Frequently Asked Questions

Are your classes in-person only?

Right now, our classes are in-person only. If you have special circumstances, we may be able to admit you into our classes remotely.

Who should apply?

All of our graduates share these core qualities:
‐ A desire to improve their life
‐ Exhibit “growth mindset”
‐ Willing to take a risk
‐ 15 hrs to commit to the class and coursework each week
‐ Availability to attend classes
If this sounds like you, don’t hesitate to apply now!

What is the application process like?

First, you'll fill out a short application and schedule an Admissions Interview for us to get to know you and answer your questions. Then, you'll complete a quick admissions assignment for review. Your acceptance will follow that, then you'll enroll and get started on your selected start date!

Can I change my start date if I’ve already applied?

Yes, just let us know.

Where can I view your course starting dates?

You may see our upcoming start dates on our course pages.

Where are classes held?

Classes will be held at CENTRL Office Downtown Dallas, a modern co-working space with great amenities and an active community.

Is there parking downtown?

Yes, the parking deck in the CENTRL Office building will be free for students after 5pm if you mention to the gate attendant that you will be attending classes at CENTRL.

Who teaches the classes?

All of our classes are taught by professional developers currently employed in the field. They code by day and teach by night. This ensures our curriculum and instruction is up-to-date and aligned with current industry norms.

I’m an employer looking to hire some developers, how do I get in touch with you?

We're only just getting started in Dallas! Once our first cohort graduates at the end of the year, you can find them on our Hire a Graduate page with profile links to our job-ready graduates, where you can contact potential applicants directly. You can also directly contact our Director of Partnerships for more information. We've had lots of graduates in Austin since 2014, some willing to relocate for the right opportunity.

Tuition Questions

How much is tuition?

Each 8-week class is $2,990, and each track consists of 4 classes. Additionally, there is a free 4-week Grad Placement course to teach you the job-seeking skills needed to land that first role.

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes! Make sure you’re signed up for our blog and are subscribed to our newsletter to learn about these opportunities as they arise. We will announce and take applications as the scholarships become available.

Do you offer financial aid? (as in FAFSA)

We do not offer financial aid.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept credit/debit cards and checks.

Can I just take a single course?

Yes, absolutely. If you’re a novice, you’d have to take Web 101 first. If you’re already a developer, it’s possible you could test out of Web 101 and start in a more advanced class. You’ll go through the same application process either way and we’ll get all the details we need to get you in the right class during our interview call, so don’t hesitate ‐ apply now!

Do I have to take each course consecutively?

If you apply and register for the Full Track, you’ll take each course consecutively. If you’re already a developer interested in individual courses, it’s possible you could test into specific classes. Either way, you’ll need to go through the application process, and we’ll get all the details we need to get you into the right class during our interview call, so we encourage you to go ahead and apply now!

What do I need for class?

Students must have a laptop and a desire to change their life!

What kind of computer do I need?

A laptop computer purchased in the last 5 or 6 years will work. We do not recommend using a Chromebook.

Job-Related Questions

How long does it take students to find a job afterwards?

It usually takes our graduates between 2 and 6 months after graduation to secure a full-time job.

Will I be ready for a job after this?

Yes, we teach technologies currently used by tech companies. Our instructors are full-time developers and help you become job-ready. Our Grad Placement class will teach you how to land interviews and succeed in getting job offers.

What kind of help do you provide ACA students during their job search?

Our Director of Student Services will be there every step of the way. The Grad Placement course teaches the soft-skills you need, such as resume writing, LinkedIn finessing, and networking. Local employers are invited to the Graduation and Demo day where you'll have a chance to show off your capstone project. When they have open positions, we introduce students to hiring partners directly.

Do you help me get a job?

Yes, we have your back and will help you find a job! Our program supports you after graduation with a Grad Placement Course that will teach you the soft skills needed to get through all the steps of finding and landing a job.

What’s the rate of students getting jobs?

85% of our graduates in 2018 found jobs prior to December 1st, 2018 (In our JavaScript program per Annual Reporting). 91% found jobs in 2019.

Can I take the course and then afterwards get a job outside of Dallas?

Yes, the technologies we teach are valued in software companies all over the world.

Will there be networking opportunities during the programs?

Together, we will attend networking opportunities with potential employers.

Course Questions

What is the average class size?

Our classes are between 10 and 20 students. You will have access to a professional developer who is your instructor. All of our classes come with unlimited tutoring.

What is JavaScript?

JavaScript is the most-used software development language in the world. JavaScript adds interactive functionality to web pages. Learning JavaScript will prepare you for a career as a software developer.

What does Full-stack mean?

Full-stack development means both front-end and back-end. The front end is what people see, and the back end stores and uses the data.

What kind of projects will I have in my portfolio?

You will build full-stack applications hosted online for potential employers to see. Your projects are integral to securing employment.

Will I have the opportunity to work on my own projects at ACA?

Yes, please bring in your creative ideas. Your personal projects will help you land your first coding job. Your capstone project is a chance to show the world your unique idea from start to finish.

How do I get the most out of ACA?

We highly encourage you to attend every class, work alongside your classmates whenever possible (you’ll have access to our class location) and take advantage of unlimited tutoring when you are stuck, which is included in your tuition!

What is the policy on missing class days for special events, weddings, trips, etc?

Students may miss no more than 2 classes per 8-week class. Classes are recorded, and students are expected to watch class recordings and make up missing work.

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