Two Years of Flatiron School

2013 & 2014

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

R. Buckminster Fuller

Two years ago, Flatiron School started training software developers.

We saw a problem with higher education, and we knew it could be solved. We knew it could give people not only a new skillset—but also community, a fulfilling career, and a better life. So we started a school.

Here’s what happened.

DEC 2012

Graduated our first class.

They built new relationships, found new careers, and made it clear that we should keep going.

FEB 2013

Exceeded GitHub’s API limit for the first time.

Projects like Octomaps, proved that even newly trained developers can build something that touches tens of thousands of people.

MAR 2013

Awarded NYC’s
Take the H.E.L.M. grant.

We were one of five innovative companies recognized by the New York City Economic Development Corporation and given a $250K grant to move to Lower Manhattan.

JUL 2013

Every Flatiron Graduate is employed.

Employers looking to hire more Flatiron students had to wait for the next class to graduate.

AUG 2013

Flatiron students win Hack of the Month at New York Tech Meetup

After just nine weeks of programming, Ning, Anisha, Josh, and Kate presented BikeWithFriends in front of the largest Meetup group in the world.

SEP 2013

Partnered with NYC to launch NYC Web Development Fellowship

We gave 56 New Yorkers free tuition -- and earned a tweet from Mayor Bloomberg. Forty-six percent of our inaugural class were women and 57 percent were minorities. They launched careers at companies like Etsy, Intel, and Makerbot.

OCT 2013

Launched iOS Immersive.

In response to feedback from both our hiring partners and the iOS community, we launched an immersive course to train students for full-time roles as iOS developers.

OCT 2013

Flash Mob.

On Halloween, our students surprised us with a choreographed Thriller flash mob in Battery Park.


FEB 2014

Leading venture funds invest in Flatiron School.

CRV, Matrix, and Box Group invested to help us reinvent education.

APR 2014

Flatiron students
speak at RailsConf.

Rosie and Sonja spoke about building APIs and Saron spoke about Reading Code Good at the largest gathering of Ruby and Rails developers in the world.

JUL 2014

Announced the Fog Creek Women in Tech Fellowship.

We partnered with Fog Creek, and later Stack Exchange, to provide mentors for women who recently graduated from Flatiron School -- and, in the process, created something really special.

SEP 2014

The Web Immersive is over 50% women.

We even started teaching our friend and super model Karlie Kloss how to code.

OCT 2014

Started a Pre-College program for high school students.

We taught the same curriculum we use in our adult courses, from Git to Test Driven Development in Ruby, and quickly figured out that when it comes to code, high school students are capable of incredible things.


NOV 2014

Re-launched the NYC Web Development Fellowship as a college alternative.

We partnered with NYC to send 64 students ages 18-26 without college degrees to Flatiron School for free. We also included paid apprenticeships with some of the best technology companies in New York City. All Fellowship graduates will spend 12 weeks learning from companies like Kickstarter, Buzzfeed, Microsoft, The New York Times, AppNexus, Betaworks, and


Over the past two years, it has been a privilege to share our love of code with more than 350 people—to be a part of their journey and change their lives. Working with such an incredible group taught us a lot.

Here’s what we learned.

Education used to be the best investment one could make.
It can be again.

Graduation Rate Time to Complete Average Cost Average Salary
4 year college
flatiron school
Grad Rate Time to Complete
college 59% 52 MONTHS
flatiron school 98% 16 WEEKS
Average Cost Average Salary
college $62,556 $44,928
flatiron school $15,000 $73,771
Source: National Center for Education Statistics; See Reports 1  2  3  4

Education should be aligned with reality.

Schools should give students a foundation to grow in their careers as the world changes around them. And provide them with skills that are relevant in today’s world.

And it should help people find a career they love.


One year ago today, I started at @flatironSchool. New city, new friends, amazing job. Can't imagine having it any other way. #flatironlove


Still can't believe that I get paid to code. Pretty cool.


I really like coming to work everyday.

Education should bring people together.


Seth Godin

Technology Blogger

John Resig

Creator of JQuery


If the @FlationSchool #sciencefair was your only data point, you'd think there is no diversity problem in our Industry. Awesome job!

And it should use diversity as a force for creativity.

When people with different backgrounds learn together, their individual perspectives and common interests create powerful work.

Catherine Myers

A lyric soprano turned developer who has performed for President Obama.

Will Lowry

A former analyst and accomplished pianist from a family of musicians.

Rebecca Greenblat

A recent UPenn grad and violinist with a penchant for statistics.


A Rails app created by a group of classical musicians to help people of all skill levels make music together.

Education shouldn’t be easy...


Spent learning each semester


In Lecture


In Labs


Deploying Software


Results in


Forks in github


Github commits


Labs completed


Apps built

But it should be fun.

Stuff Avi Says

That is a great wrong answer.

With great power comes a lot of fun.

My favorite thing in the whole world is definitely the internet.

Flatiron Twinsies

When students spend this much time together, they’re bound to show up in the same outfits.

Overheard @Flatiron

You’re such a gem. A Ruby gem.

I got stuck in pry. I had to pry myself out of pry.

Most of all, education should help people do what they love and inspire them to share their passion with others.


of alumni actively
mentor current students.


of alumni have presented
at tech conferences.


alumni blog posts
published, and counting.

Our alumni have succeeded in ways we could not have imagined.

To name just a few...

Danny graduated from Flatiron School in 2013 -- and launched at Y Combinator five months later.

Alex's code flies on Boeing 737s.

Saron created a community of #CodeNewbies.

Sara brought the JavaScript
community together with QueensJS.

Justin started and sold a company.

Tristan, Daniel, and William started
Heat Seek NYC.

In 2014 they raised more than $15,000 on Kickstarter and won NYC Big Apps.

To the students who put their trust in us and the New York tech community who unwaveringly supported us, to New York City and all of the companies who have mentored, sponsored and hired our graduates:

Thank You.