Vibrant Community

Our students attend class from farms and skyscrapers; ice-skating rinks and concert halls; boats and airplanes; military bases and embassies; from their rooms and kitchen tables around the globe. A group that disparate and dispersed doesn’t automatically form a vibrant community. We worked to make it happen.

Connecting Across the Globe

We long recognized that the kind of signature Stanford OHS community we want—mutually supportive in ways that may transcend divisions of instructorsstudentsparents, and staff—required opportunities for our people to work together online and in-person around common interests and for common goals.

That’s why we created organizations, events, and administrative structures that link our community globally by promoting among students a sense that as part of an amazing peer group, they can accomplish the extraordinary; among instructors, a valued spirit of continuing intellectual inquiry; among parents, a foundation for friendships and occasions to volunteer.

Events—Online & In-Person

Events include: meetups, events hosted by Stanford OHS families to bring together the school community in their area; weekly homeroom meetings; all-school assembliesguest speaker seriesresearch colloquia where instructors present; service projects where students work for the common good; 40 student-proposed, student-run clubs; an elected student governmentcultural immersion trips to places such as Panama; a Summer @ Stanford residential program; a Parent Association; a staff-parent book club; and, of course, graduation.

These opportunities occur online (Skype, Facebook, FaceTime, chats, and in the virtual classroom), in-person, and sometimes in a combination of the two.