pace, discover how to solve programming problems, struggle to find their own programming errors, and be creative in designing their own software. The students get a lot of confidence and motivation from solving programming problems and progressing through the levels of the program. If your child is "into" programming then it is a great environment to learn and progress with like minded peers. In other words, the kids have fun learning! The league also provides important extracurricular opportunities like visiting companies that do software development and participating in software design competitions. At the higher levels, the students get to work in groups on larger, real programming projects which is invaluable experience to a student considering CS as a college major. The results are also amazing! My eldest went into CS in college and tested out of the first 1.5 years of CS programming classes thanks to the League. My youngest will most likely write the AP CS A test at the end of 9th grade again thanks to the League. So basically, I can't say enough good things about this place. If your child wants to try programming then The League of Amazing Programmers is where you need to be!
League of Amazing Programmers has been working with the Academy of Information Technology at Hoover High School to develop our students for the field of technology for over a year. The instructors come to our campus in which the students are excited to attend all of the sessions to learn!!! In addition, the instructors and program provide steps to achievement of AP courses and certifications!! Finally, they assist our students to get paid internships that add invaluable skills for their future!!!
The League Of Amazing Programmers has fundamentally impacted my life. I never thought about the role technology/coding has on our society. Through this non-profit I have developed a strong passion for computer science. In addition I have been exposed to the work environment through internships and competitions. This organization is made up of people who care about their students and do the best to help us be successful. I am very indeed greatful for this non-profit and truly recommend it!
The league of amazing programmers have build my confidence to become an engineer. I thought that there weren't any chances for me to get a major in the area of engineering due to the low percentage of women in field. Over the past year the league has provided me with the necessary skills to prepare me for my future career. I've had a wonderful experience so far with the league classes and the extraordinary internship that changed my perspective in engineering. I have now build the mindset that I could and I will become an engineer in the future.
Volunteering at the league is a very rewarding experience. It is inspiring to witness young students learn and apply technical knowledge “meant for adults”, with enthusiasm and creativity.
What an amazing place. Our son is thriving in their electrical engineering programming doing college level EE work in 9th grade. He loves it!
Excellent program. Highly recommended. My son has been attending The League of Amazing Programmers for almost 4 years and now that he is in 9th grade he has been able to achieve his goal of taking A. P. Computer Science at school. Thank you to everybody at the League!
They have amazing teachers and the office staff is so communicative and helpful. My son loves the program and can’t wait to complete the series . Also the staff is so helpful with scheduling the classes around our busy schedules.
The League of Amazing Programmers is truly amazing. Small class sizes and teachers that really care about the students progression through the program. Stick with the program and you’ll end up being a certified Java programmer. This school provides a quality education. Best after school program I’ve seen. Couldn’t be happier with the work they do here.
(My 13 year old is 2.5 years into the program)
My son had tried 3 other coding places before we found League of Amazing Programmers. I was cautious initially and asked many questions. After the 1st class my son had we were overjoyed to have finally found a perfect fit. The classes are small and they move to your child's pace. He loves and looks forward to his coding classes. He has also added the Engineering classes that he absolutely loves as well. We are so happy to have found this amazing gem.
My son studies programming in this amazing class. They have multiple coding levels from 0 to full professional. They teach kids in highly motivating environment, progressing them through the levels, treating them like young adults. The kids are learning how to think and code Independantly. This is a true school for future Programmers.
My daughter has been going to this program for a few years. They really do a great job in keeping the learning fun and focused. These are real life skills to motivate kids to pursue what interests them as well as break down barriers to studying technology. It is particularly special that The League recognizes the value of educating girls in technology as well as students from disadvantaged communities.
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I've been volunteering with The League for the past two years. Diane and Vic, the founders, are amazing people who care about making a difference in their students' lives. I had taught programming before, but never to students so young. The League's curriculum provides a fun framework for the kids' path to becoming programmers! I look forward to class and seeing my students every week.
The League has made us a better family! 6 years ago I was the parent of a 4th grader and constantly arguing with him over computer time. I thought he was addicted and would never leave his room again. I begged the league to let him in early, at the time they only took 5th grade and up. They did and it has been a life changer for all of us. He found a direction for his passion and we found peace. Six years later, he has passed the AP Comp Sci test and is on his way to become an Oracle Programmer. He volunteers as a TA and helps out with the summer workshops. He has become such an amazing young man and I owe a lot of that to League and their positive influence in his life. Thank You Vic, June, Keith, Vickie, Stephen and the rest of this awesome team!
My son started attending programming class at the League as a summer pastime a year ago. He loved it so much that he stayed on and signed up for weekly classes during the school year. In just over a year, he progressed from a beginner to almost reaching advanced level and is now helping out with beginner workshops at the League.
The teachers are amazing! The program is extremely flexible. Students learn at his or her own pace in a fun, friendly and non-competitive environment. Hands-on projects and presentations prepare students for real life. The recognition by the UCSD Extension is also a plus! I would highly recommend joining the League if you have a kid who is curious about computer science & STEM.
I am a volunteer teacher at The League of Amazing Programmers. I help out with their Saturday morning Level 0 class at the Downtown library. This class mostly consists of young students who will be the first generation to attend college. Most do not have access to computer programming courses through their school. I started to volunteer because I was shocked by Stack Overflow's Developer Survey Results for 2017, which show the majority of professional developers have parents who attended college. This is a grim statistic for first generation college students who might not even know about careers in tech. The League of Amazing Programmers is doing important work in the community to improve these statistics for first generation college students. The skills these students are learning will put them in a position to be innovators of technology, not simply consumers. Furthermore, if they so choose, they will be in a position to confidently pursue a Computer Science degree in college. In an industry where there is a lot of talk about diversifying the workforce, The League is actually doing the crucial work necessary to diversify the pipeline for tech. They are a crucial nonprofit, engaged in powerful efforts with long-term implications for the communities where they work.
Our son has been a student at The League for four years. It has been transformational. Amazing teachers! Great curriculum! Fun environment. Relevant for 21st century kids!
Jack Leow is very knowledgeable. His material and lesson plans are rigorously prepared. His empathy and motivation help him connect to students very well, and I think, in return motivates them to learn above his curriculum.
Although I'm still new to this program, I'm learning a lot there, and it is a lot of fun! Looking forward to more!
Inspiring group of people making a real difference in young people's lives. Allowing kids to gain skills and insights that will change their career path for the better before most kids even think about college. Amazing group!
The League has done an incredible job exposing young people to the vast world of computers in a way that is fun and interactive! As a volunteer, I have seen kids develop confidence and problem solving prowess before my very eyes, all while developing skills they will use for the rest of their lives!
I've been a software engineer for several decades and also love to be involved with children. So when I heard about The League of Amazing Programmers, I realized this could combine the 2 things I love to do! I've been volunteering at The League teaching classes for about 1 1/2 years, and the feedback from the students, and seeing them gaining confidence as they learn how to program, is inspiring! As a teacher, you create relationships with your students and can see them develop confidence and pride in what they've accomplished! I've become an important role model for each of my students, and can only hope that this makes a positive impact!
I've been volunteering here for a few months now. I'm very impressed with the teachers and how they create a fun, engaging environment for kids to really immerse themselves in programming, both in the summer workshops and the year-round go-at-your-own-pace instruction. I wish I could have attended this school when I was a kid!
My son, Ian, has taken coding classes from the League of Amazing Programmers for more than three years; I highly recommend this organization. The League's administrative staff is helpful and friendly and its classroom teachers are excellent instructors who care about encouraging kids to learn code and bring their industry knowledge to the classroom. Students advance through a series of ranks with defined goals and benchmarks (including one which helped prepare my son to successfully take the AP Computer Science exam as a freshman) and in a way that they find interesting and fun. Projects range from designing and creating a video game to developing an app that will benefit society, and more. Each of my son's instructors has been smart, patient, helpful, knowledgable and encouraging and has shared their experiences in a way that helps students connect the dots between what they are doing in class to what they could do in the working world some day. My son has had two additional great experiences through the League: participating in its annual IAROC robotics competition and helping to teach coding to new students as a TA. As an organization, the League has a great mission that its founder Vic Wintriss clearly believes in: helping students from all backgrounds learn to code. The League runs classes in several San Diego locations including at the downtown library and MLK libraries. We found the League by word of mouth and are so glad we did.
I have been a student with The League of Amazing Programmers since it's inception four years ago. This non-profit organization has been nothing short of amazing. The League teaches young people how to code extremely effectively.
The faculty at The League is unparalleled, with mentors that come right from industry teaching students techniques and strategies used by those working in the field. Their proprietary curriculum is well organized, easy to follow, and allows students to achieve mastery of Java at very young ages. There is tremendous camaraderie among students working to achieve each successive Level of skill. I'm not sure where I'd be in my educational journey if I had not stumbled on The League that summer after Middle School.
By the time I graduate from High School I will have become a Certified Java Professional, thanks to the encouragement, support and incredible vision of the faculty and staff at The League of Amazing Programmers. For anyone interested in learning programming languages, you won't regret diving into one of their workshops.
To potential donors or anyone willing to financially support The League, you are helping to create a generation of young people who are well prepared to handle the demands of a high tech world. The League are good stewards of their resources and my parents have always been very happy to support this non-profit.
Finally, The League founders, Vic and Diane Wintriss, are two of the most inspirational people I have ever met in my life, and I owe them tremendous gratitude for being so giving of their time, talent and being incredible visionaries by starting this organization.
Tommy T. - High School Senior
This has been one of the proisitve exoerences in my life, both the goals of the organization and the volunteers working for it are amazing and I only wish I could have worked there longer!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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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!
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.
A great school where students and teachers interact one-on-one on site.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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!