School 21
Programming school

A unique educational initiative of Sberbank based on the school of the future method developed by an innovative French programming school.

No teachers. No lectures. No grades.
School 21
Programming school
A unique educational initiative of Sberbank based on the School of the Future method developed by an innovative French programming school.

No teachers. No lectures. No grades.
Study is free
Study is free for all students who pass the selection stages
No textbooks
Instead of textbooks there is practical work that helps develop real skills
Diplomas don't matter
Diplomas or exam results are not taken into account during selection
What we offer
1
To the country
In order to achieve a technological breakthrough we need to cultivate a young generation of professionals who will be the backbone of the digital economy. School 21's mission is to prepare world-class personnel who will create the technology of the future.
2
To business
Companies will receive highly-qualified specialists who are ready to work on real business tasks.
3
To young people
If you can offer us persistence and determination, then we can offer you an education that will pave the way to a highly-paid and promising profession and exciting and important projects.
4
To parents
Although programming is a profession with great potential, parents aren’t always sure that it is right for their child. The trial learning period, which all of our school’s candidates undergo, helps you understand whether programming is the right career for your child.
What we offer
To the country
In order to achieve a technological breakthrough we need to cultivate a young generation of professionals who will be the backbone of the digital economy. School 21's mission is to prepare world-class personnel who will create the technology of the future.
To business
Companies will receive highly-qualified specialists who are ready to work on real business tasks.
To young people
If you can offer us persistence and determination, then we can offer you an education that will pave the way to a highly-paid and promising profession and exciting and important projects.
To parents
Although programming is a profession with great potential, parents aren’t always sure that it is right for their child. The trial learning period, which all of our school’s candidates undergo, helps you understand whether programming is the right career for your child.
How to enrol
Our school is open to students and graduates of all educational establishments, and even to those who are already employed but want to switch professions.

However, there is an age limit: you should be 18 to 30 years old. Our goal is to find the most talented and driven students and give them the opportunity to become architects of technical solutions.
How to enrol
Our school is open to students and graduates of all educational establishments, and even to those who are already employed but want to switch professions.

However, there is an age limit: you should be 18 to 30 years old. Our goal is to find the most talented and driven students and give them the opportunity to become architects of technical solutions.
Selection stages
The students who successfully complete all the stages will be enrolled.
1
Registration on the site
2
Online testing
Tests will take place in mini-game format
3
In-person interview
4
The Pool
The most suitable applicants are determined based on the results of the tests, and are then admitted to this four-week trial learning period.
Learning principles
Peer-to-Peer Method
We have combined the most effective learning methods into a single system that encourages internal motivation to obtain new skills. The method is based on peer-to-peer (P2P) or team learning. To achieve success, students have to work as a team, share information and take it in turns to be trainers and trainees. This approach helps students to fully unlock their creative potential when working on projects.
Gamification
Another method is gamification. This approach is derived from role playing videogames. The acquisition of new knowledge and completion of projects is accompanied by 'levelling up' of skills and experience and the continuous movement from one level to the next.
24/7 Regime
Each student works on their tasks at their own pace and when it is convenient for them. The school operates 24/7 — the students are free to decide when they are most productive and can study whenever they like, even at night.
Personal Development
Students are taught the skills of self-study and constant professional development necessary for IT professionals. The academic process includes a personal development programme that helps improve communication and teamwork skills. We are focused on helping our students love their area of study.
The study programme in detail
1
Solving Complex Tasks
The programme aims to develop not only the skills necessary for putting together top quality software, but also those required to solve complex cases in any industry using modern technology.
2
Practical Experience
The programme seeks to convey technical knowledge as well as practical programming experience. It covers a wide range of areas; students can chose the ones they like best.
3
Employment at leading companies
School 21 prepares students for working at the most demanding of companies — the industry leaders.
Key areas:
Algorithms, graphics, Unix, web, mobile dev, system security, networks
Programming languages:
C, C++, Swift, Java, PHP, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, OCaml and others
Results
The graduates of School 21 possess the knowledge, skills and portfolio necessary to work in the following positions:

Software Architect, Network Architect, Network Administrator, Tech Team Leader, Web Developer, Mobile App Developer, IT Security Specialist, Videogame Developer
Results
The graduates of School 21 possess the knowledge, skills and portfolio necessary to work in the following positions:

Software Architect, Network Architect, Network Administrator, Tech Team Leader, Web Developer, Mobile App Developer, IT Security Specialist, Videogame Developer
F.A.Q.
What does the educationalprocess look like at School21?
Imagineanendless universe that you canexplore. However, it is up to youto find the wayandget to the most interesting parts of it. You have to work on projects, butan approach which helpsyouto master education materialsmuch fasteris available toyou. There are no teachers, lectures, textbooks or traditional grades. Education takes place in theform of deep immersion in the programming language or technology. Merely havinganinterest and ambitionis not enough. You must develop the skills necessary to achieve mastery.
What are the basic requirements to enrol?
We believe it is wrong to judge by school or university grades, so we do not require candidates to provide a certificate or diploma. Everyone can try to pass the onlinetests, whichhelpto identify the skills needed to work as a programmer. According to the experience oftheFrench school, even students who havefailed academicallymay become talented programmers. After the testsand personal interview, the next qualifying stage begins intheform of aone-month trial period of study calledthe'Pool'. After passing the Poolthe most talented and motivated students willbe enlisted atSchool 21.
Why is tuitionfree?
Not everytalented person can affordadecent education. Sberbank will provide this opportunity to every talented person in Russia as a sociallyresponsible company. We are proud tohave theprivilege to participatein the creation of our future with the nextgeneration of professionals.
Whattips can you give regarding the Pool?
Have a good rest before the Pool. Wisely organise your time, evenly distribute yourstudy load, and work hard. Don't forget tomaintain abalance — have a healthy sleep and eat properly. Have fun and good luck!
What is the deadline for completingtheonline tests?
There are no deadlines for passing the tests. However, be awarethat roughly a month before each selectional Poolthere will be an applicationforpeople who have already passed the tests.
Is there an age restriction at School 21?
Age is the only restriction forapplying to School 21. To enrolin 2018, candidates mustbe between 18 and 30 years old as of 1November 2018.
Is it possibleto apply School 21if I am over 30 years old?
Unfortunately, at present the target audience for School 21 is from 18 to 30 years. But weare consideringall suggestions and getting ready to work with different age groups.
Can I participate in the Poolif I work/study/etc.
Minor duties are not a problem, but it would be complicated to study at School 21 asit takesupmost of the day. If you cannot spend a full fourweeksat the School, you should consider applying next year.
Do I need to have a good understanding of ITto enrolinSchool 21?
Уровень ваших навыков программирования не играет решающей роли. С самого начала все на равных. Опыт школ, которые работают по этой методике в других странах показывает, что способные студенты без опыта в разработке ПО быстро догоняют тех, кто уже поработал программистом. Конечно, если вы никогда не видели компьютер, учёба будет для вас тяжким испытанием. Но и в этом случае нет ничего невозможного.
Can I become a project manager at School 21?
Your project managementskills will develop with the implementation of team projects during youreducation. If your plan isonlyto get project management skills, you should consider other programmesbecause a major part of education at School 21 is dedicated to programming.
Is it possible to study remotely?
No, you have to be present at School 21 as the main part of the learning process involvesdirect interaction withotherstudents. All educational materialsarestored electronically on theintranet of School 21, and you have to come to get them.
Does School 21 have national accreditation? What kind of diploma does it provide?
Our graduates will receive a certificate of graduation from School 21 graduation and the certificate of the French school.
Do you provide accommodation?
Unfortunately, at the moment we do not provide accommodation.
How many hours should I spend at School 21 after the Pool?
It all depends on you, School 21 is open24/7, so everyone can work at most productive period of the day. However, you needto spend up to 40 hours a weekto progress within the programme.
Where the meeting with the team will be?
First meetings with our team will be in July at: Moscow, Kutuzov Avenue, 32/1
Contact us:
email: info@21-school.ru
Phone 1: +7 (985) 241 48 86
Phone 2: +7 (985) 241 52 15
Address: Moscow, Vyatskaya str., 27/42
Member of Sberbank Group
Autonomous Nonprofit Organization School 21
19 Vavilova St., 117 997 Moscow, Russia