Many competitive coding bootcamps require a certain level of coding knowledge or background in order to be accepted into their programs- whether they’re looking for past experience on your resume or require that you pass a coding challenge. For a beginner, it can be tough to get the experience that a selective bootcamp looks for in the application process. There are many ways to learn basic coding (including teaching yourself) but if you want to make sure you’re covering the right material and quickly, then a bootcamp prep program may be for you.

Most of the following programs cover basic HTML, CSS, and JavaScript; some of them offer application and interview prep. Others also guarantee participants entry into a coding bootcamp, or a money-back guarantee. With a variety of in-person and online programs at different price points, check out our list below (ordered alphabetically) to find one that suits your needs.

Remember that most coding bootcamps require you to complete pre-work once you’ve been admitted before starting class; however, this is a list of prep programs to help you apply for and get accepted to a bootcamp!

App Academy

Bootcamp Prep

Length: 4 weeks, part time (40 hours total)
Curriculum: Intro to web development, intermediate JavaScript, debugging, interview techniques, and bootcamp application techniques.
Guarantee: App Academy guarantees that after this course you will be accepted into a coding bootcamp or your money back. If you are accepted into App Academy, the cost of Bootcamp Prep will be deducted from your deposit.
Cost: $1999 (online, Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, Seattle, Philadelphia), or $2,999 (San Francisco, New York)
Locations: Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, Seattle, Philadelphia, San Francisco, New York, or online

 

CodeSmith

JavaScript the Hard Parts

Length: Two 2 hour workshops (4 hours total)
Curriculum: Core JavaScript concepts including callbacks, higher order functions, closure, scope, execution context.
Guarantee: None
Cost:Free
Location: Los Angeles or online

 

DevLeague

DevLeague Prep

Length: 4 weeks part time (48 hours total)
Curriculum: Front end web development, HTML, CSS, JavaScript
Guarantee: If you are accepted into the DevLeague bootcamp, the cost of DevLeague prep will be put towards your tuition.
Cost: $735
Location: Hawaii

 

First Step Coding

Bootcamp Prep: Introduction to Coding
Length:
 4 weeks part time (24 hours total)
Curriculum: Introduction to JavaScript and algorithmic thinking, pair programming, coding challenges, personal coaching and mentoring, designed to prepare you for applying for bootcamps.
Guarantee: If you’re not enjoying the course after 3 classes, you can get a full refund. Get a discount upon admission to certain bootcamps: $500 off App Academy or Learners Guild, $1500 off Rithm School or Startup Institute.
Cost: $1499
Location: San Francisco, Boston

 

Flatiron School

Bootcamp Prep
Length: 60-75 hours (self-paced)
Curriculum: JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, interview prep
Guarantee: Students who complete Bootcamp Prep will become priority applicants for Flatiron School which will fast track their applications.
Cost: Free for Course Report readers
Location: Online

 

FullStack Academy

JavaScript Jumpstart + Bootcamp Prep

Length: 20 hours online + 4 weeks part time (68 hours total)
Curriculum: JavaScript fundamentals, problem solving, mock interviews, final project.
Guarantee: Fullstack Academy guarantees that after this course you will be accepted into at least one coding bootcamp, or your money back. But completion of Bootcamp Prep does not specifically guarantee acceptance into a Fullstack program. If accepted into Fullstack Academy or Grace Hopper Academy, $1500 will be deducted from your tuition.
Cost: $49 (JavaScript Jumpstart online) + $2750 (Bootcamp Prep - online, or onsite in NYC or Chicago)
Location: NYC, Chicago, or online

 

Hack Reactor

Remote Prep

Length: 4 weeks or 7 weeks (both 60 hours)
Curriculum: fundamentals of front-end JavaScript, hackathon
Guarantee: If you are accepted into any Reactor Core full-time immersive program, the cost of Remote Prep will be deducted from your tuition
Cost: $600
Location: Online

Reactor Prep

Length: 4 weeks part time (56 hours total)
Curriculum: JavaScript fundamentals, object-oriented programming
Guarantee: None
Cost: $1450
Location: San Francisco

Fulcrum

Length: 100 hours over 3 months
Curriculum: Intermediate JavaScript, engineering workflow, projects, admissions process prep
Guarantee: If you are accepted into a Reactor Core 12-week immersive program, the cost of Fulcrum will be deducted from your tuition.
Cost: $2980
Location: Online

 

LearningFuze

Root Level 1

Length: 2 weeks (40 hours total including 15 hours of class time)
Curriculum: HTML, CSS, intro to JavaScript, Github, dev tools, debugging, layouts, mobile design
Guarantee: If you are accepted to the LearningFuze full immersion program, the cost of Root will be put towards your tuition.
Cost: $495 (earlybird $345)
Location: Irvine, CA or online

MakerSquare

MakerPrep

Length: 4 weeks part time (36 hours total)
Curriculum: JavaScript fundamentals
Guarantee: If you are accepted into the MakerSquare immersive program the cost of MakerPrep will be put towards your tuition.
Cost: $350 (Los Angeles, NYC), $750 (Austin)
Location: Los Angeles, NYC, Austin

 

Telegraph Academy

Telegraph Prep+

Length: 90 hours part time
Curriculum: JavaScript Fundamentals, interview, and admissions prep
Guarantee: If you are accepted into Telegraph Academy, the cost of Telegraph Prep+ will be put towards your tuition.
Cost: $1499 (onsite), $299 (online beta)
Location: Oakland

 

Thinkful

Thinkful Bootcamp Prep: Prepare for MakerSquare

Length: 8 weeks part time remote
Curriculum: JavaScript fundamentals, interview prep
Guarantee: Students accepted to MakerSquare will be able to apply $1000 of the Bootcamp Prep fee to the MakerSquare tuition.
Cost: $1500 (remote)

Thinkful Bootcamp Prep: Prepare for App Academy

Length: 4 weeks part time remote
Curriculum: Ruby on Rails, interview prep
Guarantee: None
Cost:

 

One Month

Length: One month (as the name implies!)

Curriculum: Courses in Python, HTML, Rails, Ruby, JavaScript

Guarantee: None

Cost: $299 per class

 

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Imogen is a writer and content producer who loves writing about technology and education. Her background is in journalism, writing for newspapers and news websites. She grew up in England, Dubai and New Zealand, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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