You’ve decided that Stanford OHS is a good fit for you. Here’s how you can apply to join our school. 

Applications for the 2016–17 School Year Are Closed 

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year. You may sign up to be notified when the application for the 2017–2018 school year is ready in early September.

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Steps to Apply

1. Choose Your Round

Which Round is Right for You?

  • The school’s master schedule takes into consideration the time constraints of Round One applicants. The time constraints of Round Two applicants may not be considered in the final schedule, so it may be difficult for those applicants to attend certain courses.
  • If you are seeking for financial aid, we strongly recommend applying in Round One. There will be limited financial aid available in Round Two.
  • Space in the school may be limited for Round Two applicants.

Application Period

Submission Date

Decision Notification

Financial Aid


Summer @ Stanford

Round One (Priority)

Mid January 2017

Mid March 2017


Time constraints considered


Round Two

Likely March 2017

Likely May 2017 


No guarantee of time constraints considered

Not Eligible 

Please Note: Complete applications submitted after the Round One deadline will be automatically considered for Round Two. Applicants denied admission in Round One cannot reapply in Round Two.

2. Understand Your Enrollment Options & Admission Outcomes

Stanford OHS has full-time, part-time, single-course options to ensure students can tailor their academic experience to fit their needs. Explore our enrollment options and admission outcomes to see which is best for you.

3. Plan for Your National Standardized Test

(Required of all applicants: single-course, part-time, and full-time)

Review the standardized testing information for age-appropriate tests and choose a test that fits your timeline. Please be aware of limited test dates and up to one-month score reporting times.

4. Connect With Your Current School’s Advisor or Guidance Counselor

(Part-Time and Single-Course Applicants Only) 

If you plan to supplement an existing curriculum with a Stanford OHS course or courses, be sure to understand your school’s policy on credit from outside institutions, especially regarding graduation requirements.

5. Select Your Recommenders

All applicants to Stanford OHS must submit at least two recommendation letters (one Humanities/Social Science and one Math/Science). Think about the teachers who pushed you to do excellent work. The best recommendations don’t always come from teachers in the courses in which you have scored well.

6. Complete Our Online Application

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Application Form
  • Academic records (transcripts from this year and the past two years—unofficial copies acceptable)
  • Standardized examination results (unofficial copies acceptable)
  • “Stanford OHS 10” short-answer responses
  • Essays (one 500 words, one 500–750 words)
  • Two work samples (one Humanities/Social Science and one Math/Science). Work samples must have been completed within the past year and demonstrate a student’s best effort.
  • Two recommendation letters (one Humanities/Social Science and one Math/Science).
  • Parent questionnaire
  • Application fee: 80 USD
  • Interview (in some cases)

7. Check your Application Status

Return to the Application Status and Materials Checklist page to make sure all of your application materials have been submitted. When your admissions decision is ready, you will receive an email notification and log into this page.

Contact Us

If you have questions, please connect with our Admissions staff.

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