Premium in-person STEM classes for Grade 2-12 leading to career certification. Serving Marin County California
Equip students with 21st century skill sets for a successful future career
Programs to help one thrive socially and academically
Build creativity, self-esteem, resilience and confidence
Skill Samurai Marin County
Skill Samurai Marin County is owned by Michael Friedman.I am originally from NYC, and moved to the Bay Area in 1991. I've had the privilege of living in Marin County since 1999, where my wife, Monica, and I raised our three daughters. All three attended local schools until college, where they are all presently residing. I love to travel as a family and occasionally, when lucky, with just my wife. I like to swim, run some of our local trails, play golf, and a little poker as well.
After working in the direct mail industry for more than 20 years, traveling around the US to visit clients, I thought it was time for a change. I was lucky enough to find Skill Samurai. This concept is perfect for Marin kids, in that we live in an area where the tech industry is always top of mind. To me, this is an opportunity to help kids learn important life skills.
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We appreciate your interest and would be happy to answer any questions
How does your pricing work, what is a membership?
One simple monthly price. The most flexible in the industry.
Pause your membership at any time. Need to go on vacation or take a break? No problem, we have you covered. Why pay for a service that you aren't using? That's outdated!
My child is struggling at school, will coding help?
Most people don't know, but coding helps kids improve across almost all subject areas (The research proves it). We also know that some kids struggle with math and English, so coding classes can be a great way to bridge the gap and help students improve exam grades and build a love of learning.
Do you offer make-up classes if my child misses a class?
Children are able to make up their class during the month of their current membership.
My child already learns coding at school, should they do more?
Definitely! Like many subjects, school introduces students to the basic concepts. If your child has shown an interest in coding (computer programming), our classes will build on that knowledge and take students to advanced levels, which schools can not provide. Our curriculum builds into long-term career skills and certifications.
What if my child doesn't like it?
No problem, we can switch them to another program, and work with them to find a program that they will enjoy.
We're parents too, which is why we believe in keeping things simple and flexible!
I have a busy schedule, how flexible is your timetable?
We get it, family schedules can be hectic. We've designed a world-class curriculum that is project based and self-paced. What does that mean? It means that your child can attend any scheduled class, any day. If you need to cancel at short notice, no problem, our booking system allows you to easily cancel, book and rebook. We've designed it especially for busy families.
My child can't focus for long periods, is coding right for them?
Our classes are one hour in duration, the perfect length to hold a students attention and achieve learning outcomes. Each class is divided into bite sized lessons and focused on a project that is aligned with their interests (i.e. Minecraft, websites Roblox, apps, etc)... Perfect for kids with short attention spans!
My child is addicted to devices and gaming, is more screen-time a good idea?
Learning to code can be one of the best ways to change their focus and reduce their addiction. Instead of passively consuming videos and games, students learn how their favorite websites and games are created.
Students then crave knowledge and learning, they find themselves wanting to create their own technology rather than being controlled by it!
My child is struggling socially, how can coding classes help?
Put simply, coding is a great way to bring like-minded kids together. Some of our curriculum and holiday camps are team oriented, so it's a great way to build social skills. You never know, they might meet (or become) the next Steve Jobs or Elon Musk.
As a parent, I don't know anything about coding? Do I need to learn the basics?
You don't need to know how to play Beethoven's Piano Sonata No.14 in order to teach your child the piano... That's our job... Not teaching piano, but teaching kids to code.
Seriously though, you don't need to be tech savvy, our coaches will guide your child so that they thrive... Not just as programmers, but as tech creators, innovators and students