High School Program

All academically motivated high school students in grades 9 – 12 who have a passion for science are welcome. 

About the High School Program

Lectures from Stanford faculty and other scientists in the Stanford community will be held Wednesday nights from 6:30 – 8:00pm on the Stanford campus. The program will be offered throughout the academic year with each academic quarter representing a different science theme. Students must apply each quarter.

Note: Given the heavy demand for the limited available space, students are admitted via a lottery, and applications will only be available for a short period of time. If a student is not admitted in a particular quarter, we will not be able to reevaluate our admission decisions.


The Stanford Science Circle runs during the Stanford academic year, with 10 sessions each quarter. We do not offer a summer quarter.

Fall 2017 Quarter
Dates: September 27, 2017-December 6, 2017
Tuition: $250

Winter 2018 Quarter
Quarter Dates: January 10, 2018-March 14, 2018
Tuition: $250

Spring 2018 Quarter
Dates: April 4, 2018 - June 6, 2018
Tuition: $250


The fee for participation is $250 per academic quarter for the High School Program. This fee covers expenses for session leaders, website maintenance, administrative costs, and use of the Stanford University facilities. Please note that financial aid is available and that we will not exclude students due to financial hardship, so please let us know if the fee would cause financial difficulty for your family.

Winter 2018 Quarter Schedule: Physical Sciences

This Winter’s theme is “Physical Sciences." The sessions will be held from January 10 to March 14, 2018

Fall 2017 Quarter Schedule: Biological and Medical Sciences

This Fall's theme is “Biological and Medical Science.” The sessions will be held from September 27 to December 6, 2017.