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.

In school, I frequently benefit from the logical thought process required for programming, which helps me to break large problems into digestible pieces. Before starting the Launch School curriculum, being faced with a problem would usually result in my head spinning as I tried to load a problem into my head, but I now am able to use an iteration of the PEDAC process to work it out more efficiently.
Tyler s
Tyler
I work at a little consultancy, which among other things, does a lot of work with school and education systems here in Australia. I've learned a lot from the programs pedagogical approach and curriculum design. We often use Launch School as example in discussions around getting the fundamentals right.
David perich
David Perich
The community is great and Launch School has taken care of facilitating interactions between students (e.g., Slack channels, forums, study groups, posting students' solutions to exercises, tech and talks).
Catherine emond
Catherine Emond
The focus on fundamentals has been invaluable. That is the kind of learning experience that I need and that I really believe is the right way. Having gone through this program, I don't have the answer to every programming question, but I have confidence that there is little in the field that I will not be able to seriously engage with.
Nathan classen
Nathan Classen
From the perspective of someone who didn't know anything about programming before Launch School, my confidence to learn any new language, technology or topic has soared in a way I didn't think was possible in such a short time.
Juan palma
Juan Palma
Knowing when to move on and circle back at a later point, if necessary, has been a skill I did not expect to come away with from the curriculum, but stands out as one of the most useful since it’s so transferable to other areas of my life.
Kevin counihan
Kevin Counihan
"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
    Denver
    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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Capstone

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

$118,408

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

$199/month

Standard Program

$299/month

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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