Welcome to Iron Yard Academy Powered by Smashing Boxes

Durham’s premier immersive code school. Building better developers to take on the Triangle’s technology economy.

What is this?

Qualified programmers are among the most highly sought after professionals in today’s job market. The Iron Yard Academy powered by Smashing Boxes exists to help remedy this need by training - or retraining - the workforce of the future. No prerequisites, or liberal arts requirements; it’s simply the education of tomorrow.

Centered around practical application, each course combines teaching, mentorship, collaboration, and real world development work over 12 intensive weeks. By the end, our students emerge as professional, junior-level programmers and either jump straight into internships with one of our hiring partners or work with our team to find the right job.

About The Academy

This school represents a unique partnership between The Iron Yard, a nationally respected code school, and Smashing Boxes, an enterprising technology shop based in Durham, NC.

To connect students directly with potential employers, Academy classes are held in the American Underground, in close proximity to some of the Triangle's most promising tech start-ups.


Do you share a passion for helping others and teaching? We're always looking for additional instructors as our company grows. Contact Us if you're interested.

Apply today!

Class sizes are kept small to facilitate collaborative learning and space will fill up quickly. Tuition is $10,000 and assistive payment options are available, check out the FAQ page to learn more.

Start DateCourseInstructor
Sept 15, 2014Front End EngineeringJulia ElmanApply
Sept 15, 2014Rails EngineeringClinton DreisbachApply
Jan 2015PythonTBD

Contact Us

We’re looking for progressive business partners to help support the school! Contact us about joining the Durham Advisory Board. Feel free to reach out to academy@smashingboxes.com for details.