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Academic Course Requirements
Students must take an equivalent of 20 full-year courses, or 200 units comprising the following:
- English—4 years / 40 units
- Math—4 years / 40 units
- Natural Sciences—3 years / 30 units including at least 2 years of laboratory science
- Social Sciences—3 years / 30 units including 1 year of U.S. History
- Foreign Language—2 years of the same language / 20 units, although 3 or more years is strongly recommended
- Additional Coursework—4 years / 40 units, which may include courses from the areas noted here or from Film Studies, Music, and Art
Core Course Sequence Requirement
To ensure that students at Stanford OHS participate fully in the intellectual life of the school, we require all diploma-seeking, high school students to take a Core course during each year of enrollment in high school. Although these philosophy-based courses don’t fit easily into standard categories, they count for Natural Science, Social Science, or English credit. The Core constitutes the following ordered sequence:
- Methodology of Science – Biology—Natural Science
- History and Philosophy of Science—Social Science
- Democracy, Freedom, and the Rule of Law—Social Science
- Critical Reading and Argumentation—English
Advanced Coursework Distribution Requirement
Students must take a minimum of one year-long (10 units) Stanford OHS course at or above the Advanced Placement (AP) level in each of the following subject areas:
- Social Sciences
- Humanities (English) - This requirement is currently satisfied by taking an AP-level or higher English class at Stanford OHS.
- Natural Science or Mathematics
Non-Academic Course Requirements
Not included in Grade Point Average (GPA) calculation:
- Physical Education—2 years
- Health—1 semester
Stanford OHS offers a Physical Education program. While enrolled, students pursue their physical activity independently and submit a contract and log of their activity on a monthly basis.
Other program components include goal setting, written reflection, and guest speakers. Students taking PE at a brick-and-mortar school, who work extensively with a coach or trainer, or who are in another formal program can petition for PE credit through our transfer credit process. Stanford OHS requires that students complete at least 4 semesters of PE during high school to be eligible for graduation.
The Health requirement can be met by taking the Stanford OHS AP Biology class or the directed-study course, Health (OB001). Health classes taken at other schools may also satisfy this requirement.
Incoming Sophomores and Juniors
For the select incoming sophomores and juniors accepted to graduate, we evaluate coursework from other institutions or homeschool programs to ensure that they meet Stanford OHS diploma requirements. Classes that are accepted for credit are not noted on a Stanford OHS transcript.