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.
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com.
Where is the Summer Academy held in San Francisco?
The Summer Academy is held at 1547 Mission St, San Francisco.
Is housing provided?
Housing cost is not included in tuition but we do provide housing options that are walking distance from our San Francisco headquarters.
What is the minimum age for the Summer Academy?
You must be 13 years old to attend.
What is the maximum age?
There is no maximum age to attend our Academy. As long as you are passionate about learning, you will be a good fit at Make School!
What is a typical day in the life of the Summer Academy?
You'll arrive at the Summer Academy at 9am and get to work coding. In the early weeks, you'll go through our tutorials teaching you Swift and how to clone popular apps, in the later weeks you'll be working on your own project! Instructors will walk around the classroom assisting you when you need help, and your peers will be really helpful as well. On most days you'll have a lecture on an interesting topic related to coding or the app industry and an excercise to help you soak in the knowledge. On other days you'll have a speaker from industry talk to you about their story and experience. When you're working on your own project, you'll be teamed up with your peers to help manage each other's projects and give feedback on how to improve them. The experience is very much like a professional startup environment with bright minds coding up cool products!
How many students will be admitted?
I've done some programming, is it enough?
Yes. Apply and we will help you figure out which track is right for you and whether or not you will need to complete prework.
Is this similar to a coding bootcamp?
Yes and no. Yes, this is a high-intensity program that teaches you programming. However, unlike most bootcamps that are career-focused, our summer academy is a product-focused bootcamp. What does that mean? The Summer Academy dives deeper than any other bootcamp into Ideation, Wire-framing, UX, Design, Monetization, Analytics, etc. That being said, we do offer optional workshops on resume building and if you want to do a mock interview with an instructor, we can facilitate that.
Is this similar to a coding summer camp?
No, coding summer camps cater to an younger audience interested in a relaxed summer camp experience. The Summer Academy Intro Track is an intense pre-professional program for high school and college students who are passionate about learning to code - be prepared to work hard and have fun!
How do I apply for need-based financial aid?
You can find the financial aid application on your student dashboard. You must fill it out accurately in order to receive aid. You must also upload documentation that verifies your financial need.
* Note that we reserve the right to rescind our offer of financial aid if we feel you have misrepresented your financial need.
Why do you ask for so many types of financial information and documentation on the financial aid application?
In order to offer the right amount of financial aid, the financial aid team needs to get a sense of your financial situation, which means assessing both your or your family’s gross as well as disposable income. We want to ensure that as many students as possible have a chance to come to the Summer Academy. Because our funds are limited, we have to be thorough about how much aid we are offering to each student.
I am applying for a partner scholarship (GWC, NSCS, FIRST, etc). How do I apply?
In order to apply for one of our partner scholarships, you MUST be a member of the organization.
You should fill out the financial aid application and upload documents that demonstrate your financial need (you can find the application on your student dashboard). Please remember to indicate on the application which organization you belong to.
* Note that we will be verifying your membership with your organization before considering you as a financial aid applicant. If we find that you are not part of the organization you claim, you will forfeit any right to financial aid - scholarship or otherwise.
Can I build a game instead of an app?
Yes. This year we are offering both a games track and an apps track. If you are unsure about which track is right for you, you can apply to all three tracks at once and our admissions teams will help you decide once you are accepted.
What are the differences between the Games track and the Apps track?
Apps and Games are the classic tracks offered at our Summer Academy, and are perfectly suited for both the intermediate and advanced student. Beginner students will need to complete prework. The Apps and Games track are 8 week courses where students first learn Swift by cloning best-selling iOS apps or games, then finish off the summer by designing their own app or game and launching it to the App Store.
My city isn't listed, can I participate?
Yes. Students have travelled to attend the Summer Academy from over 40 different countries, as well as from all over the United States.
What kind of computer do I need?
You’ll need a Mac computer running macOS Sierra 10.12 or OS X El Capitan. It is recommended that your computer has at least 8GB of RAM. Unfortunately Xcode (the software used to build iPhone apps) only runs on Macs, so our hands are tied here. The good news is, since Macs are unix based, they're ideal for all sorts of software development and will serve you well in the future.
What are the prerequisites for the Apps track?
Introductory level computer science knowledge is required. Make School prework, self taught or having taken a basic programming class are all fine. These concepts should be familiar: Objects, Classes, Class inheritance (subclasses, superclasses), Class vs. Instance methods and Variables. You'll also need a Mac computer running on macOS Sierra or El Capitan. If you have no prior experience, you will be asked to complete prework to get you up to speed before the first day of class.
Where are the locations?
Location details coming soon!
What is the student to instructor ratio?
We'll have 1 instructor for every 12 students.
Can I do this part time?
No. We expect you to be present Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM. If you need to miss 1-2 days, that is perfectly acceptable.
My family usually takes a vacation during the summer, what if it conflicts?
We're happy to work with you to deal with this, we'll have a way for you to follow along with the program remotely, but the burden will be on you to avoid falling behind. If you have more questions related to this, just ask us, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is this the same as the MakeGamesWithUs Summer Academy?
Yes, we changed our name to Make School.
I live outside the United States, can I attend?
Yes! Last year we had students from Mongolia, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Australia, Georgia, Mexico, England, France, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Tunisia, and Jamaica and more.
What are the approximate living expenses?
Housing - $2,000
Food - $1,000
Transportation - $200
Keep in mind:
Housing and transportation costs vary depending on where you live. Food costs will be higher depending on how often you eat out
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.