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If you’ve decided that Stanford Online High School is a good fit for you, here are the requirements and next steps to submit an application.

The Application for the 2024-25 School Year is Now Closed.

If you submitted an application by the deadline, you will receive notification of an admissions decision in March 2024.

Should you be interested in applying to Stanford Online High School to attend in the 2025-2026 school year, the application will open in Fall 2024. Our Admissions Office maintains a future interest list, and we contact everyone on the list when the application opens in the fall.

Application Dates and Deadlines



January 11, 2024, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time January 18, 2024, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time Early-March 2024 Ten days after decisions released Time constraints considered in schedule build

Steps to Apply

1. Learn About Stanford OHS

2. Start Your Online Application

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Application form
  • Academic records (transcripts from this year and the past two years—unofficial copies acceptable)
  • “Stanford OHS 5” short-answer responses
  • Essays (two essays, each 400 words maximum)
  • One sample of analytical writing (work samples must have been completed within the past year and must demonstrate a student’s best effort)
  • Two online recommendation forms (one Humanities/Social Science and one Mathematics/Science)
  • Parent questionnaire
  • Application fee: $100 USD (fee waivers can be requested)


  • Video Essay
  • Standardized test score. This page will help you select a test that is age-appropriate and fits your timeline. Please be aware of limited test dates and score-reporting timelines.

All responses, essays, and work submitted in the application must be the student's own. Start an application using the student's legal name and birthdate.

3. Select and Notify Your Recommenders

(Required of applicants independent of Enrollment Option selected: Single Course, Part-Time, and Full-Time)

  • All applicants to Stanford OHS must submit at least two recommendation forms (one Humanities/Social Science teacher and one Mathematics/Science teacher).
  • The teachers completing the recommendation forms are not required to be current teachers, and may be teachers from a previous school year. We prefer if the teacher taught the student recently, within the past 1-2 years.
  • Helpful recommendations don’t always come from teachers in the courses where you earned a high grade. The best recommenders can provide details about your academic and personal growth.
  • Parents, guardians, or other family members are not permitted to submit recommendation forms on behalf of students. Close family friends or neighbors who know you in a non-academic context are not advised to be recommenders.
  • Be sure to give recommenders ample time to complete the recommendation form.

4. Schedule Optional Online Interview

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, only applicants who apply by November 10, 2023, will be guaranteed an interview via our online webinar platform. Interviews are available to students in all grade levels. Applicants solely interested in single course enrollment are not eligible for an interview. 

Applicants and their families will be required to be on camera for the interview. You can only schedule an interview once you have submitted your application with required materials. Applicants who submit a completed application after November 10, 2023, are welcome to submit an optional video essay in their applications.

NOTE: Recommendations and test scores do not need to be submitted until the admission deadline on January 11, 2024. Interviews are not required.

5. Review and Submit Your Application

Return to the Application Status and Materials Checklist page to make sure all of your application materials have been uploaded. Check each page of your application to ensure that you have answered all questions accurately and completely before submission of your application. The application fee must be paid or waived in order for your application to be considered. An incomplete application fee will cause your application to be withdrawn. When your admissions decision is ready, you will receive an email notification that prompts you to log in to the Application Status page for the decision.


International and Homeschooled Applicants

Students who live outside of the United States or who are homeschooled should reference our resources page for answers to common questions.