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Summer Academy

The Make School Summer Academy is an eight week program for developers of all experience levels to enhance their development skills

This is the summer that will change your life.

Students at the Summer Academy gain a professional-caliber education provided by instructors recruited directly from industry. With an instructor-student ratio of 1:12, the Summer Academy is designed to maximize the amount of individual attention each student receives from these leading experts.

Demo Day

Our amazing community of alums go on to attend 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 conferences like Oculus Connect 3. Most importantly, you’ll launch products alongside students and instructors from over 50+ countries who will become your future colleagues and lifelong friends.

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Curriculum

Week 1 Swift Basics & Brainstorming

Learn Apple's new programming language Swift and study the current iOS app market. Get started using all the tools professional software developers use - including Xcode and Git - while learning the best brainstorming techniques.

Week 2 Mastering iOS

Dive deeper into iOS while cloning more apps. Meet industry veterans and learn about the mobile industry and the iOS 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 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 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 First Usable Build & Honing Industry Skills

Hear professional founders and developers share their experiences in the tech industry. Sharpen your Xcode and Git skills and get to know new tools that are used to debug and profile production-level software. Learn how to tackle difficult debugging and software design challenges. Practice studying analytics to measure user behavior in your app and start user testing portions of it.

Week 6 Complete the "MVP"

Finish up the core features of your app to complete the minimum viable product (MVP). 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 7 Polish

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. Learn how to prepare for launch and study different marketing and monetization strategies for apps.

Week 8 App Store Submission and Demo Day

Prepare your app for submission to the Apple App Store 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.

Important Dates

  • Apr 2 Early Application Deadline

  • Apr 15 Early Application Decisions Made

  • Apr 22 Early Financial Aid Decisions Made

  • May 15 Application Deadline

  • May 22 All Decisions Made

  • May 29 All Financial Aid Decisions Made

  • Jun 19 - Aug 12 Summer Academy runs weekdays 9AM-5PM

Location for San Francisco Summer Academy

Make School HQ

1547 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for the iOS Track is $7,000.

Tuition does not include room and board.

For students who do not have the financial means to afford tuition, we do have a limited amount of need-based financial aid available. If you are admitted to the Summer Academy, you will then need to apply for a scholarship to determine if you’re eligible.

You will find the financial aid application on your student dashboard. We begin making rolling financial aid decisions in the spring. We recommend that you apply for financial aid 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 scholarships@makeschool.com.

Apply for the iOS Track in San Francisco

We encourage you to submit your application to the Summer Academy today.

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 pod.

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