School Profile - Stanford University Online High School

An Independent School • Grades 7 – 12 • WASC Accredited • CEEB Code: 054127
Kathlyn L. Gray, [email protected]
Adam Lips, Director of College [email protected] Rossetti, College [email protected]
THE SCHOOL
THE ACADEMIC PROGRAM
The Stanford Online High School (Stanford OHS) at Stanford University
is an independent school for academically talented students in grades
7 – 12. The school was founded in 2006 as a three-year high school, and
subsequently was expanded to include grades 7 – 9 so as to provide a
stronger foundation for our younger students. OHS has been accredited
by WASC since 2006. It also has been approved as an online provider by
the University of California since 2008.
All aspects of our curriculum embody our philosophy that an education must
foster skills of critical reasoning and argumentation while at the same time
engaging students in advanced academic content. A central component
of the Stanford OHS education is our unique Core Sequence, which
cultivates critical and creative thought and provides a common intellectual
framework that lends unity to our curriculum and the experiences of our
students. Students also have ample opportunity to deepen their knowledge
in particular disciplines through our broad offering of Advanced Placement
(AP) and university-level courses.
MISSION STATEMENT
The Stanford University Online High School creates a worldwide learning
community of diverse, intellectually passionate students and teachers.
Through vibrant seminars, the rigorous curriculum challenges students
to reason analytically, think creatively, and argue critically. Beyond the
classroom, collaborative extra-curricular activities cultivate lasting
relationships among students and teachers. The School’s supportive
environment fosters independence, strength of character, and a lifelong
pursuit of knowledge.
STUDENT BODY
Enrollment / Graduating Seniors
60450
Percentage of Full-time / Part-time
48%52%
Female / Male Population
302302
Geographic Representation
40 states 26 countries
Students Receiving Financial Aid16%
CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT
The college-style seminar in which instructors and students engage in
high-level discussions about the course material is central to the academic
experience in all courses at all grade levels. The seminars meet at least
twice a week and are conducted in real-time using web-based video
conferencing technology. Class size typically does not exceed 16 students.
OHS SUMMER PROGRAM AT STANFORD
During this optional two-week program held each summer on Stanford
campus, students take enrichment courses that delve more deeply into
material studied during the academic year. Students also engage in
multi-disciplinary, hands-on, project-based programs. Students in AP
science courses gain significant experience in an authentic laboratory
environment that complements their at-home lab work.
COURSES
All OHS courses are advanced. Course titles designate their place in the curriculum, not rigor. GPAs are unweighted.
CORE
Methodology of Science – Biology
History of Science: Great Ideas,
Observations & Experiments
Democracy, Freedom
& the Rule of Law ▲
Critical Reading & Argumentation ▲
The Core is a sequence of courses that
employ philosophical techniques, strategies,
and standards in disciplines across the
humanities and sciences.
ENGLISH
Fundamentals of Expository Writing
Literary Analysis & Argumentation
Textual Analysis & Argumentation
Modes of Writing & Argumentation
AP English Language & Composition
AP English Literature & Composition
Advanced Topics in Literature I & II ▲
UNIVERSITY-LEVEL ENGLISH
Making Moby-Dick ▲
20th Century Genre Theory & Practice ▲
HUMANITIES
AP Music Theory
Advanced Topics in the Humanities ▲
HISTORY
Revolutions & Rebellions
AP World History
AP United States History
Advanced History Research Seminar ▲
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Chinese 1, 2, & 3
AP Chinese
Latin 1, 2, & 3
AP Latin
Spanish 1, 2, & 3
Spanish Conversation I & II
AP Spanish
MATHEMATICS
Honors Beginning Algebra
Honors Intermediate Algebra
Honors Precalculus with
Trigonometry
Honors Geometry
AP Calculus AB, BC, & C
AP Statistics
Advanced Problem Solving
& Proof Techniques ▲
AP Microeconomics
Advanced Topics in Microeconmics ▲
UNIVERSITY-LEVEL MATHEMATICS
Linear Algebra ▲
Multivariable Differential Calculus ▲
Multivariable Integral Calculus ▲
Differential Equations ▲
Complex Analysis ▲
Modern Algebra ▲
Real Analysis ▲
Partial Differential Equations ▲
Number Theory ▲
Logic in Action ▲
COMPUTER SCIENCE
Introduction to C Programming
Programming in C: Algorithms
& Techniques
AP Computer Science
Data Structures & Algorithms in Java ▲
AP Biology Lab 
Advanced Topics in Biological Research ▲
Honors Physics
AP Physics C: Mechanics
AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism
AP Physics Lab 
Health
UNIVERSITY-LEVEL SCIENCE
Light & Heat ▲
Modern Physics ▲
ADDITIONAL COURSES 
OHSx
Online courses offered through
Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies
Malone Schools Online Network
Online courses offered through this national
consortium of over 15 independent schools
SCIENCE
Earth, Environment, & Energy
Honors Chemistry
The Study of the Mind: Psychology,
Neuroscience, & Philosophy
AP Chemistry
AP Chemistry Lab 
AP Biology
▲
Course taught at a
Post-AP/Early College level

Laboratory courses are taken in
residence at Stanford University
during our Summer Program

Students receive OHS credit
 650-721-9420 [email protected] ohs.stanford.edu  220 Panama Street, Stanford, CA 94305-4101
TEACHING STAFF
STUDENT LIFE
Our instructors are chosen for their expertise in their academic disciplines
and for their experience teaching highly talented students at both the
high school and college levels. Most members of our teaching staff hold
advanced degrees.
Outside of formal class time, Stanford OHS students participate in a rich
array of interactions and clubs. Instructor-supervised student activities
include Model United Nations, debate club, student government, the
student radio show, and a variety of other clubs dedicated to cultural and
academic interests. Stanford OHS students also compete nationally and
internationally in Science and Math Olympiads.
HIGHEST DEGREES
Ph.D. 3264%
Master’s
1632%
Bachelor’s 24%
AVERAGE TEST SCORES FOR THE CLASS OF 2014
Test score summaries are presented with two caveats: the sample size is
small and, because our students do not test on site, score reports do not
come directly to us. Please view this section accordingly.
SAT SUMMARY 2400
Critical Reading
Math
Writing
Total
MIDDLE 50% MEAN SCORE
660–720692
670–760714
670–760711
2030–21502117
ACT SUMMARY
English
Math Reading Science Reasoning Composite
MIDDLE 50% MEAN SCORE
30–3432.9
29–34
31.4
32–34
32.8
30–34
31.2
31–3432.1
AP SCORES
Number of seniors taking an AP Exam: 27 out of 34
Total number of AP tests: 127
% of students scoring 4 or 5: 73%
% of students scoring 3 and above: 94%
The strong community of support at Stanford OHS helps students
balance their rigorous academic work with the pursuit of advanced
research projects, entrepreneurial activities, and their talents in the fine
arts and athletics at highly competitive and international levels.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In establishing its graduation requirements, Stanford OHS offers a wellrounded education while ensuring that students have time to study
subjects in depth, including being able to move beyond traditional high
school courses into those at the university level. Some of our students
will be combining courses taken from OHS with courses taken from
other institutions. For these reasons there exists a comprehensive
set of graduation requirements and a variety of ways in which these
requirements can be satisfied.
A typical course of study at Stanford OHS comprises five academic
classes per year for a total of twenty academic courses, which,
for graduates, must include:
English
4 years
Mathematics
4 years
Laboratory Sciences 3 years
Social Sciences
Foreign Language
Core Sequence
3 years
2 years
4 years
Diploma seekers take one course in the Core Sequence each year they
are enrolled in the high school. They must also complete at least one AP
or university-level course in each of the three areas: Humanities, Social
Science, and Science or Mathematics.
COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES
The following is a listing of the institutions to which OHS graduates have been accepted from 2012 – 2014.
Agnes Scott College
The University of Alabama
Albright College
Allegheny College
American University
The American University of Paris
Amherst College
Auburn University
Bard College
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
Barnard College
Baylor University 
Binghamton University
(Honors College) 
Biola University
Boston College 
Boston University 
Brigham Young University
University of British Columbia 
Bryn Mawr College 
Bucknell University
California Institute of Technology 
California State Polytechnic
University, Pomona
California Polytechnic State
University, San Luis Obispo 
California State University,
Sacramento 
University of California, Berkeley  
University of California, Davis  
University of California, Irvine  
University of California, Los Angeles  
University of California, Merced
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego  
University of California,
Santa Barbara  
University of California,
Santa Cruz  
Carleton College 
Carnegie Mellon University  
Case Western Reserve University
Centre College
Chapman University
College of Charleston 
University of Chicago
Claremont McKenna College
Clemson University 
University of Colorado at Boulder  
University of Colorado at Denver
Columbia University  
Cornell University 
Dartmouth College  
Davidson College
Drexel University  
Duke University 
Durham University
Eckerd College
University of Edinburgh 
Emerson College 
Emory University  
Eugene Lang College
The New School for Liberal Arts
Fairfield University
Fordham University 
Franklin and Marshall College
Furman University
Georgetown University 
Georgia Institute of Technology
The University of Georgia
Gettysburg College
Gustavus Adolphus College 
Hamilton College – NY
Hampshire College
Harvard University
Harvey Mudd College
Haverford College 
Hood College
Hunter College of the CUNY
University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign  
Indiana University at Bloomington
(Jacobs School of Music)
Johns Hopkins University 
Kent State University
Lebanon Valley College 
Lehigh University
Lewis & Clark College
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago 
Luther College
Macalester College 
Marquette University
University of Maryland, College Park 
Massachusetts Institute
of Technology 
Master’s College and Seminary
University of Michigan 
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 
Montana State University, Bozeman
Mount Holyoke College
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
New College of Florida 
New England Conservatory of Music
New York Institute of Technology
– Old Westbury
New York University  
The University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill 
North Carolina State University (Engr)
Northeastern University  
Northwestern University 
University of Notre Dame 
Oberlin College 
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Occidental College
Oregon State University
Texas A&M University
University of Oregon
Texas Christian University

(Robert D. Clark Honors College)
Texas Tech University
University of Oxford
The University of Texas, Austin 
The Peabody Institute of The Johns The University of Texas, Dallas
Hopkins University
Transylvania University
Pennsylvania State University,
Trinity College
University Park
Trinity University 

University of Pennsylvania
Tufts University 
Pepperdine University 
Tulane University  
Princeton University 
Union College
University of Puget Sound
United States Naval Academy 
Reed College  
University of Utah
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute   Vanderbilt University 
Rice University 
Vanguard University of
Rochester Institute of Technology 
Southern California

University of Rochester
Vassar College

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology University of Vermont 
Rutgers, The State University of
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
New Jersey at New Brunswick 
& State University
Saint Xavier University
University of Virginia 
University of San Diego
Waseda University
University of San Francisco
Washington & Lee University 

Santa Clara University
Washington State University

Sarah Lawrence College
Washington University in St. Louis 
School of Visual Arts
University of Washington  
Seattle University
Wellesley College
Smith College 
Wesleyan University
University of Southern California   West Virginia University
Southern Methodist University 
Westmont College 
Southwestern University
Whitman College

University of St. Andrews
Willamette University
St. John’s College
Williams College 
St. Olaf College
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Stanford University  
Worcester Polytechnic Institute 
Stony Brook University
Yale University
(Honors College) 

 4 or more students have been accepted since 2012
Swarthmore College 
 Syracuse University
2 or more students have been accepted since 2012
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