These are my own opinions. And I should that they are add *uninformed* opinions, since I have only attended classes at a few of these schools. However, even if I’m snarky at times below, I think all of these schools are great. I’ve met tons of talented and nice fellow students, and I wish them all well in their future careers. I these programming schools provide a very valuable service.
Expensive, great location, single instructor single-TA, “hard-ass” for professionals. Clean, fun common areas. Rather lax security. No after-class placement support. My resume got no hits.
Messy loud office space, lots of “pair computing”. Acceptance process was a mess. $5,000 down payment, and then 15% of your salary. Basically two giant rooms, one on each floor, with an “open space” layout. Tons of people. However, I had five (or more!) instructors rotating in and out, with two or three TAs helping. And that’s amazing.
New York Coding + Design Academy
Lots of flailing. Single-instructor, single-TA. Nice office in financial district (terrible bathrooms shared with rest of floor). Great break area, clean and free soda. Quick acceptance process. 0$ down (!) and $15,000 of your salary at 10% or less. No after-class placement support, but plenty of weird hours during class time to teach soft business skills like creating a resume and using LinkedIn.
The Flatiron School
Arthur Anderson. Mormon. I’m just jealous, best facilities and location in the financial district.
Grace Hopper Academy
Recurse Center (formerly Hacker School)