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Student Support

Our Student Support specialists and advisors foster the academic, social-emotional, and personal development of Stanford OHS students through a comprehensive set of services tailored to each individual’s abilities, goals, and needs.

Our tripartite student services structure offers OHS students access to specialists in the areas of college admission, academic advising, and social and emotional development to support students as they navigate the vital years of adolescence.

Tracy Steele, Ph.D.

Director of Student Affairs

Academic Advising

OHS Academic Advising

Advisors engage with students to help determine appropriate course placement and plan a program of study. They continue to monitor students’ progress to buttress academic success.

Student Contact and Engagement

Advisors are the first point of contact for a student’s family on these topics:

  • Academic planning
  • Course selection, placement, and enrollment
  • Graduation requirements and progress toward graduation
  • Adding and dropping courses
  • Transfer credit


Academic Planning and Course Selection

Each year, students meet with their advisors to plan their individual course schedule. Advisors make sure that students are taking classes that are appropriately challenging and that meet their goals. They also help manage any changes to student schedules throughout the year.

Graduation and Transfer Credit

For full-time students, advisors also track progress towards graduation requirements and manage the approval of any transfer credit.

Meet Our Academic Advisors

Yliana Gomez

Yliana Gomez

High School Academic Advisor

Paige Johnson

Paige Johnson

High School Academic Advisor

Olivia Mastrangelo

Olivia Mastrangelo

Middle School Academic Advisor


Ryan Salvador

Director of Academic Advising


The Counseling Department works to ensure that students’ academic, emotional, and social developmental needs are met. All students have a counselor dedicated to their personal development and well-being. We use a strengths-based approach and seek to proactively address obstacles and challenges.

Personal Support

When students struggle, we work with them along with their parents, instructors, and academic advisors to develop and implement individual academic and/or support plans.

Counseling Services

  • One-on-one short-term confidential counseling
  • Regular student check-ins on course workload using a “fading scaffold support approach,” with fewer check-ins as the student gains competence and confidence, allowing them to take full control
  • Consultation with parents, instructors, and other educators, such as tutors or learning specialists with whom families are working
  • Classes, workshops, and counseling groups on topics of importance to our students and families
  • Development of Student Support Improvement Plans
  • Intervention and advocacy at a systemic level
  • Accommodations through Stanford’s Office of Accessible Education
  • Referral to in-house, peer-supported programs, such as tutoring
  • Referrals to outside support services and community resources, such as local learning specialists and mental health professionals

Our comprehensive counseling program promotes the well-being of all Stanford OHS students.

Emergency and After-Hours Counseling Resources

If you are experiencing an emergency, please reference the list of resources below for help with immediate situations.

Emergency: 911

Referral services: 211 | 211.org

Suicide Prevention (United States): 1-800-273-TALK (8255) | suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Suicide Prevention (International): befrienders.org

Self-Injury/Cutting: 1-800-366-8288 | selfinjury.com

Eating Disorders: 1-800-931-2237 | nationaleatingdisorders.org

Runaway Hotline: 1-800-231-6946 | 1800runaway.org

Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453 | childhelp.org/hotline/

Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673 | rainn.org

Domestic/Relationship Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 | thehotline.org

Trevor Hotline for LGBTQ Youth: 1-866-488-7386 | thetrevorproject.org

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline | samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

Other resources for developing healthy lifestyles, including mental and emotional help: helpguide.org

Meet Our Counselors

Patricia Freitas

Patricia Freitas

Middle School Counselor

Greg Nuckols

Greg Nuckols

Director of Counseling

Andrew Satanapong

Andrew Satanapong

High School Counselor

Nicole Varveris

Nicole Varveris

High School Counselor

College Counseling

The College Counseling Office helps full-time students navigate the college application process and understand their post-graduation options, from taking a gap year to pursue research or service to continuing studies at a great-fit college or university.

Finding the Right Fit

College Counseling acts as a resource for students and families in developing the student’s post-graduation path. Our college counselors work closely with students, encouraging them to discover their interests, explore possibilities, and take ownership of their college application process. We believe strongly in students identifying and enrolling in the college that best aligns with their personality and goals.

College Acceptances

Our students go on to a variety of colleges and universities around the globe. Our college acceptance list shows the institutions to which our students have been accepted.

Advocating for Students

Stanford OHS students enter the college admissions process extremely well-prepared for college. Our college counselors make sure that admissions officers at all types of institutions understand our curriculum and depth of academic programming. They also act as the main point of contact between the students and their prospective colleges and help manage student documents via Naviance

Community-Wide Workshops

We invite students of any enrollment status to attend college counseling presentations and workshops, and we encourage students to use the office’s resources leading up to and through the application and selection process.

Meet Our College Counselors

Natalie Aziz

Natalie Cooper

Assistant Director of College Counseling

Colleen Burson-Ryan

Colleen Burson-Ryan

Assistant Director of College Counseling

Adam Lips Director of College Counseling

Adam Lips

Director of College Counseling

Writing & Tutoring Center

Writing & Tutoring Center

Our Writing & Tutoring Center is dedicated to creating an academic community of strong and confident writers by supporting the academic success of our students across disciplines.

Writing & Tutoring Services

The Writing & Tutoring Center offers OHS students the following forms of academic support:

  • The opportunity to work with experienced writing instructors versed in teaching and tutoring both writing research and practice
  • Writing labs designed to support students in their Stanford OHS courses
  • Targeted workshops, specifically designed to meet the needs of student writers
  • Individual tutoring sessions with peer tutors who have an advanced understanding of specific disciplines and relevant Stanford OHS courses

Meet Our Writing & Tutoring Center Staff

Anthony Bennette Writing Instructor

Anthony Bennette

Writing Instructor

Bil Hrusovsky

Bil Hrusovsky

Writing Instructor

Joe Horton

Joe Horton

Writing Instructor

Rebecca Shields is the Director of the Writing & Tutoring Center.

Rebecca Shields

Director of the Writing & Tutoring Center

Student Support FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions for Academic Advising

Do all of my classes have to be taken at Stanford OHS?

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No, but our residency requirements require that a certain amount be taken depending on your grade level. You will work with your academic advisor to determine how any transfer credit may be applied.

How are class times determined?

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We build our schedule from scratch every year. Each spring, we collect our students' approved course requests, as well as information on student and instructor schedule availability. Then we use software to create specific course sections that best accommodate these requests. Finally, students are enrolled in these sections, and the schedule is published.

How do I know what classes I am eligible to take each year?

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The course catalog lists the prerequisite requirements for each class. If you are a new student, or if you are taking a subject for the first time at Stanford OHS, you will take a placement test to determine the best fit.

What are the Stanford OHS graduation requirements?

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Students can find the Stanford OHS graduation requirements on the Graduation Requirements page

Frequently Asked Questions for Counseling

What services does the Wellness Office provide?

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Our Wellness Office addresses students’ academic success as well as their social and emotional needs as adolescents. We support Stanford OHS students through a variety of services, including one-on-one short-term confidential counseling, check-ins with students regarding course assignments and workload, referrals to both in-house and outside counseling services, and consultation with parents, instructors, and other educators.

How are Stanford OHS students assigned to wellness counselors?

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Each counselor works with either high school students (grades 9–12) or middle school students (grades 7–8). Students are normally assigned to a counselor by their last name. Stanford OHS middle school students who continue into high school have the opportunity to work with the same counselor throughout each segment of their studies.

How can students contact their wellness counselor?

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Counselors are available by email, phone, and live videoconferencing.

How are appointments scheduled with wellness counselors?

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Students and families may schedule meetings with counselors by email or by using an online scheduling system. Appointments can also be made through a form on the Stanford OHS Gateway website.

Where can I find resources on general topics related to student health and wellness?

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Extensive information on topics such as stress, nutrition, mindfulness, dating, grief, and mental health issues is available to enrolled Stanford OHS students through the counseling pages located in our learning management system.

Frequently Asked Questions for College Counseling

How does the OHS College Counseling Office operate? How do the college counselors help students?

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The College Counseling Office acts as the main point of support for graduating students as they research and apply to colleges. The counselors advise about college lists, review application essays, and discuss general application logistics. In addition to meeting with individual students and families, our college counselors conduct periodic grade-level meetings and hold a college counseling class for juniors. The office is responsible for compiling and submitting all school-based application materials, including writing a school recommendation letter. College counselors also serve as a point of contact between OHS and college admissions offices.

Single-course and part-time students should use the college counselor or guidance counselor at the high school from which they will graduate as their main source of support through the college application process.

All students, regardless of enrollment status, are given access to the resources published by the College Counseling Office and are enrolled in periodic grade-level presentations for OHS families. All juniors and seniors are permitted to attend the fall visits to OHS by college admissions staff members.

How do colleges learn about OHS?

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Colleges learn about OHS in a variety of ways.

Each fall, we reach out to over 100 admissions officers at colleges and universities across the country to invite them to conduct a visit with OHS students. In addition to these visits, we are regularly in touch with admissions offices to answer any questions that arise and ensure that they have the materials and information they need in order to understand OHS.

At the time of application, we compile a comprehensive school report for each OHS graduate, which provides a clear narrative of the student’s academic path, how the student has engaged with our school, how it has benefited them, and the ways in which it has made them a strong candidate for admission. Beyond the narrative letter written on behalf of each student, we provide general information about OHS academics in the Stanford OHS School Profile.

Which colleges do OHS students attend?

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Each year, OHS graduates attend a wide range of colleges and universities across the United States and around the world. For recent college outcomes, please review the Stanford OHS School Profile and the list of college acceptances for our 2019–2021 graduates.

Does attending Stanford OHS increase a student’s likelihood of admission to Stanford University?

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Colleges and universities (including Stanford University) are familiar with the academic demands of Stanford Online High School. However, the fact that a student has attended or graduated from Stanford Online High School is not in and of itself a predictor of any college admissions outcome. Further, Stanford Online High School is not a ‘feeder school’ to Stanford University.

Stanford University does not consider “demonstrated interest” in making admission decisions. This means that actions such as visiting campus, calling or emailing admissions staff, or attending Stanford Online High School will not increase a student’s likelihood of admission to the university. 

Graduates who succeed at Stanford Online High School achieve college placement at a wide range of colleges and universities around the world. For a comprehensive list, please refer to our School Profile.