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 just accepted an offer for a position as a full-stack software developer. During the interview process I had to complete an iterative coding project and the feedback I received on my code was that it was very well thought out, clean and easy to follow. I attribute this to the concepts and methodologies we are taught at Launch School.
Jason Slusarchuk
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
The way Launch School has created courses and used the course assessments to push for mastery level learning has been a real help. I absolutely feel like I have a full and deep understanding of the JS language and the concepts that can really transfer to a lot of other programming languages now.
Justin Gustafson
Rather than any concept or mental model, I think the greatest thing that I've learned with the back end, is that I am capable of anything with some discipline, I have managed to get a bachelors degree before, but was never a good student, but with Launch School help I have reinvented myself and know I consider myself an excellent student, with the confidence to learn anything that I want to.
Raphael Costa
I feel I have learned more than I would at a boot camp and feel I have really mastered the material Launch School provided. Thank you all so very much, it has been a wonderful experience and I am walking away with the tools I need to pursue a career of my choice that I will find satisfaction and meaning in, and that means the world to me.
Brendan Vonick
The stress on solid fundamentals is one of my favorite aspects of Launch School! I recently got into video game development as a hobby, and learning the basics of C# for the Unity game engine was easy thanks to my good fundamentals.
Earl Veloso
"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