CodeHS

Website review by Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Cool, accessible coding lessons come with a hefty price tag.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 18+

No support after buying their product

My son is interested in going into cybersecurity after high school and we home educate. I know nothing about the field and thought I had found a great tool in CodeHS. We purchased 2 classes that he could use as high school electives and that would help him see if this is the right field for him. But when he ran into problems and we asked for help and support, we found very little. He's so frustrated and discouraged now that he's considering looking into a whole different career path, we're back at square one. I really think he'd be great at this but that CodeHS was just a bad experience and not helpful. I hope we can find help elsewhere.
age 8+

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. Imagine this: you are to write an essay and if you don't match exactly word-for-word of the sample essay, you get a 0. The coding exercises are not bad, the videos are less than average in their helpfulness, but the Grader.java and whoever programmed it are not open to creative solutions and in many places, can be easily bypassed with a System.out.println();

Website Details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading comprehension, Math: functions, sequences
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, strategy, Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
  • Genre: Educational
  • Topics: STEM
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid (Free to try. Plans vary by course. Details at https://codehs.com/info/individuals.)
  • Last updated: April 4, 2019

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