Greeat to see you!
I can't add anything to what Josh and Jeremy said. If the school is good and wants to be successful it must offer scalable curriculum. Otherwise its a bunch of meat heads slugging the crap out of each other and using newbies as "Fresh Meat". Get going and let us know how things are.
"Survival will be neither to the strongest of the species, nor to the most intelligent, but to those most adaptable to change."