Become a software developer.

App Academy is an immersive web development and job placement program in San Francisco and New York City.

You only pay us if you find a job as a developer after the program.

98% of our graduates have offers or are working in tech jobs. In 2014, SF graduates received an average salary of $105,000; in 2014, NY graduates received an average salary of $89,000.

Alumni Employers

  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Linkedin
  • Paypal
  • Square
  • Tumblr


Kris Fields
Joining App Academy has been among the best decisions I've made in my life.
Kris Fields

In a Nutshell

App Academy is an immersive, full-time, web development and job-placement program in San Francisco and New York City.

Over twelve 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 web applications with Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, and Backbone.

Prior programming experience isn't required. However, you will need lots of tenacity and a passion for building cool stuff.

Placement Fee

App Academy is as low-risk as we can make it.

App Academy does not charge any tuition. Instead, you pay us a placement fee only if you find a job as a developer after the program. In that case, the fee is 18% of your first year salary, payable over the first 6 months after you start working.

At the end of the program we run a hiring day. If you choose to work at any of our partner companies, we will deduct $5,000 from your placement fee. Of course, you are free to accept a position with any employer, whether we introduce you to them or not.

We're in this together; we only succeed if the program works for you.


98% of our graduates have offers or are working in tech jobs now at an average salary of $105,000 (SF in 2014) or $89,000 (NY in 2014). See what our alumni have to say about our program.


Rose Auravide
I've probably learned as much in a few weeks here as I did all year on my own.
Rose Auravide

App Academy teaches you everything you need to become an entry-level web developer. We teach the full web stack. For server-side, back-end work, we teach Ruby, PostgreSQL, and Rails. Client-side front-end technologies we teach include HTML5/CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, and Backbone.js. Take a look at our week-by-week breakdown; you'll be amazed by how much you'll learn in 12 weeks.

  • Git
  • PostgreSQL
  • Ruby
  • Rails
  • HTML
  • jQuery
  • Backbone

Becoming a software developer is about learning a way of thinking, not just about expertise with a specific set of tools. Frameworks come and go, but the skills we teach will serve you well no matter what you may go on to do in the future: back-end engineering, iOS development, big data, etc. For that reason, we also teach the motivations behind good software design and best-practices, algorithms and data structures, and code readings.


Week 1

Ruby + Object-Oriented Design

  • Basic + Intermediate Ruby
  • Object-Oriented Design
  • File I/O
  • Basic Algorithms + Data Structures
  • Code Quality

Week 2

Ruby II + TDD

  • Basic + Intermediate Git and GitHub
  • Serialization: JSON, YAML
  • Design Patterns
  • RSpec
  • Test-Driven Development

Week 3


  • Querying
  • Joins and Associations
  • Aggregate Functions
  • Sub-Queries
  • Indexing
  • Schema Design
  • ActiveRecord
    • Migrations
    • Associations
    • Validations
    • Scopes
    • Callbacks

Week 4

The Web + Rails I

  • HTTP
  • API Consumption (RestClient + OAuth)
  • REST
  • MVC Architecture
  • Basic Routing + Controllers + Views
  • HTML + CSS
  • Rails Forms
  • Layouts + Rendering + Partials + Helpers

Week 5

Rails II

  • Request-Response Lifecycle
  • Cookies + Sessions
  • Parameters
  • Advanced Forms
  • ActionMailer + E-Mail

Week 6

Advanced Rails + Javascript I

  • Metaprogramming: Rebuilding Rails (Lite)
    • ActiveRecord Lite
    • WEBrick Server Configuration
    • ActionController Lite
    • Router with Regular Expressions
    • Rendering + Processing ERB Templates
  • Basic + Intermediate Javascript
  • DOM Traversal + Manipulation
  • JavaScript Closures + 'this'
  • Prototypal Inheritance
  • jQuery
  • AJAX
  • Event-Driven Programming

Week 7

Advanced Javascript: Backbone.js

  • Client-Side MVC
  • Backbone.js
  • Backbone.Relational

Week 8

Advanced Topics I + Backbone.js Design Patterns

  • Authentication
  • Application Deployment
  • Advanced Data Structures: Dynamic Arrays + Hash Sets
  • CSS Design + Bootstrap

Week 9

Capstone Project + Advanced Topics II

  • Computational Complexity (Big O)
  • Background Jobs
  • Web Application Architecture
  • WebSockets
  • Interview Preparation + Practice

Week 10

Rails Topics + Libraries

  • Paperclip +
  • Kaminari
  • Caching

Week 11

Advanced JavaScript + Full-Stack Environment

  • Advanced JavaScript Topics
  • Extending Backbone
  • Deeper Cuts
    • Databases
    • Web Servers
    • Browsers

Week 12

Theory + Practice

  • Advanced Algorithms: Memory Hierarchy + Sorting Functions
  • HTML5 Topics
  • Advanced Code Readings


  • What press have you received?

    Here's a sample of stories written about App Academy:

  • How does the program work?

    The program is lab-based, since the best way to learn to code is by writing it. We keep the lectures to a minimum; ninety percent of your day is spent building projects, with guidance and advice from us.

    We do 90% of our lab work in pairs. Working together helps members of the pair share knowledge while making coding much more social. Pair programming is also more productive; you and your partner keep each other focused.

  • What happens after App Academy?

    At the end of the program, we help you find a position as an entry-level Rails developer. Over twelve weeks, you'll have built a significant portfolio of code showing what you're capable of. On the last day, we host an interview day to introduce you to tech companies looking to hire new devs.

    Check out our Quora post for a partial list of companies our graduates have gone on to work at.

    The demand for Rails and Backbone engineers in Silicon Valley is significant, and the average base salary stands at about $140k.

  • Are 12 weeks enough to prepare a beginner to become a developer?

    Yes. App Academy has a placement rate of 98% at an average salary of $105,000 (SF in 2014) or $89,000 (NY in 2014).

    We've specifically designed the program with a focus on the skills you need to begin a career as a software engineer. We emphasize the practical skills you'll need, which is why we have you spend so much of the program gaining experience by working on projects. Over the 500+ hours of instructional time, we train you in every major facet of Rails development.

    Our past alumni have repeatedly told us that by training in an immersive environment with constant access to instructors, they were able to learn much faster than if they had studied on their own.

  • What kinds of projects do people build?

    You'll build lots of projects like Chess, Asteroids, and Snake. Here are a few samples of final projects:

  • Who should apply?

    Prior programming experience will help, but there are no hard requirements beside a passion for building cool stuff. You do need to be comfortable using a computer. A college degree is not required.

  • What kind of time commitment does App Academy require?

    The program will be rewarding, but it will not be easy. On average, expect to put in 90-100 hours per week.

  • What is the application process? What makes a successful application?

    The application process consists of a few steps. We try to customize the process for every candidate, but broadly it looks as follows:

    1. You submit an application.
    2. Within two days, we mail you a coding challenge (with resources to prepare).
    3. You complete the coding challenge when you're ready.
    4. You may be asked to complete a second coding challenge.
    5. We interview you.
    6. Within two days, we make a decision.

    The most important parts of our process are the coding challenges and a live coding exercise we do together during the interview. We accept a very high percentage of applicants who do well on these exercises. For applicants who are new to programming, we provide materials to bring them up to speed and teach them what they need to know to complete our exercises.

  • How do you make sure that students show up if there is no tuition? Do you ask for a deposit?

    Yes, we do ask for a refundable deposit. The deposit is refundable provided you show up for class on time and stay on task.

    The standard refundable deposit is $5,000, but we are able to reduce the amount of the deposit in exchange for a higher placement fee percentage. Please email us at if you have any questions about the deposit.

  • How competitive is the application process?

    The application process is competitive, because applicants need to be prepared to succeed in a difficult program, and because we only enroll applicants when we feel confident the program will work for them. Our acceptance rate is less than 5%.

  • Will I need to buy any computer hardware?

    During the program, we provide Apple pairing stations for everyone, so you won't need to bring any of your own hardware.

    The office is open 24/7, but if you want to work at home, or if you're considering buying a dev machine anyway, we (very) strongly recommend buying a Mac. Apple is the de facto standard among devs. With an Apple computer, all the core tools like the terminal, Ruby, git, etc. will work out of the box.

  • What is the attrition rate?

    The attrition rate historically is approximately 5%. The program is intense, and though we make every effort to ensure that those who struggle receive the support they need, not every one makes it through. Because of our payment structure, you only owe us a job placement fee if you complete the program and find a job afterward.

  • What can I do to increase my chances of acceptance?

    The best thing you can do to increase your chances of getting into the program is to prepare well for the coding challenge and phone interview. We're going to teach you a ton, but we like to see that you've put in some work on your own to teach yourself.

  • I'm an employer. How do I get in touch with your graduates?

    Please email us at


  • Ned Ruggeri

    Ned Ruggeri


    Ned Ruggeri is a software engineer in San Francisco. He started making computer games long, long ago in the days of DOS and QBASIC. Ned went to the University of Chicago, where he studied math and theoretical computer science. He worked on academic projects in cluster computing and natural language processing. While at school, Ned taught classes in the undergraduate and masters computer science programs.

    After he moved to San Francisco, Ned first worked as a modeling engineer for Quantcast's big-data and statistics group; he later joined Google's search index team. Over the last several years he's worked on lots of crazy things. He's built algorithms for buying web advertising, architected petabyte-scale MapReduce analysis software that runs on thousands of machines, and has written everything from browser-based JavaScript games to hand-optimized assembly code.

    Lately, Ned has become more interested in building user-facing applications. He's built iOS apps and browser extensions, but he's most excited about web apps.

    Ned enjoys playing guitar and piano poorly, sailing his catamaran with friends, and rolling in parks. His greatest unfulfilled desire is motorcycle ownership.

    You can check out Ned's github and resume.

  • Kush Patel

    Kush Patel


    Kush Patel enjoys programming, reading and playing with cats. After studying economics and computer science at the University of Chicago, he moved to Bombay to work for a hedge fund. While there, he was the primary analyst covering tech, media, financials, real estate, and consumer nondurables, representing $500-800M of invested capital.

    After working in India, he wanted to move back into tech, and moved to San Francisco in 2013 to start App Academy.

  • Jonathan Tamboer

    Jonathan Tamboer


    Jonathan wrote his first code for the web over 16 years ago, and has been blasting ahead full speed ever since.

    Originally from The Netherlands, Jonathan studied graphic design and typography at The Royal Academy of Art, in The Hague. There he wrote his thesis on the design of online social networks. As a side project he also built an online social network, for which he was recognized as a Webby Awards Honoree in 2005.

    With over a decade of professional experience, serving companies both large and small, Jonathan enjoys teaching the practical side of building web applications. He believes web development has never been as fun and exciting as it is now.

    Besides writing elegant code, Jonathan is passionate about community, creativity, color and, of course, cats.

  • CJ Avilla

    CJ Avilla


    CJ meant it when he set out to learn the full stack. In 2011 he deployed to Afghanistan and built a network for 50,000 subscribers over satellite, fiber, radio and microwave for the Army, all from scratch. Before that he was writing C++, Perl, classic ASP and PHP, and has since contributed to web apps in various frameworks including Rails and ASP.NET. In his past lives CJ has written code to track insider trading and to program liquid-handling robots. Nowadays he enjoys building web-based applications that are used by humans.

    You'll find him around the internet as w1zeman1p.

  • Jeff Fiddler

    Jeff Fiddler


    Jeff is an optimistic, ambitious, cappuccino drinking, distance running, hilarious, puzzle obsessing, challenge loving, tech junkie software developer.

    As a student of Computer Engineering at the University of Nevada-Reno, Jeff made a 3D submarine action game in Python, an Android game in Java, recreated all the classic data structures in C++, an operating system in C, and designed hardware level logic with VHDL.

    During his college career he worked at two separate internships. The first was a software engineering internship where he integrated robotic hardware with a medical robotic platform. His second internship was a hardware engineering position where he debugged circuit boards, soldered tiny components, and designed logic for a high speed FPGA controlled storage device.

    He graduated with high distinction in the fall of 2010, and accepted a position at the company of his first internship. He would go on to work with a team of 4 to design, architect, implement, test, and release to market a touch screen robotic pump.

    The first several years of his career were all in the Visual Studio C# .NET world, but he has since fallen desperately in love with Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, and Backbone.js. His new loves inspired his move to the Mecca of this kind of development, San Francisco, where he shall remain.

  • Ryan Sepassi

    Ryan Sepassi


    Ryan was a student in the January 2013 cohort and has been helping teach the class ever since he graduated.

    He loves learning new things and has adventured in politics, finance, and technology. In high school, he was a politics nut. He attended Harvard College where he studied history, then worked at Fidelity Investments as an analyst on public mortgage-related and specialty finance companies. Deciding the finance life wasn't for him, Ryan left the industry and later worked on the Obama 2012 campaign as a Field Organizer in Cleveland, Ohio. Having dabbled in Ruby and Rails previously, Ryan finally heeded the call of tech and dove headlong into web development, ultimately attending App Academy.

    Web development proved to be an excellent entry point into the wonderful world of computer science. Since graduating App Academy, Ryan has continually pushed himself to learn new technologies and areas of the field including more advanced algorithms & data structures, systems architecture, functional programming languages, and most recently, iOS development. Technologically, he's most excited about the future of distributed, parallel systems and the continued shift towards mobile. Societally, he's interested in exploring the intersections of tech with finance, politics, and self-awareness.

    Ryan loves to read, meditate, and spend time outdoors. He lives in San Francisco, but hailing from LA, he'll always be just a kid from some sunny suburb.

  • Tommy Duek

    Tommy Duek


    Tommy loves to teach; he has been teaching his hobbies professionally for over a decade. Tommy's love of programming began in childhood, but his interest in technology deepened while at NYU's Stern School of Business, when he began to teach himself web development in between business classes. After graduating and founding a non-tech startup, Tommy realized that his true calling lay in software development.

    Tommy is really into working out, bio-hacking, cars and motorcycles.

  • Flarnie Marchan

    Flarnie Marchan


    Web design and front end development were gateway drugs which led Flarnie to her current full-stack coding addiction. To fulfill her twin goals of helping others and creating new things, she builds stylish apps and imparts wisdom to student software engineers at App Academy. In addition to coding, Flarnie enjoys cupcakes and Kendo.

  • Buck Shlegeris

    Buck Shlegeris


    Buck is a programmer and musician from Australia. He's passionate about programming and education research. Before moving to SF, he studied computer science and physics at the Australian National University.

    While a student, he managed first year student engagement on the board of the Computer Science Students' Association. Buck was also Director of Sponsorship for the inaugural session of CompCon, a conference for undergraduate CS students. He has TA'd introductory programming courses for Python and Haskell. He presented theoretical work on the algebraic behavior of data structures at CompCon. Buck has several educational research projects ongoing at ANU.

    Buck was the frontman of a Canberra band called Buck et al., and looks forward to resurrecting it in San Francisco at some point. He doesn't care for cats, but loves chickens.

  • Simon Chaffetz

    Simon Chaffetz

    Director of Operations

    Simon builds partnerships with employers to help App Academy students find their dream job. Outside App Academy he also co-organizes the San Francisco Ruby on Rails Meetup group. Before that he worked on the Obama 2012 campaign using data to identify and recruit volunteers. He studied Philosophy at Yale where he focused on logic and formal systems. Simon has been tinkering with code since his first teenaged attempts to make video games in DarkBASIC. He now marries his love of art and technology by building fun interactive experiences on the web. You can find him on most networks logged in as 7imon7ays.

    Simon's other interests include natural languages (French, German and Chinese), innovation, and art history.

  • Peter Cooper

    Peter Cooper


    Peter Cooper is a fixture in the Ruby and JavaScript communities. He is well known as an author, developer, and blogger.

    He publishes the largest Ruby, Javascript and HTML5 newsletters, reaching tens of thousands of readers every week. He is also the author of one of the most popular (and best!) introductory Ruby books, Beginning Ruby.

    Peter is also the developer behind:

    Check out Peter's Twitter and Github.

  • Tim Connor

    Tim Connor


    Tim Connor runs his own agile consultancy and Ruby dev shop, Cloud City. He's been coding in Ruby for almost 7 years and building web apps for a decade. Tim has spoken at Ruby conferences, taught seminars and workshops on Ruby and Rails, been a CTO at OkCupid Labs, volunteered at RailsBridge, mentored at DevBootcamp, published Ruby Gems, been an engineer at Pivotal Labs, and trained in a variety of circus arts.

    Tim is interested in gender and queer politics in tech and how better mentorship, training, and hiring practices can help increase diversity and make the start-up scene and Ruby community more inclusive and welcoming to a wider pool of people.

    Check out Tim's Twitter, github, blog, and LinkedIn.

  • Deergha Sahni

    Deergha Sahni


    Deergha Sahni is a scientist and engineer working on statistical modeling at Quantcast. She has previously worked at Microsoft and IBM. Deergha graduated with a master's degree in computer science from Columbia University, where she conducted research in computer vision and machine learning.

    Deergha has extensive experience in education; she's taught machine learning, biometrics, and applied math. She was twice awarded MS teaching fellowships.

    Check out Deergha's LinkedIn.

  • Jonathan Nieder

    Jonathan Nieder


    Jonathan Nieder never set out to be a programmer, but ever since he wrote a program to make a stick figure wave its arms, he hasn't been able to resist doing it anyway.

    Jonathan's specialty is mathematics, but he moonlights as a kernel hacker. Jonathan is an active contributor to the Git version control system, XZ compression utilities, the Linux kernel, the Debian Almquist shell and Michael Brennan's AWK implementation.

    He has mentored high school and college students in mathematics and programming in various contexts (tutoring, math and computer science enrichment programs, Google Summer of Code mentoring).


  • Kris Fields

    Joining App Academy has been among the best decisions I've made in my life. I've learned more in one month at App Academy than I did in one year of teaching myself how to program. Perhaps most importantly, I've learned how best to think about, approach, and solve difficult programming problems.

    Kris Fields
    Joining App Academy has been among the best decisions I've made in my life.
    Kris Fields

    Our teacher, Ned Ruggeri, is great at taking complex ideas that would be hard to grasp and breaking them down into simpler components that are easy to understand. He's also great at the herculean task of adjusting to each individual's skill level and getting the most out of each of us.

    In addition to an amazing teacher and amazing TAs, I'm surrounded by equally bright and motivated peers. App Academy has been an incredible experience made even better with so many wonderful people to share it with.

    Check out Kris' App Academy blog.

  • Rose Auravide

    App Academy is an astonishingly good program for anyone looking to get into app development. I came into App Academy with some Rails background, and I've probably learned as much in a few weeks here as I did all year on my own. You won't leave here without learning a ton and pushing your limits.

    Rose Auravide
    I've probably learned as much in a few weeks here as I did all year on my own.
    Rose Auravide

    Our program is full of fantastic, bright, and fun people and Ned is an awesome teacher. Wildly invigorating, would definitely eat here again.

    Check out Rose's App Academy blog.

  • JJ Weber

    I moved halfway across the country to attend App Academy in the hopes that it would prepare me for a much longer journey (and career) into coding, and I am amazed at how much I have learned in such a short time. App Academy is the kind of learning environment that you have always wanted to exist.

    JJ Weber
    App Academy is the kind of learning environment that you have always wanted to exist.
    JJ Weber

    The program is full time, hands on, and populated by passionate and intelligent fellow-travelers. If you really want to get into coding, but have found discouragement in the lonely realm of patchy online tutorials and inhumane textbooks, App Academy has assembled the resources that you need in order to develop a solid foundation in app development.

    However, the program is not designed to churn out one-trick specialists: the instructors are also willing and able to explain pertinent computer science concepts and they work hard to ensure that we really understand the hows and whys of software. If you are willing to put in the time, money, and effort, App Academy can open the door to Codeland.

  • Liam McArdle

    After just two weeks with App Academy, I became confident in developing web apps on my own and have now, in fact, built and shipped an enterprise-quality web app.

    Liam McArdle
    App Academy helped me to acquire skills that I can put to use right away in building innovative applications
    Liam McArdle

    Not only has App Academy helped me to acquire skills that I can put to use right away in building innovative applications, but they are giving me a solid foundation on which to understand software in general. While I have no idea what new languages and frameworks will be the next big thing, I do know that I am now completely capable of learning them.

  • Stephanie Shupe

    Having no prior coding experience, I was very unsure about the program at first because of the hasty learning curve necessary to compete for an entry level dev position in nine weeks time. My concerns were lifted the first day of the program and I honestly couldn't be more pleased with App Academy.

    Stephanie Shupe
    Others with a CS background are often shocked at the progress we've made at App Academy in such a short amount of time.
    Stephanie Shupe

    I am exceeding my expectations of my own learning potential with each day that comes. When I describe what we've done in the program, others with a CS background are often shocked at the progress we've made at App Academy in such a short amount of time.

    If you're looking for a program to take you from little or no knowledge to a junior level developer in a short and intense amount of time, this program is for you. But don't think this is an easy process; this is by far the most intense program I've ever done. It beats my International Baccalaureate diploma and civil engineering degree... combined!

  • Robert Carter

    Before App Academy, I had struggled through some basic programming concepts and several half completed books and tutorials only to feel that my programming foundation was shaky and full of holes. I certainly did not feel confident enough to start applying to full blown developer jobs.

    Robert Carter
    App Academy is what college and education in general should be like.
    Robert Carter

    All of this changed rapidly and dramatically when I started App Academy. This bootcamp is one hell of a wild ride and if you let it, it can be a pivotal moment in your life. It certainly has been for me. The amount of technology, new ideas, and the speed of learning that this kind of environment facilitates is simply amazing. App Academy IS what college and education in general should be like.

  • Maneesh Goel

    Initially I was on the fence about doing App Academy. As soon as I arrived, all my concerns disappeared - Ned and Kush have created a fantastic environment for motivated people to come together and learn a ton of new skills in a short amount of time.

    Maneesh Goel
    If you're wondering about whether doing App Academy is worth it, stop wondering — it is.
    Maneesh Goel

    We all came in with different programming backgrounds and experience levels, but everyone in the program can take an application idea, decompose it, and work on a serviceable solution, in record time. If you're wondering about whether doing App Academy is worth it, stop wondering — it is.

  • Michael Ng

    App Academy has had an enormous impact on my ability as a software developer. I love it for so many reasons, but here are a few of the most pertinent to potential enrollees:

    The environment at App Academy is incredibly fast-paced and exciting. You are surrounded by very brilliant and motivated people, coming from all different backgrounds. We learn from each other, teach each other, and feed off of the constant stream of energy, creativity, and innovation that seems to always be flowing through our office.

    Michael Ng
    App Academy has had an enormous impact on my ability as a software developer.
    Michael Ng

    As a CS grad, I had reservations about the pace at which I would be learning new material, and how challenging the program would be. Both of these were alleviated before the end of the first week. The instructors here make sure you are always challenged and moving at a pace relevant to your expertise. Simply put, this environment is a catalyst for learning.

    The instructors involved in App Academy are incredible. They will teach you not only the fundamentals of the relevant languages and systems, but also the best design patterns for your apps, style conventions for writing code, and how to think about solving certain types of abstract problems. However, they are more than willing to talk to you about pretty much anything, from how these systems work under the hood down to the lowest levels, to data structures and algorithms, to how to design a personal side project you've been thinking about. You will cover almost everything relevant to making real-world apps, and if there's something you want to learn that isn't covered, all you have to do is ask.

    Lastly, if you love development, 40+ hours of programming per week designated to coding has already sold you. You didn't even need to read the testimonials; if I'm speaking to you, you already know what to do.

  • Diana Zmuda

    App Academy's combination of expert instruction and pair programming accelerated my learning far beyond any program I had taken in college.

    Diana Zmuda
    Expert instruction and pair programming accelerated my learning far beyond any program I had taken in college.
    Diana Zmuda

    Having the opportunity to work in pairs with other programmers was thoroughly enjoyable and exposed me to an entirely new method of learning, which I found superior to coding solo. App Academy can and will take you from being a novice to an adept if you are willing to make the commitment.

  • Edward Kim

    I have a master's in computer networks and have been working as an enterprise software developer for a little over 2 years. Web/mobile app development was a field that had always interested me, but I had absolutely no experience. This is where App Academy comes in.

    Edward Kim
    I have never learned this much development in such a condensed period of time.
    Edward Kim

    To be completely honest, I was skeptical about the whole concept, being in the first cycle and all, but it was reason enough for me to quit my job. On the first day of the program, however, I realized that I had nothing to worry about. As we did introductions, I found that people had come to App Academy from all around the world! I realized all these people had put their lives on hold to pursue exactly what I was pursuing. You could feel the energy and excitement. I could tell this was going to be a great experience.

    Ned and Kush are awesome. Kush is well versed in Ruby and Rails. Ned is a great teacher and a skilled developer with deep knowledge of Rails and app development. Ned has no issues explaining complex topics and in the rare event that he's stumped by a question, he will make sure to come back to you when he has the solution. He's always available for questions and gives extra lectures outside of regular hours to make sure everyone is up to speed.

    The learning is fast but not unreasonable. I have never learned this much development in such a condensed period of time. I have classmates who have never touched code before this program, that can put together substantial apps after just 5 weeks.

  • Ran Tao

    App Academy has been a crazy intense experience that I would definitely recommend to anyone who is looking to dive head first into app development. Before App Academy I had intended on learning it all on my own but I'm so glad to have made the decision to learn along with some of the coolest, most dedicated group of people around.

    Ran Tao
    I'm so glad to have made the decision to learn along with some of the coolest, most dedicated group of people around.
    Ran Tao

    This would all not be possible without Ned. Ned is an amazing instructor to learn from and hilarious to be around. His patience is admirable and no matter what your prior experience is, he has plenty of knowledge to offer. If you are able to take the time and spend 9 weeks immersed in a bootcamp style learning environment, I would say, "Do App Academy!" without hesitation.

  • Akram Helou

    Even though I have a background in computer science, the majority of my work experience comes from academia. Before App Academy, I felt that I did not have the skills to work on real software engineering projects.

    Akram Helou
    App Academy gave me experience and confidence in building substantial software that can be used in our everyday lives.
    Akram Helou

    The program gave me experience and confidence in building substantial software that can be used in our everyday lives. The excellent set of of App Academy attendees and instructors make the whole learning experience fun and rewarding.

  • Hugo Melo

    I've been surrounded by a group of hardworking and cool people. They're fun to hang out with. We pair on all the projects, a totally different experience from trying to learn on your own. It's all hands on. We learn about a concept, and immediately dive into it. Ned, the instructor, can do amazing things as well as break down hard concepts.

    Hugo Melo
    App Academy has been the most intense learning experience of my life.
    Hugo Melo

    App Academy has been the most intense learning experience of my life. For these nine weeks, I basically lived in the office, totally immersed in learning how to code. I've had to push myself, grow, and meet the challenge of becoming a developer in nine weeks.


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App Academy San Francisco is located at our SOMA offices at 6th and Market. App Academy New York is located at our NOHO offices at Houston and Broadway. Class runs Monday to Friday, 9:00AM6:00PM. Our facilities are open 24/7.

Program cycles begin every few weeks!

In 2014, class will not be in session: Nov 27 - Nov 28, Dec 24 - Dec 28 and Jan 1 - Jan 4.

In 2015, class will not be in session Dec 25 - Dec 31 in SF and Dec 25 - Jan 3 in NYC.


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This privacy policy discloses the privacy practices for It applies solely to information collected by this web site. It will notify you of the following:

  • What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the web site, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.
  • What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.
  • The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.
  • How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.

Information Collection, Use, and Sharing

We are the sole owners of the information collected on this site. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone. We will use your information to respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted us. Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about new products or services, or changes to this privacy policy.

Your Access to and Control Over Information

You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time. You can express any concern you have about our use of your data at any time by contacting us via the email address given on our website.


We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, billing or customer service) are granted access to personally identifiable information.


Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time and all updates will be posted on this page. If you feel that we are not abiding by this privacy policy, you should contact us immediately via email at