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

Application Dates and Deadlines

The application process is the same for all students, regardless of desired enrollment status.
January 13, 2021, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time January 13, 2021, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. Mid-March 2021 Ten days after decisions released Time constraints considered in schedule build


Steps to Apply

1. Review Enrollment Options

  • Stanford OHS has full-time, part-time, and single course enrollment options. Explore our enrollment options and admission outcomes to see which option is best for you. Please note: the desired enrollment status you indicate in your application is not binding.

2. Start Your Online Application

Create a Stanford OHS application account using the link below. The application account should be made with the student applicant's legal name, but a parent email address may be used to receive application communications.

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 (required of some applicants, see policy; unofficial copies acceptable)
  • “Stanford OHS 5” short-answer responses
  • Essays (two essays, each 400 words maximum)
  • One sample of analytical writing (work samples must have been completed within the past year and must demonstrate a student’s best effort)
  • Two online recommendation forms (one Humanities/Social Science and one Mathematics/Science)
  • Parent questionnaire
  • Optional video essay
  • Application fee: $100 USD

3. Select Your Recommenders and Plan for Your National Standardized Test (if required)

(Required of applicants independent of Enrollment Option selected: Single Course, Part-Time, and Full-Time)

  • All applicants to Stanford OHS must submit at least two recommendation forms (one Humanities/Social Science teacher and one Mathematics/Science teacher). Think about the teachers who push you to do excellent work, and be sure to give them ample time to complete your recommendation form. The best recommendations don’t always come from teachers in the courses in which you have earned the highest grade.
  • Standardized test scores will be optional for most applicants. Review the standardized testing information to determine if a score will be required for your application. If required, there you will find information to help you select a test that is age-appropriate and fits your timeline. Please be aware of limited test dates and score-reporting timelines. 

4. Applicants to Grades 7 and 8: Schedule Your Videoconference Interview

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, only applicants who apply by November 13, 2020, will be guaranteed an interview via our online webinar platform. Applicants and their families will be required to be on camera for the interview. You can only schedule an interview once you have submitted your application with required materials. Applicants who submit a completed application after November 13, 2020, are welcome to submit an optional video essay in their applications.

NOTE: Recommendations, transcripts, and test scores do not need to be submitted until the admission deadline on January 13, 2021. Interviews are not required.

5. 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 that prompts you to log in to this page for the decision.

International and Homeschooled Applicants

Students who live outside of the United States or who are homeschooled should reference our resources page for answers to common questions.