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Launch School

Average Rating4.83
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Launch School is an online program for studious beginners whose goal is to become professional developers. The program focuses on fundamentals of programming and software engineering including core problem solving, programming language fundamentals, object-oriented programming, networking, databases, and guides students through a structured path of building up proficiency in software development.  The program consists of two main phases: Core Curriculum and Capston...

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  • Andrew Jones
    Software Engineer • Graduate • The Capstone Program • Online
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    Jun 26, 2022
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    Genuine, rigorous, and effective

    I ran across Launch School after about a year of trying to teach myself coding with low-cost
    online resources. I was working full-time, and my efforts up to that point had not been too
    successful. But the moment I started reading Launch School materials was the moment my
    studies started building towards something bigger. “This process will take longer than you
    want it to, but if you take your time and do things the right way, it will be worth it.” It was a
    message I didn’t...
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  • Ben Semel
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    Jun 24, 2022
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    A lot of time and effort, but worth it.

    TL:DR; Launch School takes a lot of time and effort but absolutely prepares you to be a software engineer for a living, both in terms of programming knowledge and mindset. 

    I spent a little over 11 months doing the LS Core Curriculum. Probably could have taken less time- part of this whole learning experience for me was learning how to budget my time and focus effectively without any supervision. If you have no trouble with that it may take less time for you. Prior to LS, I had wo...
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  • Nick Stebbings
    Full stack developer
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    Jun 09, 2022
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    A rigorous approach to learning that really works

    I have been working as a Full Stack Developer for a couple of months now, and so far feel that Launch School more than prepared me for the realities of working in the industry. I spent about 2 years working through the Core curriculum after discovering excellent reviews and realizing I needed to make a longer term commitment in order to guarantee success. I was transitioning from 7 years working in hospitality in fairly menial and low-paying jobs. This was after a period of mental ill he...
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  • Calvin Conley
    Backend Software Developer • Graduate • Core Curriculum • Online
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    Jun 07, 2022
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    Launch School Testimonial

     Before Launch School, I got part-way through The Odin Project and Free Code Camp, and was frustrated that things just weren't clicking for me. I now realize that I wasn't learning in the best way, and part of what makes Launch School's curriculum so great is that they have an emphasis on improving your learning process. In addition, they teach the fundamentals from the ground up so you don't feel lost. Each part of the curriculum builds things up slowly so you have a full understanding ...
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  • Stephanie Cunnane
    Fullstack Engineer at Mozilla (Firefox Desktop) • Graduate • The Capstone Program • Online
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    Mar 12, 2022
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    If you put in the work, Launch School can change your career (and life) trajectory

    Completing Launch School's Core Curriculum and Capstone program was one of the best decisions I've made in my life. Launch School helped me build strong programming fundamentals, and Capstone taught me essential software engineering skills. Those two things allowed me to land an excellent software engineering position at Mozilla working on the Firefox browser.

    The fundamentals Launch School teaches are table stakes for interviews for good engineering roles. You need to be able to ...
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  • Callie Buruchara
    Software Engineer • Graduate • Online
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    Feb 17, 2022
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    Mastery based learning that prepares you learn anything else

    When I found Launch School in my search for an avenue to enter Software Engineering, I was honestly a little annoyed. The slow path to mastery? What a devastatingly honest slogan. I'd rather something flashy, thanks.

    But after sitting with it for awhile, with the experience and background of an educator myself, I knew it was the truth. In order to master something, you have to give yourself time. You need to learn from someone who knows more than you, can see the path fur...
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  • Edmond Tam
    Software Engineer • Graduate • The Capstone Program • Online
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    Feb 16, 2022
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    A pedagogy that has changed my life

    Before I begin, I would like to establish the two core tenets behind Launch School's teachings that form the premise for this review: Learn slow to move fast Focus on the fundamentals and ignore fleeting trends I'll explain why I think these principles are key and how Launch School accomplishes this, and then discuss how they helped me land my first proper SWE job paying above mid-level FAANG total compensation and my second job paying above senior-l...
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  • Rodney Matambo
    Full Stack Software Engineer, Gatsby JS • Graduate • The Capstone Program • Online
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    Feb 06, 2022
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    A review of the Capstone Program

    Context: I currently work at Gatsby JS. I went through the capstone program from february 2021 to June 2021. I got a job in 6 weeks after i started my job search.

    I'll start by saying, I cannot over emphasize how effective this program is.

    I went through the capstone program starting in February 2021. This capstone program is easily one of the toughest things I've ever done in my life and also one of the most rewarding experiences. The program allowed me to form friendships...
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  • Rodney Matambo
    Full-Stack Software Engineer • Student • Core Curriculum • Online
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    Feb 06, 2022
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    A decision that depends on how much you commit to it

    The core curriculum moves from the basics of programming, OOP, cli tooling, testing, networking, DBs, html & css, advanced problem solving, the dom and api's. The focus is on allowing students to fundamentally grasp the problems at each layer of programming and understand why the current solutions are in use. The core curriculum really sets students up for unlocking what the school calls 'just-in time' learning - the ability to pick up new tools quickly because you understand the und...
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  • Jimmy
    Software Engineer • Graduate • The Capstone Program • Online
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    Jan 06, 2022
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    A Hidden Gem

    Launch School, at least at the time of writing, does not do much marketing, if any at all. So if you are pursuing a career switch to software engineering and web development, it's likely that you did not first encounter Launch School at the top of a Google search result. Instead, you probably encountered those boot camps, advertising that you will become a software engineer or developer in a few months while charging you thousands of dollars for a curriculum you can find online for free....
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  • Vahid
    Senior Full Stack Engineer • Graduate • The Capstone Program • Online
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    Jan 06, 2022
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    Rigorous and pivotal

    I started Core in September 2020 and finished in March 2021. I then started Capstone in May 2021 and finished in August 2021. Within a month and a half of interviewing after that, I had 3 generous offers.

    I've been dabbling in programming since my childhood and even built database-driven applications deployed to Heroku, but it wasn't until I finished Launch School's Core curriculum and then immediately afterward completed the Capstone program that I felt like I was a software engi...
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  • Elizabeth
    Software Engineer III • Graduate • The Capstone Program • Online
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    Jan 06, 2022
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    Life-changing if you're willing to slow down & put in the work

    I came to Launch School from a non-technical background, unsure whether I could be successful as a software engineer. The mastery-based curriculum at Launch School provided a carefully curated path to follow via which I could improve my technical skills, learn to speak knowledgeably about programming concepts, and practice breaking down challenging problems. By the time I finished the core curriculum, I was confident in my mastery of the fundamentals and in my ability to pick up new lang...
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Launch School costs around $199. On the lower end, some Launch School courses like The Capstone Program cost $0.

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Launch School offers courses like Core Curriculum, The Capstone Program.

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Launch School teaches students Online in a remote classroom.

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