Note: This is a 4 week, part-time class (see schedule below)
Coding is the new literacy. As the world's work is increasingly being performed by computers, it's becoming critical to have some level of competency in programming.
Learning to code is like acquiring a new superpower. You'll start to see the world in a new way, and even early on, you might discover ways that simple scripts can save you hours of time in your daily routine.
If you collaborate with developers, you'll be able to better communicate with them after you take this class. You'll win respect for entering their world, and you'll be able to ask for what you need more precisely.
We're so confident you'll love this course, we offer a full refund policy. See below for details.
Will this course help me get into a bootcamp?
Yes. Past students have been accepted into extremely selective programs, including App Academy (5% acceptance rate), Learners Guild (< 5% acceptance rate), and Rithm School.
Do you offer any credits / discounts toward bootcamps?
We partner with several coding schools to offer major discounts to people who complete this program. In some cases the discount is actually greater than the price you'll pay for this course!
Rithm School: $1,500 discount
Startup Institute: $1,500 discount
App Academy: $500 discount
Learners Guild: $500 discount
What will I learn?
You'll also be introduced to web concepts including: CSS, HTML, JSON, and consumption of APIs. You'll use this knowledge to customize and deploy your own live data-driven website!
Most importantly, by working through numerous coding problems with coaching from professional engineers, you'll learn how to think like an engineer to divide and conquer any problem that comes your way.
This class follows a unique hands-on format that has been measured and iterated on over numerous cycles.
A typical day in class looks like this:
6:30-7pm: review last class's concepts & practice problems
7-7:20pm: live coding demo introducing new concepts
7-9:30pm: several instructor-supported pair programming lessons to master the concepts
This course meets 8 times in-person in Cambridge, MA over 4 weeks. Classes are on Monday and Wednesday evenings from February 22nd - March 20th at 6:30-9:30pm.
In between meetings, the instructor will assign practice exercises. You'll be able to reach out to the instructor and TA for help via Slack (a team chat application) while you work through these.
What if I have to miss a class?
If you have to miss a single class, one of our instructors will meet with you remotely or in-person to cover the material and make sure you don't fall behind.
What if I need extra help?
Coding isn't rocket science, but it does take practice and guidance to learn. If you feel like anything from class went over your head, you can meet 1:1 with an instructor for up to an extra hour every week. We really want to help you succeed!
How does your happiness guarantee work?
If you tell us you're not loving the program at the end of the 3rd class, we'll offer you the option to fully refund your tuition. We ask for you to wait until the 3rd class because we want you to give coding a fair chance.
What are the prerequisites?
You don't need to have any prior coding experience. However, you should be comfortable using a computer and able to type at least 30 words per minute to benefit from this class.
What do I need to bring?
Just a laptop. A Mac or linux machine is preferred, but a PC is fine for this course too.
Why the small classes?
At First Step Coding, we've taught hundreds of first-time coders, and we've learned a lot of lessons while doing it. The most important factor is being able to provide for enough individual coaching time. We keep our classes small for this reason, and we maintain a 5:1 ratio of students to teachers.
This sounds great, but can I ask a few more questions?
Of course! You can book a call with one of our advisors right here.