App Academy

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App Academy is an intensive, full-time, web development boot camp in San Francisco and in New York. Over nine weeks, you’ll learn all the skills needed to begin a career as a web developer. Through hands-on projects, we train you to build modern Ruby on Rails web applications.

Tuition

App Academy is as low-risk as we can make it. You only pay us if you find a job as a developer after the program. In that case, the fee is 15% of your starting salary payable over the first 6 months after you start working. We’re in this together; we only succeed if the program works for you.

Results

We taught an iOS course (which included several weeks of Ruby & Rails) in San Francisco this summer. 93% of our graduates have offers or are working in tech jobs now at an average salary of $83,000

App Academy Review

General

TypeIn class
FocusRuby on Rail
Started inJune 1, 2012

Education

Length9 weeks
Class size20 people
Sessions per year11
Dedication per week70-80 hours
Minimum skill levelBasic computer skills
Jr. Programmer
Placement test
Coding challenge
Yes,
2 challenges
Prep work before classes startYes, must be submitted
10 days before class starts
InterviewYes

Finances

Total Cost

Varies. 15% of your starting
salary payable over the first
6 months. $10,000 for
entrepreneurs and
international students
Exclusive discount to Bootcamps.in visitors
Refund (if accepted job through program)$5000
Financing / ScholarshipN/A
Deposit$3,000
PaymentsAfter graduation and
job placement

Assistance

JobAssistance + Placement
HousingNo
Student VisaNo

Contact

Emailcontact@appacademy.io
Phone #???
Address715 Bryant St, Suite 101
CitySan Francisco
New York
CountryUSA

Review

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  • beyonsense

    1. If you are not a programmer already, do not waste your time applying to appacademy.io because you won’t get in. I really liked their approach to tuition, but it just doesn’t make sense for them to accept someone who is a beginner. If the person won’t get a job they are not going to get paid.

    2. Personal story:
    10/24/12 I applied for 7/1/13 session (and 2 more after that)
    10/26/12 submitted second part of application form
    10/30/12 got invitation to a coding challenge. it contained 9 chapter study material
    11/5/12 completed a math challenge (2 problems) and tried to take a coding challenge (6 problems. completed only 1)
    11/6/12 received an email:
    “Thanks very much for applying to App Academy. After reviewing your
    application, we think you might be a good fit.
    One thing we did notice from your coding test is that you may not
    have a lot of prior experience programming; many of the students we
    have accepted in the past did not. However, we would like you to
    complete some additional programming prepwork for us to review
    before we offer to accept you into the program.
    The prepwork we’d like you to complete is the same that we give all
    accepted students; you may access it here. The
    prepwork constitutes a basic introduction to programming designed to
    be accessible to everyone. It contains some selected readings to
    bring you up to speed on Ruby, plus some exercises for you to
    complete. All told, we expect the prepwork to take about 15hrs.
    The prepwork details contain information about submitting your
    exercises. When you complete the prepwork successfully, our final
    step is to conduct a brief, last-check interview. After this, we
    will be able to make a final decision on your application within
    24hrs.
    There is no deadline for the prepwork; you may complete it and take
    the second coding exercise whenever you like.
    We believe that the time you invest in learning Ruby will be time
    well spent: the prep work constitutes a self-contained introductory
    course in programming, giving you skills that you will be able to
    apply to other parts of your life.”

    Prep work had 13 problems, each problem had 2-8 sub problems. Since i didn’t have a lot of programming experience it took me way more than 15 hours to complete this prepwork.

    12/17/12 I submitted my prepwork
    12/18/12 Received email that my prepwork was accepted.
    12/21/12 Had my 19min interview that contained coding challenge: 2 simple problems/ Completed it.
    12/23/12 Received my rejection letter.
    “Thanks very much for applying to App Academy. I am sorry to write
    that we are unable to accept your application. I wish I were writing
    to report a different decision, but the applicant pool for these
    cycles was very strong, and there were many talented applicants who
    we didn’t have space to admit.
    Applicants sometimes ask if there was a reason why we didn’t accept
    their application. In truth, there is often no specific reason. The
    reality is that we are space-constrained and have to turn away many
    qualified people.
    Please don’t take our decision personally, particularly because we
    know we make mistakes. We also know that many applicants we were
    unable to admit have what it takes to learn software development; it
    is a certainty that many will find successful careers in software
    development.
    Please accept our best wishes.”

    12/26/12 Created this site ;)

    • diddy

      Thanks for the site and review :). Just wondering, what was the last interview like? What kind of problems did they ask? Was it anything like the prep-work?

    • KamJos

      What were the math challenges like?

  • dr_zaius

    Fun marketing idea: draw up a diagram outlining the relationships between all the programming bootcamps.

    Digging around on LinkedIn, I’m pretty sure App Academy, Hackbright, and Catalyst Class were all founded by former Dev Bootcamp students. Both the CEO and COO of Catalyst were students in Dev Bootcamp’s first cohort, I think.

    These people were all students in Dev Bootcamp’s first cohort:

    Kush Patel (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kush-patel/4b/99/349)
    Tony Phillips (http://www.linkedin.com/in/tonybphillips)
    Douglas Calhoun (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/douglas-calhoun/44/998/500)
    David Phillips (http://www.linkedin.com/in/davjphillips)

    Dave Hoover, one of Dev Bootcamp’s co-founders, used to be affiliated with Starter League, too.
    http://www.linkedin.com/in/redsquirrel

    I found all the above by rifling through LinkedIn and googling the people’s names. Couldn’t find anything else.

    • beyonsense

      great idea! will try to work on it tomorrow. It is really easy to do through mindmeister.com

  • blah

    There’s a $5000 refund for accepting a job from one of their partners. See Tuition section at http://www.appacademy.io/#p-program

  • HISTORY

    Does anyone else notice that there is no phone numbers to call this business?? STRANGE VERY STRANGE..

  • Monk-e-man

    I came into App Academy, with zero web development experience. The only web programming I’ve ever done was some basic HTML for a static web page I made as a graduate student instructor.

    After I graduated from App Academy, I got twelve interviews and landed four offers within 12 weeks: 80k, 100k, 100k, and 105k. So from my single data point, I consider the App Academy a resounding success.

    • Monk-e-man

      Oops, I made a typo: I got twelve interviews and four offers within 2 weeks.

    • Jennifer Brown

      Hey Monk-e-man! Glad to hear you got in and had the job offers, where did you end up working? Also, do they provide housing? Where do you stay for 9 weeks if you live several states away? Need to know before I apply.

    • KamJos

      Was this in New York or San Francisco?

  • AlanS

    Totally a scam school that promises to teach web application development utilizing Ruby on Rails. They are supposedly very selective but that is only due to policy of accepting candidates that already know the material and that will pay a hefty percentage of introductory salary (if hired). The school is very unorganized and completely administered by ‘student workers’. Class time is nonexistent and 98% of this ‘learning’ time is also hosted by arrogant students from the previous term that refuse to answer questions or the assist current students.

    Another major issue is their claim to “only pay us if you find a job as a developer after the program.” This cleaver marketing verbiage is simply an outright lie. They require all student to pay about $3k to $4k up front which they will not return unless you complete the course to their satisfaction, get a job in the area, and pay them nearly 20% of your salary for a year or so. If all these criteria are met then after two years they will refund your deposit with no interest. (To date no students have been refunded their deposit)

    It seems that this academy may be nothing more than a way for former hedge fund analyst Kush Patel dupe eager students into giving funds interest free to scam artist Kush Patel. The FTC and IRS should investigate this new twist on the ponzi scheme.

    Don’t Fall for this scheme and their inflated placement rate they simply hire on the majority of graduates for a few months to boost the reported placement percentage.

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