The Flatiron School, a New York-based programming school for teens and adults, has announced that it has raised a $9 million round of funding.
The school is based on the theory that anyone, no matter what their age and experience with coding, can learn to code well enough to hold a job with at least 12 weeks of training. The school said that 99% of adults who graduate from its program are placed technology positions at major companies such as Google and Intel. The courses come at a price of $12,000, but if students accept positions found for them through the company’s placement program, they can get a refund of $4,000.
“When it comes to education, you can either scale or you can maintain quality, but doing both at the same time is really difficult,” said cofounder Adam Enbar. “We’re being very deliberate in the way that we size our programs and select candidates so that we can continue focusing on quality outcomes for our students.”
The school expanded its offerings in 2013 to include high school students and is currently working with schools to offer programs after school and license out the curriculum, reports Jordan Crook for TechCrunch.
The company is planning on implementing high school courses in eight cities this summer including Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles. The move is expected to result in the majority of their business becoming high school-related. While the course comes with a price tag of $15,000 and an acceptance rate of 6%, scholarships are available for students who do not hold four-year college degrees.
“There’s no infrastructure for this,” co-founder Adam Enbar said of high school coding classes. “No teachers, no curriculum, no software, no after-school support. There’s this huge demand in the market but nobody knows how to do this.”
The school said it will team up with programs like Teach for America and DoSomething.org in order to train more teachers and offer computer science access to more students.
“We’re really investing in building up our ability to train incredible teachers and create amazing curriculum and software so that we can actually increase access to this education,” Enbar says.
Enbar added that company plans to keep its enrollment process selective and of a higher quality rather than enrolling lots of people, writes Maya Kosoff for Business Insider.
The startup has taught a number of people, including Victoria’s Secret model Karlie Kloss, how to code. According to Taylor Pittman for The Huffington Post, Kloss began taking courses last year and since then has decided to encourage more young girls to also participate. The model recently announced that she will be offering a KodeWithKarlie scholarship to 20 girls that will cover tuition for the two week Intro to Software Engineering course. Students who take the course will learn a programming language known as Ruby and learn how to create an app.