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.

Going through all the assessments and challenges has given me much more confidence in my abilities and contributed significantly to my self-growth. My thanks to all the Launch School Staff!
Kris ingva
Kris Ingva
I'm just really excited to explore whats next for me with a strong set of fundamentals rather than messing around with sub par understanding. I'm so glad I found Launch School where I felt my 1.8 years of learning was an investment in myself.
Nigel hing
Nigel Hing
Whenever I take a chance on Stack Overflow to help me understand something, I'm often surprised at how little others understand at a fundamentals level, and how much people rely on resources like SO for the most basic information. I typically end up feeling like I'd rather just go to the docs. So grateful to LS for giving me the confidence to go get the information I need from the right place.
Wendy kuhn
Wendy Kuhn
It was fun being able to put the front end concepts together to do cool, interactive things. Really find that all the foundation building we go through before is necessary and it pays off.
Josh nelson
Josh Nelson
The professionalism of the community, both in the forums and on Slack, is second to none. I'm amazed how LS has managed to attract so many hardworking, inquisitive, and good-natured people to it's program. I plan on being active in Slack for the foreseeable future (when I'm not buried in Capstone work).
Nick miller
Nick Miller
All of my professional experience has been in recruiting, which is basically sales. When I first joined Launch School, I wasn't sure if I had what it took to solve technical problems. However, I trusted the process. I'm now astounded by some of the more difficult problems I'm able to solve. A good education is supposed to be transformational. Launch School delivers on that promise.
Hernando delgado
Hernando Delgado
"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