General admission means that you can take from one to five courses at Stanford OHS, enjoying the flexibility and breadth of the true school experience.
Important things to know:
- About half of our students attend Stanford OHS full-time (taking four or more courses) and plan to graduate from Stanford OHS. These students are best positioned to immerse themselves fully in the online community and pursue all studies with an unparalleled level of depth and rigor. They thrive on challenge, forge lasting relationships with instructors and intellectual peers, and leave Stanford OHS ready for the evolving world around them.
- For students who want to study at another school while taking two or three courses in a world-class online curriculum, Stanford OHS offers a unique part-time enrollment option. This is an ideal opportunity for students who are seeking advanced coursework—or who have taken all of their school’s offerings—in certain subjects. Part-time students have access to the same course options and school resources as full-time students.
- Students admitted through the General Application who choose the single-course option select a course from over 60 options after admission with the help of an Academic Advisor. Single-course students can take a course in one discipline one year and a different discipline the next. (Note: students who are certain they already know which course they wish to take at OHS and would like a streamlined application process may wish to consider the Specific-Course application.)
- If granted admission, General applicants will have full access to our robust Course Catalog and will choose an academic plan with the help of an Academic Advisor. All new students to Stanford OHS are required to take placement exams as part of the enrollment process, and final enrollment is contingent on proper placement.
- General admission students have the flexibility to finalize their choice of single-course, part-time, or full-time status after admission, and they may increase or decrease enrollment status from one year to the next without reapplying to the school.
- All General applicants will be required to submit both math and humanities work samples and recommendation letters and to complete essay and short-answer questions on a variety of topics.
A complete application consists of the following:
- Application Form
- Academic Records (transcripts from this year and the past two years)
- Standardized Examination Results (Only the tests listed on this page of our website are acceptable)
- OHS 10 short answer responses
- 1 Humanities/Social Science Work Sample
- 1 Math/Science Work Sample
- 1 Humanities/Social Science Teacher Recommendation
- 1 Math/Science Teacher Recommendation
- Parent Questionnaire
- Application Fee: 80 USD
- Interview (in some cases; the Office of Admission will contact applicants as required)
Scheduling and Important Dates
Each spring, Stanford OHS creates the Master Schedule of all its courses for the coming academic year. Because regular attendance at the synchronous class meetings is required, students who commit the school by the necessary cut-off dates enjoy the opportunity to have their scheduling constraints taken into account as the course schedule is developed. With a school day that runs from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm Pacific, and multiple sections of most courses, the vast majority of students are able to find section times that work with their other commitments.
Master Schedule for 2015-16 (available in June 2015)
Master Schedule for 2014-15 (for use as an example only)
|January 16, 2015 11:59pm Pacific
||General application due
|End of February 2015
||General application decisions notification
|March 7, 2015 1:00pm Pacific
||Virtual Admit Day
|March 9, 2015
||Commitment to Register form
and $1000 non-refundable initial payment due|
Graduating from Stanford OHS
Stanford OHS graduates do great things. Not only do they make important contributions to their communities, but also continue to pursue their academic passions at a diverse list of colleges and universities.
Students who are considering graduating from Stanford OHS with a high school diploma must enroll full-time during their final two years and should consult the full list of Graduation Requirements in the Course Catalog.