At Starter School, you'll learn more than just how to code. Among a small class of highly motivated people, you’ll learn the coding skills to become a developer; you’ll learn enough about user experience to think like a designer; you’ll pick up the business skills necessary to call yourself a product manager. But more importantly, you’ll gain the confidence to start something new and make something people want. You'll apply what you learn towards the goal of shipping your real product.
You'll learn how to recognize impactful problems to solve, identify sustainable business models, and get an introduction to user interface design to start refining the look and feel of your app. By getting feedback from potential users, you will discover who your target audience is and design the optimal interface for your product. You'll learn what it means to have taste in design (how to discern good from ugly), how to write clear and compelling copy, and develop a design style of your own to apply to your web application.
Your education will converge on 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.
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 skill set that will enable you to start your own company or get a great job. As one of just a few 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org so we can learn more about your situation.
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.
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.