Jack Mallers

"Starter School is so different in my opinion, it even feels weird calling it a school. It is a place where your teachers are also your friends. It's an environment that I have never seen before, where everyone is on the same page, moving forward everyday."

  • What Problem He's Solving: Giving gyms a better tool for managing customers workouts.
  • Things he can't live without: Chess, basketball, family, and friends
  • A person that inspires Jack: His dad

Jack is revolutionizing the way chess is taught. Learn how.

Why are you at Starter School?

College didn't meet my expectations. What kids usually do at college I just wasn't interested in. I want to push the world further in what I think is the right direction, and Starter School enables me to purse that.

What's one thing that you have been surprised by at Starter School?

The environment. Everyone's goal is to make yourself and the other people around you better each day.

Is there one experience that stands out for you at Starter School?

I really enjoy each day. Just learning code, learning how to apply that to the world and make a difference never really gets old.

How do you explain Starter School to your friends, family, and/or significant others?

Because I am attending Starter School instead of college, I probably get asked this question more than anyone. I tell them it's a place where they teach you not only how to build the newest apps and learn the newest design, but also apply it in a world where this technology can change the way we live.

Were you intimidated to learn anything that ended up coming easy to you?

No. I've always had the mentality that no matter what, I'm gonna get it. Whether it's easy or not.

What makes Starter School different than other classes/schools you've been to?

Starter School is so different in my opinion, it even feels weird calling it a school. It is a place where your teachers are also your friends. It's an environment that I have never seen before, where everyone is on the same page, moving forward everyday.

What are you building right now?

TheFansChallenge, a sports app that organizes fans realtime content to help them better communicate over games or large debates.

Who or what inspires you and why?

My dad inspires me. He is so talented and successful in what he does, but even a better guy. Also Bobby Fischer. So brilliant and the best at what he did.

What's something you've done in your life that you're most proud of?

My chess and basketball accomplishments probably. I have a state title in chess and ranked in the nation for my age group. I also was the 6/7th man on my high school basketball team that won a sectional and finished 12th in the state of Illinois.

What would you say to someone interested in joining Starter School?

Do it. We live in a unique time, where the screen and technology can change the way people live faster than we can even imagine. The power to be able to put things on those screens and change the way you and others live, doesn't get a lot better than that.



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 support@starterschool.com 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.