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Top 7 Best Coding Classes in Los Angeles for 2023

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Best Coding Courses in LA

Los Angeles offers some of the best coding bootcamp options in the U.S. But with so many options figuring out where to learn to code can be a difficult decision. Especially in LA where traffic and distance are a huge factor!

Are you near Downtown? You might want to check out General Assembly. Do you live in Venice Beach or Santa Monica? Consider CodeSmith. 

We know that you not only want to find the best school, but that ideally would like to find a school that fits in with your lifestyle and commute. That’s why we’ve done our research, and are happy to help you with One Month’s official list: The Best Coding Classes in Los Angeles:

1. General Assembly’s Coding Courses and Bootcamps

General Assembly

While General Assembly’s coding courses began in New York City, the company has since expanded to cities around the world, Los Angeles included! General Assembly (or GA as many people refer to it) offers a variety of coding classes at all of their campuses and online.

Students can choose from immersive software engineering and data science to part-time courses in front-end web development and JavaScript development. Most immersive courses (i.e., those that are full-time and meet in person) start at around $3,000, which is what you can expect to pay if you want to take a class based in LA.

Fun fact, One Month teacher and co-founder Chris Castiglione taught the first-ever coding course at the GA Los Angeles when it opened in 2012.

2. Codesmith’s Coding Classes

Codesmith’s Coding Classes

Codesmith has a clear focus on software engineering, so programmers-to-be who have a singular vision for what they’d like to learn often end up here. With a coding bootcamp that has been highly rated by Quora, Course Report, and SwitchUp to name a few, Codesmith is focused on the whole package. Their coding classes teach students JavaScript from front end to back including fullstack and React across 12 weeks.

Interested? Potential students can set up a campus tour while upcoming start dates are all listed on Codesmith’s website.

3. Coding Dojo’s Coding Bootcamp

Coding Dojo’s Coding Bootcamp

Coding Dojo is a school that offers coding bootcamps onsite at many popular destinations along the West Coast: Berkeley, Seattle, Orange County, and yes, LA! (Note Coding Dojo is also in Boise, Dallas, and Chicago as well as one in Virginia). The company also offers full-time and part-time bootcamps online as well as an Intro to Programming course that teaches the fundamentals of coding in a single Saturday onsite.

Coding Dojo boasts over 3,000 alumni who have learned to code in just 14 weeks, partly thanks to the ability of international students with an M1 Visa to attend classes on the Seattle campus.

4. Thinkful Coding School

Thinkful Coding School

Thinkful focuses on a 1-on-1 learning strategy that gives students a personal mentor who they can chat with face to face and whose goal it is to help students achieve their job goals. The company offers courses in software engineering, data science, data analytics, and product design. Only engineering courses are offered full-time and during nights and weekends. The rest are all offered as “flexible-pace courses,” aka online. Those that go Thinkful’s flex route can expect to graduate in six months by putting 20-30 hours a week into the course.

5. Product School’s Coding Courses

Product School’s Coding Courses

Product School Los Angeles offers courses not just in coding, but in product management, data analytics, digital marketing, UX design, and product leadership as well. Those looking for a more rounded education in areas tangential to software engineering will probably like the broad approach that Product School offers.

All of Product School’s courses are part-time and designed to fit into their students’ presumably busy work lives. Instructors come from companies like Google, Facebook, Snapchat, Netflix, and more, so you’ll truly be learning from those in the know.

6. Hack Reactor Coding School

Hack Reactor Coding School

Hack Reactor started in San Francisco, but has since spread to other cities in the United States, from Los Angeles to New York City and a few in between. A stand-out quality about Hack Reactor’s coding courses, which have been rated as some of the best coding courses by outlets like Course Report and Switchup, is that they focus on teaching their students how to think like programmers in alongside teaching them how to code. The best part? You don’t have to leave your pup at home. Their campuses are dog-friendly which makes committing to a longer-term schedule easier for pup parents.

7. First Step Coding’s Coding Courses

First Step Coding’s Coding Courses

The unique thing about First Step Coding’s classes are that they’re designed to make super beginners code literate in just one month. The classes are small (eight to 16 students), they’re offered at night, and are part-time. Students will learn the basics of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript in a team-focused environment. The cool thing is that certain graduates can earn tuition credits toward more advanced coding bootcamps that First Step partners with, including App Academy, Flatiron School, Hack Reactor, and more.

Final Thoughts on Coding Courses in Los Angeles

Best Coding Courses in Los Angeles

It’s important to remember that everyone learns best in a different way. That’s why, at One Month, we believe that everyone’s approach to learning to code is unique and that there’s no single course that works best for everyone. Instead, the key is to find a coding class or coding bootcamp that works best for you.

We know that this list is probably just the beginning of your search for the best coding courses in Los Angeles, so we’re happy answer any questions you might have. Just leave a comment below or reach out to our friendly support staff to get in touch.

Getting the Most Out of Your Future Coding Bootcamp

If you’re considering starting up your first immersive bootcamp, consider trying a free coding course or two to get situated with the basics of coding before committing to an expensive bootcamp.

There’s also One Month’s Learn HTML and Learn JavaScript courses that are designed to do just that. The good news is that you can enroll in our online courses from Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco or anywhere else in the world.

If you have any questions about where to start or where to go after One Month, we’re always here to help!

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Cinnamon Janzer Cinnamon Janzer is a journalist whose work has been published with National Geographic, the Guardian, US News & World Report, and more. Before her writing days, she worked at a tech start up where she learned to code the basics of coding: HTML, CSS, and some JavaScript.