Launch School recommends that beginners with no coding experience first complete their free preparatory courses, which cover coding basics, before applying to the program. Students who complete the Capstone Program will receive career guidance, and be exposed to algorithmic thinking that employers demand.
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Start Date Rolling Start Date Cost $199 Class size N/A Location OnlineThe Core Curriculum represents the "Study" phase of Our Pedagogy (https://launchschool.com/pedagogy) and is where we employ Mastery-based Learning (https://launchschool.com/mastery) and take a bottom-up teaching philosophy to help students build long-term mental representations of progressively more sophisticated and integrated concepts. Everything in the Core Curriculum is deemed fundamental and is mandatory.
Minimum Skill Level Must be in "Study" phase of learning journey. See launchschool.com/pedagogy Prep Work Free prep work at launchschool.com Placement Test No Interview No Start Date Rolling Start Date Cost $0 Class size N/A Location OnlineThe Capstone Program is an optional, admissions-based, and final phase for students who have completed the Core Curriculum, which is our Mastery-Based Learning courses. The goal of the Capstone Program is to give students an intense finishing experience that results in a career-launching job. Because the end goal of Capstone is very ambitious, it requires in total 4 to 6 months of full-time focus, and possibly even longer. The first 3 months will be classroom instruction Monday-Friday all day; after that, there will be a 1-3 month Career Search process. All participants are selected among our top students from the Mastery-Based courses. It's not uncommon for Capstone participants to call it the hardest thing they've ever done. The projects, graduates, and salaries coming out of Capstone are outstanding and rival those at top-tier universities. See the Results & Outcomes page (https://launchschool.com/results).
Deposit N/A Tuition Plans Launch School collects a percentage of your first year's salary as a fee when you accept your job offer.
Minimum Skill Level Must have completed the Core Curriculum Prep Work https://launchschool.com/capstone Placement Test No Interview No
Launch School Reviews
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- Great Option for Changing Careers- 6/3/2015Luke Tower • Software Engineer • Graduate
I attended Tealeaf Academy and finished the three courses they offer teaching web development with Ruby and Rails.
When I started the course, I had no development experience. I wasn't even "technically savvy". I was looking to transition from a career in education as an English teacher. I am now a full-time software engineer.
The curriculum and support that Tealeaf provides can level up a hungry student's abilities very quickly. The courses are not easy, but if you are willing to work hard and put in the time, you will learn the skills of a professional web developer.
Their pricing is competitive and delivers a lot of value. Since the course is 100% online, you can finish the course on your own schedule from anywhere in the world.
The instructors are kind, personable, and talented teachers. There is round-the-clock support from teaching assistants located all over the globe.
If you're serious about learning web development with Ruby. I don't know of a better option than Tealeaf Academy.
- Have gotten 2 great jobs since taking courses- 1/24/2015Sean • Ruby developer • Graduate
My background: Computer Science degree, decent HTML knowledge, and had a little bit of experience learning Ruby and Rails on my own.
If you have a CS degree and want to be a Rails developer you will be a very legit developer if you make it through both Rails courses. The courses are not trivial. I worked about 3 hours a day on assignments 6 days a week for 6 and 8 week sessions.
After completing the courses and continuing to study and build a couple projects on my own I got a 75k job as a Rails developer at a startup. Then I was offered a 100K+ job at a very large company as a Ruby developer.
I cannot possibly recommend this program enough. If you don't want to work 3 hours a day you will not REALLY learn Rails. If you do want to work 3 solid hours a day (or more if you do not come from a CS background) then don't take classes.
If you make it through there is a pot of gold at the end. Work hard. The instruction is incredible and well focused. Very professional. I owe them a lot for getting me on the correct track rather than me trying to read 10 Rails books and try to cobble out a strategy. These guys know what they are doing and are incredible teachers.
- Zachariah Clay Tealeaf Review- 9/15/2014Zachariah Clay • Graduate
- AnonymousI just got hired as a junior software developer at an amazing company in LA making 20K more than I was making previously! This would have never happened had it not been for Launch School's amazing program.I majored in psychology and had never coded before starting the program. I studied for 5-6 hours every night for a few months and acquired strong engineering skills that made me feel ready to start applying for jobs. After spending some time looking, I received a call from a local company inviting me for a three hour, in-person technical interview. And guess what? When the interview came along I was prepared and in the end, received an offer from the company.If it wasn’t for the in depth material covered at Launch School, I don’t think I would have received the offer. The strong emphasis on fundamentals, exercises and code challenges (especially some of the data structures and algorithms problems) gave me a lot of confidence growing into a software engineer. But what I believe really tipped the scale in my favor is the portfolio of projects I built throughout the program. Some of them are major, production quality and fully tested apps that really impressed the lead engineers at the company. I believe anyone can build simple apps following a tutorial. One of the reasons Launch School is so unique is that you learn how to build production quality applications where you get to learn how to make engineering decisions and tradeoffs. This is how you differentiate yourself from graduates of most other bootcamps who spend a few weeks on one or two frameworks and build toy apps. At Launch School, we spend months to learn to bend frameworks to our will while implementing advanced engineering principles into our apps.In the end I truly believe that Launch School changed my life. For those of you who are working through the program - just have faith. Make sure you work through the curriculum, participate in code challenges, build projects and stay positive. Once you get to show what you have learned in your interviews I promise good things will happen!
- Exactly What I Was Looking For- 6/10/2016Anonymous • Software Developer • Graduate • Course: The Capstone Program • Campus: Online
My background is not in computer science. Before starting the Launch School curriculum, I had never even opened a text editor. Less than a year later, I've accepted a job at a fantastic company, making quite a bit more than what's average for juniors in my city. Do I think I could have learned web dev. on my own? Yes. Could I have been this succesful this quickly? Absolutely not.
I took advantage both of LS's self-paced courses and the Captstone Mentoring Program. The courses stress the fundamentals. Although the curriculum is Ruby-heavy, the emphasis is not on "learning Ruby," but learning how to solve problems with code, not just "learning Rails," but learning the concepts behind it and the habits of mind necessary to tackle the challenges that web dev. throws at you.
As happy as I was with the courses, the Capstone Program just blew me away. The amount of face time I was given with a senior dev. was outrageous. This is not an hour-a-week deal--I was on a Hangout talking programming, getting impromptu lectures, or pair programming with my mentor nearly every evening. My learning was guided: there was never a time when I didn't know what to do next or what to focus on. And I was pushed, pushed far harder than I'm likely to have pushed myself.
The result? I became not just someone who dabbled in code, but truly, a professional developer. I acquired the knowledge and skill necessary to succeed in the field. Companies agreed. I got several full length interviews and received job offers from all of them. I have so much to learn, but LS has put me on some seriously firm footing.
Don't get me wrong--the program is not magic. It's a LOT of work, but if you've got the aptitude, the work ethic, and the appetite for success, you can go far, fast in this program.