San Francisco Summer Academy

Coding Challenge

To participate in our web track, youll need a (used or new) laptop running macOS (macOS 10.13 High Sierra or macOS 10.12 Sierra) or Windows 10. Your computer should have at least 8GB of RAM.

1547 Mission StSan Francisco, CA 94103

Yes! The Summer Academy is always better with friends! Your friend will need to apply through the normal application process.

ADVANCED: For students whove taken advanced CS classes and are well versed in object-oriented programming. Now you want to apply your knowledge to master development and build high-impact apps with several features.

If you have any questions, please send us an email

We have space for roughly 120 students at the San Francisco Summer Academy. Space is limited and we accept students on a rolling basis, so if you are admitted you must enroll ASAP to ensure there is a spot for you in your program of choice.

May 16All Financial Aid Decisions Made

No, coding summer camps cater to a younger audience interested in a relaxed summer experience. The Summer Academy is an intense program for students who are passionate about learning to code – be prepared to work hard and have fun!

We have space for roughly 120 students at the San Francisco Summer Academy. Space is limited and we accept students on a rolling basis, so if you are admitted you must enroll ASAP to ensure there is a spot for you in your program of choice.

The Summer Academy will be taught in English.

Yes. Apply and we will help you figure out which level is right for you and whether or not you will need to complete prework.

The Summer Academy will be hosted in San Francisco at 1547 Mission St.

Week 1Development Basics & Brainstorming

Yes, we changed our name to Make School in 2014.

Students will meet in a group with their designated mentor once a week throughout the program. With six Summer Academies under our belt, we are fortunate to have an extensive network of alumni and former instructors who are excited to return and mentor.

Learn the stack needed for your track (Apples new programming language Swift for iOS and HTML/CSS/Javascript for web) and study the current market. Get started using the tools professional software developers use while learning the best brainstorming techniques.

To develop iOS apps, youll need a (used or new) Apple computer running macOS 10.13 High Sierra or macOS 10.12 Sierra. Your computer should have at least 8GB of RAM. Well make necessary updates to the curriculum to support the most up to date App Store version of macOS, Xcode, and iOS, but beta versions will not be supported. Please do not install betas on your development computer or main iOS device!

Yes and no. Yes, this is a high-intensity program that teaches you to code. However, unlike most bootcamps that are career-focused, our Summer Academy is product-focused. What does that mean? The Summer Academy dives deeper than bootcamps into the product development process including, ideation, wire-framing, UX, design, monetization, analytics, etc.

First, enroll online and submit the $100 deposit. This will solidify your spot in the program. At any time before the start of the program, you may submit the remainder of tuition due. All tuition must be paid in full before the start of the program.

The Summer Academy is suitable for students of all skill levels. Based on your experience level well let you know which pod (explorer, intermediate, advanced) we feel youll fit in best, and give you info on how to level-up if youd like to apply to a more advanced group.

You will need to complete the necessary prework in order to change your level. See yourdashboardfor details. If you have any questions, you can email us after you have been admitted .

The Summer Academy will teach you how to use HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

Finish up the core features of your app to complete the minimum viable product (MVP). Learn how to tackle difficult debugging and software design challenges. Test your MVP with real users and get feedback to better understand how to improve it. Learn to create an on-boarding experience that drives users to engage and fall in love with your product.

Youll also have the chance to hear from incredible guest speakers, like Pixars Danielle Feinberg, and receive mentorship from engineers that work at companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple. Most importantly, youll launch products alongside students and instructors who will become your future colleagues and lifelong friends.

Students who enroll & paybeforeMay 2nd will be guaranteed housing. Students who enroll & payafterMay 2nd can still apply for housing, but it is not guaranteed that there will be beds available.

Jul 2 – Aug 11Summer Academy runs weekdays 9AM-5PM

Prepare for your career as a founder or software developer

Mar 21Early Financial Aid Decisions Made

We review applications on a rolling basis, and enrollment is first come first serve for admits.

EXPLORER: For students who have had little to no coding experience but are passionate about learning to code and building impactful products.

We offer three different levels at the Summer Academy. If accepted to the Summer Academy, youll be placed in a level and given the option to level-up by completing prework.

This depends on how long your vacation is and where you will be travelling to – mainly if there is reliable wifi where youll be. If you plan to miss more than 3 days, please speak with our admissions team to make sure this is a good fit for you this summer with your specific travel plans.

INTERMEDIATE: For students who have taken intro college CS courses, AP CS classes, or online coding classes. Youve learned some object-oriented programming and maybe have built small products, but probably havent shipped anything.

Mar 14Early Application Decisions Made

Paying the $100 deposit solidifies your spot in the program and therefore the earlier you submit your deposit the better. We ask that you finish paying the remaining tuition within a month of submitting your deposit. All tuition must be paid in full before the start of the program. If you do not pay tuition in full, you will not be able to attend the program.

Yes. All students, including financial aid applicants, are required to pay the $100 deposit. This deposit solidifies your spot in the Summer Academy and will be applied to your total tuition due.

Dec 20Evangelist Application Deadline (first pick of mentors & company visits)

Start working on the app youll eventually submit to the iOS App Store or release online by the end of the Summer Academy. Your peers will serve as project managers for your app, and in return youll help manage theirs. Continue working on your app while helping your teammates write a project specification, form a development schedule, and stick to it.

You will be able to register for housing from yourdashboardduring the enrollment process.

There is no maximum age to attend the Summer Academy. As long as you are passionate about learning, you will be a good fit at Make School!

You will be able to register for housing from yourdashboardduring the enrollment process.

Tuition for the Summer Academy contributes to creating an exceptional educational experience that will rapidly accelerate your growth as a developer. We hire 1 instructor for every 16 students. Lower instructor to student ratio means more personal attention and guidance. Each instructor is an iOS developer, has launched at least one iOS app (typically more than one!), and most have experience in several other technical and non-technical fields. Tuition also helps to cover the logistics and operations that ensure students have a safe, happy, productive summer!

Yes. Students have travelled to attend the Summer Academy from over 50 different countries, as well as from all over the United States.

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No. We expect you to be present Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM. If you need to miss 1 or 2 days, that is acceptable. Please ensure that your instructor knows when you will be absent. If you need to miss any more than 3 days, please speak with our admissions team to make sure this is a good fit for you this summer.

The Summer Academy in San Francisco will run from July 2nd through August 11th.

Location:246 McAllister St. San Francisco, CA 94102

Housing is available for Summer Academy students through our housing partner,Vantaggio Suites, at theirMcAllister location.

Tuition for the iOS Track or Web Track is $1,000.

Students at the Summer Academygain a professional-caliber education provided by real developers. Through our web and mobile iOS tracks, well give you the skills and knowledge required to create polished products both at the Summer Academy and beyond.

Yes. At any time before the start of the program, if you decide you are no longer interested or able to attend, we will refund your deposit & tuition payments in full. If you have to leave the program part way through, we may be able to provide a prorated refund. Please see the full refund policy for details.

Design, Code, and Launch your own iPhone App or Website in 6 weeksThe Make School Summer Academy is a six week program for developers of all experience levels to enhance their development skills.

The Summer Academy has always been equal parts software engineering and product development. This years speakers will speak to the ways their teams use technology to build some of the worlds greatest products, past and present.

Location for the San Francisco Summer Academy

For legal reasons, you must be at least 13 years old to attend.

Yes, we do. However, due to the new, lower price point of the program, we only offer merit-based financial aid to a select few students. Look out for an update within the next few months for more details about the new financial aid process.

Keep working hard towards completing your final product, iterating based on the feedback of your instructors and peers. Fine tune the colors and animations to make your app delightful to use. Prepare your app for submission to the Apple App Store or online release and present it during Demo Day. Recruiters, founders and developers from tech companies and startups will come to meet you and see what youve built. Our graduates have gone on to get internships at Facebook, Google, Dropbox, Tesla, Snapchat, and many other wonderful companies.

We encourage you to submit your application to the Summer Academy today.

Housing is available for Summer Academy students through our housing partner,Vantaggio Suites, at theirMcAllister location.

Learn about design best practices by studying visual layout, user interfaces, balance, and user delight. Apply these design lessons to work with a team on your very first iOS or web app. User test your peers apps at the end of the week!

We also encourage students applying for financial aid to crowdfund their tuition. Several past Make School students have successfully crowdfunded their way to the Summer Academy. If you would like more information about crowdfunding, please em.

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Location:246 McAllister St. San Francisco, CA 94102

Well have 1 instructor for every 16 students.

The Summer Academy will teach you how to use Swift, Apples programming language.

You do! You retain 100% of the rights to all the work you do during the program.

Dive deeper into development while cloning more apps. Meet industry veterans and learn about the industry and the development lifecycle. Youll learn the frameworks used by popular apps and brainstorm app ideas of your own!

For students who do not have the financial means to afford tuition at the new price point, we do have a limited amount of merit-based financial aid available. You can apply for scholarship while filling out your application. If you are admitted to the Summer Academy, you will receive a separate scholarship decision via email.

Students who enroll & paybeforeMay 2nd will be guaranteed housing. Students who enroll & payafterMay 2nd can still apply for housing, but it is not guaranteed that there will be beds available.

Feb 7Early Application Deadline & Evangelist Application Decisions Made

This year, instead of offering multiple Summer Academy locations, we decided to offer it at a lower price in one location (San Francisco) and make housing easily available. Read more about why weve made changes to the program and what those changes arehere.

Our amazing community of alumsgo on to attend the Product College and other top 10 CS programs (Stanford, Columbia, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Harvard) and work at companies like Apple, Tesla, Snapchat, and Google. Youll gain access to a network of visionaries who get invited to demo their apps at The White House and are featured at conferences like Oculus Connect 3.

Yes! Students have travelled to attend the Summer Academy from over 50 different countries.

Students that are passionate about coming to the Summer Academy to build new and exciting apps that will change their communities are qualified to attend the Summer Academy.

We begin making rolling financial aid decisions in the spring. We recommend that you apply to the Summer Academy as soon as possible to avoid the risk of funds being no longer available.

A typical day at the Summer Academy begins at 9am, when youll get to work coding. In the early weeks of the program, youll go through our online tutorials, learning how to recreate popular apps; in the later weeks youll be creating your own project. Most students will end their day around 5pm, but the more excited you get about your project, the later youll want to stay and work on it! The instructor team serves as your guides and will assist you when you get stuck or need help. Instructors will lead small group discussions (~25 students) for concepts that are more difficult to grasp. On some days youll have a lecture on an interesting topic related to coding or the technology industry. On other days youll have a speaker from industry talk to you about their story and work. Overall, the experience is very much like a professional startup environment with bright minds using the top technologies to tackle real-world problems with software!

We recommend using thiscost of living calculatorto understand how expenses will vary between where you live and San Francisco. It has handy comparisons for costs of housing, transportation, food, entertainment, and more.

Students who chose to live in Vantaggio must do so for the duration of the Summer Academy (6 weeks).

In the iOS track, it is best that you focus on building something using UIKit (the framework for iOS apps). We will not be teaching SpriteKit (or other iOS game engines) but some of our instructors do have experience creating mobile games.

Students who chose to live in Vantaggio must do so for the duration of the Summer Academy (6 weeks).

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