Devschool

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Devschool’s mission is to provide affordable, personal, expert web development instruction. Their program consists of a total of 600 hours of programming and web development education. It includes 40 one on one sessions with an expert instructor, 100 hours of non-profit real world internship, up to 5 group sessions a week, pair programming, and they provide you a job at graduation.

Interview: During your time interviewing at Devschool you will meet with your Instructor, a current student, and then a decision will be made if you are a cultural fit for the school (hint, culture means you like to get shit done and you don’t make excuses)

If you are accepted job through the program, you might be eligible for refund. Refunds are prorated and you can find more info at https://devschool.rocks/terms

Scholarship: Devschool has a $500 discount for ex-service members from any recognized military branch from any country

Devschool

General

TypeIn class
FocusFull Stack
SEO (coming soon)
Started inJanuary 2015

Education

Length600 hours
Class size4-7 students
Sessions per year
Dedication per week30 hours minimum
Minimum skill levelNo minimum skill level required
Placement test
Coding challenge
No
Prep work before classes startYes
learn.co
InterviewYes

Finances

Total Cost

$6,988 prepay
Exclusive discount to Bootcamps.in visitorsYes, $100
Refund (if accepted job through program)Yes **
Financing / ScholarshipYes
Deposit??
PaymentsNo

Assistance

JobYou don't graduate
until you get a job
HousingNo
Student VisaNo

Contact

Emailhello@devschool.rocks
Phone #(702) 799-9907
AddressOnline
CityOnline
CountryUSA

Review

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  • I don’t see where my students can leave reviews here, so if you graduated from Devschool (or if you are a currently student and you love us) please leave your review as a comment!

    • people can leave their reviews here, where you posted your comment.

  • Shah

    I enrolled in Devschool because of their positive image online in reviews and otherwise. Prior to this, I was enrolled in Bloc & Thinkful but sadly their curriculum was poorly formatted and far too structured to be useful to me. This is simply my opinion.

    After months of searching I started reading about Devschool and how highly the school was recommended was from previous students who graduated the program. I spoke with Jim numerous times and he was always patient when it came to answering my questions and concerns, and I was impressed with how Devschool was not the typical “Big Box” outfit.

    Unfortunately because of an unexpected personal life-crisis I had to drop out of the program before I was able to onboard due to my hectic schedule. And even though Devschool has a standard pro-rated refund minus some non-refundable portion, Jim made a personal exception for me due to my circumstances and refunded the full amount since I needed that money to get out of my crisis. He delivered on the school’s promise for an “Insanely Human Experience” and then some!

    When in the future I can enroll in an online coding school I will sign up for their program again, no hesitation. Devschool rocks!

  • Sunny

    This is a boot camp with 2 people: the instructor Jim Okelly(and also he is the principle) and his girlfriend. It is small and unprofessional, the owner of this business lives in Mexico, which means, if you have any problems, you will have no way to complain or properly defend yourself without significant challenge. This is because he lives and operates his business outside of the USA.
    HERE ARE SEVERAL THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DEVSCHOOL:
    Is DEVSCHOOL legit?
    —I don’t know but it is a two person school and they are both in Mexico. If you get screwed, your contact can be limited, which is problematic if you were to decide that the program is not for you and would like a refund.
    Also you won’t have any way to complain if you are treated badly. Since Devschool is small and unprofessional, Jim Okelly will be your instructor, your principle, your financial officer, and once he decides that you are a “bad student”, you are 100% screwed and won’t even have any way to communicate or stat a valid case.
    I saw some good reviews, are those real?
    —I don’t know but I personally don’t believe so. He spent a lot of time and money trying to figure out how to rank better in Google and he asks his students to “like” his comments on YouTube. I wouldn’t be surprised if a person like him would ask some friends to post good reviews for himself.
    Is Jim a good instructor?
    —If you think an instructor who humiliates you and says rude things to you and shows you his darker side is good, then go ahead. Also, I think that he behaves like a psychopath and can’t accept any suggestions and will treat them as your challenge towards him. Which means, if you are looking for an instructor who cares about your growth and best study needs and you are the kind of person who likes to ask “why I am doing this” or “may I suggest something that is more suitable for me”, he will berate you.

    Will I get a refund if I don’t like the classes?
    —-Yes. I know it’s hard to find this info but HE WILL DEDUCT A MINIMUM $1500 FROM YOU EVEN THOUGH YOU NEVER TAKE ANY CLASSES YET. Which means, once you handover your money, $1500 of it is just gone. And in my own case is, I took only 1 class in total along with an “onboarding session”, and from that I had owed him about $2000.

    How about the job guarantee?
    —Read it again and think twice. If you can’t find a job then you stay inside the school forever and enjoy the resource? What resource? MOST OF THE RESOURCES THAT DEVSCHOOL GIVES YOU ARE ONLINE RESOURCES THAT YOU CAN REACH EASILY BY YOURSELF, and other than that, there is a useless and unprofessional slack channel and his group sessions, which consist of “watching him code”. A PROGRAM THAT PROMISE YOU TO GIVE YOU A FULL MONEY REFUND IF YOU CAN’T FIND A JOB IS WAY BETTER. Think logically, Think twice.

    Is the internship style cool?
    —Do you enjoy your boss asking you to do stuff without telling you any reasons? Do you enjoy having to build complex projects with no basic knowledge, subpar instruction and simply being told to “look it up online?”? Do you like it when your boss humiliates you when you ask questions? If you really enjoy all of those things, then congratulations, you will pay Jim O’kelly so that he can be your “boss” and teach you a real life lesson about how stupid you are.

    Can I really become a programmer after 4 months?
    — Basically, you maybe can find a job after some inefficient, basic lacking studies, but it’s hard to find a good one or get promoted. And it’s definitely not worth that much money.

    How about the “insanely humane” part?
    —Jim Okelly never consider your opinion or your study hobbies, also he will give you super rude feedbacks when you become “annoying” and asking too many questions. I call this INSANELY IN-HUMANE.

    So if you are interested, here is my experience in DEVSCHOOL:
    Just like most students, I chose his Devschool because I saw that he had some good reviews online (and now I personally doubt if those are real). When I did the interview with him, even though he smoked drugs and performed unprofessionally during it, I thought it was his cool personal style and didn’t realize that it was a dangerous signal.
    The class began after about 3 weeks, and within this period of time, I was in his slack channel, watching him share some random videos. Some of those videos (from Youtube) are programming related, but most of the time the topics inside the slack channel were just very random and unprofessional. I have been involved in many programming related slack channels and I have to say that Devschool’s slack channel, compared to any other slack channel that I have participated in, is the most unprofessional and useless one. If you want to pay $8000 to read dirty jokes, then go ahead.
    The first class experience was awful.
    So basically his teaching method is called “fully emerge”, which means he will just throw you into the share screen and begin to write JavaScript code in terminals and discard the fact that you don’t even know what is a terminal or how to write basic JavaScript. He will tell you to learn programming just like you would learn a foreign language. This is a very STUPID AND INEFFICIENT STRATEGY. If you really think that throwing a 25 year old into a foreign country for TWO hours per week is a very efficient way to learn a language, then you will probably will like his teaching. Also, he doesn’t have any curriculum and you won’t know what you are learning or going to learn, and you think that he is doing this so that the classes will fit you the best? Ask other students and you will know everyone learns the SAME THING.
    Since I can’t understand a single thing of the first class, and since HE DOESN’T REALLY ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS (he will tell you to search google or watch a tutorial online), even though he seems really confident in what he is doing, I decided to send him a very polite message, asking “Is that OK if you at least tell me what I am learning and what I am going to learn?” and “Is that possible for us to figure out a better way to help me to learn?”, and his first answer was along the lines of: THEN YOU SHOULDN’T TAKE THIS PROGRAM AND I WILL GIVE YOU A REFUND(I have more to say about the refund part later). Can you believe that that was the first thing your instructor tells you when you ask him for help? Really? He asked me to leave because I asked him to tell me what I am learning and what I am going to learn. His reaction made me think that HE IS AN AWFUL INSTRUCTOR AND HE IS A PSYCHOPATH! He answers in this way so that I will get scared and then he can manipulate me as he wanted to in the future. So that’s why most students don’t ask any questions in that slack channel!
    After Jim Okelly told me to quit, I talked to many other of my classmates in Devschool. And apparently, a lot of them, after two months of study, still don’t understand what he is doing and have to learn everything by watching free online videos. But they never told him they didn’t get anything from him, because somehow, talking to Jim Okelly is very hard.
    Considering his bad altitudes and the other students’ experiences, I decided to leave and left him a very polite message. The second day, WITHOUT ANY NOTIFICATIONS OR MEESSAGES, I found that he just removed me from the slack channel (the only connection you can have with Devschool) and didn’t say anything. After I finally reached him out, HE SAID SOMETHING REALLY PERSONAL AND RUDE TO HUMILIATE ME. And he told me EVEN THOUGH I ONLY TOOK 1 LESSON, HE STILL SPENT ENERGY, AND THERE NEEDED TO BE AT LEAST $1500 FEE DEDUCTED (It’s around $2100 after everything). I tried to talk to him, and he just said rude things and then “go teach class”, the next thing I see is his girlfriend took the chat and told me “he is in class”. After that, he is in class forever, so good luck talking with him easily.

    DON’T CHOOSE DEVSCHOOL OR JIM OKELLY! WHAT HAPPENED TO ME WILL HAPPEN TO YOU AS WELL. There are so many better programs, with free classes you can try, and way better quality.

    • Devschool Admin

      Thank you very much for your comments. Here at Devschool we are always striving to improve and welcome any feedback that we get. First of all Devschool is an all Online Coding Bootcamp that is operated by Jim Okelly, his assistant and a small group of part time instructors. Next you questioned the legitimacy of the school and implied that being centered in Mexico makes it a scam. Jim is from Mexico and takes a lot of pride in giving discounts to students from less developed countries, like yourself. How would you feel if we implied students from China are crocked? You also seem to have an issue with the job guarantee, it tells you that Jim and his hard working staff will support you until the day you move on. By the way, so far every student has found a job, so “forever” doesn’t seem that long. I myself have never heard of a school giving you a complete refund after you have completed the course.
      I am very sorry that the format of the school did not agree with you, and do regret that our refund policy bothers you, but with positions at Devschool being in such demand we need students to be sure they are prepared to go the distance and not waste our valuable time. This is why we encourage prospective students to carefully read the web page and watch our videos before applying to be sure this is the place for them. Every students learns best in a different way. Here at Devschool we use one particular format and not everyone will respond well to it. So we sincerely hope you better luck in your next endeavor.

    • Devschool Admin

      Thank you very much for your comments. Here at Devschool we are always striving to improve and welcome any feedback that we get. First of all Devschool is an all Online Coding Bootcamp that is operated by Jim Okelly, his assistant and a small group of part time instructors. Next you questioned the legitimacy of the school and implied that being centered in Mexico makes it a scam. Jim is from Mexico and takes a lot of pride in giving discounts to students from less developed countries, like yourself. How would you feel if we implied students from China are crocked? You also seem to have an issue with the job guarantee, it tells you that Jim and his hard working staff will support you until the day you move on. By the way, so far every student has found a job, so “forever” doesn’t seem that long. I myself have never heard of a school giving you a complete refund after you have completed the course.

      I am very sorry that the format of the school did not agree with you, and do regret that our refund policy bothers you, but with positions at Devschool being in such demand we need students to be sure they are prepared to go the distance and not waste our valuable time. This is why we encourage prospective students to carefully read the web page and watch our videos before applying to be sure this is the place for them. Every students learns best in a different way. Here at Devschool we use one particular format and not everyone will respond well to it. So we sincerely hope you better luck in your next endeavor.

  • Sunny

    Jim Okelly leaks his students information online everywhere! That’s totally illegal(but he is in Mexico, what can you do then?). Don’t choose his class or your information could be online tomorrow!

  • Sunny

    Now Jim Okelly delete all the rude and illegal things (he reveals his students’ personal information online) he said (I have the screen shots) and replaced it with something seems more “professional” and “nicer”. But you know what? I just received an email from Jim Okelly and the content is :
    I am going to write a wonderful post about you and name you and put up your photo‏;I will make sure no one EVER accepts you into their school or gives you a job again you nutcase!
    All those happened just because I left negative reviews online. Now I finally understand why there isn’t too many bad reviews. But I want to be the brave one because I don’t want you to experience the same bad things. If you want evidence, you can email me at : zachry@sina.com, and I can show you all the evidence.

    • Devschool Admin

      I’m really not sure, if in fact you read what you wrote in your original post or not, because it was not simply a negative review, but in fact slander. When you try to destroy something a person spent years building you must expect an emotional response. Just because you’re angry that you were unable to keep up with the course and that the refund policy does not work in your favor does not give you the right to comment on things that a student of only one class could possibly know anything about. If you want to comment on Jim’s integrity maybe you should mention that you misrepresented yourself as being in China, in order to get a 30% discount, when in fact you are located in the US. Despite all your efforts to extort a refund out of the school, one will not be coming. That would be unfair to the other students who were unable to hack it and did not try to blame us.

      • Sunny

        First of all, read your homepage again, it says 30% off for people who “come from” developing country. And I come from developing country. Do you need me to send you some pictures of my family to prove that I come from developing country? Everything he did is just followed his own rules and policies. I didn’t explain this part since I think it’s so minor compare to other topics, but since you really want to talk about it, then that’s fine.
        And tell me then, which part, in my comment, is not true? Which part in my comment is a lie? If you can’t find anything, stop blaming your students and apologize like a true business, instead of a mad person.
        If you guys really think Devschool is a business, then everything happened to me wouldn’t happened. Now it’s time for you guys to improve how to make students more satisfied. instead of threaten and post students’ private information to stop them from leaving negative reviews.

      • Sunny

        Search the dictionary and find the word “in” and the word “from” and compare them. After that, stop slandering and apologize.

    • Salvador Rodriguez

      Hi there, I’m a reporter for Inc. Magazine, and I’m working on a story about DevSchool. I’ve seen many, like you, who say the school is a scam, and I am interested in hearing your story. If you are interested in talking, please shoot me an email or give me a call at srodriguez@inc.com. My deadline is ASAP. Thanks!

  • Sunny

    Also I hope you can see I am not the only person who left negative reviews, and I beg you guys not to post their information online or send them threatening emails. That’s really horrible, I can’t sleep during the night because my information got leaked by Devshcool on purpose and also because of the terrible email Jim Okelly sent to me. The cursing words he said to me just can’t go from my head. I really hope that won’t happen to other people!