At Holberton School, there are no formal teachers and no formal courses. Instead, everything is project centered. We give our students increasingly difficult programming challenges to solve, and give them minimal initial directions on how to solve them. As a consequence, students naturally look for the theory and tools they need, understand them, use them, work together, and help each other.
This type of education has been used by top universities overseas, to train thousands of world-class software engineers. Today, those software engineers are working at Google, Facebook, Apple, Uber, Docker and thousands of other companies in the US and all over the world.
As the world is changing faster and faster, nobody knows what will be required of today’s students after they graduate. Therefore, focusing on learning tools and frameworks does not make sense anymore.
At Holberton School, students learn problem solving. They learn to learn whatever they need to accomplish an objective. They find solutions to problems using offline and online resources, imagination, creativity and communication. By doing so, they will be able to adapt faster to the future and unknown challenges they will face in their careers.
"The founding engineering team at Docker - including the founder, Solomon Hykes, and myself - graduated from schools built around the same principles as Holberton School. Learning how to learn was key in my career, and the project-based and peer learning approach is the best way to become a highly skilled software engineer."
- Sam Alba, Senior Director of Engineering at Docker.
Our curriculum is both intense and exciting. Students create, build, maintain and scale many applications and systems. They are always hands-on, work on industry-level projects and build their own applications.
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Frances Elizabeth “Betty” Holberton (1917-2001) was one of the six programmers of the ENIAC, which was the very first programmable computer, created in 1943 by the US Army.
In an environment when engineering and scientific research were considered to be jobs for males, programming, which was mistakenly considered to be clerical work at the time, was left for six female workers, who were not even allowed to see the computer!
Betty Holberton was one of the selected staff. Not only did she reveal herself as incredibly talented at putting down the foundations of what would later become our modern-day software engineering, but she went on to achieve numerous other historical breakthroughs. Most notably, she was later actively involved with the creation and design of the FORTRAN and COBOL programming languages, which paved the way for modern languages.
One of the Holberton School’s goals is to find people who, just like Betty Holberton and her five colleagues at the time, might not come across as fitting the usual “software engineer” profile, but will nonetheless become leaders once in the industry, and give them the means to become just that.
On top of being proud to give voice to Mrs. Holberton's name, the founders of Holberton School are immensely grateful to Pamela Jane Holberton, Betty Holberton's daughters, for their blessing to use their family's name.
"I am so proud of that the people at Holberton School are using our name to do what they are doing. Their insights into people and creating a vision to foster these young men and women to become who they really might be and help them reveal to themselves their undiscovered talents is remarkable."
- Pamela Jane Holberton, Betty Holberton's daughter, and writer.