All students are asked to complete our Ada Build curriculum prior to their first day at Ada. The content covers foundational concepts such as the basics of coding languages and getting comfortable with tools.
All students need to complete the precourse prior to Day 1. Additionally, we offer Ada Precourse Live, an in-person classroom experience for students who need extra support.
Adies, students at Ada Developers Academy, learn how to become successful junior developers and advocates in changing the face of tech. We focus on teaching skills that are readily transferable from one technology stack to another, making Ada students adaptable and flexible candidates for all types of developer positions.
Ada Learning Objectives
- Learn how to learn: create a model of independent self-learning study skills to facilitate learning new technologies.
- Write Code: implement features in high-level code for medium-sized systems.
- Debug Code: establish a model of debugging skills to facilitate debugging, reading, and understanding existing code in medium-sized systems.
- Communicate about Code: apply coding and communication skills combined to team-based software development.
- Prepare Themselves for Internship: combine their code skills and job-preparation workshops to prepare themselves for a successful internship in software development.
- Build Communities rooted in Social Justice: integrate skills learned from social justice, advocacy, diversity, equity, and inclusivity to co-author a supportive learning community.
All of Ada’s in-class lectures are recorded for students using the Panopto video platform. For more information on how our course is structured, check out our syllabus here.
- HTML & CSS
- Web APIs
- CS Fundamentals
- Test-Driven Development
- Pair Programming
- Agile Practices
- Career Readiness
- Diversity & Inclusion Training
- Racial Caucusing
- Allyship Training
- Advocacy Work
- Identifying Microaggressions
In-person and Digital Classroom
Students are in the Ada classroom for six core hours a day, five days a week for six months. Our classroom features community over competition. Students are encouraged to support each other both inside and outside the classroom. A typical day caters to a variety of learning styles and consists of reading, watching videos, and small group activity-based learning.
The curriculum is divided up into three units:
Unit 1: Python & Computer Science Fundamentals
Unit 2: SQL & Flask
Ada uses a cohort model for its classroom, where students move through the curriculum together from start to finish.
As a culmination of each student’s classroom learning experience, they create a Capstone project to showcase what they have learned in the program.
Project Goals include:
- Demonstrate self-direction, time management, and independent learning
- Learn and implement new technologies
- Complete a product life cycle from conception to delivery
- Utilize agile practices learned to assist in project completion
Ada is much more than the classroom experience — it’s also about the community. Each classroom initiates its own rituals for stress management and inevitably long-lasting friendships: planks at lunch, lunchtime meditation sessions, art corners, pancake breakfasts, happy hour outings.
Students also get to know each other throughout the program with Lightning Talks, a 5-minute share on a topic of their choice, and lunchtime conversations with different staff members.
Adies are not only trained to be strong developers but also strong advocates. Students participate in a series of workshops focused on social justice, bias intervention, and inclusive community. We enlist the help of external facilitators to bring a mix of voices and facilitation styles to our social justice series. A favorite series of our students, topics of our workshops include understanding and respecting gender diversity, micro affirmations, and racial equity.
Ada students graduate from our program as stronger advocates for themselves and others than when they began the program.
The success of each Adie is our number one priority. Students can sign-up for 1:1 tutors, ask questions from TAs during afternoon project time, connect with industry mentors, and also seek guidance from Adies from past cohorts. Our Student Services support staff is on-hand to listen and refer services as needed.
Kat Perreira (she/her), Cohort 10
“The Ada staff have worked to make this learning space a truly collaborative environment. This is not a competition. Take every opportunity to boost up the Adies on your left and right!”
Grace Shea (she/her), Cohort 11
“Ada has fostered the kind of community where the challenges posed by its rigorous nature are surmountable with the expansive and active support network of Adies and staff members.”