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Location: Boston

Launch Academy is an 18-week immersive JavaScript coding bootcamp offering only four selective on-campus programs in Boston each year.

Launch Academy's web development course equips aspiring software developers with what they need to succeed as professionals... Read More

Launch Academy believes that deliberate practice is the most effective way to learn software development. That means the course is entirely structured around a learn-by-doing approach. Students graduate the program with a portfolio of projects, experiences, and code examples which will help set them apart in the job market.

The program is broken into two phases and provides structured lifetime alumni support. Phase I of the program features an 8-week part -time, virtual 'ignition' phase, which you complete with your fellow cohort students and your full-time engineering instructors. Instructors are available via live chat throughout the ignition process, and students are connected to classmates in the cohort.

Phase II features a 10-week, full-time on-campus phase which culminates in the recruiting event. Once students have established strong programming foundations in Ignition, it's time to take your learning to the professional level. Post graduation, students receive 4 weeks of structured support, as well as lifetime alumni support which includes access to career services and technical support as well as access to the Launch Academy space after 2pm for use to work on projects, continuous curriculum updates as they occur quarterly.

Courses

18-Week On-Campus JavaScript Immersive Bootcamp

Cost: $17,500
Duration: 18 weeks
Locations: Boston
In-person Only
Course Description:

Graduates of this course will be able to:

-> Architect object oriented systems using Ruby and modern JavaScript
-> Develop full-stack web applications using Ruby, Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, and ReactJS
-> Design, model, and populate relational database schema with PostgreSQL and Structured Query Language (SQL)
-> Incorporate Application Programming Interfaces (API)’s into their applications
-> Incorporate Open Source Software (OSS) into their applications
-> Implement automated acceptance and unit tests on both the client and server side with a Test Driven Development (TDD) methodology
-> Deploy web applications to cloud-based hosts like Heroku
-> Collaborate as a participant of a software engineering team through:
-> Empathic and consistent communication
-> Pair Programming
-> GitHub Pull Request Workflow
-> Continuous Integration
-> Release management

The program is split into two phases: Ignition and the On Campus Immersive:

[Phase 1: Ignition]
8 Weeks, Part-time, Virtual
Eight weeks before the On Campus learning experience begins, you’ll be assigned weekly articles, videos, and challenges that we’ve written and produced. They will walk you through developing strong foundations in Ruby, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS.

Unlike other programs, you aren’t expected to complete this prerequisite program alone! Instructors will be available via live chat throughout the Ignition process if you get stuck. You’ll also be connected to everyone else in the cohort, allowing you to get help virtually any time. If you get stuck, your fellow students are only a message away. We also hold regular, virtual clinics, to reinforce the concepts you’re learning. These will be recorded and available to you throughout your coursework in the event you aren’t able to make the live sessions.

[Phase 2: On Campus Immersive]
10 Weeks, Full time+, On Campus
Once you’ve established strong programming foundations in Ignition, it’s time to take your learning to the professional level. During your 10 weeks on campus, you’ll eat, sleep, and breathe code. Most students devote somewhere between 60 and 80 hours per week to the program. It’s a grueling pace, but once you don the Green Shirt awarded at graduation, you’re ready to take on a career in web development.

Subjects:
CSS, Git, HTML, jQuery, PostgreSQL, Sinatra, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, SQL, Algorithms, JavaScript

Launch Academy Reviews

Average Ratings (All Programs)

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4.52/5 (64 reviews)

Anonymous
launch academy grad | Graduated: 2017

6/11/2019

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18-Week On-Campus JavaScript Immersive Bootcamp

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"if you work extremely hard at Launch and on the job application process, you will be able to land/do an entry-level software developer job"

PRO: curriculum is difficult, fast-paced, relevant, and truly full-stack
PRO: cohort and teachers are very nice and collaborative and - pleasant surprise - diverse
CON: too few opportunities for one-on-one support
CON: too few potential employers at career... Read More

Michael
Software Engineer | Graduated: 2018

2/1/2019

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18-Week On-Campus JavaScript Immersive Bootcamp

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"What an experience!"

After graduating from college with a degree in Psychology and picking up a sales job, I knew that I had to make a change.
I had always liked coding, so I looked into the Boston bootcamp scene and stumbled across Launch Academy.
Launch has you complete... Read More

Anonymous
Graduated: 2018

11/24/2018

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18-Week On-Campus JavaScript Immersive Bootcamp

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"A Great Program"

I don't come from a technical background, but I wanted to make a career change and looked into different bootcamps. Initially, I was (very wrongly) wary about bootcamps and about my ability to land a job after 18 weeks. Through Launch, you will learn... Read More

One of the biggest selling points for me was that Launch has a great network with companies throughout Boston and through Launch, I was able to find a job shortly after. I feel very lucky to have made the change into web development and feel very lucky that I chose Launch!

Irta
Junior Front-end Developer | Graduated: 2018

9/27/2018

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18-Week On-Campus JavaScript Immersive Bootcamp

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"An Incredible Program!"

To anyone considering coding bootcamps, I highly recommend Launch Academy! My decision to sign up for the course was one that I will always deeply value!

The staff at Launch is nothing short of remarkable. The founders, instructors, and the career support... Read More

Launch is also constantly updating their course material to help students be as valuable in the job market as possible. The career support team is also incredibly valuable at Launch. During the program, they prepped us for the job search, interviewing, and the job market in general. Post graduation, they were constantly on call to give advice, feedback, and assist with the job search.

As an added benefit, completing Launch Academy gives you access to a strong alumni network. The program fosters a sense of camaraderie that extends past your immediate cohort and into previous graduating classes. The alumni group acts as a support base, whether your are looking for jobs, advice, or a coding solution. It's very much a community that helps one another, and one that I am extremely happy to be a part of!

Evan
Software Engineer | Graduated: 2018

9/26/2018

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18-Week On-Campus JavaScript Immersive Bootcamp

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"Launch your career!"

I should have done this years ago. I never did well in school. That format just doesn't work for me. Launch provided me with an opportunity to learn in a way that makes sense to me. All in and 100% focused. The staff is very supportive and make the experience... Read More

Ben
Junior Web Developer | Graduated: 2018

9/26/2018

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18-Week On-Campus JavaScript Immersive Bootcamp

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"Exceeded All of My Expectations"

When I first visited Launch, I asked the co-owner why I should choose them over a competitor. His response was, "I don't know the ins-and-outs of [XXX Bootcamp], and I definitely don't want to talk bad about them. But what I *can* tell you is that I'm... Read More

I did. And the feedback I got was great. And so was my experience.

I was prepared for a 3+ month job search and a pay cut after graduating. Instead I had two offers within a week of graduation and the one I accepted was 25% more than my previous salary (and that will pay for the cost of the program within a year).

The Launch instructors are great and super invested in the program and your development. I expected them to 'turn off' at 5 but they were always willing to stick around and answer questions.

The curriculum is intense, but I could tell that the companies I interviewed with were impressed by the knowledge and final project I had as a result of Launch.

A+ program. I was extremely skeptical through the entire experience and am beyond thrilled with the result.

Jacob Atamian
Software Engineer | Graduated: 2018

9/26/2018

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18-Week On-Campus JavaScript Immersive Bootcamp

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"Best choice I've ever made"

Coming into any bootcamp is a big leap for most people. Changing your careers entails putting a lot of trust and faith in the bootcamp's educators and their career services. The outcome from Launch exceeded my expectations. I was able to learn not only... Read More

Andrew
Software Engineer | Graduated: 2018

4/5/2018

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18-Week On-Campus JavaScript Immersive Bootcamp

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"Pursue your passion at Launch Academy!"

If you're reading this, you're probably thinking of attending a bootcamp -- and specifically Launch Academy. As to the first choice, if you're anything like me you're having some anxiety over making the switch -- worrying about the ever-changing tech... Read More

The first and foremost selling point of Launch is its amazing career services. Launch recognizes that everyone who walks through their doors is there to land a challenging and fulfilling job. The career services team cares deeply about making that happen. While you're going through the program career services prepares you for the job hunt. Then, at the end of the program you present your "breakable toy" capstone project to Launch's hiring partners at a career kickoff event. A lot of people from my cohort got interviews out of career kickoff -- though I will say I've heard this varies. Launch also has a fabulous 8 week post-grad support program to help guide you through the process of landing a job. A quick note -- the summer and winter cohorts (I was winter '17-'18) seem to have a better time landing jobs quickly. This is purely based on market cycles. Spring grads have to compete with recent college grads, and fall grads are hurt by companies not hiring until after the end-of-year holiday season. Personally, I graduated in late February and was averaging two interviews a week (including follow-ups) until I eventually accepted a position in early April.

From a technical perspective, the curriculum is usually very good. Launch is constantly changing their curriculum to keep up with the market, which means some parts may feel more refined than others. But this is necessary to keep up in fast-changing market, which Launch takes very seriously (i.e. deciding to teach React to give their students highly marketable front-end skills). Launch lets you rate and leave feedback on every article, which helps them constantly improve. Also, you go over the nightly readings and exercises every morning and the "Experience Engineers" (who are your mentors and will become some of your best friends) are great at answering questions to fill in any gaps in understanding. I definitely asked a ton of questions and I was really satisfied with the answers I received. Aside from the readings your first six weeks on campus will consist of afternoon and nightly challenges, and a graded "systems check" on Fridays. Up until the systems check the EE's are available to help you out if you run into any challenges. The next two weeks consist of a group project, where you'll be building a review site with a team of your cohort-mates. During the last two weeks you'll be working on your capstone project.

Lastly, but certainly not least, one of the strongest selling points of Launch for me was its culture. Going through a bootcamp is a lot of work -- you're taking in so much information so quickly, which can be super stressful at times. But being surrounded by amazingly fun and caring people makes you look forward to going in on even the hardest days. By the end of your time at Launch you will have made life long friends and connections, and will have so many inside jokes. Your cohort, and the Launch staff, will be with you for life -- as will the Launch alumni network. It's something special that you won't find in many places.

So after all of that I'll end where I started. If you're passionate about coding, and willing to work hard every day, go to Launch Academy. Your effort will be matched by an amazing team, and you will find yourself on the way to the tech career you're dreaming about.

Patrick Whelan
Jr Software Engineer | Graduated: 2018

3/21/2018

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18-Week On-Campus JavaScript Immersive Bootcamp

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"Amazing Experience"

I decided to make a career change after 8 years and on the recommendation of a former graduate I attended Launch Academy.

I highly recommend Launch Academy to anyone looking to learn web development. The staff is enthusiastic, engaging, and incredibly... Read More

While I'm sure every cohort is different the sense of community that grew over our 12 weeks together on campus was amazing.

In addition to the well crafted coding curriculum the career services team does a wonderful job ensuring that you are set up for success on the job hunt. The post-grad support for job seekers is also top notch.

Attending Launch Academy was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

Anonymous
Jr. Full-Stack Developer | Graduated: 2017

3/16/2018

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18-Week On-Campus JavaScript Immersive Bootcamp

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"Good, fast-paced program"

I attended Launch Fall 2017. I come from a non-technical background where I was doing very well, and so it was a difficult decision to leave all that behind, and ultimately I'm glad I did. I looked into free online programs, but felt these would take... Read More

I took Launch at it's word that a true beginner could succeed, and enrolled after taking just a basic course in html and css. Once at Launch, I found it difficult to keep pace with other students, many of whom had done more preparation for the course or had come from other technical fields. The exams were challenging for me, and I failed one because of a single letter typo, even though I had understood that week's material very well. I wish that I had known how easy it is to fail an exam, and after that, I made sure to spend the extra exam time combing through my code for potential errors. Looking back, I wish I had taken a serious javascript/ruby/python course before starting, as it's difficult to retrain your brain in 4 months to think in the logical manner needed for coding. If the program had been 6 months long, or if I had done a more involved prep course, I think it would have been a less stressful experience going through the course. I feel the grading system was unnecessarily harsh, and I have found an actual dev work environment to be far more forgiving.

Ultimately, I was able to graduate and was fortunate to get a great job as a full-stack developer 2 months after graduating. I actually do feel very well prepared for this role and love my new field. I made some great friends at Launch and enjoyed the hands-on style of learning. I have even found myself going back to some of the instructional material for reference at work from time to time. If I were to do it again, I would still attend Launch, but I would make sure to take one or two of the free online courses in a scripting language before starting the program.

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