The Slow Path for Studious Beginners 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.

Multi-year Program for Software Engineers

This requires a long, deliberate, and sometimes circular path. Ours is not a quick cram of concepts in a few months, but a slow mastery of fundamentals over a few years. This is not a path to a job, but the path to a career as a Software Engineer.

After completing the back-end portion of the core curriculum, I spent about 2 months building a camp schedule management system to auto-generate daily schedules for camps. I felt confident in the skills and knowledge I gained from Launch School that when there was a problem to fix or a need for a creative approach to improve the application, the question wasn't whether I could find a solution, but rather how long it would take and whether it is worth it.
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Eitan Bar-David
Honestly, I really enjoyed the Ruby programming and back-end development courses. I have been taking some courses concurrently on Python and Django and have been shocked by the efficacy of the mastery based approach (digging into the docs to figure out the root of a problem vs hacking out a solution by trying multiple approaches without systematically solving for why there was an issue).
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James Henderson
The number one result I've gotten from Launch School has been confidence. I feel like I've developed a strong understanding, and have honed my technical communication -- and the written assessments have been key to that.
Bharat agarwal
Bharat Agarwal

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 proficiency, not just 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

    Not only did I get to expand and refine my individual skills with more advanced content, I also got to work with a team to create something far beyond what I imagined we were capable of

  • 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

    I was also the least experienced candidate, but I got the job and am in line to become lead developer on the project in 6 months

  • 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

Engineering & Excellence

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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 2019 Capstone graduates is

$115,339

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

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

$199/month

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