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Launch School

Average Rating4.84
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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 Capstone. ...

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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
    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
    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
    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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  • Nicholas LiCalzi
    Senior SWE • Graduate • The Capstone Program • Online
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    Jan 05, 2022
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    Dedication pays off

    I was a working architecture professional for 4 years before finding Launch School. I had dabbled in scripting and cobbled together some experience in the Python data science stack, but I had never found a course/taken the time that would allow me to learn programming from first principles.

    After nearly 18 months progressing through both Core and Capstone (build a project called Dendro in the process), I landed a job as a Senior Software Developer and tripled my total compensation...
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  • Ryan
    Software Engineer
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    Dec 09, 2021
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    Slow is fast

    I first thought about the idea of learning to code around 2013. Some might remember the viral moment around that time that CodeAcademy had with their New Year’s resolution of learning to code. I didn’t really try, but I looked around on the Internet as to what this coding thing was all about. I came across truly random and terrible advice. I recall reading this awful blog post by someone saying that they finally learned to code by simply putting themselves in the “sweat locker” as they c...
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  • Will Lotherington
    Will Lotherington
    Senior Software Engineer • Graduate • The Capstone Program • Online
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    Dec 09, 2021
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    Incredibly Effective

    Context: I completed the core curriculum over ~2 years while working full time. I resigned from my job and participated in the February 2021 Capstone cohort, and successfully launched my software engineering career immediately after.



    Launch School is incredible. It's hard to overstate how effective it is at preparing you for a professional career as a software engineer

    I had my fair share of doubts all the way through Capstone. I knew I had learned an incredible am...
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  • Caleb
    Student • Core Curriculum • Online
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    Oct 23, 2021
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    A Pedegogy Second to None

    My early experiences with programming education were a huge influence on my decision to study at Launch School. I took classes at university, explored online tutorials, and even built out a few projects using walkthroughs. Though these approaches to learning may work for some, they never seemed to resonate with me. They normally lacked two things: A mastery-based approach to learning, and a bottom-up pedagogy.
    Launch School's Core Curriculum is an excellent entry...
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  • Armando Mota
    Software Engineer II • Graduate • The Capstone Program • Online
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    Oct 16, 2021
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    Excellent for switching to a software engineering career at any age

    It’s hard to overstate the impact that Launch School has had on my life.  I consider myself a studious person - I took high school and college seriously, got good grades, and made an effort to find a career that aligned with my degree and interests.  I unfortunately found the options for my specific field of study limited, so I’ve spent the past 15 years of my professional life in a series of stable but largely unfulfilling jobs.  Because of Launch School, I am now in a field that truly ...
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  • Sheila
    Software Engineer • Graduate • The Capstone Program • Online
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    Oct 15, 2021
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    Philosophy + process just *works*

    Context: I found and began Launch School in December 2018, completed Core in December 2020, and went through Capstone in Spring 2021.

    I got my bachelor's degree in Computer Science, graduating in 2020. Yes, that means I did Launch School alongside school. It was long and difficult road to persist and finish - I paused my subscription/studies several times in the 2 years I went through Core, and there were times when I nearly let go of my goal of getting to Capstone. Th...
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FAQs

How much does Launch School cost?

Launch School costs around $199. On the lower end, some Launch School courses like The Capstone Program cost $0.

What courses does Launch School teach?

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

Where does Launch School have campuses?

Launch School teaches students Online in a remote classroom.

Is Launch School worth it?

Launch School hasn't shared alumni outcomes yet, but one way to determine if a bootcamp is worth it is by reading alumni reviews. 92 Launch School alumni, students, and applicants have reviewed Launch School on Course Report - you should start there!

Is Launch School legit?

We let alumni answer that question. 92 Launch School alumni, students, and applicants have reviewed Launch School and rate their overall experience a 4.84 out of 5.

Does Launch School offer scholarships or accept the GI Bill?

Right now, it doesn't look like Launch School offers scholarships or accepts the GI Bill. We're always adding to the list of schools that do offer Exclusive Course Report Scholarships and a list of the bootcamps that accept the GI Bill.

Can I read Launch School reviews?

You can read 92 reviews of Launch School on Course Report! Launch School alumni, students, and applicants have reviewed Launch School and rate their overall experience a 4.84 out of 5.

Is Launch School accredited?

While bootcamps must be approved to operate, accreditation is relatively rare. Launch School doesn't yet share information about their accreditation status.

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