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 help you build a solid foundation in web development, design, and entrepreneurship. You'll apply what you learn towards the goal of shipping your real product. You will learn everything you need to build the back-end, design the front-end, and bring your product to market. Its about more than learning to code. Starter School believes you can take your mind, your passions, your ideas, and use them to build your own solutions to the problems you see around you.
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Minimum Skill Level Grasp of basic HTML & CSS Placement Test No Interview No Start Date None scheduled Cost $2,000 Class size 20 Location ChicagoYou don’t need prior coding experience to take Beginner HTML & CSS. We actually expect it! HTML and CSS are a great place to start because they're the two dominant languages of the web and the skeleton of all websites. If you're proficient with HTML and CSS, then you'll understand how other sites are made and you'll be able to build sites of your own. In 11 weeks, you’ll be able to take a design and translate it into HTML and CSS for the web. You'll learn how to customize your site with fonts, images, audio, video and get it online.
Minimum Skill Level Beginner Placement Test No Interview No
Deposit N/A Financing Scholarship $2,000 student scholarship $1,000 scholarship for women.
Minimum Skill Level Basic Computer Skills Prep Work 4-week Foundations Course Placement Test No Interview Yes Start Date None scheduled Cost $36,000 Class size 25 Location Chicago
Minimum Skill Level N/A Placement Test No Interview Yes Start Date None scheduled Cost $15,810 Class size N/A Location ChicagoSummer of Code is a coding education program uniquely designed for ambitious college students seeking to supplement their traditional education by learning real world skills and building a portfolio of impressive projects. You bring the energy, curiosity and fierce dedication — we'll provide a world-class school for becoming an expert level coder in one summer.
Deposit N/A Scholarship $1,000 scholarship for women.
Minimum Skill Level College Students Only Placement Test Yes Interview Yes
- User Experience Design
In PersonPart Time3 Hours/week10 Weeks
Start Date None scheduled Cost $2,000 Class size N/A Location ChicagoYou may design a site that's beautiful to look at or develop a site that uses the latest technology – but if it doesn’t meet a real user need, it’ll be irrelevant. User experience design is about making all the elements come together so you can create something meaningful, useful, and pleasurable for the people you're trying to reach. This class will give you the skills to research, test, and validate your ideas.
Minimum Skill Level N/A Placement Test No Interview No Start Date None scheduled Cost $8,000 Class size 28 Location Chicago
Deposit 1000 Financing Financing is available for this class with Climb Credit. Skills Fund, Upstart and Pave offer similar options.
Minimum Skill Level Beginner Placement Test No Interview Yes
Starter League Reviews
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- web dev- 5/28/2015Mike Land • independent web and mobile developer • Graduate • Course: Web Development • Campus: Chicago
- HTML/CSS Course Review- 1/20/2015Meghan Frost • Senior Designer • Graduate • Course: Web Development • Campus: Chicago
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 online courses felt choppy and never seemed to bring all the pieces together. The Starter League's classroom setting helped me finally make sense of everything. The curriculum not only covers how to write code, but starts with the basics so you really understand the semantics of what your writing. My instructor answered student questions thoroughly and supported his answers with real-world examples. He even offered one-on-one instruction outside of class for those who needed it. When all was said and done I was able to build a clean, fully functional hand-coded website while understanding each line of code I wrote.
- Not a good experience- 1/19/2015Anonymous • Developera • Campus: Chicago
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, introductions, nothing. Do not recommend this as a path if you want to be a working developer unless you want it to be a very long and difficult endeavor. It is already hard enough to get a developer job, you don't need unhelpful people that you paid a lot of money.
- Starter School- 10/19/2014Harsha Murthy • Graduate • Campus: Chicago
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 Networking and History of Computer Science class I was disheartened. I realized that it would be two to three years before I knew enough to start building things. So I dropped out.
I found the Starter League through a friend and was inspired the second I walked in to 1871. I thought I was going to Starter School to learn how to code but I learned so much more.
We began by diving head first into Ruby and Rails, database modeling, HTML & CSS, SQL and much more. But Starter School sets itself apart by injecting design and entrepreneurship into the program. The actual code is just the first step to building a successful product. These areas are equally important, if not more, and you'll learn from the best in the business.
Learning from real world practitioners, I was able to launch a successful product in nine months. I've received many job offers and am currently deciding which path to take.
There are a lot of schools out there that teach you to code, Starter School will teach you how to build a successful product.
- Turn your idea into a reality.- 10/16/2014Garrett Martin • Junior software developer • Student • Course: Starter School • Campus: Chicago
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 you the best people in their fields to teach, but the way each of them build products is very different. Over the course of nine months, I learned how to develop a lens through which I can look at conflicting advice objectively, and make a decision on what I think will best move my project forward.
Not only was what I learned incredibly valuable for anyone looking to start a career in software, but learning them as a nineteen year old college dropout changed my life. I already got a job as a junior developer at a fast-growing startup in Chicago. I have no regrets about leaving college to go to Starter School.