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Stanford Online High School is an independent school within Stanford University for intellectually passionate students in grades 7–12.

Welcome From the Head of School

Tomohiro Hoshi Head of School

As we begin our 15th year, I am more excited than ever to lead Stanford OHS as the Head of School.

So much has been accomplished since Stanford OHS was founded in 2006. I am proud to have seen our school grow in such tremendous ways, but I am even more proud that our mission and character have remained firmly in place.

I invite you to explore our website, discover more about our worldwide learning community, and see what makes the Stanford OHS experience so extraordinary.

–Tomohiro Hoshi, Ph.D.

Mission Statement

The mission of Stanford Online High School is to create a worldwide learning community of diverse, intellectually passionate students and teachers. Through vibrant seminars, the rigorous curriculum challenges students to reason analytically, think creatively, and argue critically. Beyond the classroom, collaborative extracurricular activities cultivate lasting relationships among students and teachers. The school’s supportive environment fosters independence, strength of character, and a lifelong pursuit of knowledge.

A Unique School

While online, Stanford OHS is first and foremost a school that draws strength from its students and instructors.

 
  • This is a school for gifted students, for intellectual risk-takers, and for those who are engaged in significant pursuits beyond the classroom.
  • This is a school for instructors unparalleled in their expertise who have passion for teaching these students in this environment.
  • This is a school located within Stanford University, and thus, at the forefront of learning.

It is this combination of students, instructors, and place that makes Stanford OHS a school unlike any other.

Our Roots

Stanford OHS was founded at Stanford University in 2006 with a gift from the Malone Family Foundation. It began as a three-year high school comprising a worldwide community of highly motivated students and teachers, and expanded to include grades 7-9. Central to our mission was the creation of an innovative online program of study, one that evoked the University’s dynamism and provoked the discourse of the best brick-and-mortar classes. We succeeded, producing in the heart of Silicon Valley one of the nation’s first independent online high schools. Today, Stanford OHS and Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies together serve academically talented, intellectually curious pre-college students. Stanford OHS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).

Everything Stanford OHS does is informed by the principles upon which the school was founded:
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Individualized coursework in which students are placed by ability and skills, allowing them to be challenged at every level.
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Verbal and written communications held to university-level standards.
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Coursework that emphasizes critical thinking and depth of knowledge rather than rapid acceleration.
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A high-school environment that keeps students engaged and challenged with equally talented and passionate peers.

History Highlights

2006: Stanford Online High School is founded with a gift from the Malone Family Foundation as a three-year high school originally associated with Stanford University’s Education Program for Gifted Youth.

2006: The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

2007: Stanford OHS has its first graduating class.
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2007: Summer @ Stanford, a two-week intensive residential program, is introduced to enhance student community through study at Stanford University's campus.

2008: Stanford OHS is approved as an online provider by the University of California.

2009: With an additional gift from the Malone Family Foundation, Stanford OHS expands to include a middle-school program.

2012: Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies is inaugurated as a reformulation of the Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) and serves as the home of Stanford OHS in addition to a variety of programs designed to serve academically talented, intellectually curious pre-college students.

2012: Stanford OHS leads the development of the Malone Schools Online Network.

2012: Student Services expands to include social-emotional counseling in addition to academic advising and college guidance.

2013: The school's student-life program grows to encompass more than 40 clubs, 17 family-organized meetups, multiple student-led assemblies, and a bevy of Skype groups.

2014: Student Travel options are added (Argentina, 2014; Panama, 2015; Rome, 2016; Galapagos, 2017; London, 2017).

2014: Adobe Connect is introduced as the school’s Virtual Classroom System.

2014: Equipped with dedicated Writing Instructors, the new Writing & Peer Tutoring Center is launched.

2015: Stanford OHS switches to Canvas for its new Learning Management System.

2015: Summer @ Stanford expands to offer a program dedicated to middle-school students.

2016: Stanford OHS celebrates its 10th year!

2017: Students are invited to the first Stanford OHS Winter Formal Dance and Pixel Festival on the Stanford University campus.

2017: Stanford OHS builds out its own recording studio for lecture recordings.

2018: Stanford OHS graduates its largest class yet.

2019: Stanford OHS receives additional accreditation from the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).

2020: Stanford OHS launches resources webpage and series of informative webinars to help educate brick-and-mortar schools how to teach effective classes online in the wake of the global pandemic COVID-19.

2021: Stanford OHS celebrates its 15th year!

Meet Our People

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Expert Instructors

Our instructors, many of whom hold Ph.D.’s in their academic fields, are chosen for their expertise and for their passion teaching highly talented students at an advanced level in our online environment.
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Supportive Staff

Our administrators, academic advisors, college counselors, wellness counselors, and admissions officers support the academic, social, emotional, and personal needs of every Stanford OHS student.
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Global Student Body

We enroll more than 900 students annually, representing 47 U.S. states and 43 countries. Our real-time seminars, club meetings, and assemblies bring students from urban cityscapes to rural farms across the world into one shared virtual space to learn with and from one another.
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Active Parent Association

Parents are valued members of our extended global family. Vocal and active, they lead programs that enrich the Stanford OHS experience. Their support is crucial to the success of all of our students.
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Alumni Community

Our alumni network is international and diverse, with former Stanford OHS students variously pursuing graduate study, authoring books, founding nonprofits, becoming doctors, and more. Learn more about our Stanford OHS Pixel Community.