Learn to code online

Learn computer programming with our beginner-friendly platform. Individually or in a classroom, we want to be the start of your programming journey.

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At Blackbird School...

Everyone can learn to code

Our platform is beginner-friendly. Learn from engaging lessons, fun projects, and helpful error messages.

Practice makes programmers

Our lessons give you real programming practice minus the long videos and long articles. At Blackbird School you can dive right in.

Programming is fun

Among other fun projects and practice you can learn to write your own games in our introductory curriculum.

What makes us unique

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Watch your programs run, line by line

Computers can perform billions of operations in a second, but with our platform you can slow them down to human speed. Run your programs line by line and see exactly what is happening at each step.

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Understandable error messages

Error messages are known for being hard to understand. No longer! Our application has friendly messages for thousands of common and not-so-common programming errors.

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Never get stuck

Hit a roadblock? With our comprehensive in-app documentation panel and Show me feature, you'll never get stuck on our lessons!

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Lots of lessons

We believe the only way to master a skill is practice. We'll be adding new lessons all the time!

Programming is for everyone

  • Women hold only 22.5% of tech jobs
  • Black people hold 11.9% of US jobs, but only 4.7% of tech jobs
  • Women in tech make 92 cents for every dollar a white man makes
  • Black and Latina women in tech make 90 cents for every dollar a white man makes
US Census Bureau (2016), Hired.com (2018), icon: Earth by Angelo Troiano from the Noun Project

The tech industry is biased toward white men. We want to see women and minorities have a proportional role in the industry.

More information

About us

Most of us are programmers who learned the hard way. We're writing a new programming education system so you don't have to. See our our About page.

Programming?

What is programming anyway? How is it different from coding, hacking, or engineering? Read this document expaining our view on programming.

White paper

Interested in our philosophy about teaching programming? Read the white paper that lays out our ideas.