App Academy is a software development school that seeks to change what people expect from education. App Academy offers a variety of training programs, including a 12-week immersive coding and job placement program, where 98% of graduates have been placed in software development roles at an average salary of $105,000 in San Francisco and $89,000 in New York City. We've trained over 1,000 students, more than 40,000 people have applied for the course, and we’ve been profitable for the last three years.
Our tuition model is game-changing. Students only pay if they find a job within 12 months after the course. No job, no tuition. This allows us to select students for their talent and passion regardless of what’s in their bank account. Each course bootstraps dozens of students out of fina...Read more
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|Location||Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, NYC, Online, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle|
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App Academy has got to be the best coding bootcamp around, and I would say the best coding education period.
First of all, the TAs are some of the smartest people I've ever met and they go the extra mile to make sure you understand the material.
Second of all, the course goes at lightning speed. You're always motivated to work as hard as humanly possible because the material is fun, the supplementary videos and homework are awesome, and because of the pair programming aspect.
Third, by the end of the course you not only know how to create web apps, you know how to teach yourself practically anything. A big part of the time spent at App Academy is spent figuring out how to accomplish things, and that's one of the most important skills as a programmer.
Thanks to App Academy, I...Read more
App Academy was an amazing experience. From learning the basics of Ruby through developing full stack web apps, the instructors are always extremely helpful and push you to be your best. I feel like my education at App Academy has set me up for success, not just right now, but also in the long run.
For anyone determined to make a career change to software development, I cannot recommend App Academy enough. It was incredibly strenuous, but it was totally worth the effort. You will legitimately spend about 70-80 hours a week working for three months, but you learn so much. I had around two years of intermittent experience in software development prior to the course. Most of what I learned was through Ruby on Rails tutorials and some personal Rails applications, all self-taught. App Academy had a perfect mix of CS theory and practical development to enrich my understanding of building software. This mix also provided an excellent foundation for branching-out and learning other tools than what are taught in the curriculum. I still look back at the curriculum material for reference bec...Read more
I can't recommend this program enough to anyone considering it! I went from knowing next to nothing about programming and barely making money to having a full time job as a software engineer making six figures and building cool stuff. Honestly, attending App Academy was one of the best decisions I've ever made.
App Academy took over my life for 3 months, but now I have job! The pace of the curriculum, daily projects, and weekly assessments were a constant source of anxiety, but it all combined to cram more CS knowledge into my head than I thought was possible in such a short amount of time.
While there was a good mix of theory and framework/language-specific details, there were times it felt like we could have benefited from lingering on a topic for a week longer. CSS, for example, felt like an afterthought in the curriculum.
Another great feature of the course were the TAs, who were all extremely smart and helpful. It was also refreshing to simply be around a group of students who were mostly very smart and easy to work with.
One misconception I had going into the course was that ...Read more
I tried to learn to program on my own, and got pretty far. I had too many moments where I wished I could just raise my hand and ask a question from a real-life person. That alone made App Academy necessary to me.
Their curriculum is HARD. I've always wanted to live in San Francisco, and I had arrived a day before class so I didn't have time to explore. 3 months later, I still hadn't explored SF because I had ZERO spare time. Even giving the course 100%, there's still material that I missed simply because I didn't have the energy to learn because of how tired I was. Having said that, they cover EVERYTHING. There is very little that I've heard at my new job that doesn't at least sound familiar from App Academy. They really go above and beyond to give you the opportunity to lea...Read more
App Academy was a great experience. Just a little under a month after graduating I accepted an offer for a position as a backend engineer paying the advertised average salary for graduates. As far as I can tell my classmates are also having success in getting interviews and offers.
App Academy makes money when its graduates get good jobs, and the course reflects that. The quality of instruction isn't bad, exactly—I would rate it slightly below average. But if you are looking for one on one support, a vibrant community feel, or a thoughtful introduction to fundamentals, you will not get it there. What you will get is an extremely focused curriculum, a no-nonsense environment that motivates people who already have some natural ability, and a lot of very good advice about your job search. App Academy is changing so much and so fast that I hesitate to speak too much about its specific practices when I attended. We didn't get much immediate help with job placement. The partners they touted didn't materialize in NYC. But I got a very good job, essentially my dream job, ...Read more
I attended App Academy back in the Spring of 2014 in New York with Jonathan Tamboer as my instructor and about 20 - 25 other student in my cohort. I attended with the hopes of just learning more about software development and become proficient in a web language, such as Ruby. App Academy delivered all that and more.
Both our instructor and TA were very helpful and attentive. Jonathan was very aware of how everyone was receiving the material and focused his attention where appropriate to ensure everyone was on the same page. I will say that the pace of course is not for everyone. It is intense and you can easily fall too far behind if you are not careful.
I ended up deciding to immediately pursue a job as a software engineer and it didn't take long to find the perfect fit. I felt ...Read more
I never thought I could learn so much in 3 months. The curriculum and staff is amazing! You learn really good coding style and best practices and will leave the program a strong enough programmer to learn whatever language or framework you want. It is a very stressful experience, not because of the constant work, but because they kick a fair number of students out of the programs for test scores. Also, I strongly recommend using erganomics as a preventative rather than a treatment, for carpel tunnel.
TL;DR: No exaggeration, App Academy was a life changing experience for me, and if you are willing to work hard it can be life changing for you as well.
I started out with a little experience programming and the idea that I might like to do it professionally and app academy tough me the skills I needed to do just that. The application process requires you to work hard but is also highly rewarding. The prep materials they provide give you a clear path toward what you will need to learn to get accepted. I became a better programmer just by learning the material required to get accepted.
The program its self is nothing short of amazing, in my opinion its the ideal model for education. Expert teachers, helpful TAs, and a well rounded and diverse group of smart and enthusiastic peers w...Read more
App Academy was the only program I researched in San Francisco that did not require full payment before obtaining a job. That aligned the school's incentives with the students' incentives and is a big mental relief for a cash-strapped person. I also think it allows them to be more selective in the admissions process.
I thought the curriculum was good when I attended, though it is stressful to be tested every week. Not passing could mean being asked to leave. However, most of my class finished the course, and seem to be doing well as web developers.
You get out of it what you put into it.
a/A worked for me. I learned a boatload, had fun, built stuff, and got a great job as a full-stack software engineer at a good company, where I'm also having fun, building stuff, and learning a boatload.
That said, it's NOT a panacea. I watched people struggle to get in, struggle to stay in, struggle to get jobs, and struggle to keep jobs. I also saw other people do very well.
The program is far from perfect. It's growing faster than it can adapt, leading to problems:
1) Instructor quality varies. There are great lecturers (some of whom have already left since my relatively recent graduation), and there are mediocre lecturers. There are also just straight bad lecturers.
1a) If you rely completely on lecture to learn and understand the...
I took the A/a 4-week bootcamp prep course at their SF location. You can get a weekly rundown via my blog posts from that experience on my blog. If you're a woman, I suggest you take that jump and get in the reads about my experiences from that position.
As an aside: I've gone on to Hackbright Academy and am beyond thrilled with my experiences. My foray into A/a was supportive in some unusual ways. One of those ways was to highlight many of the masculinist and patriarchal cultural values in which the tech community and the App Academy bootcamp are rooted. I was genuinely sad to see so much sexism present in their cohort. I would often arrive early and be in earshot of the full-stack bootcampers and instructors for hours. There were some dicey moments, and a few that made me want to t...Read more
It was an unbelievably intense and challenging program but I stuck with it and came out with a strong understanding of how web applications work with the big picture as well as the details. It was 3-4 months of non-stop learning (not your bullshit college lecture, which involves passively listening to an oldie recite memorized knowledge of a boring textbook but rather an engaging, practical learning that involves applying everything you learn immediately by coding... A LOT.). It was also extremely humbling being around extremely smart people (the best place to be if you want to learn a lot). I had to admit the alumni support and the partner network was underwhelming. So, I did my own thing; instead of blasting out hundreds of applications, I only sent out ~50 quality applications to the...Read more
I would highly recommend App Academy. If you're interested in becoming a software developer and are willing to work hard, this is the best way to do it. In just three months, I went from knowing only a little about coding to being employed as a full-time software engineer at a major Bay Area tech company. The results from App Academy wildly exceeded my expectations, and I can't wait to pursue a career in software. None of it would have been possible without App Academy.
Without going into too much detail, I'd say "believe the hype." Right now there is a huge imbalance in the software market -- demand for software developers is massively outstripping supply, and App Academy's training will put you in position to get one of those highly coveted software jobs.
If you'd like to lear...Read more
The reason I chose App Academy was that they were the only bootcamp that relied on YOUR success as a business model. With the deferred payment model you don't pay until you are employed. This gave me all of the faith that I needed in the program to start my journey!
The coursework is very well put together, and covers an ever-changing array of technologies. They stay up to date, and are always trying to produce the most employable junior developers in the country. If you are thinking about it, just do it. You won't be disappointed.
App Academy was an amazing life experience that I encourage anyone to attend that is looking to transition into the software industry.
After grinding in finance for 2 years, I was concerned that I would never gain the skills needed to join the fast growing tech industry. Enter App Academy. I attended the SF cohort in March 2016, and in roughly 3 months, they took me from a programming newbie into a software engineer able to push production level code. One month later, I landed a back end engineering position earning roughly $120K.
The secret to the program's success is that the incentives are aligned. UNLIKE ANY OTHER BOOT CAMP, App Academy does not charge you tuition until you are hired. Consequently, the curriculum is extremely hands on and tailored to you gaining the knowledge...Read more
I was a graduate student in a humanities field, scraping by on ~15k a year to qualify for a professor position that I never really wanted and wouldn't have been prepared for. (Let alone could have gotten in the state the jobs market is in with academia).
I heard about AppAcademy back in the beginning, paid my $3k deposit and moved to New York, and worked my ass off for 12 weeks drinking copious amounts of coffee and learning to code. From the first day of coding to the last day of negotiating my final job offer, a/A was behind me all the way (although I did have to tap into a couple other networks to get hired at a place I liked).
Now I make ~120k a year doing something I'm good at. AppAcademy was and is completely brilliant for making its tuition dependent on first year's wages -...Read more
Hi, I read your review and had to comment. I have an MS in psychology who has 0 experience with programming. I'm not good at math, and logic testing isn't something that comes natural to me. Yet, I have this thirst to learn more about web development. I'm currently trying to teach myself how to code. Do you really think someone with a background like, and not analytical can get and keep a job as a web developer?
App Academy was an excellent and life changing experience for me. Sure there are some things that weren't perfect, but in the grand scheme of things, they are doing some really amazing stuff.
But prepare to work your ass off for up to 6 months, possibly more, during the program and probably even more during the job search. It is not a golden ticket into a job, but a helpful foot in the door of the industry, and the fastest possible way to go from zero to being able to write and understand code.
As far as outcome, I got a job as a Full Stack Software Engineer at $105K, and it took me about 1.5 months out of the program to land the job.
* they taught a lot really quickly and really well -- they're the reason I'm employed now
* lots of opportunities to ask for help from smart TAs
* information was delivered really well in manageable chunks
* wasn't clear that they asked for a deposit up front
* when I took the course, the backbone curriculum was a little weak (but that's probably changed)
* mostly left alone during the job search period -- I think they could have been a little more supportive
Summary: Worth it. You can learn this stuff on your own, but it will take much, much longer, and it will be harder to convince employers that you have the requisite skills. While App Academy (and bootcamps) are unknown to some employers, most have heard of the concept and are more willing to take a chance on you than if you have no coding-related experiences on your resume.
- Instructors/curriculum: The quality of instruction was really high. The readings were up-to-date and very clearly written/easy to read. The assignments were challenging and effective at getting you to understand more thoroughly what you were introduced to via the readings. The instructor is basically the bulk of what you're paying for -- they are generally great at debugging your code and some are ...Read more
About two years ago I was feeling stuck and bored in a career as a microbiologist. I had picked up programming as a hobby and found that I really enjoyed it, but I had no idea how to turn it into a job. Around that time, programming "bootcamps" entered my radar, seemingly presenting a viable means to make the switch. After some research, I decided a/A was the one for me, largely due to the pricing structure and an excellent review from a friend of a friend that had recently attended. Let me go off on a tangent here and rave about the pricing structure. If you're not aware, App Academy charges nothing up front (although there is a deposit). You don't pay anything until you get a job and then once you do get a job, you pay a percentage of your salary. This unique model is incredi...Read more
I had a fantastic experience with app academy. It is certainly a stressful few months, but ultimately, it was very much worth it. Not only did the program help me change careers in a very short time, I was able to land a job after a relatively short time with a good salary, working with an organization whose mission and culture match my values.
I chose app academy over other bootcamps because of its tuition structure and its selectiveness, knowing that I would be surrounded by the sharpest peers and colleagues that I could learn with, and the latter was the most important reason in retrospect. My cohort was exceptional -- I had less programming experience than many of my peers, but the curriculum moves so fast that students of all backgrounds were constantly challenged and engaged....Read more
Looking back after 6 months at my new programming job, I'm impressed with how well the App Academy curriculum prepared me for my daily work. I highly recommend this program for an intensive transition into programming and support getting a job in the field.
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