San Diego Code School
San Diego Code School is a one-year long software development apprenticeship in San Diego. Apprentices are paid to complete technical training and 2,000 hours of paid work in the program. Apprentices train to become either a Software Engineer (specializing in Systems Software or Applications) or a QA Automation Engineer.
Software Engineer apprentices at SDCS specializing in Systems Software learn C# and .NET, Imperative and Object-Oriented Programming paradigms, data structures and algorithms, ASP.net, SQL, Azure, and GitHub, and more.
Software Engineer apprentices at SDCS specializing in Applications learn ReactJS, Redux and React-Router, Relational Databases, NoSQL databases including MongoDB and Redis, Express JS, and more.
QA Automation Engineer apprentices at SDCS learn Manual Software Testing, Test Automation, scripting methods, building artifacts and assets for websites, the use of task runners and deployment workflows to deploy a website to the public using 12-factor application development patterns, Agile workflow, and more.
Recent San Diego Code School Reviews: Rating 4.53
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In PersonFull Time8 Weeks
Deposit N/A FinancingNot available. Refund / Guarantee 1 week, we guarantee you won't get a job if you don't do the work. Scholarship Please inquire.
Minimum Skill Level Beginner Prep Work We offer a free 40 hour course Placement Test No Interview Yes
San Diego Code School Reviews
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- Fantastic stepping stone towards a career- 1/31/2020Cavan Stewart • Graduate • Campus: San Diego • Verified via LinkedInFrom the beginning of my time at San Diego Code School, I was welcomed by a helpful community of aspiring software developers and a knowledgeable industry veteran in Michael Roberts. The way the course is setup was perfect for me. It encourages cooperation between classmates and Michael acts as a fail safe in case you are completely lost. This really teaches you to be resourceful and able to learn new things individually which is a skill required in this industry. Additionally, Wesley was added as an instructor while I was there which provided even more assistance when you hit roadblocks.
The group projects were especially helpful in preparing me for real world development. I learned best practices which impressed interviewers when they asked me if I've programmed in a team setting. I strongly believe I would not have stood out as an applicant unless I had this kind of experience.
The career services that they offer were fantastic and helped me refine my resume/portfolio and offered opportunities in the form of career fairs every month. After the program, you can keep working in the work space and there are weekly meetups for creating projects with your fellow graduates. I personally got a job the week after I graduated.
Honestly, I don't think I would have had a better experience at any other code school. The price point is a steal and it will pay off exponentially as long as you keep working hard and coding every day.
Response From: Mike Roberts of San Diego Code SchoolTitle: Founder, CEOTuesday, Feb 04 2020Hey, Thanks for your feedback. You worked hard and we are happy to hear about how you successfully started a career so quickly. It makes my day to hear that you gained a lot of value and had such a great experience. We are also excited to have Wes on board and know he will help us do big things for our community in 2020 and beyond. On behalf of the entire team congratulations!
- Cash :-* • Student • Campus: San Diego • Verified via LinkedIn
I've been asked by numerous students via LinkedIn, Slack, and text message to write a review of my experience because they “know [I’ll] be honest,” “don't need the ‘employment services,’” and they are afraid to share their true experience for fear of retaliation and/or ostracism, yet want prospective students to “know what they are getting into.” I hadn’t written anything to date because, honestly, I couldn’t find myself caring too much about speaking up for the people who watched what happened to me and other students in real time happen and never stood up for us—yet sent plenty of private messages of “support, empathy, or solidarity.” Because I am a person for the people and believe in standing up for what is right, however, I’ll share. I keep receipts; screenshots, text messages, and audio recordings, so, denial is cute and all, but receipts don’t lie. Watch—my review won’t get a response from the owner because, how can you respond to this?
I relocated to San Diego from Texas days before the beginning of “class” solely for the 4-month membership to a dimly lit and poorly maintained co-working space with little to no parking-- I mean, “full stack immersion bootcamp." What I got was the opportunity to constantly be torn down, belittled, mansplained, patronized, gaslit, and discriminated against (ask me about how Michael Roberts pulled me into his office one day to share how he thought I would be more ‘grateful’ for the opportunity to get into tech as a black women and more ‘mindful’ of “playing into the negativity” of others’ complaints about sexism and lack of resources because, “as a minority and member of the LGBTQ community, you would think [I] would be more sympathetic to his position as a black man trying to run a business.” Yeah, I don’t know wtf that has to do with code school, either, but he had this conversation with me MORE than once. Fun times. Even more fun times because I have many of these conversations recorded.)
You will be given access to a ‘curriculum’ that you are expected to go through at your own pace—but somehow always be told you are behind and disappointing them, to then be told that, while you were not, truly, behind, that this was their way of ‘motivating,’ and that it usually works for most students to get them to graduate early. Lol what?
Oh, and don’t be fooled. This is not a “school.” The owner/“mentor” (because a teacher he is not) will constantly remind you of this and how he is NOT a teacher, but a ‘guide’ lol a guide to help you decipher the grammatically incorrect and error riddled GitHub repositories and out of date or broken links to Facebook lives or TED talks about some old man’s journey to create a system/program/app you will not be learning about in your course, I suppose—though, he doesn’t do that, either. He will stare at you blankly until you just walk away. His “assistant,” [name redacted], will then come to you later, privately, quietly, to answer your questions and agree that the errors render much of the course useless to someone with no CS background. Privately and quietly, though.
You will be lured in by the price and promise of a flexible schedule, coaching, support, mentorship, and post-graduate employment assistance. You will not receive any of the above. You WILL receive, however, sometimey access to a co-working space with harsh lighting, no parking, a room full of people you are never introduced to—yet expected to befriend and ask for help, only to be shown how to google the answers to the plagiarized “lessons” in your curriculum because “[they] don’t get it, either,” and an extremely rude and homophobic woman who isn’t fit to bag your thrift finds at the local 25 cent store, let alone handle your… what does she even do, honestly, besides process your non-refundable payment and sit in on meetings she admits to having no knowledge about to play the mommy dearest role and utilize basic Psych 101 tactics to attempt to break down your self-esteem so that you can be “rebuilt” into their version of an obedient, low to medium wage worker.
This is a very low budget boys club, the mecca for boys lacking in testosterone and searching for the opportunity to not feel like an incel for once in their lives. There is no integrity to be found in this back alley basement, and, if you are a woman (especially if you are a member of any additional minority class), keep a box of tissues in your bag, because you WILL be bullied, ganged up on, and made to cry, multiple times. Your intelligence will constantly be insulted, your sex will constantly be brought up, and your ideas/input will be mocked and laughed at, regardless as to whether or not you are the ONLY one in your group completing the exercises correctly.
At the end of the day, people with little to no adult life experience, people with very low self-esteem, infantile men who are eager to fit into the "boys club," and women who are okay with being belittled, discriminated against, and love being mansplained how to "be the kind of woman the guys in tech will like" will find themselves happy to write a non-descript 5 star review of their experience in exchange for the promise of networking opportunities in a circle in which the "instructor" is still an outsider of himself.
I can't in good conscience recommend this experience to anyone who makes their own money; if your parents still pay all of your bills and you can afford to waste 8+ weeks of your life being bullied and spoken down to (by someone of below average intelligence-- feel free to ask for stories because, WHEW, these folks were FUNNY), knock yourself out. I suppose your trip down depression lane would make for good blog reading or an entertaining train wreck of a YouTube channel.
Google is your friend. As are peoples actual job histories. Do your due diligence. Anybody can be who they want to be on the internet. Including [name redacted]. Playas eff up. I took this L like a champ and moved on. Didn’t even threaten any legal action for their many breaches of contract and discriminatory practices. And for those of you who attended this school and witnessed the things I shared here and did nothing about it (except reach out to me privately), please understand that your silence makes you complicit in all of these egregious acts (and, in such a litigious society as ours, liable for damages as well. Receipts, remember?).
You are responsible for your success. You are also responsible for your life decisions. Should attending SDCS be one of your life decisions, please find me afterwards and tell me your stories so I can laugh at your pain—in solidarity, of course.
Response From: Mike Roberts of San Diego Code SchoolTitle: Founder, CEOTuesday, Jan 07 2020I am sorry you don't feel you were treated fairly. I wish we had an opportunity to speak before you withdrew from our program.
San Diego Code School is committed to equity for all of our students especially those that are women, minorities, LGBTQ, or have special needs. We are proud of our diverse student population and that of our alumni. As you are aware, we conducted an investigation of each of the claims you made while you were enrolled and found zero evidence to support your allegations after interviewing all of our students.
The mean spirited language you used to describe your experience and other people demonstrates your level of passion but doesn't represent the truth. You are still not willing to give the most basic level of courtesy and respect to our students and staff that are working hard every day to create new opportunities.
Based on feedback you gave us while you were in our program we made a lot of effort to provide you and all of our students a quiet space to study, a variety of lighting (although most students prefer less overhead light), and on several occasions, we discussed how to go about locating ample free public parking within a two-minute walk to campus. We are always eager to listen to feedback and to make the experience for all students as supportive as possible.
We wish you well. I still believe you can transition into a technical role if that is what you wish. I would be happy to discuss further with you directly.
- Helped land me a job- 12/23/2019Frank • Graduate • Campus: San Diego • Verified via LinkedIn
Great curriculum, good instruction and excellent career services. The support you get from the instructors and the other students are perfect. The course is rigorous and hard but will get you prepared for a job. The best thing I learned was communicating about code which was hard to do with self-studying. The school holds career fairs every month and I was able to land a job from one of them. I'm grateful for Mike and Margaret and all of my fellow students for a wonderful experience.
- Great experience, Great instructor- 9/7/2019Taylour Pinard • Graduate • Course: Front-End Web Development Certificate Program • Campus: San Diego • Verified via LinkedInI have had an excellent experience at San Diego Code School, Michael is a great instructor with a passion for teaching students how to teach themselves and preparing them for the workforce. The project-based curriculum was challenging yet rewarding and I learned a ton.
- Alumni- 8/5/2019Gian Delprado • Full stack Jr. web developer M.E.R.N. • Graduate • Course: Front-End Web Development Certificate Program • Campus: San Diego • Verified via LinkedIn
- The best code camp in San Diego, hands down!- 2/9/2019Samuel Warren • Graduate • Course: Front-End Web Development Certificate Program • Campus: San Diego • Verified via GitHub
Why is San Diego Code School (SDCS) the best code camp in San Diego? The cuttting-edge technolgy stack you will learn, the access to a career network, the intimacy of the classroom- with instructors that are able to help you in real time in those moments you feel stuck, the camraderie of fellow students who share your goals, instructors who want you to get that job and not just stand on the other side of a transaction, and a unique North County location. Simply put, SDCS delivers a 'coding education' that no other school in San Diego of any sort (code school or traditional university) offers, even if they wanted to.
It used to be overwhelming to contemplate where to even begin when it came to learn how to code. Now, I feel empowered to say I have a new set of skills as well as a newfound confidence in being able to learn addiitional things on my own, after having finished my education at SDCS. Truth be told, anyone can teach themselves to code. The information is readily available on the internet. But this just makes things so much easier! Being lead by industry professionals that mentor you, telling you what is useful to learn/implement, and perhaps most importantly- what is not, is an invaluable resource that will jumpstart a rewarding and fulfillng career. If you are thinking about a code school, I can't recommed SDCS enough! They have changed my life and I will forever be grateful to them!
- Learned a lot!- 2/8/2019Lydia Alston • Graduate • Course: Front-End Web Development Certificate Program • Campus: San Diego • Verified via LinkedIn
When I was researching coding boot camps in San Diego my friend recommended working with Michael Roberts since she had completed his curriculum and got a job. That gave me confidence in San Diego Code School and in their program.
Michael is a very knowledgeable instructor and very good at showing students how to solve a problem instead of just providing you the straight answer. You do need to research on your own before asking for help. Now he is helping me review my resume and start the job search process.
- Helped me code and land a job!- 10/30/2018Andrew Paulino • Software Developer • Graduate • Campus: San Diego • Verified via LinkedInBefore taking the program I tried to learn to code on my own through a couple high school classes and self-teaching. It was not working and I realized I really needed help because I would only code for a while and then give up when it got tough.Fortunately, I went through the program while it was in beta and the price was very affordable. I felt that I got a lot of support from staff and fellow students, so it was not really a problem that it was "remote". Everyone is helpful and I wasn't ever stuck like I was when learning on my own. During the in person meetings forums and mob programming I felt like I was really learning. I got a lot of 1 on 1 help from Michael and I feel that the program really prepared me for the job search and technical interview.This program helped me land a great job which was something that was a concern for me when I signed up. Even though I live outside of San Diego, I got a lot of help and resources to find a job where I live in LA. Without this program I would not have been able to learn to code quickly. I am so glad I made the choice to attend.
- Highly recommend- 11/21/2019Ryan • Graduate • Campus: San Diego
- SDCS helped me re-launch my career- 11/20/2019Sherry • Software Engineer • Graduate • Campus: San Diego
The other students were great and the environment encourages collaboration and learning from one another. On Day 1 you might be asking tons of questions, but pretty soon you start answering others' questions, which just helps solidify what you are learning. We pair programmed every Saturday morning, which is amazing practice for whiteboarding/coding interviews. We also mob programmed every Sunday, which helps you learn to work with a variety of people who have different competencies and also pushes you to communicate technically effectively.
I landed a job while I was still at SDCS, so I didn't take part in the post-course job services, but I know that Michael will support anyone's career search fully, as long as you are putting in the effort. And Margaret makes sure everything runs smoothly and that students stay on track. Michael and Margaret are people I hope to stay in contact with indefinitely.
All in all, my time at SDCS absolutely helped me launch myself back into software engineering. I highly recommend it.
- A great experience- 11/19/2019Henry Frank • Graduate • Campus: San Diego
It's not a "hold your hand" kind of place though, they do have what I thought was a solid curriculum and are happy to help whenever you need it but a lot of the skillset they're teaching is how to be resourceful and how to have the tools to continue learning yourself after you're out. It's a good fit for people that are very hardworking and invested. Like a lot of things, it is a place where you can get out what you put in.
I do feel prepared for the job search having finished. I have had a few technical interviews and haven't felt too overwhelmed or underprepared.
Overall I recommend it highly.