Frequently Asked Questions
Who typically attends Upperline summer programs?
Your fellow engineers will be beginner and intermediate-level, high school aged students. Rising freshman through graduating seniors are eligible to attend Upperline. While some may have had previous coding experience, the majority are new to software engineering. Classes are co-ed, and our immersive course work is a mixture of individual and group work.
What do students walk away from Upperline with?
To survive and thrive in the 21st century, we believe that everyone needs basic fluency in coding. And we understand that coding, much like learning any language, can be scary. Learning to code requires stepping out from your comfort zone and taking risks. By the end of the program, all Upperline students deploy a project as part of their capstone. Students leaving Upperline will have the coding skills they need to compete in their next hackathon, strengthen their college resume or give them the edge to win that internship.
If you haven’t seen the amazing projects from our 2016 students, take a moment here.
I don't have any programming experience. Can I still attend an Upperline class this summer?
Yes, absolutely! All of our courses were designed with beginners in mind. If you've never written a line of code, we're ready to teach your from the very start. With Upperline, you'll learn the core components of computational thinking and coding best-practices.
I've already taken AP computer science or other CS courses. Is Upperline for me?
We've had many students take our classes with prior programming experience - from AP CS to other summer coding programs. Our classes are designed to stretch students who already are coming in with some knowledge of programming. If you're unsure of whether you want to take an introductory or advanced class, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How much does it cost to attend an Upperline summer program?
Course tuition is $2100. Discounts are available for students wishing to enroll in multiple courses (save $300 per each additional course registered) and for siblings. Follow this link to enroll online and reserve your spot or contact admissions.
Do you offer payment plans, financial aid or scholarships?
While we do not currently offer financial aid, upon registration you will have the option to make three monthly payments to reserve your spot. Yes, we have need based and diversity based scholarships available. Check out our scholarships page for more information.
Who teaches the classes?
Our classes are all taught by experienced educators and developers. Each teacher has gone through extensive training in front and back end development and an in-person bootcamp on computer science pedagogy. We have a co-teaching model in our classes, which means that every course has two teachers - we do our best to pair an experienced teacher with an experienced developer.
What is the student to teacher ratio?
Our classes never exceed a 10:1 student to instructor ratio. It's important to us that all of our students are able to receive the individualized attention they need throughout our programs.
Where are the 2017 summer classes held?
Upperline will host summer classes in three convenient Manhattan locations as well as one location in Greenwich, CT. In NYC, classes will be available at the Trevor Day School (Upper East Side), Dwight School (Upper West Side) and at LMHQ (Financial District), a co-working space. Our Connecticut classes will be hosted at Greenwich Academy. You don’t have to be enrolled in Trevor Day School, Dwight School or Greenwich Academy to attend our summer coding courses.
I attended idTech camp or Digital Media Academy. What makes your classes different at Upperline?
We love teaching students who have spent time at other summer coding programs. Because the field of software development is so wide, having a broad range of experiences can only make you better as a programmer. What makes us different at Upperline is that our focus is on building real world web and mobile applications using professional programming tools, in a project-driven environment.
What does a typical day in the Upperline summer program look like?
Students generally arrive to class at 9AM and spend the morning working through labs, guided lectures, interactive practices, and coding challenges. After lunch, students work in groups to complete larger code challenges and work on ongoing projects. It's also important that we find time to get out of our seats so we sometimes play improv games and get outside for a walk and a stretch! Our days conclude at 3pm after the group coding projects.
Do students need their own laptop?
We highly encourage students to bring their own laptops, so that they can bring their projects home with them and work on their code away from school. If you don't have a laptop, we'll help you get set up with a rental.