Middle School Program

All academically motivated local students in grades 7 & 8 who have a passion for science are welcome. Please note that these sessions are in high demand and we cannot accommodate all students. 

About the Middle School Program

The Middle School Science Circle has a class size of 24 students. Two sessions will be held only for local students on Tuesday nights, Session A from 5:00 pm–6:15 pm, and Session B from 6:30 pm–7:45 pm, on Stanford’s campus. The fee for the Middle School Program is $375 per quarter. The program fee is due to smaller class size and more hands-on activities for the Middle School Program. 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 26, 2017–December 5, 2017
Tuition: $375

Winter 2018 Quarter
Dates: January 9, 2018–March 13, 2018
Tuition: $375

Spring 2018 Quarter
Dates: April 3, 2018–June 5, 2018
Tuition: $375


The fee for participation is $375 per quarter for the Middle 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.

Spring 2018 Quarter: Biomedical Sciences

This Spring’s theme is “Biomedical Sciences." The sessions will be held from April 3 to June 5, 2018 by Stanford Post-Doctoral students as course instructors.