Bootcamp Prep: Introduction to Coding in JavaScript

JUne 26th to july 24th

(No class on Monday, July 3rd)

Mondays & Wednesdays from 6:30pm - 9:30pm

535 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
1 block from Montgomery BART station



This course is designed and optimized for complete beginners to coding. We don't require you to have any prior experience, but at the end of the 4 weeks you will be code literate. You will learn to use conditional logic, arrays, loops, objects, functions, and closures. In later classes, you'll apply your knowledge by adding features to a live full-stack web application.

We truly believe we've created the most effective curriculum for teaching beginner-level coding that exists. Most coding schools don't focus on this level, but for us it's our entire focus. You'll be immersed in a hands-on approach to learning, and you'll be writing code with us from day one. Rather than lecturing you, we'll show you brief demos and then give you opportunities to apply new concepts through challenges.

We primarily use JavaScript, but the focus is on algorithmic thinking and core concepts that are applicable across JavaScript, Python, Ruby, C#, Java, Swift, and the majority of today's popular programming languages. If you're considering a career change, this course makes for an excellent prep for applying to bootcamps, but many people in non-coding roles (managers, product managers, project managers, QA analysts) also find code literacy to be incredibly valuable for improving communication with their technical co-workers.

We maintain a 5:1 ratio of teachers to students at all times, and all of our instructors have worked as professional software engineers. Surprisingly, you don't see this at a lot of coding schools. We'll also bring in alumni guests from immersive bootcamps to chat about what it was like to pivot into software engineering. If that's a path you're considering, you'll have ample opportunities to ask all your questions and hear first-hand from people who have made the journey.

Applications are Due on June 9th


Tate Thurston is a software engineer at Transcriptic. For the past four years, he has been helping biotech companies leverage software to improve research and discovery efforts. He is passionate about emerging technologies and helping others navigate technical material. Tate has a B.S. in neuroscience and is a Hack Reactor alumnus.


Andy Tiffany has a B.S. in computer science and has worked as a professional software architect, founder, and instructor over the past ten years. Prior to founding First Step Coding, he taught at Make School. Students he's mentored have since received job offers from Google, IDEO, Segment, and other great companies.

Tuition & Guarantees

You pay: $2,000

REDEEM Tuition CREDITS: Up To $1,500

Partnerships with coding schools allow us to offer discounts of up to $1,500 toward their tuition. For example, if you join Rithm School's full-time program after completing First Step Coding, you'll receive a $1,500 discount from Rithm School. See the Partners section for more details.

Happiness Guaranteed

If you are unhappy with this course for any reason, you are eligible for a full refund between the 3rd and 4th class. We ask you to wait until the 3rd class to make sure you've given this a fair shot. Coding isn't rocket science, but it takes commitment and practice, much like learning to play an instrument.

Limited Seats Available

Unbiased Guidance

  • We are the only coding school that focuses exclusively on diversified bootcamp prep.

  • We will never allow a special relationship with a bootcamp to influence our decision in recommending them to you.

No Sugar Coating

  • If you ask for it, we'll give you an honest assessment of your coding abilities and learning curve at the end of the course.

  • We'll always tell you the full truth about career prospects, hiring expectations, and any statistics we share.