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App Academy

Courses: Bootcamp Prep, Software Engineer Track: In-Person, Software Engineer Track: Online

Locations

Online, San Francisco, NYC

About App Academy

App Academy is a coding school that offers online and in-person training programs with no tuition cost until you’re hired as a Software Engineer earning over $50,000. The career changing outcomes that App Academy has produced since being founded in 2012... Read More

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Courses

Bootcamp Prep

  • Cost: $2,999
  • Duration: 4 weeks
Locations: Online, San Francisco, NYC
Course Description:

Bootcamp Prep is a 4-week, part-time course, guaranteed to get you accepted at the most selective coding schools or your money back. The program will teach you up to an advanced level of JavaScript, and instructors provide you with 1-on-1 mock interviews, as well assist with your individual bootcamp applications.

There are multiple course and pricing options for students interested in the Bootcamp Prep:
Bootcamp Prep Live: Cost $2,999
Bootcamp Prep Online: Cost (Three Tiers) $995, $1,795, $3,795

Subjects: CSS, HTML, Algorithms, Node.js, JavaScript

Software Engineer Track: In-Person

  • Cost: $17,000
  • Duration: 16 weeks
Locations: NYC, San Francisco
Course Description:

In 16 weeks, you'll learn all the skills needed to begin a career as a web developer. Through hands-on projects, we train you to build web applications with Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, and React/Flux. Prior programming experience isn't required. However, you will need lots of tenacity and a passion for building cool stuff.

App Academy now offers flexible financing and deferred tuition for their Full Time Program:
- $17k upfront tuition payment
- $23k (9k upfront, 13k deferred tuition payment)
-$28k (fully deferred tuition payment, 3k deposit ).

Subjects: Design Principles, CSS, HTML, jQuery, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, SQL, Algorithms, JavaScript, UX

Software Engineer Track: Online

  • Cost: $20,000
  • Duration: 24 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

The Software Engineer Track: Online program offers members an almost identical experience to our in-person full-stack course with daily video demos, live q&a instruction, projects, pair programming, live lectures from App Academy instructors, white-boarding, career services and more. It costs $0 upfront and you only pay if you’re hired as a developer (upfront and hybrid payment options are also available). The course is full-time, Mon-Fri, from 8am-5pm PST, and will get you job-ready in 24 weeks. Please note: we are unable to accept applications from New York residents at this time to the SWE: Online program.

Subjects: CSS, HTML, MongoDB, Docker, GraphQL, Ruby on Rails, Redux, React.js, SQL, Node.js, Express.js, JavaScript

App Academy Reviews

Average Ratings (All Programs)

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4.69/5

(971 reviews)
    8/12/2020
  • Anonymous
  • Software Engineer Track: Online
  • Graduated: 2020

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"You can do it."

When I started the pre-course work for AppAcademyI hadn't touched a line of code, but now I'm a software developer.

Yes, the course is HARD. It will be the hardest thing you've ever done, but the system works. If you as an individual, put in the work and... Read More

With AppAcademy, I felt like my cost breakdown was something like:
20% Curriculum
30% Support from Teachers
50% Providing a System that kept myself accountable for my learning

That 50% 'system' meant adhering to an assessment system, a strike system for attendances and notes, and the pressures to keeping up with my cohort.

If your question is, "Is AppAcademy is worth it?", you're asking the wrong question. The question should be, "Am I prepared to give what it takes to trust the system and dedicate my LIFE to learning a new career in 24-weeks?"

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    8/11/2020
  • Charles B Simpson | Software Engineer
  • Software Engineer Track: Online
  • Graduated: 2020

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"App Academy is a life changing experience. I can not say enough about how happy I am with my decision to attend"

I started in February 2020 and just graduated the Online Full Stack Software Engineer course. I am currently in the ver start of my job hunt and was completely prepared to do outstanding by the course. The material is great and the instructors are super... Read More

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    8/10/2020
  • Geoffrey otieno
  • Graduated: 2020

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"My App Academy Experience"

App Academy is a rigorous bootcamp for sure. You dive into a lot of content and before you know it 6 months have passed. I was part of their online track and it was by far one of the most difficult thing I have done. You go from console logging "hello... Read More

Only con is that the curriculum is being improved and we will occasionally get some errors in the readings. The TAs and Instructors do clarify during lecture but for a top bootcamp I would like to see those ironed out in the future. Overall it was worth it and it changed my life!

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    7/29/2020
  • Mai Van Wagner | newly-grad
  • Software Engineer Track: Online
  • Graduated: 2020

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"App Academy is extremely awesome!"

Coming here from another country, learning English and Programming languages at once is definitely a tough journey for me. It took me a very long time to figure out which program/bootcamp is suitable for me. I was trying to learn how to code with a bunch... Read More

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    7/29/2020
  • Anonymous | Software Engineer
  • Software Engineer Track: Online
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Best choice I've ever made"

I came into the curriculum with a basic foundation of coding, however I had no experience in software development and in a mere 6 months I can say that I am much more confident in my ability to produce an application. App Academy not only teaches you... Read More

Pros
- The support from the TA's and Instructors are nice to have, especially when you aren't grasping a concept.
- 4 projects, consisting of 2 group project and 2 solo projects gives you a lot of experience working with different ideas, people, and technologies.
- Presence of a career coach makes the job search process feel much more structured.
- The focus on mini-projects while your learning really re-enforces the concepts learned for the day
- Learn Python for the online full-stack cohorts instead of Ruby
Cons
- Since I was in a Cohort with a new curriculum some of the material seemed like it was rushed or just not presented in a clear and concise way.

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    7/28/2020
  • Anonymous
  • Software Engineer Track: Online
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Effective, fast, demanding"

App Academy is the 'fast track' to landing a career in tech. They focus on web design. The curriculum I went through was for Javascript and Python, and using React and Flask frameworks, but they teach you how to get there all the way from the basics of... Read More

Benefits:
* The latter half of the program teaches the frameworks mentioned above alongside building projects with those frameworks to populate a portfolio on your resume. I was delighted to find that they tackle every aspect of the job search process, since I had effectively no portfolio before a/A.
* Schedule includes weeks to focus entirely on projects and gain skills working on a team, as well as 'half-and-half' weeks to do solo projects and resume crafting, and of course many more weeks spent on new concepts.
* Schedule is very flexible, and instruction team is fair. Assessments may be curved or re-evaluated based on the cohort.
* Every member of app academy (that I interacted with) takes responsibility if something is wrong or needs clarification, fixing, or more time. I don't remember anyone being unapproachable.

Criticisms:
* When students get deferred to another cohort, they simply disappear. I understand it may be embarrassing to defer (although it shouldn't be - life happens, you need more time, it didn't click), but just silently removing them might not be the best solution. I felt the cohort steadily shrinking as people left, and became increasingly stressed that it would happen to me, since we were the first cohort of the year and the students ahead of us had different curriculum and couldn't join us. Most other cohorts will not be in this situation, though, as they will have new students join.
* The 24 week pace isn't as consistent as I'd like. The first 4 weeks are essentially just making sure you passed the free online intro to programming course that they offer, or getting you up to speed if you didn't. It very quickly ramps up, and some weeks have very difficult assessments while other weeks see a class average of 100%. I understand some material is very hard to assess, though - such as learning a new framework or database, where it is more trivia than anything else.

Final jurisdiction:
I had graduated from uni without much of a portfolio, and without the ability to pass coding interviews despite my degree. In my opinion, the curriculum should be a little more polished and probably focus more on algorithms and react (the most important, most recurring subjects). As for me, I don't regret my time spent here at all, and I got a lot out of it.

- Drew

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    7/28/2020
  • Anonymous | software engineer
  • Software Engineer Track: Online
  • Graduated: 2020

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"best experience ever"

It was a great experience with app Academy. Everybody is so helpful and friendly. I enjoyed everyday with a/a, and I learned many things from everybody, it was an amazing experience and I m so proud to be part of it.
I really appreciate that they offer... Read More

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    7/24/2020
  • Daniel Chau | Software Engineer
  • Graduated: 2020

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"App Academy is no easy smooth ride, but if you stay on top of it, you're in good hands."

There are definitely many pros and cons to the program. It can be very emotional at times, but there are strong resources and a community to rely on. It is definitely fast-paced and work-load intensive, however it is manageable with strong mentality and... Read More

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    7/24/2020
  • Anonymous
  • Software Engineer Track: In-Person
  • Graduated: 2020

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"A good way to get started"

As someone who was debating between attending App Academy or another bootcamp, I ultimately do not regret my decision to enroll with App Academy. There were several unknown factors at the time of my decision making (such as not knowing if in-person learning... Read More

PROS:
- This program will, at the end of the day, accomplish its goal of teaching you how to code. Or at the very least, will help equip you to continue learning more on your own after the bootcamp is over
- It's recognized as one of the top bootcamps, which is significant since bootcamps can have a stigma associated with them in the actual workplace
- The TAs seem to genuinely want everyone to succeed, and the fact that they are all former students makes them more empathetic to the pressure on current students

CONS:
- Curriculum or general operating procedures don't seem as polished as they could be. Several of the recorded video lectures towards the middle of the curriculum seem more dated, which didn't instill the highest sense of confidence in the product that App Academy provides
- Intense focus on passing assessments. As other reviews mention, the foundation of the curriculum is based on weekly (and towards the end, bi-weekly) assessments. Failing any of the fundamentals assessments (weeks 1 and 2) results in being deferred to another cohort, and failing any 2 of the 6 remaining assessments results in dismissal. While this certainly keeps students on their toes, it also results in prioritizing just passing the assessment over understanding the concepts, especially if you don't have any prior CS knowledge
- Pair-programming for hours every day, especially over Zoom, is taxing. Pair programming is clearly a huge part of the App Academy experience, but as one of the first cohorts that was taught the in-person curriculum entirely over Zoom, it would have been preferable to see App Academy try to be more creative in addressing specific needs of an online experience

All in all, if you're looking for a way to accelerate your journey into becoming a software engineer, feel that you have a good support system, and are ready to work really hard, a bootcamp might be the right choice for you.

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    7/24/2020
  • Stephanie Echeverria-Dixon
  • Software Engineer Track: In-Person
  • Graduated: 2020

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"So glad I did App Academy."

Honestly, I was convinced at the beginning that App Academy wasn’t for me. I’m a weirdo-artsy Latina with a ton of family commitments and chronic illness/disabilities that I knew would make the “valorization of working 90 hours a week” bootcamp model... Read More

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App Academy's average rating is 4.69 out of 5.0 based on 971 review(s).

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Frequently Asked Questions

What financing options are offered by App Academy?

App Academy offers many financing options, such as Income Share Agreements, Loan Financing, and Upfront Payments.

What courses are offered at App Academy?

There are many courses you can take at App Academy. These include Bootcamp Prep, Software Engineer Track: In-Person, Software Engineer Track: Online

What types of programs are offered at App Academy?

App Academy has Full-Time programs for students that can be taken online or in-person.

In these programs, students can learn from and take advantage of guided lectures, live pair programming, white-boarding, career and job placement services, and more.

What are the job outcomes for App Academy?

The average salary after graduation is $90,000 in New York and $101,000 in San Francisco, and 74% of alumni find a job.

App Academy alumni work at various tech companies, such as Google, Dropbox, PayPal, Facebook, Github, and more.

What is the application process at App Academy like?

Prospective students will need to submit an online form and complete an interview to apply to App Academy.

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