The Slow Path for Studious Learners to a Career in Software Development

Structured Curriculum from First Principles

Our program is about slowly building up mastery of fundamentals, so you understand how higher level abstractions truly work from the bottom up. Our goal isn't to teach you how to use React or Rails, but to show you how to construct accurate mental representations of first principles in order to tackle fundamental engineering problems. Our goal isn't to help you find a job, but help you launch a career. Our goal isn't to teach you to code, but to teach you how to deconstruct and problem solve like an engineer.

By Software Engineers for Future Software Engineers

Launch School was founded by experienced software engineers. We know what it takes to not only break into software, but to build and grow a career as an engineer in the software industry. Our objective is to increase your lifetime earnings by millions of dollars. This is what makes Launch School unique and why we focus on the long-term results of a career. Our curriculum was created by software engineers for future software engineers — you.

I used to record Excel macros on the side at work, just to make my job a bit easier. After learning the fundamentals, I was able to really dig into how VBA code works and optimize my code. I built several other tools in use by other peers at my company, which eventually got me a promotion to a Specialist role.
Juan juy
Juan Juy
When I started back in December 2019 I could only write some awfully entangled and impossible to understand VBA scripts for Excel. Today, my code is clean, well-structured and I can tackle complex problems and build applications from scratch by breaking down is simpler parts. Not only I've achieved a level of confidence and fluidity in JavaScript that I couldn't even imagine when I started Core but also I feel I leave Core with a very good foundation in programming fundamentals.
Raul de hevia
Raul De Hevia
Even though learning the fundamentals is a lot of hard work, it has been everything I hoped it would be and more.
Karis tobias
Karis Tobias
Post a coding Bootcamp that I attended, I found out the hard way that I really didn't know coding as much as I thought I would. Even when the concepts or a coding problem was easy enough to understand theoretically, I had a hard time translating my thoughts into code. After finding Launch School, I found that the 101 lessons and 109 assessments were just what I needed to find my confidence in coding again.
Ainaa sakinah azman
Ainaa Sakinah Azman
I understand the topics that I've learned about much more deeply than I could have hoped, but I think the biggest improvement has been in my ability to quickly understand new material (or theoretical situations, or network problems, etc.) that I haven't encountered before given the strong foundation laid in the courses so far.
Anne jones
Anne Jones
Mastery-based learning has legitimately changed my life. Prior to coming to Launch School, I had this idea that I was only meant to do things I was immediately good at. I felt like if I struggled, or it didn't come naturally it meant I wasn't good at it. What I have learned through mastery-based learning and taking my time to learn fundamentals is that is not true. Being natural at something is helpful, but not necessary.
Kimberly ramirez
Kimberly Ramirez
"We're one of the oldest and largest coding schools in the world."

Our Learning Goals

The key to unlocking higher level understanding and skills that last a career is focusing on fundamentals. We designed our curriculum with the following learning goals.

  • Fundamentals first, fundamentals throughout
  • A focus on learning things that don't change
  • Learn slowly and deliberately
  • Learn to be proficient, not just build awareness
  • Learn to understand problems, not solutions
  • Learn in a circular fashion

Our students love us, and if you are committed to building a career in software development, you will too

  • Sienna wood
    Sienna Wood
    Software Engineer

    Experts always return to fundamentals because they are the foundation on which everything else is built. Launch School’s core program embodies this principle by emphasizing mastery of fundamentals through purposeful individual study.

  • Steve kolock
    Steve Kolock
    New York
    Front-end Developer

    I got a different role making significantly more than twice what I had been making as a 'web specialist', putting me firmly in six-figure

  • Letladi
    Letladi Sebesho
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    Full Stack Developer at Co-Foundy

    This programme opened possibilities for me that would have taken me years to reach

  • Sunny beatteay
    Sunny Beatteay
    New York City
    Software Engineer

    From the first glance, it was apparent that Launch School had been founded by industry veterans. I have never encountered a curriculum more in-depth and rigorous

A Serious Training Curriculum That's Designed to Launch a Career

Core Curriculum

Mastery of Fundamentals

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Launch Your Career

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Complete the Core Curriculum courses and pass their assessments, and you'll have mastered the fundamentals. Participate in our Capstone Program, and you'll launch a career.

The Proof is in the Results

The average starting salary for 2020 Capstone graduates is


within 12 weeks of graduation (See Results & Outcomes for more details.)

Our graduates have been hired by industry leading companies and some of the most competitive startups

  • Intel
  • Hp
  • Etrade
  • Living social
  • Seeking alpha
  • Zurb
  • Chargify
  • Branch
  • Accenture
  • Deloitte
  • Digital ocean
  • Econify
  • Patients like me
  • Been verified
  • Deliveroo
  • Counsyl
  • Wistia
  • Touch of modern
  • The real real
  • Marketo
  • Zype
  • Prime trust
  • Live ramp
  • Peloton
  • Commure
  • Asapp
  • Linked in
  • Lyte
  • Etsy
  • Paypal
  • Gatsby
  • Snowflake
  • Ridgeline
  • Atlassian
  • Evernote
  • Schrodinger
  • Opengov
  • Timescale
  • Wealthsimple
  • Walmartlabs
  • Splunk
  • Lark
  • Coupa
  • Aws

Start our preparatory courses now for free. When you’re ready for the real courses, it’s just


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Continue reading about how our pedagogy works and why we're able to produce such amazing results. This is how we're different. You should really read this.

Our Pedagogy