Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Cool, accessible coding lessons come with a hefty price tag.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to write code through a series of well developed lessons. The approach taken by this site emphasizes problem solving skills and logic. Videos provide instructions and guidance, while integrated exercises test skills by having kids write real code and execute their programs.

Positive Messages

Explanations end with supportive statements like, "Well, there you go; we've done it!"


If kids click watch tutorial videos through You Tube or Vimeo, they may access non-CodeHS videos featuring inappropriate content.


If kids click watch tutorial videos through You Tube or Vimeo, they may access non-CodeHS videos featuring inappropriate content.


If kids click watch tutorial videos through You Tube or Vimeo, they may access non-CodeHS videos featuring inappropriate language.


If kids click watch tutorial videos through You Tube or Vimeo, they may see sponsored links.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that kids won't connect with strangers on the CodeHS programming instruction site, unless they post or respond to comments in the section dedicated to improving the site. If your kid is serious about learning to code, you'll probably want to spring for the monthly subscription; only the first set of lessons is free.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bynathanm123 February 15, 2021

Don't bother with this site

If your kid wants to learn coding, show him a youtube video, get a tutor, or give him a textbook. Whatever you do, DO NOT use this disaster of a website. Imagin... Continue reading
Adult Written byBrian P. May 9, 2018

My kids love it

Great product for high school aged students wanting to learn how to code. Free version seems to be fine if you don't need the solutions to the exercises.
Teen, 14 years old Written byasasasasa November 13, 2020

Actual piece of trash

You don't learn anything worthwhile, and they are so nitpicky about the grading. Also, they make a big deal about Karel, and its like why? Skip the website... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byhamsterman0979 April 2, 2021

Terrible and encourages incorrect coding

Some of the programs used for java are just plain out wrong. They want you to print out the odds or evens but make it so the only correct awnser is when its bei... Continue reading

What's it about?

CodeHS was developed by two former Stanford computer science teaching assistants to help kids learn to write code. Self-guided modules with narrated videos and examples provide instruction. Kids can also try to code in exercises and challenges. The first learning section on the site is free. To access other sections, kids will need to purchase a $25 monthly membership. A $75 premium monthly membership offers access to all sections and unlimited help from Stanford-trained tutors, who will also grade kids' coding assignments.

Is it any good?

CODEHS offers 10 sections with multiple programming lessons, puzzles, practices, and challenges to help kids learn to write and use code. The informational videos are each less than five minutes but provide thorough instruction. Because each section is broken down into individual lessons, students can learn at their own pace and track their progress on the site, helping them set and complete educational goals. Using Karel the dog as a way to teach commands makes things accessible for beginners; you'll move him around and set down a bunch of tennis balls on a grid using code. Kids'll also have fun with the first results of their coding: retro games and simple art programs. The only real detriment is that parents need to purchase a hefty $75-a-month premium subscription for kids to access one of the site's coolest features, personalized help from its on-hand Stanford-educated tutors.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how what kids are learning on the site relates to real life. Coding involves a series of commands. What other actions, like completing a homework assignment, are easier to do if you split it into tasks?

  • CodeHS is broken up into sections to teach kids different principles. How can your child track progress and use the site's structure to work toward setting and achieving goals?

  • Discuss different learning methods. Does your child find it easier to understand new concepts when they're presented in writing, or visually in a video?

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