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.

I'm quite surprised how much I've learned in such a short amount of time. To teach myself how to use the tools shown in this course would take me years of headaches and stress. I have attempted many courses, both paid and free, and Launch School is one of those that I feel have truly tried to teach, and be understood.
Josh crane
Josh Crane
I really value the culture of high standards that Launch School has created. The people in this community consistently encourage each other to push their limits and bring their best efforts. I have studied coding previously in a variety of settings, but I have never been this focused and invested in improving my skills.
Josh hinman
Josh Hinman
The number one result I see from the back-end courses is a higher level of confidence. Before Launch School (and even early on) I would often feel like I didn't have what it takes, especially when I would think about how much more there was to learn in order to contribute something meaningful. I now have a solid, systematic approach to problem-solving that can be applied to any new challenge.
Matt clark
Matthew Clark

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 2018 Capstone graduates is

$122,316

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