Program Information

The Stanford Science Circle is suspended for the 2020-2021 academic year. We encourage you to explore our other academic enrichment programs.


Stanford Science Circle is intended as a local enrichment program. Students interested in participating must apply each quarter. Please note that these sessions are in high demand and we cannot accommodate all students.
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Stanford Science Circle

Our ten-week courses run throughout the academic year and offer local students in grades 7–12 the chance to enrich their STEM education.
Dates & Tuition
We offer sessions in Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarter. Each quarter, Stanford Science Circle tuition is $375 for Grades 7–8 and $300 for Grades 9–12.
Application Deadlines
The application opens two months ahead of the quarter. We recommend joining our mailing list to get an announcement of when the application opens.
Apply Each Term
Every quarter, students must apply again. Their admissions one quarter does not guarantee it the next.
Brilliant Peers
Students learn in a community of peers, thus they must be in the grade level to which they apply.

Admissions Process

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This program is intended as an exposure and enrichment opportunity for local youth with an interest in science. Because of this, our students are accepted via a lottery system, each quarter. If you have been waitlisted for Science Circle in a previous quarter, and have not participated before, you will be given priority in the lottery.

Financial Aid Available

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.

Admissions Question

I was not accepted this quarter. Will you reevaluate your decision?

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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.

How can I be notified about the registration opening?

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We will post the link to our online registration as it becomes available. When the registration period is closed, please sign up for our mailing list to be notified when the application will be available for next quarter.

What are other science resources for pre-collegiate students?

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At Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies, young students passionate about the sciences can explore the world of scientific discovery. We have a number of programs that focus on the sciences. 

  • Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes is a residential program of intensive, enrichment courses, including courses in Theory of Relativity, Java & Robotics, Engineering, Cosmology, Artificial Intelligence, and Bioscience & Biotechnology.
  • Stanford University-Level Online Math & Physics offer largely self-paced courses designed for students who have advanced beyond AP Physics and want to earn Continuing Studies credit.
  • Stanford Medical Youth Science Program is for low-income 11th and 12th graders from Northern California and the Central Valley, providing them with expsoure to health careers and assistance with college preparation.
  • Stanford AI4ALL engages 9th-grade young women in the ever-evolving study of artificial intelligence. 

For other opportunities at Stanford please refer to the Stanford Office of Science Outreach