Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions about how LEARN academy works? We've got answers!
1. What do you mean by "full-time"?
LEARN academy's full time course is Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Students spend the first 12 weeks working in the classroom and the final 4 weeks in their programming internship.
2. What is the internship and does everyone get to participate?
Everyone is guaranteed a programming internship as a part of the learning experience. For each cohort, we partner with 10-15 local San Diego companies active in the tech community. They all vary in size and culture. Towards the end of the classroom time, each student will get to interview with 2-3 of these partner companies. Once the interviews are competed, students will rank the companies they met with and companies rank the students. The staff then plays match maker and tries to make the best possible matches. Afterwards, students are prepped for their time with that company and sent on their way for the final four weeks of the code bootcamp course.
3. What does the application process look like at LEARN academy?
Once you have submitted your application, the team at LEARN academy will review it and be in touch with in a week of your submission date. If we feel it is a good fit we will ask you in for an interview. It is a informal interview. A chance for us to get to know you and for you to ask any questions you might have about the coding course. We know that it is vital to your success to find the course that is best for you and your learning needs. We use the interview to find out if we are the best fit for you! If at that point we both agree that it is a good fit we will invite you to secure a seat in the class of your choice.
4. How old do I have to be to attend LEARN academy?
Code school students must be 18 years old by the date of the first class as we are not legally able to accommodate minors.
5. How long should my application be?
One of the the things we look for in an application is - did we get to know you? It's almost impossible for us to get to know a candidate if each of the essay answers are only two sentences long. It doesn't need to be a novel, but before you submit, check to make sure your personality is coming out in your writing.
6. What financial assistance do you offer?
7. Can I pay my coding bootcamp tuition using a credit card?
Yes, we accept Visa, MasterCard or American Express.
8. Can I call you or drop by to talk?
Absolutely! We love chatting with potential partners and students. It is always best to make an appointment first so we can make sure someone is available to answer your questions. You can email us [email protected].
9. Can I work while attending LEARN academy?
We have had students hold part-time jobs while attending the coding bootcamps at LEARN academy. They tell us that it's not too bad if your work is on the weekend, but working more than one night per week is really tough. It is tough but possible.
10. What is the background of the typical LEARN Student?
There isn't really a typical student at LEARN academy. Most have not taken computer science classes in college, although some have. Some have not gone to college at all, but many have undergraduate degrees in something other than computer science. Past graduates have been in the entertainment industry, waitresses, message therapists, in the military, and just about anything else you can think of.
11. How many students in each coding class? And how many teachers?
We keep a student/teacher ratio of less that 10/1 , so 1 teacher for 10 students, 2 for 11-20, 3 for 21-24. We cap our coding classes at 24 students max.
12. What is pair programming and why do you use it?
We use pair programming in our everyday instruction. This means you will be working along side another student, sharing a screen and working through the exercises together. We do this for two reasons. First, pair programming is very common in the work place and it's important that you, as a junior developer, know how to work in that environment. Second, it is a wonderful tool to help you retain information. While you pair, you are talking through the code you spend your day both learning and teaching which helps you understand the material better with your pair programming parner.
13. What kind of job can I look for after your course?
You can look for any job as a Junior Full Stack Developer, Front End Developer, Back End Developer, or Software Engineer after completing the immersive 4-month code school program at LEARN academy.
14. What kind job assistance support do you offer after the course?
At LEARN we start the process early. During the course we help you craft your resume, refine your interview techniques, assemble your portfolio, and build your network. We know that your network is one of your biggest assets, so we help you from the beginning. We invite people from the community into the classroom to speak, we host meetups in the space and attend them all over town, and take you on tours of some of the best companies in town. All of this is in preparation for the job hunt that will start once you've finished the course. That being said we continue to assist with all of these things after you've finished the course. We also keep you up to date with job postings and continue to help you build your network. Our Career Services Manager will work with you until you find a job.
15. What is the refund policy?
We want this to be simple and fair.
LEARN Academy shall refund 100 percent of the amount paid for institutional charges, less a reasonable deposit not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars ($250), if notice of cancellation is made through attendance at the first class session, or the seventh class day after enrollment, whichever is later.
If, after the seventh day in the camp you find out that it's not for you, please reference this refund schedule:
Up to 10% of class attendance hours: 90% refunded minus the deposit
10% - 25% of class attendance hours: 75% refunded minus the deposit
25% - 60% of class attendance hours: 60% refunded minus the deposit
60+% of class attendance: No refund
Refunds will be issued within 30 days of approval. If financing with a Financing Partner, we will abide by the refund policies of that lender when issuing the refund. Most agreements with our partners state that the money goes back to them in the event of a refund.