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Starter League

Average Rating4.33
6 Reviews
8 Courses

The Starter League teaches beginner students to code, design, and ship web apps in Chicago, IL. Their program Starter School is a nine-month, in-person grad school for people who want to learn how to build software and start companies. The school focuses on a small class of highly motivated people, hands-on labs, deep-dive workshops, and focused product development. You'll apply what you're learning to your own ideas at every step. From day one, Starter School will...

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  • Mike Land
    independent web and mobile developer • Graduate • Web Development • Chicago
    May 28, 2015
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    Ruby on rails
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  • Meghan Frost
    Senior Designer • Graduate • Web Development • Chicago
    Jan 20, 2015
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    HTML/CSS Course Review

    I would whole-heartedly recommend the Starter League to anyone looking to really understand web development. I began looking into the HTML/CSS course after working for a year in digital design and growing tired of developers telling me things couldn't be done. I wanted to understand how my designs were being built and styled so I could better communicate with the dev team and ultimately become a better designer.

    I tinkered with learning these languages for years but...

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  • Anonymous
    Developera • Chicago
    Jan 19, 2015
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    Not a good experience

    The curriculum is mostly self taught with material that is readily available. Questions often go unanswered, where they even make you feel bad for asking them. The staff are not working developers and have no previous development experience. They possess very limited working knowledge. Absolutely no job assistance is available, no network, introduc...

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  • Harsha Murthy
    Graduate • Chicago
    Oct 19, 2014
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    Starter School

    After graduating high school in 2011, I attended UC Santa Cruz where I began to study Computer Science. I embraced being free from the educational trappings of high school. I was obligated to study subjects that I wasn't passionate about. The only solace I could take was in the exposure I received to various subject areas. I hoped college would be an opportunity to get knowledge that was meaningful to me and applicable in the real world. 
    After a Computer...

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  • Garrett Martin
    Junior software developer • Student • Starter School • Chicago
    Oct 16, 2014
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    Turn your idea into a reality.

    The point of Starter School is to give you a taste of the full spectrum of building a software product. Other bootcamps and software development schools do a great job of making you into a developer, but you don’t always see the bigger picture. Even if you do specialize in just one area, be it programming or design, it is so valuable to be able to speak the other person’s language, or even get your hands dirty with another area of the product.

    Starter School brings yo...

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  • John Meyers
    Web Developer • Graduate • Chicago
    Sep 19, 2014
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    You should go to Starter School

    Exactly one year ago today I was sitting at my desk at my sales job in one of Chicago’s northern neighborhoods. The company I was working for had recently been named ‘The Best Place to Work In Chicago’ for the second straight year. I did not especially like my job. I felt unfulfilled. What kept me going was this little hobby I was working on outside of work. That hobby was HTML and CSS. A friend of mine down in North Carolina, Chance, was also teaching himself how to code and he suggested ...
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Recent Starter League News

Liz Eggleston
Published May 14, 2016
Since the first bootcamp acquisition in June 2014, we’ve seen several coding bootcamps get acquired by a range of companies from for-profit education companies (Capella Education), to co-working companies (WeWork), and other coding bootcamps (Thinkful + Bloc)! With rapid market growth in the bootcamp industry, for-profit education companies are taking note. These acquisitions and consolidatio...
Liz Eggleston
Published March 16, 2016
  Neal Sales-Griffin and Mike McGee launched The Starter League in 2011, and the “coding bootcamp” as we know it was born. Five years later, The Starter League has become ingrained in Chicago’s tech ecosystem, and announced today that they’ll be fully acquired by New York-based Fullstack Academy! This marks the first expansion by Fullstack Academy outside of New York City, and the start of...
Nick Toscano
Published September 22, 2015
Chicago is currently home to a growing lot of coding bootcamp and web immersion programs tasked with preparing students for a lucrative career in web development. Courses providers in Chicago have something for everyone with intensive programs in JavaScript, Ruby and Rails, Java and .NET.  There is a healthy selection of full-time courses as well as part-time bootcamps, workshops, and nig...
Liz Eggleston
Published April 04, 2014
Mike McGee and his co-founder Neal Sales-Griffin taught themselves to code in early 2011 and decided that the world needed a way to do the same. They launched Starter League, a 3-month "bootcamp" in Chicago and just started a 9-month program as well. With their rigorous curriculum and a leadership team stacked with talent like Jason Fried and David Heinemeier-Hansson, it's clear that Star...

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How much does Starter League cost?

Starter League costs around $36,000. On the lower end, some Starter League courses like User Experience cost $2,000.

What courses does Starter League teach?

Starter League offers courses like Advanced HTML & CSS, Beginner HTML & CSS, JavaScript, Software Engineering Immersive and 4 more.

Where does Starter League have campuses?

Starter League has an in-person campus in Chicago.

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