Student Experience

Being an online program means that it's difficult to describe the feeling or ambiance of our school. There are no desks or computers to show you and there are no smells or wall art to draw you in. In lieu of a physical space, we've built a vibrant community and you'll see below how our students experience a uniquely rigorous learning curriculum that's 100% online.

Student Articles

As students work through Launch School, many write articles to help them both retain technical information as well as process the learning journey. Reading these articles can help you understand what it takes to succeed at Launch School.

You can find articles on our Success Stories (below) or on our Launch School Medium publication.

Launch School Podcast

The Launch School Podcast is where you can listen to previous students talk about their learning journeys and get an idea of what it takes to be successful at Launch School. You can consume the Launch School Podcast in a variety of ways:

Community

Being a 100% online program, our community is also 100% online. If you register (free), you'll have access to:

  • our Community Forum, which is where Launch School students share studying tips, create study groups, help each other with problems, and everything else you'd expect from a dedicated school. It's also where we make many of our announcements.
  • once you sign up, you are enrolled in our "Weekly Summary" notifications (you can turn this off, too). This is a bi-weekly email that summarizes all recent activity in the Launch School community.
  • a monthly meetup-style webinar series that we call "Tech and Talk". This is where members of the Launch School community, from staff to students, pick an interesting topic to share with everyone in a live webinar. Just pay attention to announcements in the Community Forum or the Weekly Summary for upcoming sessions.
  • finally, you'll get access to our Slack-powered chatroom, where many other students and staff hangout throughout the day.

All of the above are completely free, and accessible as soon as your register (free).

Success Stories

These are students who have completed the entire Launch School curriculum, from the Core Curriculum through Capstone. The entire process typically lasts from 1-2+ years. Read their stories to get a feel for their journey and transformation.

  • The whole experience was worth every minute and every penny I put into it.

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    Sienna Wood
    Denver
  • It's the best decision of my life and I wholeheartedly recommend Launch School for the serious-minded and motivated student

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    Tannr Allard
  • I've been working as a Software Engineer / DevOps Engineer for about 3 months now and I just love every day of my work

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    Konstantin Minevskiy
  • Was it all worth it in the end? Without a doubt, my answer is a resounding yes!

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    Tiffany Han
    San Francisco Bay Area
  • I wouldn't have gotten here without Launch School and Capstone

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    Elise Olivares
    San Francisco
  • 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

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    Sunny Beatteay
    New York City
  • I can say without reservation that doing the Launch School curriculum and Capstone program was transformational for me

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    Walid Wahed
    New York City
  • Had it not been for Launch School and Capstone, I would still be working a dead-end job with no real ambitions

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    Timmy Lee
  • I can easily say Launch School has prepared me for a future I am confident in

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    Lukas Nimmo
  • I was able to join a company in a new domain with a new tech stack because Launchschool doesn't focus on the hot topic of the day but the more important underlying ideas and concepts

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    Michael Mentele
    San Francisco
  • I can say with confidence that there is simply no better way to launch a career in software engineering than with Launch School

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    Tyler Guillen
  • Thanks to Launch School's guidance, philosophy, curriculum and Capstone Program, I am now a Software Engineer working a job in NYC and earning well over $100k/year

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    Antoine LeClercq
  • I have not once regretted my decision to join Launch School and its Capstone program

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    Vincent DeVendra
    Boston, MA, USA
  • I cannot recommend this process any more highly. What happens is nothing short of amazing

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    Perry Carbone
    New York, NY, USA

These stories are from students who did not participate in the Capstone Program, and either completed the Core Curriculum or stopped Launch School before completing the entire Core Curriculum. Despite not completing Capstone, many still landed great opportunities and there's a common theme of learning with patience. If you look carefully, you'll notice that many of these non-Capstone students also spent years at Launch School.

  • This could be the program for you if you're looking for something that's more on the hardcore end of the spectrum

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    Ryan Gilbert
  • The biggest take away that I got from Launch School was confidence. I solve software engineering problems for a living and every day I reach back to the patterns that I learned here.

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    Tommy Caruso
  • Suffice to say, I'm excelling at my job and it's all thanks to a tremendous amount of hard work, dedication, and Launch School.

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    Alex Henegar
  • Aside from being a good resource for beginners, Launch School has proven transformational to me as a prior startup founder with a few years of programming experiences and a MS in Software Engineering

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    Sonia Lin
  • I've gained the attitude of constantly looking for better ways to do things, understanding my tools more deeply and working to become a better developer

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    Conrad Beach
  • It is clear that the Launch School team really cares about offering the best program they can

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    Kristen Wilde
  • I even believe I've learned how to learn better, and I've become a better problem-solver in general throughout the coursework

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    Patrick Brennan
  • 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

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    Steve Kolock
    New York
  • There was never a moment when I felt as though I was glossing over a key detail and that aspect of the program gave me the confidence to tackle increasingly difficult problems as the months went by

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    Chris Theodoridis
  • It was the best investment of my time that I made. Even better than going to university!

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    Cristian Rennella
  • Launch School has already given me not only the ability to create full stack web applications from scratch - it's also given me the confidence to get a new job writing code and solving problems

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    Alex Dzwonchyk
  • Launch School gave me all of the core tools I needed to start building meaningful, useful software applications

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    Charlie Reese
  • It [Launch School] truly prepares you to be an asset on day one of a real job in the industry.

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    Jevon Hayter
  • Launch School doesn’t just teach you the fundamentals of programming and web development, but it also gives you the tools and context to learn anything you want to learn on your own

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    Hsuancheng Chen
  • I'd like to share my experience with new Launch Schoolers, don't doubt, trust Launch School, follow the syllabus, make your efforts, your decision is 100% correct

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    Jamie Wen
  • I've been working as a Rails developer for almost 2 years now. It's quite likely that I wouldn't have made it if I hadn't chosen Launch School.

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    Roy Huang
  • This programme opened possibilities for me that would have taken me years to reach

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    Letladi Sebesho
    Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Taking this program is one of the best decisions that I have ever made.

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    Yufei Chen
    Melbourne, Australia
  • I landed what I consider being the perfect junior ruby developer job before even finishing the program

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    David Besserman
    Paris, France
  • In the end I landed a great job after I completed my study at Launch School

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    Peter Karth
    Rocky Mount, NC, USA
  • In the end I truly believe that Launch School changed my life

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    Daniel Schonfeld
    Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Signing up (for Launch School) was a life-defining moment for me

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    Liam Brady
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • I still can't believe that I went from a job that was basically shuffling papers to a job that lets me build an app for Olympic games

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    Toni Cesarek
    Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Bottom line, complete this program and you will have all the skills you need to land a job or build your own products

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    Jeffrey Knox
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • After only 3 weeks of finishing the program I was working full time as a Jr Developer in an amazing company in downtown Toronto

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    Eduardo Poleo
    Toronto, Canada
  • This is the course to go for to get a concrete foundation on programming

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    Sheng Yeong
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • It's probably the best investment (time and money) I did for myself in a long time

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    Arjun Rajkumar
    Bengaluru, India
  • This program is by far the most advanced, cost effective way of learning how to be a real programmer and get paid like one

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    Gus Pares
    Miami Beach, FL, USA
  • I highly recommend Tealeaf's program for anyone who wants to learn how to code and land a job as a software engineer

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    Robert Jewell
    New York, New York, USA
  • The ones that I had on my short list were Bloc.io, Thinkful, General Assembly, and Launch School. I chose Launch School because it was the only one that was forcused on building students a robust foundation and because its model allowed me to work through the courses at my own pace

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    Dito Hartoto
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Joining this program is by far the best decision (aside from marrying my wife), investment of time, and investment of money that I have ever made in my life

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    Matthew Breeden
    Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  • If you are considering doing a bootcamp or any sort of online course to become a web developer, you have found the one - Tealeaf Academy

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    Yvette Gonzalez
    Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • The true value of this course is actually learning how to think like a developer, how to approach your problems, and how to seek out the answers

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    Patrick Ng
    Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • If you're really considering becoming a Web developer from scratch, this is the right place for you

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    Roy Zinn
    Tel Aviv, Israel
  • I highly recommend Launch School for beginners to web development or programming in general

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    Anthony Licari
    Queens, New York, USA
  • In just 2 months after completing the last course and submersing myself into the local Rails community, I got an offer as a Rails developer from a Fortune 100 company

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    Robin Paul
    Austin, Texas, USA

These are articles that current students are writing about while working through Launch School. Topics range from technical explanations to reflections on learning to mastery. Great results are obvious when the curriculum is rigorous enough, but if you really want to get an idea of what it feels like while on the journey to mastery, read these reflections.