The Lambda School is an online coding bootcamp with live classes and a nine-month graduation plan. The school features one-to-one mentoring via live video chat, and the bootcamp also offers job placement support. The Lambda School offers bootcamp courses in Android development, iOS development, data science, full stack web development, and user experience (UX) design. The Lambda School’s 1500-hour curriculum is backed by an income share agreement. Although the program is primarily online, Lambda works to connect students with a local mentor in their city or region, when available.
The total length of programs at the Lambda School ranges between nine months for full-time students 18 months for part-time students. All classes are live and interactive, regardless of what timeline students choose. Also, the cost is the same for both timelines. The full-time classes at the Lambda School take place on Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PST). Part-time programs are more flexible and feature a choice of different times. Part-time classes take place for three hours on Monday through Thursday, and a choice of Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Part-time students can choose to attend class between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM (PST) or 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST). The full-time daily schedule is broken up into 6 parts from Monday to Thursday, and two on Friday. For most of the week, students spend an hour in the morning for a warm-up and two hours for a guided project, followed by an hour-long lunch break. At 1:00 PM, classes resume, and students spend the duration of the afternoon on personal and peer projects. The final 45 minutes of class is reserved for a ‘team meet’ where students collaborate with 6 to 8 other students and answer each other’s questions. On Fridays, students spend 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on their ‘sprint challenge’ and review course material. After lunch, students spend five hours meeting with their team/group leader for personal support.
The Lambda School is actively involved with student job placement, and it shares student outcome statistics publicly. According to the site, students focus on weekly career preparation assignments, meet with career coaches, and more. The site specifies that 86% of its students are hired within six months of graduation and that those graduates make more than $50,000 annually.
The Lambda School’s primary tuition option is its income share agreement, though upfront payment is also an option. Students who opt for income sharing owe nothing upfront and agree to pay 17% of their income for two years after finding employment. Students who choose the income share agreement only begin paying once their post-graduation salary exceeds $50,000 annually, and they only pay a maximum of $30,000 to the school after two years. Lambda decided to ‘cap’ the income share agreement at $30,000 so employed graduates won’t need to continue paying once they reach that mark. Other rules apply for international students, who pay 10% for four years. Each program costs $20,000 USD if students choose to pay upfront. The Lambda School is currently running a living stipend pilot program. For select students, the Lambda School will provide $18,000 paid out in nine $2,000 monthly payments to cover cost-of-living while attending the full-time program. Instead of paying back tuition with the two-year, 17% income share agreement, students will pay 10% of their income for five years. The additional length of the income share agreement will cover the additional cost of living stipend.
Frontend, Full Stack, UX Design, Data Science