Student Life & Community

At Stanford OHS, we offer a variety of ways for our students to come together with their peers and their instructors to build lasting relationships. Students participate in an array of clubs, in-person meetups, online assemblies, educational trips, and more.

Student Clubs & Circles

Student Community

Stanford OHS offers numerous clubs and circles that appeal to a variety of different interests. New student clubs are formed each year at Stanford OHS. All clubs have a student leader and an instructor or staff sponsor. Students have the opportunity to propose new clubs.

Expect the Unexpected

At OHS, we cultivate idiosyncratic and wonderfully quirky clubs, created by students to engage their specific interests.
Robotics Club
The main purpose of this club is to encourage and foster an interest in STEM and develop skills in engineering, programming, and leadership.
Girls Can Code
Club members learn how to use Python to program AI, do data visualization and will collaborate in teams to build their own AIs to play Halite.
Baseball Club
This sporting club organizes online meetings for students to talk about baseball skills. Participants also organize an in-person baseball game for Graduation weekend.
Running Club
The goal of the Running Club is to create a supportive and encouraging group of runners, who will share advice and provide each other with motivation.

List of Clubs for the 2019–20 Academic Year:

Art Club
Astronomy Research Club
Biology Olympiad Study Group
Bridge Club
Chess Club
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Chinese Club
Community Engagement Club
Competitive Entrepreneurship Club
Computational Thinking Club
Conspiracy Theory Club
Dancing Pixels
Debate Club
ERA Coalition
Ethics Bowl
Fashion Club
Filmmaking Club
Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA)
Girls Can Code
History Club
Literature Club
Math Modeling Club
Model UN
Neuroscience Club
OHS Astonomy Club
OHS Athletic Club
OHS Book Lovers Club
OHS Chapter of The Because I Said I Would Foundation
OHS Observer
OHS Theater Club
Pre-med Club
Pixel Journal
Psychology (& Philosphy) Club
Robotics Club
Science Bowl Club
Spanish Club
Stanford OHS Pre-Veterinary Club
Streetwear Club
Student Regional Coordinators
The Competition Physics Club
The OHS Jazz Band
The TreeHouse
Theoretical Physics Club
Yearbook Club
USACO club
GIDAS (Genes in Diseases and Symptoms)
International Medicine Olympiad
Math Research Club

Engagement Outside of the Classroom

San Jose StartUp! 2018

Meetups Are Events Hosted by OHS Families

OHS Families host in-person events for students to gather together and further the bonds they have made in classes online. Students at any enrollment level are invited to attend local meetups and join in on the fun. Some families even attend meetups while traveling!

Meetup Highlights


Meetups held in 2018


Attendees at our largest meetup
Nevada-Southern Region Meetup

What Makes a Meetup?

Meetups come in all shapes and sizes, from backyard barbecues and viewing parties for Major League Baseball games to community service projects and destination-city excursions.

Past meetups have taken the form of a pool party and a game day in southern California, a weekend outdoors in Washington State’s San Juan Islands, a spring celebration in Boston, a visit to Elsinore Castle in Denmark, and a friendly gathering in Katsuura, Japan.
Start Up! Our First Meetup of the Year

Start Up!—Our First Meetup of the Year

Our Start Up! event kicks off the new school year by gathering Stanford OHS families in clusters around the globe on the same day, at the same time. In our largest Start Up! event to date, more than 400 people gathered across 15 locations worldwide, from California to New York and all the way to Dubai.

Annual In-Person Events

School-Sponsored Events

These annual in-person events include our Splash & Homecoming Meetup, Pixel Festival, and Pixel Gathering and Graduation Weekend.

Group photo of students at MIT Splash

Splash & OHS Homecoming

Organized around MIT Splash, a weekend event for prospective MIT applicants, this OHS meetup brings more than 100 families together in Boston for a range of activities, such as museum-going, flag football, the OHS homecoming dance, and more.
OHS Middle School

Pixel Festival

Pixel Festival is a full-day event on the Stanford University campus. It’s a chance for students to showcase their work, go on instructor-led adventures or participate in learning hobbies, and dance the night away at the OHS Winter Formal. The event includes keynote speakers, sessions for parents to meet each other, the school administration and instructors.
Stanford OHS Graduation Weekend

Pixel Gathering and Graduation Weekend

This weekend-long gathering is a prime occasion for our extended school family to journey to Stanford University's campus and celebrate our students’ achievements.

Online Events

Halloween OHS student all

Assemblies and Happenings

All-school assemblies and other online events bring the Stanford OHS community together for celebrations and special opportunities.

Student presenting during government assembly.


These annual school-wide events—including the Club Fair, Halloween Assembly, Service Fair, and Spirit Week Assembly—celebrate our community and showcase student activities.
OHS Homeroom


Once a week, students come together in small groups with their homeroom instructors. During these half-hour meetings, they cover important school announcements, share study tips and strategies, discuss current events, and get to know each other through informal conversations.
Students presenting during an assembly online in Adobe Connect

Science Colloquium

Students present their scholarly work in our three-part Science Colloquium. Students are able to present their current experiment or research the greater community while fostering the Stanford OHS spirit of intellectual inquiry.

The Summer @ Stanford Experience

Stanford OHS

Move Beyond Online

For two weeks in August, returning and incoming Stanford OHS students gather at Stanford University for our optional residential summer program, giving students a chance to connect in person while engaging in a hands-on and enriching academic program.

Challenging and Enriching Academic Program

Summer @ Stanford offers students experiences that cannot be offered online during the school year. Hands-on, experiential learning is an important aspect of this program; we provide science laboratory courses, interdisciplinary studies, field trips, and leadership activities that foster an exemplary learning environment.

Exploring the Bay Area

As an on-campus residential program, Summer @ Stanford allows students to take advantage of the University’s rich resources. Students may visit the Cantor Arts Center, explore Stanford libraries, or hear from Stanford professors. They also get opportunities to explore the San Francisco Bay Area. Past field trips have included The Tech Museum of Innovation, the Exploratorium, the Santa Cruz boardwalk, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Great Way to Get Oriented

For new Stanford OHS students, Summer @ Stanford is a great way to get oriented to the community. Incoming students participate in orientation sessions that introduce them to the virtual classroom environment; to the Stanford OHS program, curriculum, and policies; to administrative and instructional staff; and to one another. With their prospective instructors, students discuss strategies for approaching coursework in various subjects. They meet with counselors to discuss their academic plans and courses of study.

Student Travel

Galapagos Group Turtle

Educational Journey

Opportunities for travel allow Stanford OHS students to get to know one another in person while experiencing a new place or culture. See examples of school trips organized for OHS students from recent years:

Three OHS student washing clothes with a bike machine in Galapagos.
Student Travel

Galápagos Islands

On this trip led by OHS science instructors, students worked with park rangers to practice scientific research in aid of local conservation organizations. They also got a chance to engage Galapagueños and learn about life on the Islands.
Student pose on Top of The Rock in New York City.
Student Travel

Human Rights Advocacy

On this trip, students traveled to Boston and New York City to participate in a variety of seminars and forums on Indigenous issues. Students conducted interviews with indigenous politicians to collect materials and compose a newspaper article.
Looking at starts through telescope.
Student Travel

Astronomy Trip

Students traveled from the SETI Allen Array in Northern California to the SpaceX headquarters in Los Angeles, visiting observatories at Sacramento City College, Robert Ferguson, Lick, Mt. Wilson, and Griffith along the way.

Student Government

OHS Alumni

Voice of the Student Body

The Stanford OHS Student Government plays an instrumental role in the school community. In addition to hosting assemblies and social events, Student Government contributes to discussions with the administration on policy, school projects, and issues relevant to the student body as a whole.

School-Wide Representation

In addition to the Student Body President, Vice President, and Secretary, who serve in a leadership capacity, OHS Student Government comprises two representatives from each high-school grade and two representatives from the Stanford OHS Middle School Program. These officials are elected by classmates at the beginning of each academic year.

The Student Government also includes heads of the following standing committees: Internal Review Board, Board of the Arts, Board of Club Relations, Board of Events, Board of Communications and Outreach.

Open Meetings

Meetings are held weekly and are open to all students, upholding the mission embodied in the Stanford OHS Student Government Constitution.

Meetings include:

  • planning upcoming events for students to engage with their peers, 
  • discussing pertinent student issues
  • creating proposals to discuss with the school administration

Social Projects & Events

Throughout the year, the Student Government creates the following opportunities for community engagement, entertainment, and fun:

  • Karaoke Night
  • Movie Night
  • Trivia Night
  • Homecoming
  • Pixel Parcels Holiday Gift Exchange
  • eRoses for Valentine’s Day
  • Prom Committee
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