Going to School
● Remote, Interactive & Live:
Lambda School is an intensive, full-time program of 40+ hour weeks with approximately nine months of coursework and labs for the average student. We also offer a part-time program, which is approximately 18 months of coursework and labs done in 15+ hour weeks. The school is remote, live, and interactive. We deliberately chose to make Lambda School remote so that anyone can attend, regardless of location or access to transportation. It also makes attending class easier for people with dependents or a job. NOTE: Lambda School's part-time courses are currently paused. Explore full-time Lambda School courses
At Lambda School, students progress based on their individual needs and pace, meaning they have the flexibility to repeat units as necessary. It’s not about checking boxes; it’s about making sure students master the skills they need to succeed on the job.
● Curriculum Informed by Industry Leaders:
Lambda School’s curriculum is designed with input from real hiring managers. Our teams ask hundreds of employers what specific skills they look for in candidates, and we design our programs with learning activities that help students master these skills. ● Instructors + Team Leads:
At Lambda School, experienced practitioners lead the curriculum development and day-to-day class instruction. When hiring instructors, we look for the right mix of technical acumen, teaching ability, and real-world experience to ensure that our curriculum is delivered in a way that meets the diverse learning needs of our students. We also use near-peer learning via our Team Lead program. The Team Lead program is an optional, paid student leadership experience that gives students an opportunity to further their technical learning while gaining valuable leadership skills they’ll need throughout their career. In addition to their instructors, students have access to someone who just went through the material they’re currently learning to lean on and learn from.
● Real-world Experience:
Our curriculum includes project-based work to give students experience that mirrors what they’ll encounter in the workplace. For example, every fourth “sprint” (one week for full-time students, two for part-time) in Lambda School’s core curriculum is a Build Week, in which students work on projects in cross-functional teams to hone their technical skills and develop critical team skills. In addition, at the end of the program, students participate in Lambda Labs, an in-house apprenticeship program where students gain practical, real-world work experience and build a ready-to-ship product.
● Community, Support & Services:
Students have access to support and services throughout their Lambda School experience, including free mental health support from Modern Health. Our Mentoring and Alumni Programs as well as local, in-person meet ups keep our Lambda community connected. Preparing For Career Success
● Career-Centric Curriculum:
Starting in week two, every student is introduced to our Career and Professional Development program and has access to online office hours hosted by Lambda’s expert career coaches. Our students work with these career coaches throughout the program and after graduation, until they are placed in their first job. Students also complete assignments to help prepare them for the job search throughout the program, including resume building, networking prep, and mock interviews. In addition, we offer a mentorship program, in which each student has the opportunity to be paired with a local mentor who can provide career guidance and help the student make connections at companies within the local community.
● Hiring Partnerships:
We work with companies who need fresh talent across the country to create pipelines for our graduates to get hired. Our career placement teams are in continual discussion with employers to understand their needs and share how our students have the hands-on practice, theory, and personal determination to make them prepared, skilled and tenacious employees.
● Lambda X:
In 2018, we launched Lambda X, a student support arm that takes the same full-time structure, guidance, and direction we give during the curriculum portion of Lambda School and applies it to helping students with their job search. Aligned Incentives: Income Share Agreements
We started Lambda School with one overarching goal: to align the incentives of the School with the incentives of the student. Instead of utilizing student debt, Lambda School offers income share agreements (ISAs), so our students only repay tuition when they land a job making at least $50,000 a year. This means our school can only succeed if our students succeed.
Students in the United States who choose the ISA payment option agree to pay 17% of their post-Lambda School salary for 24 months. The Lambda School ISA is designed to shift the risk burden from being completely on the individual to being shared. To that end, we’ve built several protections for students into the model. For example, students only begin making payments if they’re earning more than $50,000 per year (payments are calculated monthly). The ISA is also capped at a maximum repayment amount of $30,000, and if a student’s income in a given month drops below $50,000 per year, payments are paused. Once a student has reached 5 years’ worth of paused payments, the ISA is then cancelled, regardless of how much the student has paid to date.
We are aware that not all income share agreements are created equal, and with the same levels of consumer protection. Lambda School is actively working with industry partners, policymakers, and lawmakers to create regulation that protects students and their interests, while making higher education more accessible for individuals of all circumstances.