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An Innovative Academic Program
Our four-year interdisciplinary Core Sequence equips our students with exceptional skills in careful reading, critical thinking, and oral and written argumentation. More than any brief course in logic or reasoning, our sequence gives students broadly applicable experience in evaluating data and scientific theory formation, and in thinking about claims and concepts in politics, ethics, and the study of identity.
Designed and taught by instructors who are experts in their fields, our courses cultivate the professional methods, skills, norms, and intellectual habits of each discipline.
- Science—Students work with the central concepts of hypothesis formation, experimentation, and analysis.
- Mathematics—Students focus on problem solving and logic.
- English—Students analyze how texts create meaning at the level of the word, the phrase, the sentence, and the paragraph or verse so that they can apply these strategies in their own original arguments.
- History—Students evaluate theses presented by a spectrum of scholars to ultimately formulate their own.
Stanford OHS offers numerous post-AP courses, including university-level courses that mirror the content and expectations commonly part of an undergraduate program. In these post-AP courses, our students engage in college-style inquiry focusing in depth on a single genre, author, period, or problem while exploring the academic literature and conducting extended research.
Fitting It Together
Our curriculum goes well beyond the norm of satisfying admissions standards at top colleges and universities around the world. It prepares students to excel at those institutions and to make a smooth transition into working in those demanding academic environments.
A review of our graduation requirements demonstrates how bringing together a Core Sequence program, discipline-appropriate training, advanced coursework beyond the AP-level, high expectations, and thoughtful feedback creates an innovative, integrated curriculum.