Launch Academy

Boot camp from Categories Boston, Philadelphia

Launch Academy is an immersive coding bootcamp located in Boston, Philadelphia, and online. Through the course of 10 weeks, aspiring programmers will graduate to Jr. full stack web-developer status. You will take part in an 8-week interactive pre-learning programming to kickstart your learning before you even set foot on campus. After you have locked down pre-learning, you will then learn the various languages that make up a full stack curriculum including: JavaScript, Ruby, HTML, CSS, SQL, and Git. This gets students to a place where they can jump into exclusively backend and front end jobs or land a job as a jack-of-all-trades in the tech industry. In the last few weeks, students will participate in group projects, which are used to simulate the experience of working on a real software team, managed by a senior-level engineer. Launchers complete the program with a workable product and an expanded portfolio they can present to companies at career day, where they network with hiring managers from tech companies all over the country. Launch offers structured postgraduate curriculum and lifetime career support to ensure you land a job that you can feel great about.

Launch Academy instructors are also practitioners; most run well regarded web development consultancies. They have a collective 20 years of experience in Ruby On Rails Development. They will help get you unstuck so you don’t waste time. Most are active in the local development community, and some are even user group organizers.

You will work on real projects. Academy’s Hiring Partners shape our curriculum with relevant topics. We’ll train you across the stack. Being exposed to the full stack makes you most valuable in the web development industry.

Launch Academy holds far fewer cohorts than other boot camps thereby placing emphasis on quality of graduates vs. quantity. By choosing to hold cohorts one at a time rather than overlapping in a rolling style as others do, acceptance rates are low ensuring a high, qualitative focus on employability and developing necessary job skills to succeed well beyond Hiring Day.

Launch Academy sets itself apart from other boot camp styled programs via its long-term focus on students’ successes after graduation from the program. A structured, post graduation support program in the form of in-person office hours and virtual consults ensures emotional and job-specific support during the initial phase of their new jobs. Hiring rates are important but we consider them to be vanity metrics. Instead, we judge our success on the successes of our graduates in their new positions.

Here are three things Launch Academy offers that other programs don’t:

  • Post Grad Support: Launch Academy is the only boo tcamp that offers a fourth stage to the model via our Post Grad Support program. Graduates have the support of their mentors for a period of 6 months after they have signed on with one of our companies at Hiring Day. This feature ensures that students will continue their upward trend in their new careers in web development by assisting them via office hours, email, phone, etc with any programming, project related or career support they need. Hiring Companies also view this as a value add towards the recruiting fee they pay to obtain students at Hiring Day. We’ve extended the alignment of goals between the boot camp, student and hiring companies well past graduation.
  • Rolling Hiring Day Access: Any student who graduates from Launch Academy is entitled to attend any Hiring Day held in any city by Launch Academy at any point in time for any reason.
  • Breakable Toy / Passion Project: All students will come to Launch Academy with an idea they have always wanted to convert into a product or service. We will help students identify which of these ideas will best flourish during the 10-week period. Students will work on their projects before, after and during the regularly scheduled challenge-based curriculum with the assistance of their mentors and fellow students. Students will present their breakable toy at Hiring Day to prospective hiring companies to compliment their portfolio of work which includes their other published code on Github.

Launch Academy offers $500 scholarships to females, veterans and ethnic minorities.

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Launch Academy


Ruby on Rails
Started in02/2012


Length10 weeks
Class size30-40 people
Sessions per year4
Dedication per week60+ hours
Minimum skill levelBasic computer skills
Placement test
Coding challenge
Prep work before classes startYes, 6-8 Week
Interactive Pre-Learning


Total Cost

Exclusive discount to visitors
Refund (if accepted job through program)Yes, for participating
hiring partners.
Amount based on a
percentage of starting salary.
Financing / ScholarshipYes


Student VisaNo

Phone #(844) 745-2862
Address33 Harrison Avenue,
Suite 501;
CityBoston /
Cambridge, MA,


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  • Grad

    A really rigorous program – we learned best practices, not just how to hack. Also really grateful for the 6-month post-grad support; above and beyond what is offered by comparable programs.

  • SViccari

    I participated in the Fall 2013 Launch Academy cohort and to put it simply, the dedicated staff at Launch Academy expedited my goal of becoming a web developer. I had toyed with the idea of going back to school for an MBA but due to my former college education, I had become distrustful of “higher education” and it’s generic degrees. I took a chance on Launch Academy and they never let me down. I highly recommend this program to anyone looking to enhance their skills or change careers.

    • How long did it take for your to find a job? Did you find a job through Launch Academy? What percentage of your classmate got employment after graduation?

      • SViccari

        Hi Dima, yes, I found a job through Launch Academy. I technically received a job offer on career day. It was very unusual that I received an offer on what’s supposed to be a day of first-round interviews but the company was eager to hire and I happened to be the lucky candidate. I proceeded to interview with several other companies before making a decision and accepted a position about a week later. I believe most of the individuals in my cohort found a job 2 – 8 weeks after graduation. There may still be a few people in my cohort looking for employment but you’ll have to Corinne at Launch Academy for a definite answer. Hope this helps!

      • Hey Dima, we have a 96% placement rate. Our KPI’s are on our homepage at where we importantly define that calculation in clear terms.

  • LA 3rd Batch

    I had some background in coding before attending LA and had been doing some self study, but LA really took my abilities to the next level. I was really skeptical I could gain enough practical knowledge in 10 weeks to get a job, but I just graduated last week and already have on-site interviews with four companies lined up.

    Launch Academy also offers something you can’t get through self study, an amazing atmosphere and a whole group of people eager to learn and aid each other along the way. I got to work with and learn from so many awesome people, I gained more than I ever would have on my own. The people alone were worth the cost of admission.

    Also, a big bonus of Launch Academy is their devotion to following best practices. The experience I have gained with Test Driven Development at Launch Academy alone has been enough to impress employers.

    If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding experience that will change your life, you can’t go wrong with Launch Academy.

  • Mo Zhu

    I highly recommend Launch Academy to anyone who is thinking about switching to software development. Launch Academy found a great formula for bootcamp success. The instructors are friendly and patient, the students they admit are all motivated and willing to help each other out, and the design of the space further augments the learning environment (this last factor is frequently overlooked, imo).

    One way to judge bootcamps is on what they do in their spare time. Have they demonstrated an interest in teaching? One thing that really struck me about Launch Academy was that its founder, Dan Pickett, is the organizer for the Boston Ruby Group. He’s also given up his weekends to teach aspiring rubyists at events like Railsbridge. I think that this giving back to the community really tells you something about their commitment to education.

    If you’re looking to make the switch, Dan Pickett & co. are a good choice.

  • djpowers

    As a graduate of the program at Launch Academy, I have been very satisfied with my experience both during and after the cohort. I’ll assume you you’re familiar with the bootcamp model if you’re on this site, and will try to touch on some of the things that set Launch Academy apartment from other programs (that probably wouldn’t fit on a comparison chart).

    The staff and instructors are very receptive to feedback, and are willing and able to adapt quickly to the needs of students. During the cohort, the instructors did a good job of identifying areas where the group generally seemed to be struggling, as well as determining subjects that people were grasping quickly. The course teaches us to develop using agile methodologies, and uses those same principles to ensure that it is meeting the needs of the students.

    At the conclusion of a cohort, student feedback is solicited to make improvements to the curriculum. These suggestions are taken seriously, and I have seen such changes put into practice in future cohorts (such as introducing JavaScript earlier on and with more emphasis, for example).

    Alumni support and community involvement are also areas where Launch Academy is very strong. Launch Academy holds a full-day hackathon called “Ship It Saturday” for anyone in the Boston development community to come in and work on a project, ideally completing it in one day. Current and former students attend, and completing a project in a day is a great way to show how much progress you have made. Alumni are often welcome to attend talks from guest speakers during the week, and can be seen at other Ruby events in the area, such as Boston Ruby Group meetups or volunteering at RailsBridge.

    Regarding admissions, I think Launch Academy does an excellent job in ensuring each cohort will be a diverse group of hard-working individuals, all with a passion to learn web development. In my mind, the students you are surrounding yourself with for the majority of the day are just as important as the quality of instructors. They’re in the same position you are, and having a good group of people for support can make a big difference. In my cohort, students would always stay late, and were more than happy to help out or work together to figure something out.

    Lastly, I think an important distinction to make is that Launch Academy prepares its students for careers in software development, as opposed to simply teaching people to program. There is no denying the importance of communication and working with others, which Launch Academy addresses through pair programming, group projects, and encouraging students to attend community events to share our experiences and learn from others in the industry.

    After completing the program, I feel confident that I can continue to advance my skills and learn new technologies. Plus, I have a great network of friends and colleagues to reach out to if I ever need hep with a technical problem, a job reference, or even career advice.

    If you’ve decided that a software development bootcamp is right for you, Launch Academy is a great choice, and you will not regret your decision to attend.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Hey DJ. How long have you been graduated? And how long did it take you to find a job was a Web Dev in Boston?

      • djpowers

        Hey there. I finished the program at the end of January 2014. It took me about one month to find a job doing web development, and I stayed in Boston.

        One thing to keep in mind is that the time to find a position can vary. Some students received job offers in two to three weeks, while others were two to three months after. For anyone post-bootcamp looking for a job, try to keep a good balance of applying to jobs and continuing to work on projects to hone your skills.

  • Nina Hampton

    When I was doing research into bootcamps I looked at Launch Academy but I wasn’t sure. I actually ended up going with Bloc. I enrolled in Bloc’s full stack development bootcamp course to build up my back-end programming skills. I had been a front-end developer for three years but I wanted to take my skills to the next level to get more full stack oriented jobs. I had joined my local chapter of Women Who Code and I heard about through a newsletter, to which I realized that it would be a good fit for me. I really needed a course that would be flexible, and structured because I wanted to keep my job while learning but I also needed someone to help me stick with it. I liked having a mentor keep me on track, while also having the independence to work when only when I could. Also I needed something affordable and using the Women Who Code Scholarship that Bloc has was really helpful.

  • I have 4 students that are recently graduated from LaunchAcademy. In my experience they have been taught pretty good skills for web development today. I am continuing their education with 1 on 1 mentorship through and I also release weekly ruby on rails screencasts at

    I give 10% off my services to people who attended this bootcamp!