FAQ

Application

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 within a week of your submission date. If we feel it is a good fit we will ask you in for an interview. It is an 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.

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.

How long should my application be?

One of 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 is 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.

I don't live in San Diego, can I still apply?

Yes, please do! Our classes and workshops are online so that students can access their course work from any location that has internet access.

Is there any required prep work?

Students who are accepted and enrolled in the 4 month bootcamp are required to attend and participate in a workshop offered by LEARN academy prior to the first day of the program. Workshops are free and included in the price of the tuition for the bootcamp. LEARN academy offers multiple workshops leading up to the start of class that students can sign up for.

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].

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, massage therapists, in the military, and just about anything else you can think of.

Schedule + Classes

What do you mean by "full-time"?

LEARN academy’s full-time course is Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Students spend the first 12 weeks working in the online classroom and the final 4 weeks in their remote programming internship.

What is the class schedule?

LEARN academy’s 4 month bootcamp is Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.

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.

LEARN academy's classes and workshops are live remote, what does that mean?

We offer students with an online classroom experience where they can interact with the instructor and fellow classmates in real time. Lectures are also live and students are expected to be participating in the class from 9am-5pm (we of course provide breaks and a lunch period).

Are students provided with any equipment?

LEARN academy loans to enrolled students a MacBook Air for the duration of the 4 month program. Students are required to sign a loan agreement and will be able to pick-up the laptop a few days before the start of class. If you are located out of state we will ship the laptop to you. It is required that students use the provided laptop. This is to ensure that all students will have the same environment setup and the same versions to avoid conflicts. It is also possible that we will need to do troubleshooting in the environment and it’s much easier to do so when we’ve set things up. After completion of the 4 month program students are required to return the MacBook Air.

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.

Are there any tutors or additional support provided outside of the instructors or classroom?

If a student requires additional attention or assistance of any kind, LEARN academy has several resources available to ensure that every student is in clear understanding of the topic or lesson. This includes dedicated one on one time with our instructor after classroom hours.

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 partner.

Career Services + Internship

What kind of 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.

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 have competed, students will rank the companies they met with and companies rank the students. The staff then plays matchmaker 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.

Will the internship also be remote?

Yes! We partner with tech companies who also embrace remote work.

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.

What is the average salary of graduates after completing the bootcamp?

As a Junior Developer, the starting salary can roughly be around $45,000 to $65,000. This is a wide range that can depend on the position, where the job is located, as well as the applicant’s experience and background. Typically after 2-3 years in the industry and role, the salary can get closer to $75,000 to $95,000.

Costs + Financing

What is the cost to apply?

There is no cost to submit an application! If you have been accepted into the program, you will be required to pay a deposit of $500 to guarantee your seat. This deposit payment will be applied to your remaining tuition due.

Does the entire tuition have to be paid upfront?

Enrolled students are required to pay the tuition by the first day of class. We offer a handful of Financing Options that allow for you to pay the tuition off by means of a loan in the instance that you are unable to pay it all at once. You can read more about financing options for students here.

What financial assistance do you offer?

There are a few different ways to fund your coding bootcamp experience. We offer multiple scholarships and discounts, work with a number of financing partners, and accept up-front payments. You can read more about financing options for students here https://www.learnacademy.org/financing/

If you have any questions about financing, send us an email ([email protected]).

Can I pay my coding bootcamp tuition using a credit card?

Yes, we accept Visa, MasterCard or American Express.

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.After the seventh day of class, the refund is calculated based on the following formulation for the daily charge and calculated in the following manner; (total institutional charge, divided by the number of days or hours in the program), multiplied by the number of days the student attended, or was scheduled to attend, prior to withdrawal.Refunds will be issued within 45 days of approval. If financing with a financing partner, LEARN will abide by the refund policies of that lender when issuing the refund. Most agreements with LEARN third-party financing partners state that the money goes back to them in the event of a refund.

VA (Vet Tec + VRRAP)

I'm eligible for VET TEC or VRRAP, how do I participate in the bootcamp?

LEARN academy has been approved by the VA for both VET TEC and VRRAP. The next step is to obtain your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the VA. This COE must be a recent copy provided by the VA within the last 60 days to ensure your eligibility is accurate and funding is available.

Once you have received your COE, please submit an application with LEARN academy. After you submit your application you will receive an email from Kumba McGill, our Enrollment Advisor. Please then forward her a copy of your COE so that she can process your application.

I’ve submitted my application with the VA and currently waiting to receive my Certificate of Eligibility (COE), what are the next steps?

The application process with the VA can take up to 30 days, so we urge you to submit your application with LEARN academy sooner than later as our cohorts tend to fill up quickly. Once you receive your COE from the VA please forward a copy to Kumba McGillso that she can process your application.

I have my Certificate of Eligibility (COE) that I received from the VA last year, will that be sufficient?

In order to process your application we would need a recent copy of your COE, ideally if it was provided by the VA in the last 60 days. This is to ensure that your eligibility is still accurate and funding is available.

The 4 month bootcamp is online, will I still receive Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) benefits from the VA?

Yes, you will receive BAH benefits. Due to COVID the VA has been making exceptions for online schools.