Bootcamp Prep: Introduction to Coding in JavaScript



This course is designed for complete beginners to coding. At the end of the four 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.


Shlomy Gantz is a veteran developer with over 20 years of experience. He has an extensive background in application development, security and project management. He currently works primarily with large private and public sector organizations, leading multi-year development efforts. 

Shlomy has been a long time contributor to the developer community, an author, as well as founder and manager of several user groups. He has presented in over 20 conferences and user groups including Adobe Max, CFUnited and WebManiacs.

The Online Experience

"Virtually identical" to the in-person class

  • Two live meetings per week provide accountability
  • All classes are also recorded, so you can play them back later
  • Weekly 1-1 office hours with the instructor
  • Small classes in a team environment with other new coders
  • Classroom chat group for discussing homework questions
  • Highly structured challenge-based curriculum
  • Less time commuting means more time for coding

Upcoming Courses Online

July 6th - August 1st

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00PM - 9:00PM PST

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September 6th - October 2nd

Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00PM - 9:00PM PST

  • Applications must be submitted by August 9th

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October 23rd - November 15th

Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00PM - 9:00PM PST

  • Applications must be submitted by September 20th

5 Seats Left

Tuition & Benefits

You pay: $1,500

RedEEM 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, effectively making First Step Coding FREE! See the Partners section for more details.

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.