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Summer Academy

Design, Code, and Launch your own iPhone App or Website in 6 weeks

Make School Students

The Summer Academy is a six week program in San Francisco for developers of all experience levels to enhance their development skills.

$1,000 tuition or $2,200 total with housing

This is the summer that will change your life.

Students at the Summer Academy gain a professional-caliber education provided by real developers. Through our web and mobile iOS tracks, we'll give you the skills and knowledge required to create polished products both at the Summer Academy and beyond.

You'll also have the chance to hear from incredible guest speakers, like Pixar's Danielle Feinberg, and receive mentorship from engineers that work at companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple. Most importantly, you'll launch products alongside students and instructors who will become your future colleagues and lifelong friends.

Our amazing community of alums go on to attend the Product College and other top 10 CS programs (Stanford, Columbia, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Harvard) and work at companies like Apple, Tesla, Snapchat, and Google. You'll gain access to a network of visionaries who get invited to demo their apps at The White House and are featured at the Oculus Connect conference.



Explorer beforeicon

I don't have much coding experience beyond poking around some online tutorials. I'm passionate about learning to code and build products!


Explorer aftericon

I've mastered coding fundamentals, object oriented programming, and the basics of app development! I'm ready to take advanced classes, participate in hackathons and consider software engineering as a career.

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Make School gave me my first taste of building an app from the ground up. Now I'm a student at MIT and I attribute my love for computer science to that first experience!

Sabrina Lui, MIT


Intermediate beforeicon

I've taken basic college CS courses, AP computer science, or online coursework covering object oriented programming. I've built a few small projects, but never shipped a product.


Intermediate aftericon

I've advanced my knowledge of computer science and built and shipped my first app! I'll have a leg up in applying to and excelling in college CS programs. I'm ready to build more products to solve problems for my community, my friends or myself.

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After finishing my app at the Summer Academy, I found that it became a great talking point when meeting with recruiters.

Lisa Yan, Google


Advanced beforeicon

I've been seriously coding for a few years or have taken advanced college CS courses (in schools or online). I've applied my knowledge to building simple apps and websites that I've shipped to the end users.


Advanced aftericon

I've advanced my knowledge of product development and built and shipped a well architected complex app. I'm ready to start applying to software engineering internships and kickstart my carrer!

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Attending the Summer Academy was one of the best decisions in my life. With the skills I gained in iOS development, I have won 7 of the 8 hackathons that I have attended since the program.

Arun Rewlani, Ericsson


Expert beforeicon

I've held an iOS development internship or job, or have build professional quality apps of my own. My apps are well designed, well architected and are used in the wild. I feel teaching is the best way to learn!


Expert aftericon

I've developed a deeper mastery of iOS and product development. I'm able to debug any issue I face and re-architecture messy projects. I'm ready to get a job and mentor junior engineers at a top tier startup or tech company, or start a startup!

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No summer job can give you this much responsibility and this much experience managing a technical team. I came out of Make School not only with a wizard's ability to debug any iOS issue, but with months of experience leading a large technical team - which helped me in my next role running my own startup.

Cliff Weitzman, Founder of Speechfy, Forbes 30 Under 30


Week 1

Development Basics & Brainstorming

Learn the stack needed for your track (Apple's new programming language Swift for iOS and HTML/CSS/Javascript for web) and study the current market. Get started using the t ools professional software developers use while learning the best brainstorming techniques.

Week 2

Mastering Development

Dive deeper into development while cloning more apps. Meet industry veterans and learn about the industry and the development lifecycle. You'll learn the frameworks used by popular apps and brainstorm app ideas of your own!

Week 3

Team Hackathon

Learn about design best practices by studying visual layout, user interfaces, balance, and user delight. Apply these design lessons to work with a team on your very first iOS or web app. User test your peers' apps at the end of the week!

Week 4

Starting your App

Start working on the app you'll eventually submit to the iOS App Store or release online by the end of the Summer Academy. Your peers will serve as project managers for your app, and in return you'll help manage theirs. Continue working on your app while helping your teammates write a project specification, form a development schedule, and stick to it.

Week 5

Complete the "MVP"

Finish up the core features of your app to complete the minimum viable product (MVP). Learn how to tackle difficult debugging and software design challenges. Test your MVP with real users and get feedback to better understand how to improve it. Learn to create an on-boarding experience that drives users to engage and fall in love with your product.

Week 6

Polish, Release, and Demo Day

Keep working hard towards completing your final product, iterating based on the feedback of your instructors and peers. Fine tune the colors and animations to make your app delightful to use. Prepare your app for submission to the Apple App Store or online release and present it during Demo Day. Recruiters, founders and developers from tech companies and startups will come to meet you and see what you've built. Our graduates have gone on to get internships at Facebook, Google, Dropbox, Tesla, Snapchat, and many other wonderful companies.

Speakers & Mentors

Guest Speakers

The Summer Academy has always been equal parts software engineering and product development. This year’s speakers will speak to the ways their teams use technology to build some of the world’s greatest products, past and present.

Danielle feinberg

Danielle Feinberg

Director of Photography
 at Pixar

The Movies she has worked on include Finding Nemo, WALL-E, Brave and Coco

Ayo omojola

Ayo Omojola

Product Manager at
 Square Cash

Square Cash has been topping the charts on the App Store, beating all other financial apps for months on end.

Joanna hoffman

Joanna Hoffman

 Macintosh team member

She wrote the first Human Interface Guidelines at Apple. You may have seen her portrayed by Kate Winslet in the 2015 biopic, Steve Jobs.


Students will meet in a group with their designated mentor once a week throughout the program. With six Summer Academies under our belt, we are fortunate to have an extensive network of alumni and former instructors who are excited to return and mentor.

Claire treyz

Claire Treyz


Former Instructor

Warren moore

Warren Moore


Former Instructor

Kate lee

Kate Lee


Make School Alum

Masa bando

Masa Bando


Make School Alum

Adam reis

Adam Reis


Former Instructor

Lynne okada

Lynne Okada


Alum & Former Instructor

Nick swift

Nick Swift


Make School Alum

Leslie kim

Leslie kim


Make School Alum

Alex pena

Alex Pena


Make School Alum

Ivy xing

Ivy Xing


Make School Alum


Make School HQ

555 Post St

San Francisco, CA 94102

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for the iOS Track or Web Track is $1,000.

Housing Information

Housing is available for Summer Academy students through our housing partner, Vantaggio Suites , at their McAllister location. Students who chose to live in Vantaggio must do so for the duration of the Summer Academy (6 weeks).

  • Move in date: June 29
  • Move out date: August 13

Students who enroll & pay before May 2nd will be guaranteed housing. Students who enroll & pay after May 2nd can still apply for housing, but it is not guaranteed that there will be beds available. You will be able to register for housing from your dashboard during the enrollment process.

Prices (for the entire duration of the Summer Academy):

  • Triple Room (2 roommates): $1,160
  • Double Room (1 roommate): $1,540

Location: 246 McAllister St. San Francisco, CA 94102

To Make School:

  • Walk: 13 minutes
  • Bus: 10 minutes
  • Drive: 8 minutes

Financial Aid

For students who do not have the financial means to afford tuition at the new price point, we do have a limited amount of merit-based financial aid available. You can apply for scholarship while filling out your application. If you are admitted to the Summer Academy, you will receive a separate scholarship decision via email.

We begin making rolling financial aid decisions in the spring. We recommend that you apply to the Summer Academy as soon as possible to avoid the risk of funds being no longer available.

We also encourage students applying for financial aid to crowdfund their tuition. Several past Make School students have successfully crowdfunded their way to the Summer Academy. If you would like more information about crowdfunding, please email

Apply for the iOS Track or Web Track

We encourage you to submit your application to the Summer Academy as soon as possible.

We review applications on a rolling basis, and enrollment is first come first serve for admits.

The Summer Academy is suitable for students of all skill levels. Based on your experience level we'll let you know which pod (explorer, intermediate, advanced) we feel you'll fit in best, and give you info on how to level-up if you'd like to apply to a more advanced group.

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