His homework is based on rigor rather than workload. He is critically-challenged in all of his classes. They believe in preparing the students before attending class. Wow - what a novel idea. Other schools - copy this!
This is absolutely the best school compared to any high school in America. My son is constantly challenged and is performing at college level. I feel at ease that he will do well in college. His teachers are super supportive and great at teaching. We have been very lucky.
My daughter has attended to courses as a part-time student. Both professors have been extremely communicative. Her classes have been challenging but achievable. We are now thinking about applying full-time for our son as he moves into high school.
As a parent of a student who has attended Stanford OHS for 3 years, I can say that our experience has been amazing. The quality of the teaching staff makes the education truly unique. My son has been able to take advanced classes in science and math that would not have been available to him at most other highly rated schools. Stanford OHS is truly special in its ability to meet the needs of bright and engaged students. In many classes, the instructional model is “flipped”--meaning that lectures are watched before class and that discussion takes place during the instructional period. My son loves the give and take amongst his peers in this environment. He also enjoys the flexibility of the schedule. Classes are taught on a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday schedule leaving Fridays open for club meetings and other activities. Throughout the week, teachers make themselves easily available to students through office hours and individual appointments. As a result, students form strong and lasting relationships with their instructors. We researched many excellent academic programs before selecting Stanford OHS. In the end we found a program that is both academically rigorous and innovative.
Enrollment is now capped at the present level, so expect admissions to get even more competitive. About 2/3 of the professors have an ivy league quality Ph.D. (most teaching at the high school level), so students perform as scholars in Socratic seminars. Expect college textbooks, no spoon-feeding, being highly prepared before each class, with participation required in classes of 16 or less. The writing center is devoted to helping students complete their essays; expect them to produce college-level work. Students are encouraged to attend professors' office hours. One parent said her son entering Cal Tech was better prepared than his peers; that was six years ago, and he graduated with a choice of three Ph.D. programs including Cal Tech, choosing Stanford. We visited Cal Tech's admissions office this summer and can personally confirm their enthusiasm for Stanford OHS graduates, who have many other fine college choices as well. We also attended a six-day Stanford OHS meetup in Shanghai with eight other OHS families this last summer. What a fantastic experience, which we capped off with 10 more days touring China arranged by a travel agency chosen by our hosts, flying to three cities and sightseeing with our own drivers and guides in each city! Stanford OHS has been a dream come true for all of us, parents and child, including the educational experience and the friendships we enjoy. For self-motivated students who thrive on challenging themselves and like the stimulation of associating with others with similar talents.