About Rithm School
****Rithm’s full-stack web development program is currently being conducted remotely throughout 2020.****
The Rithm team aims to take independent and thoughtful students and turn them into confident and creative full-stack developers. Class sizes are limited... Read More
Rithm School has a team of experienced instructors with years of experience both teaching and writing curriculum. Rithm School works closely with partner companies to ensure that the curriculum is top quality and relevant, enabling graduates to hit the ground running from day one. With a small student to teacher ratio and experienced instructors, students can move faster and cover more material than in other bootcamps.
Rithm School is committed to student success both during and after the program. Students can choose a deferred tuition option, and if you not learning at the pace necessary to be successful during the first six weeks of the program, Rithm offers a full refund and the opportunity to apply for a later class.
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****Web Development Program is currently being conducted remotely throughout 2020.****
What you'll be doing on any given day may vary, but you'll typically be coding for a majority of the day, both alone and in pairs. Instructors will lecture on more conceptual topics in the morning and afternoon, but we encourage you to spend as much time as possible coding while instructors are available. In the later afternoon and evenings, you'll have material to read, watch, and review in order to solidify your understanding and prepare for the next day.
Students can expect to be prepared as a professional web developer by contributing to real-world projects or open source, gain a deep understanding of the industry's conventions and best practices, and master the technical skills you need to succeed in the workforce.
Average Ratings (All Programs)
- Anonymous | Full Stack Engineer
- Web Development Program
- Graduated: 2020
"A close-knit community of strong instructors and thoughtful peers"
Pros: I appreciated that the work felt very real. I know that in certain bootcamps, you're expected to turn in assignments every day. Because of my home situation, there was no way for me to spend hours in the evening working on site (this was at the... Read More
Cons: I can't think of too many. I will say that as with any adult-learning program, in order to take advantage of everything, you have to be proactive. Whether it is asking for help during a lab or lecture, asking your advisor for suggestions, or asking the career coach (Zach) for guidance. I've found that those of us who did these things felt more supported in the long run.Comment
- Sarah Brooks | Full Stack Engineer
- Web Development Program
- Graduated: 2020
"Brand Strategy Consultant turned Software Engineer"
Before I get into everything else, I'll lead with my overall review, which is that I would highly Rithm to anyone willing to put in the upfront work it takes to prepare for the program. Once you're there, the instructors do everything they can to ensure... Read More
So all in all, it took me a little over 3 months to study, work through the problem set, apply, and get into Rithm (was working through this material after work). Once I got in, there were 80-120 hours of additional prep work (a few additional courses plus a few small projects and a personal website). I completed most of this in a two week period after I quit my job before I started the program). I joined their March 2020 cohort, and we had a glorious 2 weeks together in person before the shelter in place order went into effect in SF. I wish we had had more time together, but we all worked together to adapt. It was new for everyone, and the instructors quickly figured out the tech to emulate the in-class experience as much as possible.
The three main differences between the COVID zoom classroom format vs. the in-person format were:
1) When we were in person, there was this room we'd go to for labs in the morning and afternoon and the instructors would do walkthroughs to check in on people as they were working. Once we switched to online, it was harder for them to sense that a pair was struggling since they can't see us in the breakout rooms, but what they started doing was just popping into our zoom breakout rooms to check in and that was helpful.
2) When you're in person, you can also see when other pairs are struggling and can often overhear that they're working through the same issue you are, so you can just join their group for some brainstorming, or at the very least you can commiserate together and know that you're not alone - it's hard material! In the breakout rooms, you can commiserate with your partner, but you're somewhat removed from that environment where you can hear other people struggling. What our cohort had to do to adapt is we had to start being more vulnerable over our slack channel during labs, like "hey, we're really struggling with X - has anybody else been struggling with that too?". And slowly we transitioned to being more communicative over slack to keep up the cohort's sense of community.
3) In person, there were happy hours and game nights every so often where you could hang out with your cohort and other cohorts. We, unfortunately, didn't get to do this before we left, but we started organizing zoom game nights and happy hours on Friday afternoons to try to continue getting to know each other. That ended up creating a good foundation for us to continue supporting one another after graduation - our cohort continued to have a weekly stand up and happy hour where we could check in on one another during the job search.
With all that said, I would highly recommend Rithm School. Everything that I mentioned above about why I chose them in the first place was exactly what I experienced at the boot camp - high-quality instruction from people who have a ton of experience, knowledge, and passion for teaching, getting to learn multiple languages and some of the most relevant frameworks and libraries, internship experience, and job support from the end of the program throughout your job search. They also have technical and job support office hours weekly that you can drop in all throughout your job search (and beyond - people who already have jobs will drop in to ask questions about things that stumped them at work too).
During my internship, I was able to work out a lot of my insecurities and imposter syndrome so that by the time I started my new job, it didn't feel so scary, and I felt relatively comfortable within 2 weeks of starting. I started softly recruiting 2 weeks before graduation and got a job 5 weeks after graduation. I'm really happy at my new job - I'm a Full Stack Engineer at a pet health start up - and I owe much of that to Rithm for preparing me so well.Comment
- Anonymous | Software Engineer
- Web Development Program
- Graduated: 2018
"CS Graduates will excel, others will struggle alone"
What started out as a great experience ended very negatively. The program feels more of a master class for experts learning new technologies, and is not very friendly for beginner / intermediate coders looking to become advanced and job ready. Reliance... Read More
Curriculum: Curriculum was never out of date and constantly updated even through our cohort. The main instructors were seasoned engineers who had great knowledge to impart on us.
Network: Alumni are working all through the valley and were happy to jump on a call to answer questions and occasionally get graduates an initial interview at their company.
Safe-Space: Multiple occasions instructors yelled at a student through closed doors so loud the entire school heard. Playing favorites with CS students / advanced students was common, and those who struggled were often treated as if their questions were stupid and something they should've known before walking away without answering. This became so common, many students stopped asking questions completely. Instructors being unprofessional, cursing, and on an occasion even referring to the cohort as a "sausage fest" was not surprising to be heard.
Teaching: While some lectures were great with great projects, poor lectures were blamed on the class for not understanding. Questions on confusing projects were mocked that you should google and practice researching your problems, while other times you were chastised for wasting time on an obscure problem as it was there to "troll" you and see how long until you asked for help. The mind games were incredibly frustrating, and despite having regular surveys, no changes were made and students by the end of the cohort stopped filling out surveys as we knew our answers would be ignored.
Reduced effort: The first month instructors were constantly code reviewing sometimes multiple times daily, answering questions, and being mentors. The final 2 months the majority of the class would maybe get a code review once a week after chasing down an instructor. The instructors spent more time doing entrance interviews with new students than assisting us. Class ratios bumped from 4:1, up to 12-20 students with the main instructors gone, and the assistant instructor remaining with us. Assistant instructors were not the strongest software engineers and many times students would not ask for help as we would solve the problem before them.
Final Project: A big reason for joining was to work on a real code base for a real company. Advanced students would work on a real code base which would heavily increase their chances for a job. The majority of students worked on student built projects from the previous cohort.
Outdated Job Numbers: A large reason I signed up was because of their claimed stats(still live on their site at time of review) of $120k+ salaries and getting top paying jobs within 3 months. A ton of graduates ended up starting with $60k salaries after 6 months of searching. The numbers published on their website is years old, and the actual numbers are hidden.
Weak Resume / Portfolio: Having a strong portfolio is one of the greatest ways to win an interview, and this is something Rithm does not give you. Interviewers will look up your projects on github and see 100+ other Rithm alumni with nearly identical projects. Expect to do additional projects to beef up your resume once you graduate / during the busy curriculum.
No work/life balance: Be expected to spend an hour before each class, and 2-3 hours after each class studying. (8am-8pm) Weekends the top of the class students would spend 10-12 hours on their assessments, while the majority would spend 15-20 hours.
Unless you've worked for years with some form of programming in your job, are a CS student/grad, or are already a decently advanced programmer, you're going to struggle a lot and spend a significant time post graduation studying and applying for jobs for a much lower than advertised salary. If you're not good at teaching yourself/ studying on your own, I recommend looking elsewhere.
- Emi Tsukuda
- Graduated: 2019
"Absolutely changed my life. Rithm school is real"
Before joining Rithm, I was a restaurant manager. I had absolutely zero technical background. Now I am a backend engineer at one of cloud native database company. Rithm school made this switch possible! There are so many bootcamp options but I will tell... Read More
2. Class size
Rithm school cohort is very small. My cohort was only 11 students. And we had 2 instructors and a lab instructor. Bootcamp moves very fast. We were introduced new concepts and technologies every day. This can be overwhelming and hard to catch up if you fall behind. However, thank to the RIthm small class size, we were able to get personal help from instructors and lab instructor one on one. This is very very variable advantage that Rithm school can offer you. You will never be left behind in Rithm school.
Knowing technologies and languages and teaching them are totally different skill set. Rithm school's instructors are teachers as well as engineers. They are very passionate about teaching and helping students and trained to teach. This makes huge different how much you can learn from their lectures. They really care about students. Time during bootcamp can be stressful, but instructors at Rithm will definitely help you to get through that.
Rithm school supports students many ways. They support you on technically and emotionally. Whenever you need support during bootcamp and job search, they are there to help you.
At the end of days, you as student have to put effort and work to learn. But with Rithm school, you can learn everything you need to know in order to start new career as software engineer.
I highly recommend Rithm school.Comment
- Graduated: 2019
- Graduated: 2019
"Best bootcamp ever"
I went through Rithm this year, part of their 11th cohort (r11 whats up!!), and received an offer about two months after graduating. Going to Rithm has empowered me to make a solid career change. Before going to Rithm, I went to app Academy's bootcamp... Read More
The most distinguishing factors that really separate Rithm from the rest are the instructors and class size. My class size was 17 individuals, we had 3 wonderful professors. Unlike some other bootcamps which will remain nameless, all Rithm instructors have experience as professional developers; they don't hire recent RIthm graduates to teach their course. Also, during the lab portions of the curriculum, you have full access to your instructors, not just teaching assistants. This means that when you inevitably get stuck on a concept, you get un-stuck much quicker, allowing you to better understand the core lessons.
Additionally, students get hands on experience working on actual production codebases during the company projects portion of the program.
Another thing great about Rithm, the curriculum they choose is geared to helping students develop a deeper understanding of what is going on. Rithm stays away from frameworks that abstract a lot of functionality out of the code (think Ruby on Rails), and focuses on technologies that lets students really understand all the parts necessary for building web applications.
For the most part, coding bootcamps will either try and get you job ready from 0% experience or require some work ahead of time. Rithm is of the latter, which is more realistic for getting a job. The time already flies by, and the self study required to get in allowed me and my classmates to hit the ground running from day 1. Prior to my self study, I had no formal programming experience nor technical work experience.
The Job Assistance is wonderful, the final couple of weeks are actually spent on job search specific topics; resume writing, negotiating, networking, etc. Rithm has a dedicated career coach who works on site, who has years of experience both as a recruiter as well as a career coach.
As a final note, they have a deferred tuition plan (which i utilized) so apart from a deposit, you don't need to pay until you have a job.Comment
- Kenny Hwu | Full Stack Engineer
- Web Development Program
- Graduated: 2018
"Not a bot. Just a real, satisfied graduate"
If you've researched Rithm School as much as I had across Course Report, SwitchUp and Yelp, you probably had the same questions I did. Let me put your mind at ease; no these reviews are not from bots, yes they are all posted by real graduates, and yes... Read More
- Company Projects: In terms of the post-grad job search, this matters - a lot. Having real experience in a live production codebase that is magnitudes larger than personal apps and small projects counts for so much in the eyes of recruiters and engineering teams. Most entry-level engineering roles involve less of creating things from scratch and more of going into an existing codebase blind, learning and navigating the code structure, and making tweaks and changes to improve the final product in a way that complements the existing methodology. Being able to put this experience in your resume, and more importantly talk it up during interviews, puts you light-years ahead of most self-taught curriculums.
- Instructor Quality: While company projects help to get your foot in the door for a new job, it's really the learning and retention that keep you there and allow you to thrive in your career. The instructors at Rithm are all top-notch in their knowledge of technical concepts, working methodology, and modern topics in the engineering industry. However, it's really their focus and experience as educators that set them apart from those at other bootcamps. They continuously consider and tweak the material and teaching styles to ensure that each student comprehends the most relevant portions of each concept, and at the very least has an avenue to pursue further learning. They genuinely want each person to succeed in their own personal goals, and will work alongside them to help navigate that path to success. That also means they are willing to call out areas that you may need improvement on, or if you're going down an irrelevant, tangential path. They're also hilarious.
- Small Class Size: Class sizes generally range from 12-18 students, a far cry from the 30+ you'll find at other bootcamps. The high teacher-to-student ratio allows for more dedicated time for each student to ask questions, receive more help, and pursue advanced topics if desired. You'll also get closer to your classmates than you would expect as you struggle and bond together. The alumni network at Rithm is ever-growing, and genuinely looks out for one another.
These are the big three stand-out features I felt really distinguishes Rithm School from other bootcamps. Other aspects that are also high-quality are their focus on pair programming and learning collaboration, their late-stage and post-grad guidance and connections for job-searching, and a truly social and welcoming environment to build your network and friendships.
Absolutely attend one of their many free evening meetups just to experience their teaching style, talk to the instructors, and ask a million detailed questions of every concern you might have. Reach out to myself or the many Rithm alumni that will be happy and excited to talk to you about their experiences. And do that with any other bootcamp you're considering so you can make the best decision for yourself. Transitioning careers is never easy, and while Rithm School will provide you with the best tools and mindset for making that change, in the end it will be up to you to push for what you want to achieveComment
- Katie Gray | Software Engineer
- Web Development Program
- Graduated: 2018
"The Right Choice! Music Teacher -> Software Engineer"
This review is not short! But I wrote the novel I wish I could have read when I was gathering data on which boot camp to enroll in.
A little of my background/coding journey: Prior to enrolling in Rithm school, I was a music teacher and band director in... Read More
PSA for any boot camp - do not expect to be spoon-fed a job offer, just as having a college degree does not guarantee you a job in your field of study. I frame this review as “for 24k, will Rithm school efficiently teach you skills that set you up for success for a career in software engineering?” tl;dr is YES.
Rithm school is professional and transparent from end to end. It is very hip nowadays to say “everyone can learn to code,” and some bootcamps, unfortunately, have a business model based on “everyone can pay to learn to code”. A lucrative career in a job market that isn’t going anywhere is a sweet dream to sell. Some bootcamps I interviewed at were more than happy to accept me on the sole basis that I could kinda write a for loop, as long as I could foot the bill. Rithm school does NOT give off this vibe. They are clear on the educational objectives of their program as well as expectations for students. The top two things I was willing to shell out 24K for was the opportunity to add a highly marketable skill to my existing skill set and the internship to work on the codebase of a real-life company.
I felt supported ramping up to a career pivot by Rithm school prior to even enrolling. Their material and exercises that are free to access online proved to be an excellent source for me as I began my self-study during my teaching career. They offer free in-person evening classes, which I was able to attend while working full time to get a sense of the instructors, their teaching style, and the Rithm space in FiDi. Angelina was thorough in answering my many questions about the program. The work and time that the people at Rithm put into these components were miles beyond anything that other boot camps I was considering demonstrated.
Small cohort size was a huge part of my choosing Rithm school. I had toured Hack Reactor (since acquired by Galvanize) and was immediately put off by the 80+ students per lecture. I was horrified by the Hack Reactor practice of throwing a pillow microphone to any student who wanted to ask a question during the lecture. I am not a shy person, but I know the way I learn new material best is to ask lots of good questions. My cohort had 12 students, including myself. I felt SO so comfortable raising my hand to ask a clarifying question. My instructors Matt and Micheal never shot me down and took the time to answer. My quality of learning would have suffered if I didn’t have the intimate learning environment Rithm provides.
My instructors Matt and Michael were stellar. There was never a time where I felt the “uuuuuuuh what’s next” - I’ve seen many a teacher - myself included- fall into this, and I appreciated the professionalism that Matt and Michael showed up with every day. I feel fortunate that my personality and learning style meshed well with their personalities and teaching style. It’s always tricky when it comes to teacher preferences, as everyone responds differently to different personalities and teaching styles. Any instructor you have at Rithm will give you a quality experience, but I highly recommend dropping in a free evening class to get a feel of each instructors’ style. Matt was my assigned advisor, who I was able to meet with in a 1:1 every other week. This individualized attention, among many other things, is what I was willing to pay half my teacher salary for. From a pedagogical standpoint, getting a teacher’s undivided attention and support is invaluable to learning. I utilized this time to go over concepts I was having trouble with, battle imposter syndrome, and get my resume and cover letter critiqued.
The first 12 weeks of the program are what people usually think when they think “coding bootcamp”- learning many concepts in a short period of time. However, Rithm has struck the balance of lecture time and hands-on learning to accelerate your understanding. Yeah, you could sit in your house in the mornings and evenings and hack through a course on Treehouse/Udacity etc, but having experienced instructors to guide you through the nuts and bolts towards a tangible lesson objective is so powerful. If you are a band nerd/orch dork like me, it will feel like one of those multi-day high school band festivals, where you work your butt off for hours every day, but the infectious energy from your peers keeps you going. As a former teacher, I appreciate the organization and though they put into their curriculum. I had access to a google doc that detailed hour by hour what material and exercises we would be completed in the coming weeks. I had access to the lecture notes the night before, so I could read it then, take notes on it in the morning, hear it in lecture, and practice it in the lab. This focussed structure and organization allowed me to thrive and learn quickly.
The labs were a good balance of lecture vs hands on learning time (“I do, we do, you do” teaching model). None of the labs felt like “busy work”, they lined up well with the concepts that were taught in the lecture. Written instructions for labs well written and organized - a clear goal for each one. There was a good starting code provided, clear and organized steps for the exercises. Sprints were multi-day labs working on a larger project, which could be featured in your portfolio. Having these jumping off points to build my portfolio was invaluable.
Sidenote: I LOVED the space available to students. The office was clean, great couches and study lap things. I especially loved the whiteboard tables and walls! Writing out material in an organized way is a huge part of my learning style, I used the whiteboard tables daily in the morning to go over the lecture notes for the day. The lecture halls have excellent projectors that make it easy to follow along with the material. There are nice office chairs to sit in both the lecture halls and labs, with proper whiteboard tables. I mention this because I noticed that both Hackbright and Hack Reactor had students sit on the floor to take notes, and I couldn’t fathom being able to focus in that environment.
Company projects were perhaps the biggest deciding factor in choosing Rithm school. I knew that coming from a nontraditional background I was going to need something tangible to add to my resume. I know other boot camps have you build things for a portfolio, and that pales in comparison to Rithm’s offering to be able to work on a real-life company code base. For three weeks I was able to work on team of 6 of my classmates to contribute in a meaningful way to a company codebase. The experience of having morning standup (checking in with the team), learning a git workflow, writing tests, and adjusting to a large codebase were all factors that gave me a huge leg up in the job hunt.
In terms of job hunting support, I will reiterate what I mentioned before - I went in knowing I was paying 24k for individual attention, a small cohort size, a well-organized curriculum, the office space, and company projects. I 100% received what I expected for the price. I knew that I would need to be proactive in my job search and to take what skills they taught me and run like mad. That being said, Rithm still does provide some basic job hunting support - resume work, time to work on your portfolio and website, mock interviews. It is more passive support than aggressive support. I am happy to hear that they have recently hired a career coach, who advises students to use many of the strategies that I myself used to get hired two weeks after I graduated.
Having worked full time as a full-stack engineer for nearly two months now, I can say that Rithm truly prepared me well for my role. Although my company's stack is in Ruby/Ruby on Rails, the solid tenants of professional programming that the instructors instilled in me serve me every day. From test-driven development to pair programming to problem-solving, I feel prepared for whatever my job throws at me. This is an incredible feeling, especially thinking about how I was a k-8 music and band teacher just a year ago.
The Rithm alumni network is an amazing resource to be able to tap into. When I was scouring for reviews about a year ago, the number of alumni was smaller, and I am thrilled to see it continue to grow. A fellow Rithm alumn who was also a teacher in a former career works just down the street from my office, and we communicate near daily our experiences in our job.
I love talking about my experience at Rithm school as well as job hunting strategies. Please feel free to reach out to me on LinkedIn if you would like to learn more about my experience at Rithm! I am happy to help the next person into this exciting career from a non-traditional background.Comment
- Roni | software engineer
- Web Development Program
- Graduated: 2018
"Review for Rithm School"
Rithm taught me everything I needed to know to get started as a software engineer.Comment
- Web Development Program
- Graduated: 2018
"Hard to Imagine a More Thorough Education"
TL;DR: I absolutely loved my experience at Rithm. I moved to SF from Boston to attend and haven't regretted my decision for a second.
There are three key aspects where I believe other bootcamps would struggle to match Rithm:
1. Depth and relevance of curriculum... Read More
This leads into the second point, which is the quality of Rithm's educators. Across the board they are individuals who have eye opening qualifications. One has a PhD in Mathematics, one contributed to the Python source code. All have multiple years of experience working in industry and are always open, friendly, and willing to help you work through a problem. More to the point, you don't have to wait around, or get in a queue when you need help. My cohort had twelve students and two instructors. Rithm keeps the ratio roughly 5-6:1, so the feedback cycle is dropped to nothing, allowing you as a student to avoid roadblocks and quickly absorb material.
Lastly, the job support and job-search portion of the curriculum were excellent and enabled me to receive an offer a month after graduating. Don't misunderstand, you'll still have to do the work of sending out resumes and cover letters, but it helps a lot to have a portfolio replete with Full-Stack projects, a great personal site, and experience with a startup. They also hold weekly office hours for job-seekers to attend and get help with whatever roadblocks they're facing in the job hunt.
To sum up, I'm extremely grateful that I made the choice to attend Rithm School. It was an absolute game changer and should be at the top of the list for anyone considering a bootcamp.Comment
Rithm School's average rating is 4.91 out of 5.0 based on 34 review(s).