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Stanford Middle School Scholars Program

The Stanford Middle School Scholars Program prepares students for a rigorous high school education with a three-week online summer course and weekly online after-school meetings. The program serves low-income students in grades 6 or 7 who reside in and attend school in the United States.

Building the Bridge to Stanford Online High School

When students become Stanford Middle School Scholars they develop skills to apply to and thrive at Stanford Online High School (OHS), and other academically rigorous high schools. Students engage with different academic disciplines and build community with instructors and Scholars from across the United States.

Summer Course and Academic Year Meetings
Scholars enroll in one three-week summer course in July. From mid-August through March, Scholars meet weekly covering topics such as academic writing, time-management, math enrichment, and study skills.
Live Online Classes
Scholars thrive as a result of their real-time interactions with instructors and other students. The SMSSP virtual classroom brings scholars together across states and regions in lively discussions.
65% of Stanford OHS instructors hold Ph.D.'s in their fields. Stanford OHS instructors work closely with Scholars to help them reach their full academic potential, and introduce them to the professional methods, skills, and intellectual habits of different academic disciplines.
Stanford Middle School Scholars Program is tuition-free. We aim to increase access and opportunity for aspiring low-income students.
The program’s summer courses and academic year meetings will have approximately 12 students. Our engaging learning community fosters connection with like-minded peers, instructors, and guest speakers.
Supporting Your Scholar
Collaboration between program staff, instructors, and families is essential to students' success. Parents and legal guardians attend at least one conference with program staff, and are invited to attend parent and legal guardian outreach events.

Application Now Closed

Our application for the 2023-2024 Stanford Middle School Scholars Program is now closed. To learn about future opportunities, please join our mailing list.

2023-2024 Program Dates

Summer Course:
July 10 - 28, 2023
9am - 12pm Pacific Time, weekdays

Academic Year Meetings:
August 28, 2023 - March 29, 2024
4pm or 5:15pm Pacific Time, Tuesday or Thursday
Students will be assigned to a one-hour weekly meeting time based on their time zone.
Application Deadline
March 15, 2023
Admissions Notification
Mid-May 2023
When your admissions decision is ready, you will receive an email notification.

In the time that I’ve been in this course, I’ve learned many new and great things. I’ve met new people with different backgrounds and I’ve participated in many of the student life activities.


2022 Stanford Middle School Scholar