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.

After some thought, I gave up on trying to finish the program in X months. Instead, I would dive deeper and move slower if it would help with mastery. That change in perspective, while simple, was exactly what I needed. Every section of the course had layers and layers of richness. If I was stuck, I'd smile because there was some magic waiting for me in the process. I feel like I'm soaking up the tacit connections and feeling more fulfilled than I can put into words. I don't want it to end.
Ricardo Gonzalez
I would say the biggest take away from Launch school is that it really helped me learn how to learn, I was kinda stubborn at first starting out and I've noticed that my temperament while coding has gone from frustration when something that doesn't work out to curiosity. Launch School taught me a very valuable lesson in that temperament which I've applied outside of programing and work.
Reilynn Olsen
At the top-level Launch School had two primary benefits for me - (1) Helped me build a complete-enough mental model for web app development to (2) feel confident applying what I know and learning further material as-needed.
Andrew Doss
It could be incredibly difficult and overwhelming at times, particularly for someone with no prior programming experience, but the way the material is taught and the requirement of mastery completely changed the way I learn in general. Once you progress into the program a bit, you really realize that you can learn just about anything.
Samantha Lipari
One of the the greatest way the curriculum has helped me is simply to be around such lovely people from the community. Although there was a pandemic going on for the entirety of my time at Launch School, I haven't been this socially engaged for years. At a basic level, it's helped shift my view of myself to a more positive one since the people around here appreciate me.
Iuliu Pop
I got a new job right after I completed the back-end part of the course. During the tech challenge process, I was able to build an React application and Node/Express application showcasing that I can pitch how easy to use the company's API to develop something. They were quite pleased to see I have capabilities and understanding on the web development.
Heejae Chang
"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
    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
    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 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
    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


Launch Your Career

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 2022 Capstone graduates is


(See Results & Outcomes for more details.)

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

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Our Pedagogy