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    $0-$16,895
  • Programs Pace
    Full-time, Part-time
  • Payment Options
    Upfront, Financing
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    Full Stack
Description

Hackbright Academy is an all-women coding bootcamp located in San Francisco. This program has a 1:2 student-to-mentor ratio, a 99% graduation rate, and a 100% face-to-face learning environment. Hackbright Academy offers a 12-week full-time immersive software engineering program, a 24-week part-time software engineering program, along with a free online coding course. Students learn a wide range of coding languages during the program and are given access to career and support services to assist in the job search. Hackbright Academy emphasizes personalized mentorship throughout the process instead of the traditional medium-sized classes you’ll find in other coding bootcamps.

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Hackbright Academy’s software engineering curriculum focuses on the fundamentals of coding, along with advanced programming topics and languages. The tech stack offered by Hackbright Academy focuses primarily on Python, JavaScript, Flask, Jinja, and PostgreSQL. Other languages taught in the course include HTML, CSS, PHP, Java, C, Go, Ruby, Node.js, Spark, Revel, Rails, Express.js, ERB, Dust, Pug, Handlebars, MongoDB, CouchDB, MySQL, SQLite3, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL.

Before entering the program, students start by completing a pre-work course to build the foundational skills they’ll need in the program. The 12-week immersive full-time software engineering program is broken up into 12 modules, further divided into three subcategories. During the first six weeks of the program, students focus primarily on lecture labs and mentoring. This set of modules is designed to help students learn core programming, data structures, APIs, web technologies, databases, JavaScript, machine learning, data modeling, and projects. After week six, students move on to advanced lectures and software-building activities. Weeks seven through eight focus on projects, computer science, and data structures, and weeks nine to ten move on to demonstration work and interview preparation. Weeks 11 and 12 are devoted to career-launching, and students participate in resume-building and interview preparation activities. The part-time 24-week software engineering course has a similar structure, but modules are spaced out further.

Hackbright Academy states that over 100 of its graduates currently work for tech firms, and the bootcamp has a 99% graduation rate. According to Hackbright Academy, graduates who responded to a survey reported a median annual first-job salary of $88,000 after completing the program. The jobs report published by the program includes more detail, stating that 71% of graduates chose full-time work, while 12% chose part-time work or internships. An additional 1% started their own companies, all within 180 days of graduation.

Tuition for the software engineering bootcamp at Hackbright Academy is $16,895, and students have multiple payment options. Hackbright Academy partnered with the Skills Fund program, which offers deferred tuition plans and financing to students who qualify. Students who are approved for the skills fund program can opt for the following tuition payment plans:  Payment Option Description Upfront Students can opt to pay $16,895 upfront. Tuition and Living Expenses Students receive assistance to cover living expenses and tuition. The balance is financed at a later date. Financing Students can opt for a 3-year loan at 8.99%, or a 5-year loan at 10.99% Deferred Tuition Financing Fee of up to $2,899 added. Students can defer tuition for the length of the program plus 2 months, or: Students only pay interest for the duration of the program plus 2 months.

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  • Charlotte Sarfati
    November 19, 2019 at 3:06 am

    Coming from a nursing background with zero coding experience, Hackbright’s 2 month prep program absolutely prepared me for the fellowship. Going into software engineering is a scary thing, since you don’t even know where to start learning. This program gave me a structured way of easing into the fundamentals, which I am so grateful for.

    (+) Instructors: Everyone was helpful and knew how to explain concepts to those just starting out with coding. Additionally, the staff always went above and beyond in case we needed extra help.
    (+) Pair programming: Having 2 months of pair programming experience excelled me into an easy transition for the fellowship.
    (+) Content: The way they structured their curriculum made so much sense. It was such a good pace, knowing that many students attend this program on top of their current jobs.
    (+) Project: You leave the prep program having a tangible project under your belt, which additionally reinforced all the concepts you’ve just learned over the past 2 months.

    (-) Since it’s a program intended to introduce coding vs. strictly preparing for the fellowship, the “coding challenges” lecture could have been more expansive. However, actually taking the fellowship’s coding challenge — I was 100% prepared after all!

    Coming from a nursing background, I had zero coding experience prior to attending Hackbright’s prep course (and onto the fellowship). After talking to tech recruiters regarding what bootcamp to attend, they all unanimously pointed towards Hackbright.

    There are 4 dinstinct qualities about Hackbright that make it stand out from the rest: the transparency, continuous passion for improvement, support system, and alumnae network.

    Transparency – They held info sessions for prospective students, were timely with email exchanges, and are part of a 3rd party outcomes report. Just looking at the website, you know exactly what you’re getting into, up to the day-to-day schedule of the program.

    Continuous passion for improvement: During the prep and fellowship program, every lecture was paired with a feedback survey, as well as the TA writing notes in the back for potential powerpoint typos, areas of clarifications, etc. They also restructure the curriculum from time to time to keep up with the latest versions of programming languages / if a certain technology is starting to be prevalent in the job market.

    Support system: When you’re attending a lecture and look back, seeing all the other instructors/TAs literally attending the lecture WITH you, you know you are in the right place. What an amazing staff. I never once felt insecure about asking a question, and never once had no one available to ask the question to.

    Alumnae network: Hackbright continously hosts events where alum and students connect with one another, as well as the career services team being more than happy to introduce you to previous graduates. It’s by far the strongest community I’ve seen. We are all proud Hackbrighters, easily spotted in the city with our red jackets.

    My only room of improvement would be the tech stack they teach. It’s a carefully curated one, intended for pedagogical reasons. However, in terms of the job market and what’s prevalent out there, it does not exactly align. But, this bootcamp above all else taught me HOW to learn new frameworks/languages in a short amount of time, which is absolutely the most important skill you can have going into the tech industry.

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  • Anonymous
    November 20, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    I love the structure of the lessons, it kept a good balance between the pace of lessons and the amount of hands-on practice. After the 7 lessons, I got a better understanding of computational thinking

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  • Shirley Xiaolin Xu, M.IA
    November 24, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    The most valuable resources you need making a major career switch is a strong network and support system. The community at Hackbright is unbelievable. I started school with a competitive mindset and just wanted to make a quick career switch and get sh-t done. At Hackbright, I learned how to build community and what it means to empower others, especially women. I felt more accepted than I ever had by a group of peers (besides my best friends from childhood).

    My incredible cohortmates inspired me daily, and the alumni network was very supportive in my job search. Hackbright also has an excellent mentorship program (2 mentors : 1 student ratio), and a network of industry partners that regularly host job fairs and whiteboarding sessions to help you shine in the job market.

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  • Anonymous
    December 3, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    I have been working in the same field over 16 years and I was in a well paid career but reached a point where it wasn’t challenging me intellectually. I found that I was spending most of my professional life putting out fires and fighting political battles. I didn’t feel any sense of accomplishment or satisfaction with my current career.

    I always had a curiosity with software and coding but wasn’t sure if I had what it took to learn software engineering at this stage of my career. Since I had an engineering degree, I knew that I had the aptitude so I started teaching myself how to code through various online classes but felt that I needed in person instruction. I wasn’t ready to leave my well-paid gig to get into a full time program which was how I discovered Hackbright. They were in a short-list of organizations that offered a part-time course that fit my schedule. I found it to be challenging yet doable especially given the learning environment. All the instructors were very supportive to the point that one of the teaching assistants ran a regular Sunday code brunch where she reviewed each of our projects and answered any of our questions. She even taught us other concepts that were not covered in class. Coming out of this part-time course gave me the foundation and confidence to apply for the full-time fellowship. Not only did I discover that I enjoyed coding, I also felt a sense of accomplishment building a simple Python application from scratch. I am currently in the Fellowship and enjoying all the challenges that it is providing. The education and career staff have been top-notch! The classes are tough and challenging but this is what I signed up for as the industry is very competitive! Thanks to Hackbright, I have new skills which will I feel will enable me to get into a more technical role and immediately add value to an organization.

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  • Anonymous
    December 9, 2019 at 4:53 am

    After doing online tutorials to mixed results, I decided to put the money and time toward learning software development. This was the perfect stepping stone between online classes and doing a full-time bootcamp (which I later went on to do). I went to an info session and a follow-up email contained a $500 discount off the part-time night program so I ended up paying $2.5k for the 12-week course.

    Pros:
    – Relatively affordable. Class was 2x week for 12 weeks, I do feel I got my money’s worth.
    – I work downtown so commute was easy
    – 24/7 access to the space while you are enrolled, so you can stay late or do extra work on weekends
    – Covered a wide range of topics, and things that aren’t necessarily in online coding tutorials and how they work together (git version control, GitHub, sublime/text editors, etc.).
    – Aimed at total beginners; very welcoming environment and no such thing as a dumb question.
    – Taught by developers with professional experience, so they teach you how to use tools that they actually use on the job.
    – First time I’ve ever been asked in a professional setting what my preferred pronoun is!
    – Final project is very open and you can be fairly ambitious with what you want to do with Python. I thought my classmates and I did amazing work from where we all started.
    – Required nightly feedback forms that do get read and acted upon by instructors

    Cons:
    – Aimed at total beginners (yes, this is a pro and a con); I did find myself a bit frustrated with the pace of class for the first half of the term.
    – Classes are hit or miss. My class had a good vibe but we did have at least one person switch from the other, less good vibe-y class to ours.
    – We had 3 instructors and I hit it off with one of them, the second seemed burnt out from work and teaching so he wasn’t around much outside of class, and the third seemed to play favorites (I found it ironic that he completely mansplained my own project to me at a women-focused code school).

    Other?
    – After I completed this class, I think they either started using it as a feeder for the full-time program or developed another class for that purpose. Either way, no one pressured me at the time to join the fellowship but the staff always made themselves available to chat about that program if I wanted to continue with Hackbright.
    – Be aware they cater much more to the full-time fellowship. We weren’t allowed in certain spaces if the fellowship was still there working.
    – I overheard a comment that this class basically gets you through the first 2 weeks of the fellowship program.

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  • Anonymous
    December 14, 2019 at 7:55 am

    Pros:
    – Great start for those without any experience
    – Lots of white boarding practice
    – Excellent way to rebrand, especially if your previous field was non-tech
    – Networking with Bay Area companies
    – Learn to communicate/articulate your thoughts to other people of varying abilities
    – Potential for informal mentorship between students

    Cons:
    – If you don’t have any programming background or aren’t great at learning fast, it’s unlikely you will be fully prepared for SWE interviews by the end of this program.
    – If you do have a large programming background, you will be suffering a lot of review work while being paired with a partner. There is no customization to each individual’s ability level for the first half of the program.
    – Material is not carefully proofread. Often there would be meaning-altering typos on slides and in lab/challenge instructions, stubs, and solutions.
    – Very expensive. I wonder why, as all of their mentors are volunteers and many of the company events (ie: field trips/white boarding nights) are company-sponsored.
    – Some of the TAs are Hackbright grads. Sometimes it feels like they are still learning the material themselves, so they might give you information that is wrong/only half-right.
    – They definitely talk up career day a TON but many of the big name companies did not actually show. It was also my impression that few people actually reaped opportunities they were excited about from career day.

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