App Academy offers immersive web development courses both online and in-person on campuses in San Francisco and New York City. App Academy’s curriculum is largely based on a hands-on approach. Students spend about 90% of their time pair programming and 10% in lectures, encouraging the sharing of knowledge while also making coding more social. App Academy places emphasis on career training to help students land jobs soon after graduation. App Academy's job-search curriculum focuses on algorithms, interview skills, and other technical interview-focused skillsets.
Interested applicants should expect to submit an application, complete two coding challenges, complete an interview and receive an admission decision a few days after the interview. Prospective applicants can also enroll in App Academy’s Bootcamp Prep programs to increase their chances of admission from 2% to more than 40%.
App Academy offers a deferred payment plan where students are only required to pay tuition if they secure a job upon graduation. App Academy offers two other pricing models for students as well — a completely upfront model and a hybrid model that is a combination of the deferred and upfront models.
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- worthwhile but tons of work- 7/2/2019Ben Gao • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: New York City
A little about me, I came from the civil engineering field with no experience with coding except one or two courses in college. I went to App Academy looking to learn a new skill and shift my career towards software engineering. Below is my experience of the course.
- Large amount of materials, everyday is a new topic. They make you learn continuously with time practice and put concepts into use.
- Staffs are supportive and helpful. Staffs are always there to answer a technical question or to talk about other issues like handling stress. Most staffs have gone through the course and have great ways/tips to help jiggle all the different tasks.
- Lots of pair programming. Gives the opportunity to work with different people and to practice talking about programming and explaining things in easy to understand ways.
- Tons of work. In addition to lecture/pair programming during the day, there are hours of work on most nights like readings, homework and reviewing the day's solutions. There is really no time to do anything besides learning.
- Stressful, physically and mentally. It can be difficult to get enough sleep trying to keep up with the program. Also, it's rare to completely finish a day's problems during the day, so there's always the pressure of falling behind.
Even with all the work and stress I had to deal with, I think attending App Academy was the right choice. It has taught me a lot and I feel like I have a better chance to change my career afterwards.
- Intense and Rewarding- 7/2/2019Eric Piñero • Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: New York City
- You will learn a lot and very quickly. The schedule of lectures and projects means you will be learning new things and practicing them constantly
- Excellent staff. Supportive, knowledgable and fun
- Tons of additional resources for you to go back to when you complete the course
- It is stressful, the volume of work combined with the pressure of testing will make you stressed.
- A lot of outside work is necessary. You will need to be able to self-motivate to get through the hours of homework each night
I found App Academy incredibly rewarding. I learned more than I thought was possible and collaborated with a passionate and intelligent group of people. If you're prepared to put in 100+ hours a week, they'll prepare you to change your life.
- It was tough- 6/28/2019Nicky Li • Course: Bootcamp Prep • Campus: New York City
I already knew App Academy would be tough before I applied, but I never would've thought it was the most difficult experience I had ever imagine. As someone with no prior coding experience, I would say the first few weeks were really hard on me and it doesn't get easier. Eventually, it's something that everyone gets accustomed to. Before I knew it, it was 3 months already and I can finally tell people that I'm a software developer.
To sum things up, App Academy is harder than anything you imagined, but it will also be the most rewarding experience in your life.
- The Experience- 6/28/2019Daniel Ball • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: New York City
"App Academy - The Experience"
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App Academy is hard, they tell you about not knowing the difficulty and it’s kind of true, the problem is the exams get longer and your more at risk of being behind so probably on average it does get harder. I don’t know why they say that but it’s probably rooted at the top level. This is what you need to know.
To get into App Academy it will be pretty hard to just apply and pray...you need to Study. If you do study than look for the app academy problems online or go on GitHub(entry level) and search for them. Jumpstart can help if your background is weak(only couple months), but I certainly noticed an edge for those who did Boot Camp Prep(I didn’t and I was a little envious).
So who Am I ? Well I just graduated Today...take my review with respect to that aspect of App Academy’s curriculum. Reviewing them is a little tough because everyone is different, some people pick it up faster(I’m diligent so it’s at what I call a normal pace) and others pick it up faster, but those people which will be in Your cohort have some type of strong technical background most likely. The tests are hard and it is true you can’t tell which one is the hardest normally due to the differences in people. They will overwork you on purpose and try to see if you can pass because if you can’t they want you to fail out. Part of the reason is the last ten days of the main part of the curriculum they let you work on the full stack, but it’s an extremely expensive operation and probably not profitable for them if you can’t do the basics of coding. Not to mention once you start the Full Stack project you need to be able to do it mostly on your own so you can put it on your Resume and say “I did that.”
The best part? The Teacher assistants without a doubt. I was actually surprised at home many there are(around six plus the main instructor). The teacher assistants are highly skilled and during the course you will likely learn the most from them more than anything else.
When you put it all together App Academy’s program is very good and costs quite a bit of capital to run, remember these teacher assistants are paid well.
A couple of last notes. They are now like a well oiled machine. They hire in advance, train the next leaders before they leave, prep the next cohort as soon as you start yours, and they do not stop for whatever reason.....in App academy there are no days off and they work through almost all holidays.
If you want to go to App Academy I recommend it. Better if you can pair it with a degree, but standalone it’s good too. If I was you and you were accepted I would not hangout on the weekends. I went to a wedding one day and felt behind the entire course because of it. There’s so much homework that catching up is really hard and the weekends are for studying the tests since it’s pointless to do the homework if you can’t pass the test. Overall four stars because of the lack of support for stressed out individuals. They say talk to us, but it’s not very inviting and I took it as a clue for an opportunity for them to say to you “this course is not for everyone.”
- Ajay Seemar • Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
- Work hard- 5/30/2019Ajay Vishwanath • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
App Academy is a well-structured program that will give you a breadth of knowledge in full-stack web developement technologies and concepts. The harder you work and the more you put your life towards the bootcamp while it's happening, the more you will get out of the program and the more prepred you will be for the job-search.
- App Academy Full Stack In Person- 5/30/2019Aidan • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
Full disclosure: AppAcademy promised my a hoodie for this review.
As we took the program, every week aA has asked from 1-10 how likely we would be to recommend it to a friend. Every week I have answered 10/10, and I still would.
I came to aA after having studied CS formally, as well as having a lot of experience working as a developer in the past, just looking to reskill to keep up with the industry. This is not the story for most students, and you certainly don't need prior experience to succeed, although you will probably have to put in more effort before-hand to ensure you understand the basics.
AA is as difficult as everyone says. I have probably spent 100-120 hours working on material every week since the program started to keep up with the readings. Expect to spend every waking minute once you start doing nothing but studying or coding. Your life will be AA; it is a bootcamp after all. No nights, no weekends, no holidays (we were expected to come in Memorial day).
You will come out of this knowing how to develop a full stack application, as well as have a portfolio of several projects to show an employer. You will learn a few basic CS concepts (a very small introduction to DS/A), but without college experience you will probably need to spend a bit of time doing additional independent study after the cohort, during interview prep. Compared to a college degree where you will learn more of the academic CS concepts, but have a lot less to actually show.
You will also get through this much faster, and cheaper, than going for a four year degree. I personally feel that actually being able to build a real app, something a lot of college curricula spend too little time focusing on, is a huge advantage over traditional study.
There are a few negatives. Most of the project work you complete before your fullstack project will not actually be usable for portfolios, although it will teach you a lot. You will not always get a good pair, although almost everyone you work with will become your closest friends for the next 12 weeks. There are also some policies that could use some reworking. Prior to my application, it was not clear that the program also had a
preliminary "foundations" course, four weeks of self directed study to prep for the program (which you absolutely need to do if you don't have experience!! make sure you are comfortable with this material on day 1 of in person), and this could have been made more transparent prior to applying. Some of the material is a bit outdated, which is expected given how fast technologies evolve and new versions come out. The curricula is constantly under development, but some aspects may lag slightly behind.
I still say, given the choice between this and a CS degree, this will be more useful to you practically, as you will actually be building real applications in what is equivalent to less than a semester of college. AA is extremely prestigious, and I would not have decided to come here if I wasn't going to be proud to include it on my Resume.
- Do It!- 5/29/2019Elrashid E Elzein • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
App Academy was an awesome experience. I think a lot of students (including myself) went in worried about assessments and potentially being dismissed. Although the threat is definitely real, the staff is incredibly supportive both academically and emotionally. Most, if not all of the instructors you will work with on a daily basis are former aA graduates who empathize with struggling students. It's a demanding three months, but your hard work pays off. Best of all, you'll get to work with some really amazing people and make lifelong connections.
- Great Way to Learn- 5/29/2019Sean Kennealy • Software Developer • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
I appreciated the structure of learning each subject. You will read and watch videos the night before, then lecture on the topic the next morning, and a project tailored to that topic in the afternoon.
- Student- 5/27/2019Nhat Do • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
- Great Instructors- 5/27/2019Karen • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
- The curriculum moves fast, but there's great, knowledgeable staff who will make themselves available to help you learn.
- You pair program for the first 7 weeks, everyday, until you reach your full stack project where you'll get to create your own apps.
- You'll spend all your waking hours dedicated to the curriculum, don't expect to have a life.
- You'll learn through repetition - read the material, watch the material, sit in the lecture to clarify the material, and hands-on practicing the material.
- Johnson Phan • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
- Fellow classmates are all amazing people (in my case), the time spent day by day is made easier when everyone is working towards the same goal
- Curriculum is in depth, but what you get out of it is dependent on how much you are willing to work
- Amazing instructors and teaching assistants, all of the staff here are knowledgable and overall just amazing people
- A lot of material is thrown at you fast, along with assessments, homework, and projects the amount of work can lead to burn out if you don't take care of yourself
- Material is a bit outdated, ruby is on its way out and it would've been more beneficial if they utilized a more modern language to start learning with
- App Academy Review- 4/18/2019David • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: New York City
- Life Changing- 4/7/2019Carlos Arias-Miranda • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: New York City
Attending App Academy was one of the best choices I have ever made. I have my doubts before applying because I thought that I could self teach on how to become a software developer, but it does in no way compare to the amount of material gets covered during the curriculum and the amount of help and answered questions you get from aA's staff. The culture at app academy was very inclusive and it made me feel very comfortable the entire time. Overall, it was a great experience and now I can say I am truly a software engineer.
- Great Experience- 4/2/2019Rayyan Mahar • Graduate • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
This was definitely one of the most intense experiences of my life, but it was definitely worth it, in terms of teaching me everything about web development. Although it is quite difficult, it is very rewarding if you put in the time to study. After going through the curriculum and studying for at least 60 hours a week, I have learned the tools and gained the skills to build a website from scratch. The instructors are great at teaching the material, and they are always more than willing to help.
- Jan 2019- 3/29/2019Young Chul Lim • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
A great experience. Learned a lot and the staff is very friendly and here to help! A very intense 3 month program where you will need to put all of your focus on studying and learning. You will get burnt out so make sure to take care of yourself and get as much sleep when you can.
- App Academy is the best!!!!!- 3/29/2019Aram • Software Engineer • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
- Tough but rewarding- 3/29/2019David • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
Overall great experience -- intense, thorough, and at times exhausting, but extremely rewarding. I tried coding myself for a while but lacked the direction and drive. App Academy did that for me. The best part of the whole process though is the people you meet. The drive and intelligence of the people are positive influences to the grind. The coursework is effective and extensive. They also have a job search part of the curriculum which is quite informative. The material and tools are good but it's what you put into it, especially after graduation.
- Very intensive, will push you to your limits.- 3/28/2019Danny • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
Great TAs and curriculum, don't think you'll be able to understand everything every week with only 40-60 hours of work. As it gets busier, some weeks will be up to 80-100 hours. Just a warning, after the 12 weeks, you'll start your job search, which will take some up to a year, but probably 1/2 of applicants will be done in around 3 months or less. There is a job search curriculum that will go over the skills you need, but there's a lot of work to be done in that department.
- Solid Program for Full Stack Development- 3/28/2019Jason F • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
App Academy is a great program for those who haven't had too much experience in software development. The whole course goes through Ruby, Rails, JS, React, then a full stack project and a MERN stack project. There's also a vanilla JS project at the end. You'll learn a ton from the projects and TAs are always around to help you if you have any questions.
Some warnings though, the program is no joke. You'll be spending around 100 hours a week sometimes just working on your projects, and projects are expected to be completed over weekends as well. In addition, the last couple weeks which are dedicated to projects are not as structured as the first 9 or so weeks. This means that you'll have to make sure you're organized enough to keep yourself on schedule since there's always a new topic every day.
- You will get out what you put in- 3/26/2019Kevin Bai • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
App Academy is great, but the results depend on the amount of work you are willing to put in. The pace is rigorous, and it gets more rigorous from day one. Do not expect to get through a/A without significant effort.
If you have a habit of procrastination, don’t worry. You won’t have enough time to procrastinate at App Academy.
Your instructors are, friendly, knowledgeable, and fantastic at explaining the material. Your peers are some of the most talented and hard-working people you will ever meet. And if you’ve done the work, by the end of the program you will be a software developer.
- It's madness, but eventually there's a method- 3/25/2019Gabriel Lujan • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
Let me first start with this... this boot camp IS NOT for everyone. What I mean by that is that IT IS intense. You will be stressed out by the amount of work you have to do, the lack of time (or at least the feeling of it) and ultimately the strictness that is enforced.
There is a device & attendance strike system (that could lead to dismissal) to make sure people aren't being distracted by their phones, laptops, whatever instead of doing their work. This can be a pro or a con depending on your perspective. They WILL dismiss you if you fail 2 of the 6 assessments that happen within the first 5-1/2 weeks. Curriculum topics change every 1 to 1.5 weeks. If you're completely new to programming, there isn't much time to deeply absorb the topics before moving on to another one.
From a materials standpoint, some of the videos, articles, and information that they use is between 3-5 years old. That's ancient in the world of tech. At times, the instructions used in pair programming or for the projects (or the homework) can be vague & unintentionally (or intentionally?) misleading. Often times I was frustrated by how little focus the work presented seemed to have.
There were a few times where it felt less like inspiration/motivation and more like scare-tactics were used to get people to do their work. The assessments carry so much weight that a few of my classmates failed because they freaked out during the test and couldn't recover. The instructors tell you to "make sure you sleep", "take care of yourself", etc. But then there's a timed assessment that basically dictates your future looming over your head. And every day is regimented, scheduled, lectured and pre-determined for you, that there isn't time to catch up from anything in the previous days.
This all may sound scary, and intimidating or more like a military boot camp, than a coding one (I sometimes wonder if that's really what they're going for), but after the assessments are done, and the weight of dismissal has been lifted, things start to make sense. Around Week 7/8 is when you start to build your fullstack project. For me at least, this is where all the pieces began to come together. Each of the topics that we learned finally had a place, and while you still don't know everything about any of it all, you have at least a base understanding that you can build from. You can start to ask questions about where to begin, where to go, what you want to do, etc.
To be clear, the level of knowledge that you gain once the first 9 weeks are done WILL allow you to build a fullstack, fully working app. Will it be the next Facebook, Google, Instagram or Snapchat? Highly unlikely, but you now have a solid foundation that could possibly get you there.
All in all, my outlook on the program is that I didn't much care for certain portions of it while going through it, but I am thankful for being shown the frustrations, intricacies and the BS that comes with web development. As they say, "what doesn't dismiss you from bootcamp, only makes you a stronger software dev" (or something like that ;-) ).
So to conclude, this school isn't for everyone, it doesn't need to be. If you thrive in pressure or at least know yourself well enough to be able to work through intense situations, then this may be for you. Just know that it's not going to be pretty. It's not going to be easy. But if you make it through, you should feel rewarded.
DISCLAIMER: I'm currently in the job search portion of the curriculum, so I cannot fully give an opinion on this piece yet. I will update this review (if I can) once I've had some exposure to that side of things.
- Great experience!- 3/25/2019James • Campus: San Francisco
App Academy has been a great experience! It's a tough, fast Bootcamp and it's extremely rewarding. The instructors are awesome and the curriculum moves at a rapid pace. After a few months, you'll be surprised at how much you've learned. I tried tesching myself (to no avail) and had already surpassed my prior knowledge within the first week in class.
On top of that, they dedicate a good portion of your time in class to building up your portfolio and skills for the job search.
worth it if you're interested in web development. Although it is quite difficult, it is very rewarding if you put in the time to study. I came in with little to no experience in coding. But after going through the curriculum and studying for at least 80 hours a week, I have learned the tools and gained the skills to build a webpage. The instructors are great at teaching the material, and they are always more than willing to help. Overall, I am very glad I decided to attend App Academy.
- Super Fun- 3/25/2019Rodolfo Rodriguez • Software Developer • Student • Course: In-Person Full Stack Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
The most intensive coding experience you can have, even for someone with previous coding experience!
In addition to learning to code you will learn how to communicate your ideas, how to study for a do or die test under a lot of pressure, and how to survive and thrive with a 100+ hours a week workload.
* A lot of pair programming with awesome people
* Top notch training for algorithms and user authentication
* Rewarding and expansive final projects
* Any other challenge will pale in comparison
* You will be pushed to become amazing
* Bonding with classmates
* Some people don't make it! (Don't pass the assessments)
* Its TOO intense maybe. You will suffer! (but worth it)
- Intense but extremely rewarding- 3/11/2019Brent • Student • Course: Bootcamp Prep (San Francisco) • Campus: San Francisco
This bootcamp starts you off right out of the gate sprinting. It can be really intense especially in the first few weeks. However there is a fantastic staff set in place to help you out with everything. You can really tell the TA's truly care about your development and as long as you're putting in the work they're willing to help you. It can be hard in the beginning and you'll start each week learning something new and feel a little lost but usually by the end of the week you'll pick it up. The most rewarding part about the program are the projects at the end. While you're going through the program it can be hard to see how all of the material you're learning comes together but when you finally implement them all into a functional web app, it truly is an incredible experience and as long as you follow the program and do the things they tell you to do, you'll do well. They spend a ton of time and effort into creating the best program possible and I wouldn't trade my time here for anything else. Overall an amazing program run by fantastic people that truly care about your development and you can't really ask for much more than that