Parents

At Make School we are committed to ensuring the highest standard of student safety and achievement. As a result of our commitment to student outcomes, we have pioneered the Income Share Agreement (ISA) - a tuition financing option through which we align our incentives to your child’s achievements. We only receive tuition payment if we are successful in placing your child in a high-earning tech job. Our students have gone on to work at places like Google, Facebook, Tesla and more.

On this page you can find more information on the Product College - tailored to a parent’s perspective. We welcome parent participation during your child’s time on campus and beyond.

Product College Life
Sanford and Sandra Archer
Parents of Joshua Archer, Class of 2016

“I would like to thank you and your team at Make School for the opportunities that you provided our son… This past year spent with you and your team and the opportunities that your school provided him were extraordinary. He met amazing young students from around the world that helped him to learn and the friendships he made will be lifelong. He further advanced his computer programming & engineering skills and learned about entrepreneurship and the importance of teamwork & collaboration. Even more impressive was the fact that he could find "gainful" employment so quickly and that he is starting to impress his employers right out of the gate. It took a full month at the company for him to be promoted to a more challenging team.

I'm sure that you remember our early conversations in the decision-making process of him leaving UCLA and moving toward your incredibly novel and clever educational model. It was clearly a smart move! We enjoyed seeing our son interviewed online for the school and believe that he will be one of your staunchest supporters and a great ambassador for your program. We expect great things from him. You and Make School will always be a part of his successes. I'm sure that your collaboration with him will be lifelong.”

The Product College

Make School’s Product College is a higher educational institution designed for exceptional and divergent thinkers and technologists. Today’s educational landscape leaves much to be desired for the intrinsically-motivated student who yearns to apply their skills in a way that can create real change. Product College students are focused on creating impact on industries as diverse as education, healthcare, government, and technology.

Overview

Make School’s focus on self-directed and product-based learning is a model that may not be for everyone. Excelling at the Product College requires a level of maturity and inherent drive.

We attract students who have ingenuity, drive, and technical expertise and provide an environment that enables them to leverage their talent to build projects like a mind control system for a car or a social good website in partnership with The White House. Students graduate the program with employment offers that rival those given to students at elite universities.

The Product College offers a unique opportunity for students to accelerate their development and build a foundation for an illustrious career in the heart of Silicon Valley. If your child is looking to pursue their passion for creating impact through technology, enter the workforce with the skills to succeed, and join a community of like-minded and motivated leaders, they will find a home at Make School.

Product College History

Make School was founded in 2012, we’ve taught over 2,000 students through in person courses and over 1.5 million students through online tutorials. We’ve lectured and taught at MIT, Carnegie Mellon, UC Berkeley, Stanford and INSEAD.

Make School has educated thousands of high school- and college-age students in campuses across the globe including Tokyo, Los Angeles, Taipei, and New York City. The Product College represents the highest expectations for our students and provides the most support. We are proud and honored to work with such driven, curious, and engaged students. And we share their excitement as they graduate and go to work in places like Google, Tesla, Facebook, and many others in and outside of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Coursework

A Make School education is designed to be engaging, collaborative, and relevant. We believe:

  • Learning should be deeply personal and that making is the best way to learn.
  • A social education is essential to success in the professional world.
  • A good computer science education requires input from tech industry founders, engineers, and CTOs.

With these tenets, we aim to create leaders that view the world with a maker-mentality. The four cornerstones of creating this educational experience are character development, liberal education, computer science theory, and software engineering. Classes that fall into each cornerstone are considered essential to a graduating student’s success.

To learn more about academics at Make School, visit Academics. And you can see the full Course Catalog here and a sample Course Schedule here.

Developing Modern Leaders

At Make School we recognize that education is responsible for helping students become well-rounded people, citizens, and leaders. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that students gain the skills and development beyond merely the raw technical skills necessary to be a software engineer or a successful entrepreneur.

We teach and assess the soft-skills that are just as valuable as writing an algorithm or debugging a web server. Some of the topics we cover include leadership, communication (written and spoken), emotional intelligence, teamwork, writing, design, personal finance, and economics.

Tuition Model and ISA

Make School’s innovative tuition financing model is our most important tool in help us align our incentives with the outcomes of our students.

Students are able to either pay tuition upfront or choose a financing model called an Income Share Agreement (or “ISA”). Students choosing to finance their tuition through an ISA agree to share their income with Make School for a number of months after completion of the Product College, as opposed to taking on debt during college to pay tuition. If a student does not gain employment after Make School, the student is not obligated to share anything with us. In this way, we ensure that we stay committed to preparing students with the skills necessary to succeed as a software developer.

Make School Community

Students that attend the Product College are immediately welcomed into a community that includes over 1,000 members who have gone through one of our in-person programs. These students are all available for support, networking, and even user-testing each other’s products. Interacting with so many like-minded individuals is one of the assets Product College students appreciate most.

Network

The Make School community is a strong network of individuals that provides support and shared opportunities for success. Students and alumni often continue collaborating with each other even beyond their time at Make School - whether that means winning prizes together at hackathons or hosting reunions and meetups with other alums.

Student Safety

In supporting the Make School community, we consider the physical and emotional safety of our students to be of the utmost priority. Instructors and staff are always available for students to reach out to and confide in. We believe in providing a safe space for students of all backgrounds to come together and learn skills that can help them advance their careers.

After Product College

The Make School community is a strong network of individuals that provides support and shared opportunities for success. Students and alumni often continue collaborating with each other even beyond their time at Make School - whether that means winning prizes together at hackathons or hosting reunions and meetups with other alums.

Product College Community

Outcomes

Make School puts a high emphasis on student success both within and after the program. Our incentives are aligned with student achievement and outcomes. On an average, Make School alumni receive salaries comparable to graduates from elite universities and go on to work at top tech companies like Google, Facebook, Yelp, Tesla, and more. We believe our most important goal is to equip our students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a life-long tech career; with paper credentials being less important. While we don’t offer a traditional degree, we provide our students with hands-on experience and robust portfolios that they can show off to future employers. In today’s tech marketplace, demonstrable experience is quickly becoming more important than having a degree. To learn more about student outcomes at the Product College, visit the Outcomes page.

Corporate Partner Network

Make School is proud to partner with industry-leading companies like Facebook and LinkedIn that are excited about Make School’s approach to computer science education. During regular recruiting events hosted at Make School, our students are often out-numbered by developers and engineers excited by the talent Product College students can bring to the table.

In addition, our partners offer students an inside glimpse at what working at a company looks like - participating in mentorship activities, providing guest speakers, and coordinating Product College field trips to their offices.

Continued Support

The Make School community is a strong network of individuals that provides support and shared opportunities for success. Students and alumni often continue collaborating with each other even beyond their time at Make School - whether that means winning prizes together at hackathons or hosting reunions and meetups with other alums.

Visit Us

The educational and career support offered to Product College students does not end upon graduation. At Make School, we pride ourselves on our ability to offer support to all members of our alumni network long after they have passed through our doors. We care about our students and their budding careers - and we continue to be invested in their success.

We are convinced that by providing our students with the right educational experiences, we will empower them to do amazing things. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for our students and for the new world they have the ability to create.