San Diego Code School
Prospective students should have beginner level coding experience. Graduates will earn a certificate from SDCS. Each student will be prepared for multiple collaboration situations in the workforce such as pair partnering, group projects, mob programming, and individual projects. Students are exposed to the principles of high performing engineering teams and learn to adapt and thrive in challenging situations faster and more effectively than they ever could prior to attending the program. Job placement assistance is offered until students get a job.
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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
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- 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,” Ben, 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 Michael Roberts. 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- 12/24/2019Frank • 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!- 10/31/2018Andrew 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.
- Austin Gray • Software Developer • Student • Campus: San Diego
At a San Diego tech meetup, I heard about a free program offered by SDCS that provided guidance for people searching for an entry level programming position. I learned programming at a different code school that lacked career services, so I was excited to hear that SDCS was willing to support me for free. A few weeks after the job hunt training session taught by Mike, I received my first offer for a full-time programming position. I appreciate Mike at SDCS looking out for me!
- Fantastic Coding Bootcamp- 2/10/2019Daniel Kurtz • Student • Campus: San Diego
One of the most important things a bootcamp can have is knowledgable and dedicated teachers. Michael is incredibly well versed in software development and definitely takes the time to get to know his students and offer the best help he can to guarantee success.
The program also includes numerous project which help the students build their portfolio and even a project working directly with a local company as a final project! Once you finish the program you will be ready to enter the job market and be productive with a focus on scrum and agile programming.
.I would definitely reccomend this course to a friend!
- This is setting me up for my future!- 2/8/2019Tony Silva • Student • Student • Course: Front-End Web Development Certificate Program • Campus: San Diego
I was very hesitant at first to make the leap into a coding bootcamp. I thought the only possible way to get into a career of Software Development was to obtain a Computer Science Degree. After some research and reading a lot of success(more success than failure) stories from bootcampers that made it into the industry, I thought it was my turn. I tried to go at it alone with freeCodeCamp and Team Treehouse at first. I was still working full-time at about 50-60 hrs a week, so it was getting difficult to juggle work, coding and family life(wife and one year old) at the same time. Obviously, coding had to take on a third wheel role at that point.
I knew I had to make a decision about my future because my current career was taking me away from my family for days at a time(field support engineer) and I had reached the top of the ladder in my current role. We had saved up enough money, so that I could take at least a couple months off to learn coding full time. In order for me to accomplish a goal of learning how to code in a short amount of time, I knew an immersive coding bootcamp was the only way to go as you would have an instructor and fellow students to help you get “un-stuck". My family was 100% supportive in me taking the leap, so I started make the arrangements.
I first looked into another coding bootcamp before looking at SDCS. I toured the facility and attended a mob programming session along with a Codewars challenge. I interviewed a couple students as well. They told me about the highs and lows of learning to code, but it was still the best decision they had ever made. This really solidified things for me. Over the next two months, I quit my job and signed up for the course! But alas, that school had closed down. Here came Michael(Founder of SDCS) to the rescue with all the same bells and whistles that the other school provided. With Michael’s 30+ years experience, knowledge of programming and his connections within the industry, I knew choosing his program was the right decision for me. And it didn’t hurt that the cost was MUCH more appealing.
I am getting close to the end of the program now and I do not regret my decision to join one bit. The road ahead is still difficult and there is still SO much to learn, but Michael really helps you to think about problems in a different way and to break them down into smaller manageable chunks. I really enjoy the mob programming sessions as you get to work with a team to solve a common goal. You get to see how other people would solve the same problem and it lets you know what you need to work on learning more of. Same goes for code challenges, which still pull me back down to earth. The best part is learning NEVER stops. You are faced with new challenges daily.
I strongly recommend Michael’s program and San Diego Code School, not only for the cost to value, but for the shear amount of knowledge you obtain in such a short amount of time.
- More of a co-working space than a bootcamp...- 12/17/2019Anonymous • Student • Campus: San Diego
Pretty weird experience here...the biggest problem is that before arriving, they tell you that you will get all of the help and support that you need, and it even says in the contract that you will get 2 hours of assistance each week from staff, but when you're actually there, there is no support except from other students. It seems like they are trying to create a new kind of bootcamp where students who have been there longer teach the newer students...I imagine they do this because there is only one teacher for the entire "school". The one good thing about this place is the price at $2500 for 2 months, which is cheap compared to other bootcamps. But you will soon see why! It was so sad to see new students coming in excited and then watch them realize the situation...the curriculum is basically what you would do for freecodecamp.com, except it has less instructions/explanations. The attitude of the teacher Michael Roberts was especially disappointing...there were so many times where I saw him humiliate students for no reason and make them cry. Many students told me that they were too scared to ask questions for this reason. And they have students submit a bunch of assignments, but no teachers/staff ever check the work. It was like whaaat...? How are they getting away with this? Overall, I didn't learn anything from my time here, and would have done better to just sign up at a coworking space or find a friend to study with and go through freecodecamp or any other free online coding deal. You may see positive reports for this place, but just know that those students probably felt pressured to write them...there is a strange type of bribe culture in the place, where students are told that if the teacher approves of you and if you do what he says, then he will help you get a job. Not very cool.
Response From: Mike Roberts of San Diego Code SchoolTitle: FounderTuesday, Dec 17 2019I am sorry we did not live up to your expectations. An experience like this is a major concern for us. Our graduates typically enjoy great outcomes because we enable students to focus on the really tough work of coding every day and building real software projects with the help of seasoned industry veterans. I invite you to reach out to discuss any additional concerns with us directly. We want everyone to realize their goal of transitioning into a technical role so if we can still help we are happy to do so.
- Really good experience- 8/5/2019Anonymous • Graduate • Graduate • Course: Front-End Web Development Certificate Program • Campus: San Diego
I started at San Diego Code School 3 month ago after quitting my job as a customer service representative, the experience was really good, Mike was really helpful with any question you have, the curriculum was not easy but hey nothing in life is, and again you have some help from Mike and the other instructor. I went through the curriculum with no experienced at all and I made it.
Thanks to everyone at San Diego Code School for all the help, you guys are amazing.