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App Academy is an immersive 12-week Ruby-focused web development course with campuses in San Francisco and New York City. App Academy has a full stack curriculum covering Ruby on Rails, Javascript, HTML/CSS, SQL, algorithms, data structures, and React/Redux. Students interested in this intense program should expect to put in 90-100 hours per week. The first 9 weeks of the course are focused on learning web development skills in multiple languages, and the final 3 weeks are a robust job-search curriculum. App Academy’s curriculum is largely based upon 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.

Interested applicants should expect to submit an application, complete 2 coding challenges, complete an interview and receive an admission decision a few days after the interview. Prospective applicants can also enroll in AppAcademy’s Bootcamp Prep programs to increase their chances of admission from 2% to more than 40%.

App Academy's job search curriculum focuses on algorithms, interview skills, and other technical interview focused skill sets. Upon graduation, students will have a portfolio of real-world projects to show to prospective employers. App Academy offers a deferred payment plan where students are only required to pay tuition if they secure a job upon graduation. Students are only required to pay a placement fee if they secure a job upon graduation. App Academy also has two other pricing models for students — a completely upfront model and a hybrid model that is a combination of the deferred and upfront models.

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  • App Academy Open

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    Cost$0
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    With App Academy Open you’ll get free access to App Academy’s entire in-person full-stack curriculum, which has placed thousands of people in software development jobs. App Academy is ranked as the #1 coding bootcamp in the US and, since 2016, has placed more software developers at Google than UC Berkeley. On the Free plan you’ll get over 1,500 hours of material (readings, videos, projects), an interactive coding environment and community features like chat to keep you connected with thousands of prospective developers across the globe.
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
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  • Bootcamp Prep

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    HTML, JavaScript, Node.js
    In PersonPart Time4 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$2,999
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationSan Francisco, New York City
    Bootcamp Prep is a 4 week, part-time course, guaranteed to get you accepted at the most selective coding schools or your money back. The program will teach you up to an advanced level of JavaScript, and instructors provide you with 1-on-1 mock interviews, as well assist with your individual bootcamp applications.
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    DepositN/A
    Refund / GuaranteeYour full Bootcamp Prep tuition will be subtracted from your initial deposit if accepted into App Academy's full time program under the deferred payment plan.
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    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Bootcamp Prep Online

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    HTML, JavaScript
    OnlinePart Time
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$1,795
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Bootcamp Prep is a part-time, online course, guaranteed to get you accepted at the most selective coding schools or your money back. The program will teach you up to an advanced level of JavaScript, and instructors provide you with 1-on-1 mock interviews, as well as assist with your individual bootcamp applications.
    Financing
    DepositNone
    Tuition PlansStandard: $995 Plus: $1795 Premium: $3795
    Refund / GuaranteeMoney back guarantee if you aren't accepted into a top coding bootcamp
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    Minimum Skill LevelNo experience required
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • In-Person Full Stack Web Development

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$17,000
    Class size60
    LocationSan Francisco, New York City
    Over twelve weeks, you'll learn all the skills needed to begin a career as a web developer. Through hands-on projects, we train you to build web applications with Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, and React/Redux. Prior programming experience isn't required. However, you will need lots of tenacity and a passion for building cool stuff.
    Financing
    DepositOnly applicable for the Deferred tuition option, a deposit of $3k will be required.
    Financing
    Lending partnership with Climb Credit available for the Upfront tuition option.
    Tuition Plans$17,000 Upfront Plan $23,000 Hybrid Plan ($9k upfront, $13k deferred) $28,000 Deferred Plan (Fully deferred with a $3k deposit)
    Refund / GuaranteeGuaranteed placement under the Deferred tuition option.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBasic computer literacy
    Prep WorkProvided at each step by App Academy.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Online Full Stack Web Development

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$20,000
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    Over 24 weeks, you'll learn all the skills needed to begin a career as a web developer. Through hands-on projects, we train you to build web applications with JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, React/Redux, SQL, and HTML/CSS. Prior programming experience isn't required. However, you will need lots of tenacity and a passion for building cool stuff.
    Financing
    DepositOnly applicable for the Deferred tuition option, a deposit of $500 will be required.
    Tuition Plans$20,000 Upfront Plan $27,000 Hybrid Plan ($10k upfront, $17k deferred) $30,000 Deferred Plan (Fully deferred with a $500 deposit)
    Refund / GuaranteeGuaranteed job under Deferred tuition option.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBasic computer literacy
    Prep WorkProvided at each step by App Academy.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes

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    • In-Person Full Stack Web Development (San Francisco)
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  • Katie • Graduate
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    While trying to switch careers and knowing that the tech industry is where I wanted to be, I did a lot of research into what the best process was to get started. I didn't have a CS degree, and I knew nothing about coding. After speaking with a couple of tech recruiters in the industry, I was told that App Academy was one of the only bootcamps they take seriously enough to hire straight out of with no previous experience. So speaking as someone who knew nothing coming into App Academy, I feel it's important to stress that they are not kidding when they say it's intense. You will spend on average 100 hours a week trying to learn new technologies at such an intense rate that you'll constantly feel a step behind. I personally loved my experience and am so glad I did it because I learned so many new things, am very proud of what I've accomplished, and truly feel as if I've learned the technologies enough to reproduce results at my next job, but it's not for everyone. I highly recommend it for anyone serious about switching careers and would tell you to not to count yourself out if you don't know a thing about coding coming into it, but keep in mind that if you can't handle 100 hour weeks or giving up your weekends and social life to learn how to code, this bootcamp is not for you. It will become your life for three months, but if you can get through it and want a change in your life that's both financially beneficial and intellectually stimulating, you should definitely apply! Again, I loved my time here and would do it again given the chance, but I feel like it's important to know up front what you're getting yourself into.

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    App Academy has been a great learning experience.  The staff is extremely knowledgeable and the curriculum is tailored towards YOUR success.  Having no prior experience, I walked into class thinking I had bit off more than I could chew.  However, going through the daily pair programming sessions I learned more than I thought was possible in the short amount of time.   It's stressful, and it's certainly hard, but it works.  If you really want to dive into a career in software development, App Academy may be the right place for you.  But be prepared to put in the time and effort required to succeed.

  • App Academy
    - 2/13/2018
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    App academy was an awesome experience. You'll learn something new everyday and you'll be surrounded by driven and focused peers. The course is super fast paced and difficult (even compared to other bootcamps) so you'll find that on top of technical skills you'll also build on your time management and communication skills as well. 
    Indeed the course can be stressful at times but if you go into it with a positive attitude and an appetite for learning you'll succeed!

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    It was amazing full stack coding experience with Ruby, JS, SQL and CSS. You will learn a lot  in a very short period of time. You would be expected to work 90 hours a week!
    If 90 hours a week is to much for you don't even think about a/A.  The huge curriculum combined with the fast pace. For me  the best part was algorithms.
    AppAcademy will challenge you with the speed and depth of learning. You would be expected to build a 100% full  stack website by the end of the program, even if you don't know anything right now. Be ready, this is stressful. There are  6 different assessments during curriculum. If you miss two you will be dismissed.  Please be aware that this an environment where, once you fall behind, there is no catching up. I believe this was the most challenging education in my life. 

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    As a potential student, If you're worried about your knowledge of code after just 12 weeks, stop your doubts and come try out for App Academy! The help from all the staff as well as the immersion into the code that you experience will help guide you to becoming a very sound Full Stack Developer! Not only do you receive a lot of support from the staff, your fellow students are right there with ya throughout the duration of the program! 10/10 would recommend!

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    These past few months have been quite a journey.  This bootcamp will push and challenge you in ways you didn't think were possible.  I went from knowing little to nothing about programming to creating a full fledge application in under two months.

    App Academy is very selective of their enrollees right from the start during the admission process.  Although the experience differs for each student, it typically involves submitting a coding challenge on a few common problems once you're ready.  If you make through that part, you have to endure a technical interview where you cover a few more problems live over Skype followed by a non-technical interview to assess what makes you a candidate for their program.

    If accepted to the program, you go through an at-your-pace online alpha curriculum that covers the basics of programming before you start the bootcamp.  The bootcamp covers three months of education: 8 weeks of the coding curriculum followed by 4 weeks of projects/job search curriculum.  During the 8 weeks of coding curriculum, you will learning everything you need to know about the fullstack process from backend to frontend.  Also, during these 8 weeks, you will be tested on your knowledge of the material every 1 to 1.5 weeks through an assessment.  Failing two assessments will dismiss you from the program.  Even the brightest of students fail an assessment.    The assessments are there to help maintain the quality of students coming out of App Academy as well as provide structure for students.

    The structure is something you cannot get out of learning the material on your own.  It forces students to learn the material as well as learn how to learn new material as technology changes in the job market.  Every day, you go through a lecture in the morning starting at 8 AM followed by programming (usually paired) till 6 pm.  Every night you will have readings and homework.  During the day, App Academy has a strike system that ensures you are focused on learning, being present and doing your homework.  This is also another area that can get students dismissed if they accrue enough strikes.  Despite all these challenges, the time you have at App Academy will be among the best in your life.  You will make great friends who will be your network entering the job market.  The staff is also very dedicated to ensuring you succeed in the job market as an eventual software developer.  They're always on hand to help answer any questions you have about the material or the program.  Nearly everyone on staff has also gone through the curriculum and know of its challenges.  They have also seen the program work for many students.  

    Make no mistake, this program will push you.  This program is not for everyone.  Everybody comes to App Academy for a reason.  Make sure your reason for attending is strong.  If you are really interested in pursuing a career in programming and willing to go through pains and joys of learning to be a software developer, apply today for the program.  It will change your life.

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    The crown jewel of app academy is its curriculum and structure. They provide you with the tools to learn everything and help when you're stuck, but are hands off enough that you can really pick things up yourself. Yes the course is arduous and stressful, but I believe that's by design. People tend to retain information more when they're stressed out, and the proof of that is show by how much everyone is able to absorb by the end of the 12 weeks. The job search curriculum is a great transition for students to move from a lot of structure, to less structure, to then no structure once the 12 weeks are officially. As a fresh graduate, I would definitely recommend app academy to aspiring developers.

  • Good experience
    - 1/31/2018
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    Before App Academy (a/A) I was in a field that made a fair amount of money but stressed me out and gave me little sleep.  I was a hobbyist programmer that taught myself C++ and Objective-C but I knew that web development was something that I needed to know to succeed as a programmer. So I decided to start reading up on short web development programming schools. I applied and was accepted to each 'boot camp' I applied to--including a/A and Hack Reactor. I picked a/A because I was focused more on how well I perceived their job search support to be. At the time, I felt that I really wouldn't learn too much programming principals but instead learn some frameworks and syntax with whatever boot camp I applied to. Well I was wrong. I learned things like recursion and time complexity at a/A. I don't know how long it would have taken me to even know these things existed if I was learning solely on my own. They are very encouraging throughout the entire process, but especially during the job search. That's not to say they hold your hand throughout the process--you're expected to be a self-starter and ask questions if you're behind. They are more than willing to help, but you've got to ask questions. One thing that I had mixed feelings about was the attrition rate (or amount of people that either got kicked or left the program.) When I signed up the a/A website said attrition was around 5%, now it says it's around 10%. But for my cohort and the cohort before mine it was about 20%. For me, this is a risk that I would not have taken if I knew it was this high. It's 3 months without work and no security that you will be allowed to continue through the program unless you pass all 6 assessments. From my cohort most people that failed out failed either to not putting in the work or being overly stressed about it and either not getting any sleep or overthinking the solutions. Much of passing the tests are memorization. The positive to this is that they are very selective (3% admittance rate like the other top boot camps) but in contrast to the other boot camps this one will continue filtering out students that they feel aren't going to work out in programming where as others will just push them through it. This makes the a/A brand an extremely strong mark on your resume. Overall, I suggest attending this boot camp if you have confidence in your ability to program going into it, but perhaps take a few timed tests or join their Jump Start or boot camp prep program to see if you will cut it if you're unsure.

  • great experience
    - 1/17/2018
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    Im amazed at how quickly I was able to go from zero to hired in such a short amount of time. The app academy curriculum is well designed and the instructors are really helpful. Not only is the educational side good but they have great support and resources during the job search period. I would highly recommend a/A to anyone looking to make a career switch.

  • App Academy
    - 1/15/2018
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    App Academy has been one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences of my life. You are thrown in and kept on your toes everyday. There is no time to sleep. There is no time to do anything else other than App Academy. This can be daunting at first, but it is for a reason. If you slack, it shows and it will cost you. They want you to be the best you can be. Because of that, they push your limits, resulting in gaining a tremendous amount of skills in such a short time. You will be amazed at what you can do in just twelve weeks.

    App Academy also strives for diversity. They are increasingly promoting ways to provide more accessible opportunities for groups underrepresented in tech and it shows.

    I would highly recommend App Academy if you are down to fully immerse yourself for the next three months. Just remember to breathe.

  • Empowering
    - 1/10/2018
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    TLDR; Is it super hard? Yes. Is it worth it in the end? Yes.

    App Academy has probably been one of the toughest things I've done in my life, and that says a lot considering my life. One of my cohort mates likened it to being accepted to Top Gun, you already have to be good, and now you get to find out just how good. Not only do you learn to code, you learn to code under intense pressure, and depending on the person, probably not much sleep either. It literally wears you down.

    But, then you start to look back and realize just how much you know. All those tedious projects, all those tricky little lines of code pay off, and suddenly you have substantial projects that function. You learn not just the language, but the logic of creating data structures and some of the nuances to create more elegant code. It truly gives you the building blocks you need to be a competent software engineer in the shortest time possible.

    On top of that, App Academy is, as far as I know, one of the most inclusive and diverse boot camps out there. They take an active and intentional role in fostering awareness of discrimination and bias, and try to ensure that it finds no place in their environment. There were readings and discussions that really opened my mind to the challenges I may face as a woman in tech, and some that helped me realize some of the things I had been through. I feel so much more prepared to try and find my place in tech because of that. 

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    I was part of the November 2017 cohort and I have finished the intensive part of the course. It has been absolutely worth it! You learn a lot about programming and web development. This really struck me when my cousin, who recently graduated from Syracuse with a degree in Computer Science showed me his final project while I showed him mine (both web apps). It was clear I App Academy, in just 3 months has put me on a level that would take a traditional school 4 years to do. 

    The App Academy course is not easy! From the application process to the prep work and the course you will need to put in A LOT of time studying to be able to proceed. That said, it is not for everybody. You need to have the time commitement and the support from your friends and family as you will have absolutely no time for social commitements or anything else.

    I highly recommend AppAcademy to anyone wanting to make a career change or wanting to gain more skills or considering getting a masters!

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    App Academy is just as difficult as they claim. You really will need to spend upward of 85 hours a week on your studies if you want to be successful, but if you have the time and the discipline then don't be scared away. I've had very, very little free-time over the past months, but in exchange I've gained an extremely valuable skill in less time than I could have imagined before beginning the program.

    The instructors are top-notch. Everything in general is conducted extremely professionally, from the location and the building/amenities (I attended the NY branch), to the assessments and the projects. Before joining the program I was under the impression that I could have learned all of the same skills on my own, using free resources online. Looking back now, this miiiiight be possible, but it honestly would have taken me more than 10 times as long to do alone. Having the instructors on call, and the other students as pair-programmers was indispensable for me. Again, the program is totally worth it for those who are serious about becoming full-stack developers. But again, there is no hand-holding. If you think you can give it anything less than 90% of your time and attention, you will likely fail out.

  • Great course
    - 1/8/2018
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    Attending App Academy has been an amazing and rewarding experience. I've learned so much more than I thought possible these past three months. It's a huge commitment, so be prepared to spend basically every waking moment thinking about code. You'll be dreaming about it too.

    The course does a great job of making programming accessible to everyone, no matter your background. The staff are extremely supportive and accessible, so there's always help when you need it. You also end up having a wonderful support system from your peers, since you end up spending most of your time with them and you all share the same struggles.

    I would definitely recommend App Academy to anyone who's willing to devote all of their time to code. If you fall behind at all it's really difficult to catch up, so make sure you're ready to dedicate all of your next three months to the program.

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    There are definitely pros and cons to App Academy. The curriculum covers a ton of stuff, including many computer science topics that many other bootcamps do NOT go over, which definitely helps when looking for a first job and beyond. That being said, the course is not for everyone. It's an extremely rigorous and stressful course, which requires complete dedication to the work and topics being taught. A loss of focus could lead to being dismissed from the course. Overall though, the course has been very rewarding and in the end if you put in the work, it will pay off.

  • Intense(ly cool)
    - 1/6/2018
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    By the end of the course, you'll be coding websites that make you feel like a superhero, especially for those who struggle to understand what OOP is all about. Make no mistake - it is a commitment, it is intense, it will consume your life for twelve weeks, and it is a ton of pressure. AA admits that their course is designed to keep you on the edge of comfortability. But for this student, at least, it works, and I feel ready to jump into the world of web development.

    The weakest part of the course is the written curriculum - it is new, and it suffers towards the end of the course. It can be dense and unforgiving to parse, especially for those with no background in computer science or for those struggling with the course generally. Thankfully, the excellent TAs and instructors will do their best to assist you.

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    tl;dr: It's 100% difficult and worth it.  I came from an Arts background with 0 tech experience and now I know how to build fully functioning web applications and have the foundation for a career in software development.

    Believe what you've read: App Academy is a very intense and rigorous curriculum that does not ever slow down, but on the other side you discover that you've learned more than you knew there was to learn, and you have the skills you need to start a career in software development.

    Before App Academy, I was a musical theater performer and PR professional.  I had ABSOLUTELY NO TECHNICAL OR MATHEMATICAL BACKGROUND and I felt like a fish-out-of-water.  But, it didn't matter.  It was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but I committed to the course and the curriculum and App Academy taught me a tremendous amount in a short time: much more than I could have ever taught myself.  Even better: App Academy taught me how to continue learning about software development and new technologies for my future as a developer.

    It cannot be said enough that the curriculum is super intense.  It does not slow down, and you are often moving on to a completely different subject before you feel like you understand what you just learned.  The Assessments are also real and can be very stressful: people do/will get dismissed from failing assessments.  That being said, everything you learn builds on itself and if you can manage your stress, trust in the curriculum (seriously: trust it), and focus 100% of your time and energy for just 12 weeks you will have nothing to worry about.

    Soft skills and pair programming are key.  You will almost never work alone during the course. That might sound uncomfortable or daunting at first, but it can be really valuable to help you absorb all the new information and also to teach you to talk and think out loud about code and programming.

    Be prepared to keep learning once you've finished too.  App Academy will teach you what you need to start a career, but you will probably need to continue studying on your own afterward to make sure you understand everything you need to to find a job and have that career. There's a huge world out there of programming languages, algorithms, and CS concepts, but luckily App Academy teaches you how to learn on your own as well.

    App Academy was a challenging experience, but worth every second.They took a musical theater kid with no tech background and turned him into a software developer. It's intimidating, but don't shy away from it. If you honestly want to make the shift to a career in programming App Academy can help you get there. 

  • Kevin M. • Student
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    App Academy is an investment in your future. With hard work and dedication you can get through the program and be qualified for a fantastic job. I found a job rather quickly after graduation, and although your mileage may vary, there is a very real demand in the computer science field. They will teach you the skills necessary to land a great job. It is a very rigorous 3 months however, so be prepared. If you have the right mindset and a dedicated attitude to learn you will be successfull here. Be prepared to start your day at 9am and end at midnight or close to it every weekday. Take homework seriously as it prepares you for the next day. Weekends don't leave much time for relaxation as you will most likely be studying intensely for an exam (it is very easy to fail an exam even if you understand the material, so don't underestimate them!). Exams are scheduled such that you usually can only study on the weekend right before. Basically you should pretend fun doesnt exist for 3 months - slacking would be dangerous.

     

  • A Great Experience
    - 12/18/2017
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    At first, I was skeptical about Bootcamps in preparing someone to be ready for a Full Stack Development role in 13 weeks. But after the first week, I immediately knew choosing App Academy was the best choice for myself. The entire curriculum was thoroughly thought out, the instructors were excellent and knowledgeable, and the community is inclusive-oriented which made meeting amazing people from all walks of life a breeze. The curriculum is demanding, you will be tested, you will change, and you will find the program to be one of the most satisfying experience.

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    I recently graduated from App Academy, and as the title said above, it was an intense but also enjoyable experience.

    Background: I had very little to none coding experience before joining App Academy. I wasn't able to attend the Jump Start either and had to studied by myself with the onilne material they provided before taking the online technical challenge to get it. After that, there was a prep-course that we had to complete online before actually starting the co-hort. All to prepare us for the very intense 12-weeks program.

    The program: Yes, it is intense, very. And no, it's not a scam, people do become "software developer" after the program. How good? It depends. You truly get out of it what you put in. For me, that was 12 weeks of little to none social activities. My daily routine was school at 9, and got home by around 9-10pm, or even later. Most of the time I felt behind, but so did most of my classmates. The reason for that was most of us have no CS background, and the course was very very intense. But we all helped each other to get through it and the TAs did the tremendous jobs of helping and supporting us as well. In short, you can think of it like: being 30lbs over-weight, and signing up for some 12-weeks programs that promise to get you lost that 30lbs + the 6 packs. Imagine the effore and commitment that you have to put in to get that result. Now multiply it by 10. You get the picture.

    Pros: pair programming was one of my favorite experiences in the co-hort. Each day I got to pair with different memember in my class, and it all gave a different experience one way or another. TAs were also very helpful. And the materials were very well instructed.

    Cons: not much, and it's very much personal or opinionated, so I won't lay out too much. But as much as I enjoyed Ruby, I think the industry is steering more toward Python now. The rest of the materials are still good and up-to-date, especially React and Redux.

    Overall: would definitely recommend it to anyone. But if you think this is college-like, you may wanna reconsider. App Academy doesn't teach you everything. It does, however, teach you how to teach yourself everything.

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    Attending App Academy has been one of the most rewarding experiences I've had thus far, and I have not even started job hunting yet. If you attend, be prepared to drop pretty much everything else from your life for the duration of the program. Also be prepared that if you don't truly love programming, you may get burnt out during that time.

    I'm truly amazed at how much I have learned in such a short period of time, and how hard I've been able to work to achieve that goal. As cheesy as it sounds, now that I've made it through the program, I feel as if any goals I have are achievable if I can muster this kind of work ethic.

    There are certainly things about this program that could be improved. However i do like that as the course went on, and especially now in the job search curriculum, you become more and more independent as you learn how to teach yourself. Some people may feel they want more hands-on instruction, but I thought they provided a good balance.

    I'll update this review during or after the job search if I feel differently.

     

     

  • T Vu • Student
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    App Academy is an incredible and worthwhile experience.  My background is in Liberal Arts, yet I was able to make it through the main curriculum. Meaning you can too, as long as you are willing to put in the effort and hours.  Expect a challenge like no other, which can be overcome with helpful peers and the attentiveness of the staff.

    I highly recommend this school, and I think you should check it out.

  • Mike Salisbury • Full-stack Web Developer • Student
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    If you are looking to get into web development/coding, look no further than App Academy! 

    The process begins with some very difficult technical coding challenges to even be admitted (I was recently told by some TA's that the coding challenges to get in are harder than those given by many companies!).
    Once accepted, you'll spend a month mastering the prep work to get up to where you need to be for day 1 - THIS IS IMPORTANT!! If you do not have complete mastery of the prep material, you will fall behind!

    Reading reviews and talking to graduates, they'll all tell you to be prepared to spend 100+ hours reading, writing, breathing code - impossible right? The truth is, you'll spend every waking hour dedicated to coding - you'll wish you had more time to prepare for an assessment or to finish a feature on a project. The curriculum is definitely challenging and will bring you to your breaking points - all of this is to push you further and to ensure you know what you're doing. Along the way, you'll meet 80 awesome students all in the same stage as you - and you'll be advised by some really cool and really knowledgeable TA's.

    tl;dr
    If you are looking to change careers and want to get into coding/web dev. make sure App Academy is at the top of your list to apply for - also be prepared to dedicate the entire next 3 months ( don't worry, your future is worth the sacrifice ;) ).

  • Best Decision Ever
    - 12/3/2017
    Joe Tessy • Software Developer • Graduate
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    Choosing to go to app/Academy was the best decision I ever made. Within 7 months, I was able to acquire new skills, and start a new career in something I'm passionate about. a/A was the hardest, but most rewarding thing I've ever done. Thank you!

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    Having just finished App Academy's main curriculum, I can say with confidence that this program is not for everyone. Although I was extremely engaged by the material, had a great time working with the TAs, and have met some great people in my cohort, it's clear that coding bootcamps, especially App Academy, demand a work ethic that not everyone is prepared for.

    Be prepared to spend 12-14 hrs a day working on code (commuting time included). Be prepared to undergo serious pressure as failing assessments can lead to direct expulsion from the program. Be prepared to embrace the fact that there will be some concepts that will stump you into submission. Be prepared to sacrifice your life as you know it to succeed in this program.

    Would I do it again? Definitely.

    I came from a minimal coding background and my skills increased exponentially. I loved the curriculum and being in a pure learning environment--I thought of it like supercharged undergrad (having been on the quarter-system I was used to a faster pace). 

    Why I'm giving 4 stars: there is little to no diversity at all. I could count on two hand ALL students in my cohort who are queer, female, and/or of non-caucasian or non-Asian descent.Having grown up in the East Bay, I was shocked and discouraged by the lack of diversity in the classroom. It also became evident that most students came from educated, middle-class backgrounds and didn't have anything to lose by quitting their jobs to enroll in a coding bootcamp. 

    Coding bootcamps are a business, period. But I personally believe that because they advertise themselves as a sort of trade-school-esque-alternative to college, they should make an effort to market themselves to the communities that statistically enroll less in 4-year colleges: individuals from working-class backgrounds and select minority communities. 

    Bottom-line: the curriculum is fantastic, the people are great. just be prepared for a lot of work and a relatively sterile and uniform social environment for 3+ months.

Thanks!