Arjun Venkataswamy

Arjun is a former high school teacher who brings research experience in human-computer interaction together with practical experience from the classroom. He teaches Web Development at The Starter League.



What are you most excited about teaching?

There is something supremely satisfying about transforming an idea into concrete reality. I am very excited to help students navigate that creative process.

What expectations will you have of your students?

My only expectation is that students come ready to play an active role in their learning. As much as we would like to sometimes, teachers can't transmit information directly into your brain. You've got to do the work if you want to learn the material. What we can do, though, is make sure that the effort you put in is as efficient and enjoyable as possible.

What's something that you're super passionate about?

I love the idea of open-source education. Specifically, I mean looking at problems in education through the philosophy and structures of open-source software development. Collaboration and universal access is key. What if textbooks and curricula were collaboratively created through the contributions of thousands of educators across the world? What if teachers could build off their profession's collective expertise, instead of constantly reinventing the wheel? What if every major topic had a free and accessible course of study, just like every major topic has a free and accessible summary through Wikipedia? Some very promising answers to these questions are emerging, and they will transform the way we think about eduction.



Tuition for Starter School is $12,000 per quarter, excluding housing, materials, and personal expenses. A refundable deposit of $3,000 will be required in order to confirm your acceptance. One week before the start of each quarter a payment of $12,000 must be made. For example, the Winter quarter begins on January 6, so a payment of $12,000 would be due no later than December 30.

Cost Breakdown
Fall quarter -$12,000
Winter quarter $12,000
Spring quarter $12,000
Total $24,000

Do you offer loans and scholarships?

Currenty we don't offer loans or financial aid. However, we are actively working with loan providers and the government to make Starter School more affordable. In the meantime, please reach out to us at so we can learn more about your situation.

How have other students financed their tuition?

Our students have creatively raised funds for Starter School in numberous ways. They've sourced online donations, secured company sponsorship, created friends and family loans, and even sold their cars. The students who have given up the most tend to get the most out of the program. They treat it like a serious, life-changing investment— which is exactly what it is.

A New Way to Pay For Starter School

We are excited to announce a partnership with Upstart, a platform that allows individuals to get financial investment to pursue their dream careers. This partnership allows current students and future Starter School students to raise funding for Starter School tuition.

Here are the requirements to qualify for Upstart:

  1. You must be a U.S. citizen, or permanent resident currently living in the US
  2. Be at least 18 years old;
  3. Have a valid e-mail account;
  4. Have a verifiable name, date of birth, and social security number
  5. Have graduated from a 4-year (bachelor's degree) accredited college in 1995 or later or be accepted by and soon to enroll in a 4-year accredited (bachelor's degree) college;
  6. Have an account at a U.S. financial institution with a routing transit number; and
  7. Meet our minimum credit requirements.