The Launch School Capstone program continues to grow and lead the industry in results.

As part of this growth, we’re very happy to announce that all Capstone teams from now on will be assigned a Capstone Project Mentor (CPM)! The CPMs are working software engineers at leading engineering-centric companies, working on and with technologies that we will be learning about in Capstone.

They will be an invaluable source of insight and guidance for all Capstone teams. The CPMs are an additional layer of support on top of the usual Capstone Instructor(s). The Capstone fee remains unchanged: industry-lowest ISA at 18% of first year’s salary. (And yes, this means we lead the industry in results and also charge the lowest — check out the Capstone program for more information).

Capstone Project Mentors —
Capstone Project Mentors —

Launch School and the Deferred Payment Program

We’ve spent the last few months honing the Deferred Payment Program (DPP), and we are pleased to be reaching so many people. Our primary goal with the Program is to create greater accessibility for women, minorities, and disadvantaged populations to obtain an education in software engineering.

There are loads of learn to code programs that offer traditional income share agreements (ISA) that defer payments while locking you and your future salary in for a specified time. …

Over the past eight years, we’ve built one of the best software engineering schools globally. Our graduates command, on average, $115,339 within ten weeks after graduation. We now want to expand those we can serve by offering a Deferred Payment Program (DPP), where students pay nothing upfront. We believe in our curriculum so much that if graduates can’t get a job that pays at least $60,000, it’s completely free.

A More Student-Centric Approach

Many existing programming schools offer some form of deferred payment structure, but we wanted to create one that is far more student-centric than existing options. We feel that deferring payments, similar…

Update: the scholarship mentioned below has closed. If you’d like to read more about it, we wrote about how we turned our $30k marketing budget into this scholarship.

Dear Launch School Community,

We’ve always prided ourselves on having an intimate and intellectual community of learners. Though our school and curriculum are online, a platform meant for mass adoption, we’ve always insisted on being rigorous and having respect for practice and mastery. Therefore, our school has never been about mass adoption, but about cultivating a community who believe in deep learning. …

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We’re very happy to announce the addition of a new JavaScript learning track to our Core Curriculum. The deployment of this track is the culmination of many months of planning and hard work behind the scenes. We feel that the addition of this track offers increased flexibility to students who want to study at Launch School, but who would rather do that with a stronger focus on JavaScript.

Why have we added this track?

The Core Curriculum is a cornerstone of our pedagogy, but prior to the addition of this learning track a number of courses were only available with Ruby as the primary language.


Julius Zerwick studied the Launch School Core Curriculum from April 2017 to August 2018. He participated in the Capstone program from September 2018 to January 2019. During that time his team developed the SpaceCraft project. After Capstone, he got a job at DigitalOcean in March 2019 and still works there.

For most of November and the beginning of December 2019, Julius fielded questions from the Launch School community in an Ask Me Anything format.

Here is how the discussion was framed (from Julius’ perspective):

“About a year ago, Sunny Beatteay (Launch School & Capstone grad) posted an AMA inviting everyone…

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Being a long-duration online program, one question we get asked a lot is ‘How long will it take?’. Since the pedagogy for our Core Curriculum is built around Mastery-Based Learning, and our program is therefore self-paced, the short answer is always ‘it depends’. Everyone learns at their own pace and there are many factors which determine that pace, such as previous programming experience, educational background, learning style, and so on.

For an aspiring software engineer weighing up the pros and cons of embarking on a learning journey with Launch School, ‘it depends’ isn’t necessarily the most useful answer in isolation…


It’s an open secret that higher education in the United States needs an overhaul. Universities across the nation are experiencing budget shortfalls, leading to increasing tuition and decreasing investment in teaching. So while tuition increases to record highs, student outcome has decreased, saddling a generation of college graduates with insurmountable student loan debt and a degree that can’t land them a job. Meanwhile, new high school graduates are indiscriminately funneled to college despite mounting evidence that it may no longer be worth the investment.

Low-income students and their families are particularly affected by this phenomenon. Rapidly rising college tuition disproportionately…

We’re please to announce five (5) $1,000 scholarships for WWCode members! The amount will be applied towards the Launch School monthly subscription. There is no deadline for these scholarships, but when all five are given, the scholarship will complete.

Update Jan 27, 2019: This scholarship is now closed. Congrats to all the winners: Claire T., Wendy K., Catherine E., Melissa M., and Alexandra P!

How to Apply

  • Fill out this application form.
  • Sign up at and start the free preparatory courses, which will take approximately between 40 to 100 hours to complete.
  • At the end of the free preparatory courses, we ask…

Sunny Beatteay studied the Launch School Core Curriculum from August 2016 to August 2017. He participated in the Capstone program from August 2017 to January 2018. During that time his team developed the Conclave project. After Capstone, he got a job at DigitalOcean in March 2018 and still works there.

For most of August and the beginning of September 2018, Sunny fielded questions from the Launch School community in an Ask Me Anything format.

Here is how the discussion was framed:

Ever had a burning question about Launch School from the perspective of a graduate but didn’t know how to…

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