Each step of Starter School is designed to build on top of the preceding one. In phase one, you will get a solid foundation in web development and entrepreneurship. In phase two, you will learn how to effectively design user interfaces and continue to develop your programming skills. In the final phase, you will unite all of your abilities in order to ship a web application that you care about.
In the final phase, your knowledge from the Fall and Winter will converge around a complete sequence of product development training. This includes project management, concept design, code implementation, shipping your software to production, quality assurance, and customer support. A series of workshops will cover a range of topics such as how to hire the best people for your company, how to lead a product development team, how to launch and market your product, and how to make complex technology decisions as your product scales. Our instructors from the Fall and Winter quarters will also be present to support the successful execution of your product.
Learning all of the necessary components to build software is challenging. You shouldn't expect to become an expert at programming, design, product development, and entrepreneurship in one fell swoop. Instead, you will have a holistic point of view and will be able to discover which of these topics you enjoy the most with the potential to pursue mastery through years of dedication and hard work doing what you love.
By the end of Starter School, you will ship a product and be armed with a skillset that will enable you to start your own company or get a great job. As one of just 52 people that completed one of the most intense and rigorous software schools in the world, the question won't be, "Can I get a job?" but instead, "Should I choose this job or make my own?"
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.
Currently 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 firstname.lastname@example.org so we can learn more about your situation.
Our students have creatively raised funds for our 3 month programs in numerous ways. They've sourced online donations, secured company sponsorships, created friends and family loans, and even sold their cars. The students that 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.