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App Academy

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App Academy

Avg Rating:4.67 ( 1060 reviews )

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.

The in-person web development course is 16 weeks-long, and the full stack curriculum covers 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. The online course runs for 24 weeks, and focuses on JavaScript and Python. Students of the online course learn fundamentals, such as JavaScript, Git, and object-oriented programming, and later build on these by learning languages, such as Express, React, HTML & CSS, and more. Like the in-person course, students of the online course create a portfolio that includes individual and group projects. 

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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  • App Academy Open

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$0
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    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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    DepositN/A
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • 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.
    Financing
    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.
    Getting in
    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
    Getting in
    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 sixteen 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
    Deposit$0
    Financing
    Available through Climb Credit
    Tuition Plans- ISA: $0 Upfront. 15% for 3 years with a maximum of $31,000, only after you're hired making over $50,000 - Upfront: $20,000
    Refund / GuaranteeGuaranteed job under ISA tuition option.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBasic computer literacy
    Prep WorkProvided at each step by App Academy.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Anonymous • Student
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    Studying at App Academy was a great experience and definitely a game changer.
    Before enrolling I had just a tiny bit of experience with Python, which was just enough to know that I wanted to get into software development. Now after, four months I feel ready to actually make it my profession!
    That being said, it's not for everyone, if you're serious about getting through the program, you must be prepared to put in 80-100h/week. Also, the learning curve is steep, so you will feel a lot of frustration and growing pain.
  • Anonymous
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    If you are willing to put in the work, App Academy does a great job at what they advertise. The first month is easy if you have any programming experience whatsoever, but it really ramps up after that. Most days are spent pair programming, which is a great learning experience no matter who you are paired up with. After class, you spend the rest of the day learning the next day's material. New topics are introduced almost every day and you can find yourself falling behind easily if you even slack off for a day or two.

    Overall, you can expect to come out of App Academy with new and improved programming skills, a portfolio, and tremendous job search resources (despite a generic job search curriculum).

  • Anonymous • Graduate
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    Pros
    - great curriculum and support to learn the materials
    - pair programming and style of teaching is very efficient
    - will create 3 projects which will teach a lot about how everything works
    - will fully prepare you for what an actual job as an engineer will be (teach you many extra skills like debugging, rspec, etc)
    Cons
    - certain things can be learned online to save time and give more personal learning experience
    - job search period can get a bit hectic
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    App Academy has a team of wonderful and dedicated teaching assistants. AA fosters a welcoming environment. They prepare you to become better programmers through pair programming. This is helpful to have a new partner everyday because your pair becomes your motivator. If you're the one that are struggling on that day's topic, then your partner can help you understand the topic better and if you are the one helping your partner, it only helps you solidify and strengthen your knowledge 

    I attended App Academy after graduating from UCSC with a minor in Computer Science. I 
  • Positive
    - 3/31/2020
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    I would recommend this course to anyone who is positive they want to get into software development, since this school really will pay off for that specific demographic. .
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    Pros:
    Solid software development curriculum, very structured
    3 final projects that they help you complete seem like good additions to have in a portfolio
    Great instructors 

    Cons:
    Job search curriculum has not been helpful whatsoever
    No major guidance through algorithms
  • Anonymous • Graduate
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    Technologies being taught are applicable to the industry which is nice. It's not the exact same, but the technological concepts are similar.
    My cohort might've been the odd one out, but 95% of the people I met were very smart, kind, and hardworking.

    Cons:
    The program, at the end of the day, is still very bureaucratic. They do things that incentivize making money.
    The ratio of staff to student is kinda bad.
    Very difficult for students that fall behind to catch up again.

  • Anonymous • Graduate
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     The main learning section of the course was really well structured, which made it ideal for me (someone who needs critical timelines and an uncompromising schedule to not slack off).   The fact that you have to learn basics yourself and interview to get into the program inspires more confidence than other bootcamps who will follow up call you to make sure you are still interested.  App academy seems to survive on its reputation, and I know multiple students in just my cohort who came to A/a because a friend or sibling already went through the program with success.  I was really surprised at myself how much I learned so quickly.  I tried self-learning for a year, but couldn't get to a point where I was comfortable knowing what to learn to do what I wanted.  However now, I don't know everything, but I feel confident I know how to learn any language/framework with enough time due to the solid foundation App Academy provided.

    It's not necessarily a fault of App Academy, they do the best they can in such a short time frame, but I wish there were more employers willing to at least give me a phone screen to prove I know my stuff.  You just can't get the reputation a 4 year degree will get you at a bootcamp.  Especially considering how undergraduate internships are the new start of the pipeline to full time employment.  The job search portion is arguably more grueling due to financial stress and comparative lack of structure.  You still have weekly targets to meet, but there just aren't enough qualified coaches to help you through the post-graduation section of job-searching (especially considering most coaches are previous App Academy graduates who are only working there until they can find a better job offer themselves).

    Overall a worthwhile experience, and this is written from someone still in the midst of the job search.  If you have the money or time to attend A/a, and you are capable of self-motivating after the main program, it's arguably one of the fastest ways to get into the software engineering profession from a different career.

     
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    App Academy provides an extremely rigorous and fast paced coding curriculum and is an efficient way to be indoctrinated in software development. However, be prepared for an exhausting 6 months, working constantly. Sometimes, help from the TAs can be hit or miss and it is helpful to find those TAs whose teaching style works for you. That said, I believe they have set me up to build a strong portfolio and the job training and management portion of the course is promising. I didn't know it was possible to learn so much in such a short time. If you make it through, you are part of the community forever.
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    AppAcademy really helped me to learn the fundamentals and all necessary tools to be a practitioner in software engineering.
    Pros:
    -it's well structured and the instructors are really good in helping people like me who is new to programming.
    -it's intensive but at the same time well paced in the way that fundamentals are important in AppAcademy's teaching. Good amount of time was allocated to fundamentals. Then each student can practice more or less based on needs
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    -we learned really a lot in a short time. Consequently, it's so easy to forget.
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    - 2/6/2020
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    App Academy offers a solid good 12-week intensive program. It helps someone with zero coding experience becoming a pro coder !! People around here are also great ! There are also career advisors to help you with job placements!!   GO THERE and LEARN programing, and YOU WILL LIKE IT !!!! 
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    - 2/5/2020
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    My cohort started with about 80-90 students and 73 are about to graduate this week. There are ~9 TAs which makes the TA:Student ratio around 1:8.  Not all the TAs are available to help (they may have other responsibilities), so that might explain why it would sometimes take hours to get our questions answered like other reviews have mentioned. They say they do that on purpose to try to get us to find out answers ourselves like how we would in the real world. Indeed, my googling skills have gotten so much better since I've started App Academy. While having such a big class has its downfall, I am actually really glad I get to meet so many wonderful people. Majority of the curriculum involves pair programming so you get to work with a different person everyday. The support we get from each other makes me feel like we are a big family going through a big challenge together.

Thanks!