Bootcamp Prep: Introduction to Coding in JavaScript


San Francisco

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.



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.

Upcoming Courses in San Francisco


535 Mission Street 14th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105
(NEAR Montgomery BART)

July 10th - August 2nd

Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30PM - 9:30PM

  • The application deadline has passed.

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August 21st - September 18th

Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30PM - 9:30PM

  • No Class on September 4th, Labor Day
  • Applications must be submitted by August 2nd

4 Seats Left

October 11th - November 6th

Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30PM - 9:30PM

  • Applications must be submitted by September 13th

5 Seats Left

Tuition & Benefits

You pay: $2,000

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 tuition credit toward Rithm School. See the Partners page for our growing list of partner programs.

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.