Academics

A Make School education equips you to succeed in the 21st century economy

We crafted our education around modern research backed pedagogy, blending broad based and computing education, intended to inspire the next generation of makers, thinkers and leaders.

Our education is designed to be

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Engaging

We believe learning should be inspiring, fun, and deeply personal. The foundation of your education is your relationship with your coach, who works to understand your personal and professional goals to help navigate your journey through college. Your coach is your friend, your mentor and your support system. We believe making is the best way to learn. Our classes are designed around exercises and projects, and serve as scaffolding for the larger scale personal projects that construct your portfolio.

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Collaborative

Community is at the core of our education, with peers supporting each other in and out of the classroom. Students serve the community as Teaching Assistants, Resident Advisors, Student Council representatives, builders of our software infrastructure, and as friends. You’ll build large scale projects with teams, experiencing the creativity and challenges of working with others. A social education is essential to your character development and will equip you to engage and succeed in the professional world.

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Relevant

We designed our curriculum with input from tech industry founders, engineers and CTOs and maintain strong partnerships with tech companies and incubators to ensure our education stays relevant. Every class emphasizes the “why” of the topic you’re learning, built around course and program level objectives supporting your career goals. You’ll be evaluated on holistic rubrics to align your learning and progress with a broad set of hard skills and character traits that companies use to define success in the workplace.

We aim to instill the maker mentality in our students

Empathy and kindness
Willingness to ship
Growth mindset & adaptability
Analytical reasoning
Computational thinking
Creative problem solving
Resourcefulness
Self and peer advocacy
Thoughtful communication

Our education is built on four cornerstones

Character development

Modern organizations expect people to bring their whole selves to work, so we expect you to work on your whole self at school. Leaders are defined not by their intelligence or skill, but by their grit, resilience, courage, empathy, candor and kindness. You’ll work to build character through coaching, guest speakers, discussions and group projects designed to help you understand and navigate your personal development and relationships with others.

Liberal education

A broad based education helps round out your worldview and understand the potential for impact and risks of technology in our rapidly changing society. You and your peers will navigate conversations about gender, race, and ethics currently facing the tech industry. You’ll take classes on writing, design, personal finance, and economics to help you develop into a successful professional and engaged citizen.

CS theory

Foundations in computer science are critical to understanding how computing has developed and what the future holds. Through classes on data structures, algorithms, machine learning and artificial intelligence you’ll build the critical thinking and creative problem solving skills necessary to adapt over a long career in the rapidly changing technology industry. You’ll develop the ability to architect software to solve complex real world problems.

Software engineering

Practical experience in building and shipping real world software, using industry standard tools and collaboration techniques will equip you to secure and succeed in your first job upon graduation. You’ll choose a technical concentration between mobile and web development and learn the modern languages and frameworks in demand with employers. You’ll enter the workforce knowing how to communicate with stakeholders and design great products.

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