The Silicon Valley school that has no teachers, subjects or fees

The revolutionary free institute encourages peer-to-peer learning and has a punishing selection process

Gabriel Samuels@gabs_samuels
Thursday 19 May 2016 12:19
An artist's impression of the new 42 site in Fremont, California
An artist's impression of the new 42 site in Fremont, California

A revolutionary coding school that has no teachers, lesson plans nor tuition fees is set to be opened in Silicon Valley.

A new branch of the Paris-based academy ‘42’ will be unveiled on the outskirts Fremont, California, near the headquarters of Facebook and Google.

It will open in November this year and will allow pupils to develop tech skills at their own pace.

New pupils will be given with intensive ‘real life’ coding challenges with a focus on peer-to-peer learning and self-motivation.

Recruits will be entirely free to come and go as they please, without the constraints of a daily teaching structure.

Anyone between 18 and 30 can apply for a place and French owner Xavier Neil, a billionaire telecoms magnate, hopes the new 42 will grow to 10,000 students over five years.

Students are allowed to come and go as they please at 42, day or night

The philanthropist Neil is investing $100million of his own capital to ensure pupils can attend the college for free, according to International Business Times.

The original school in Paris has proved a success since it opened its doors in July 2015, with 2,500 currently on the books.

However it is said to be more difficult to secure a place at 42 than Harvard, with a gruelling month-long selection process called ‘La Piscine’ (‘the swimming pool’).

With a relentless parade of near-impossible logic puzzles and conundrums, only the best 1,000 students make it to the end of La Piscine.

In a statement, 42 said: “Studies in the United States are very expensive, blocking the way for many individuals to receive an education, find a well paid job and live the American dream.

“With its unique pedagogical approach and accessibility to all, completely free of charge, 42 is the most daring response yet to the challenge of information technology skill development, as well as a source of innovation for the future.”

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