When is the Summer Intensive?
The 2020 Summer Intensive will take place Mon-Fri from July 6th through August 14th, 9am to 5pm.
Additionally, Aug. 13th is Demo Day, where students present their final projects. This is the only day that ends later at 8:30pm.
Applicants must be able to commit to the entire program.
Where does the Summer Intensive take place?
Students are placed in a class of 20 students at locations across New York City or Pittsburgh. These host sites are provided by our program partners and have included Google, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Medidata, Major League Baseball, Carnegie Mellon University, and many others. All Star Code Headquarters will NOT serve as a host!
Students will report to their host site everyday for the entire 6 weeks. Students will also travel to other companies for educational tours on a weekly basis.
Where does All Star Code get its funding?
All Star Code is a non-profit organization that gets its funding from corporations, foundations, and individual donors who, like us, envision a country where all young men of color have access to the tools of success, where the ability to thrive is available to all who are willing to dare greatly.
Why should I apply to the Summer Intensive?
The Summer Intensive is a once in a lifetime experience. Outcomes of the program include:
- A technical education in building practical web applications
- Soft Skill education in networking, resume building, presentation and much more!
- Transportation 🚌 to and from the host site *
- Lunch 🍔 and snacks
- A laptop 💻 **
- Weekly Site Visits (field trips)
- Joining an All Star Brotherhood network that support each other after the program, through college, and beyond
* Students will be given a Metrocard, PATH card (when applicable - New York City/Jersey City) or ConnectCard (Pittsburgh) for travel to and from the program
** Students who show need may keep their laptops at the end of the program
Is there a GPA requirement?
No! Our All Stars shine 🌟 in all sorts of ways, and grades are just one way to shine. GPA
is NOT used in our selection process.
We do collect GPA data for our statistics, though!
When will I know if I was accepted into the program?
Applicants can expect a notification of acceptance between 2-6 weeks after applying. We try our
best to process applications quickly.
Seats are limited; the sooner you apply the better chances you have of being selected! 😁
What programming languages are taught?
I already know how to code. Am I eligible?
👍🏼 Definitely! You will probably love the Summer Intensive even more if you have this kind
of head start. Please send inquiries to email@example.com,
if you have questions about specific skills.
Can I join the Summer Intensive if I'm not in high school yet?
Our program is specifically designed for current sophomores and juniors in high school. We’d
love to see you at public events throughout the year and welcome your application when you are
I'm a 9th grade freshman in high school, should I still apply?
We are currently accepting only 10th and 11th grade students.
However, we encourage you to still apply!
If you apply now, you will recieve a boost to your application next year - making it more likely for you to get in!
Do I have to be a US citizen to apply?
We welcome all students to apply regardless of their residency status.
Whether you are a US citizen, on a visa/green card, or undocumented, you will be welcome at All Star Code.
I don't go to a traditional school (home school, not attending, etc.), am I still eligible?
Yes! Applicants who are not currently attending high school will still be considered if they are 15, 16 or 17 years old.
When filling out the form, please indicate your situation under the question "What is the name of your current high school?"
Please send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org,
if you have questions about your application.
Will there be a waiting list?
Absolutely! Given the limited number of seats 💺 available, many applicants will qualify for the
program but will not be selected in the first round. Applicants on the waiting list will be
invited to join as spots become available.
What is the application process?
At the end of each month, we will reach out to applicants who show the best chance for success in the Summer Intensive. These ideal candidates will be invited to the second part of the application, which offers applicants a chance to better respresent themselves via 3 short-answer questions. These applicants have approximately 2 weeks to complete Part 2.
Final decisions will be made based on applicants' demonstration of All Star Skills. Offers will be sent out at that time, and applicants have 2 weeks to accept offers.
What is your attendance policy?
Given the intensive nature of the program, students must not miss any day during the first week of the program. The first week is a zero-tolerance week.
Day 1: If a student is absent on the first day of the program, July 6th, their seat is forfeit.
A student is considered absent if they are not in the classroom by 10:30am ⏰, even if they show up afterwards. Students with 3 absences will be expelled from the program.
For each absence, the student's Parent/Guardian is informed and the student must attend Office Hours until they are caught up with the missed material.
Three latenesses = 1 Absence
A student is considered late if they are not in the classroom by 9:00am.
What is your expulsion policy?
All Star Code reserves the right to expell students for any of the following reasons:
- Missing any day in the first week
- Having 3 absences
- Using abusive language
- Showing disrespect towards instructors & host site space
- Harrassing, intimidating, or discriminating anyone
All Star Code is committed to maintaining a workplace that is free of harassment. We will not tolerate anyone (including students) intimidating, humiliating or sabotaging others in our workplace. We also prohibit wilful discrimination based on age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, religion or disability.
How can I improve my chances? What does it take to be an All Star?
- Respect others
- Demonstrate logical thinking
- Demonstrate growth mindset
- Look up terms they're not familiar with (like "Growth mindset" 😄)
- Embrace "Celebrate Failure" = are hungry to learn by stepping out of their comfort zone
- Embrace "Dare Greatly" = are ready to take risks
- Embrace "Tell Your Story" = can convey ideas clearly and see value in doing so
- Uplift others around them