So, you’ve got the basics down. You’ve taken a class or two, followed some tutorials, built a few “Hello, world” programs. How do you go beyond learning-to-code and take your software development skills to the next level? The Awesome Inc Academy is our answer.
The Academy is our premier training program for high school students who aspire to be software developers. This program runs for 14 weeks each Spring and Fall semester, and meets twice a week, two hours per night. During program sessions, our team of coding coaches work with each student to select a challenging final project, assess his or her current skill level, then design a curriculum to help them achieve their goals. Students work alongside other highly-talented peers to gain exposure to a breadth of topics, not just their own focus area. In addition to 56 in-class hours, our coaches are available throughout the semester via Slack online chat.
- Make your own Apps, Games, and Websites
- Learn Software Development methodology, communication skills, and teamwork
- Meet professional programmers from local tech companies
Yes. Each student will need to provide his/her own laptop for the course. Microsoft Windows-based PC's, Apple macOS computers, and Linux machines should all work fine. However, Chromebooks and iPads will not work for this course. We recommend a laptop made within the past 3-4 years. Computers should be free from viruses/malware. We have a very limited number of rental laptops available for $25/day, which can be reserved online.
The Students in the Academy should have some experience with programming. They should be familiar with terms like: variables, loops, conditionals, classes, etc. They don't need to have a large portfolio, that's what we're here for.
This course is capped at 12 students, so be sure to reserve your spot!
The Academy is designed for students ages 13-18 (approx. 8th - 12th grade). Please inquire if your student doesn't fit that age range but you still want him/her to participate - firstname.lastname@example.org.
We typically observe any holiday / weather cancellations from FCPS.
Tuition for The Academy is $1200 and is due at the beginning of the semester. Tuition can also be paid over the semester in 3 payments of $429.
Find it's not a good fit? No problem. We'll refund any unused portion, no questions asked.