We invite high school students from around the world to discover, study, and explore in small classes with instructors who are experts in their fields and passionate about teaching.
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What is Enrichment?

Not for credit or grade, our challenging courses provide in-depth and interactive exploration of advanced topics.

The program emphasizes building skills along with acquiring knowledge, and is designed to create environments that foster creativity and collaboration where students learn from each other as well as from their instructors.
Evaluation & Certificate of Completion
Upon completion of the course, instructors provide a qualitative written evaluation and participants receive a Certificate of Completion.
Special Projects
Participants complete special projects and share their presentations during the final week of the course.
Good Citizenship & Integrity
We ask participants to adhere to the highest standards of integrity in their academic work and personal conduct. Past participants often remark on how much they learned from their peers.
Integration of Academic & Social Activities
Participants live in small academically themed residences. The program includes activities that offer participants the opportunity to exercise, socialize, make friends, and have fun.

A Taste of the Stanford Experience

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Hear From Our Expert Instructors

Our instructors design custom courses that provide a deep dive in their area of expertise and highlight new areas of research. The ratio of instructional staff to students is approximately one to five.

A Balance of Academics & Residential Life

Experience a Vibrant Community on the Stanford Campus

The summer experience in Stanford University residences provides students with memories that they will always remember. Students live in residence with classmates attending the same course and interact daily with other students who share their interests and academic passions.

Learn & Grow through In-Depth Exploration

Our daily classroom instruction features advanced content more typically found in a college curriculum. At the end of the course, students receive a final evaluation and certificate of completion. We do not provide grades or credit for these enrichment courses.

Discover Summer Fun

Participants establish new friendships while engaging in a variety of indoor and outdoor social activities. Participants can spend their free time exploring campus and discovering the San Francisco Bay area on weekend and academic field trips.

A Deep Dive into a Single Subject


Hear What Our Students Have to Say

Our courses feature a deep exploration into a single subject alongside peers who share the same academic passion. In this video, hear students from our engineering course talk about the highlight of their program: creating a Rube Goldberg Machine.

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Residential Education

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Kat Edmond

Residential Coordinator

Kristen Sullivan

Kristen Sullivan

Assistant Director of Residential Education

Matthias Schildwachter

Matthias Schildwachter

Director of Residential Education; Associate Director of SPCS Programs


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Emma Blush

Operations Associate

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Stephine Gradel

Operations Associate

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Adriana Gudino

Human Resources Administrator

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Tyler Hanson

Business & Facilities Administrator

Heng Jin

Heng Jin

Software Developer

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Jenny Li

Senior Financial Analyst

Franklin Liu

Franklin Liu

Senior Software Developer

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Susan Mailander

Senior Human Resources Associate

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Yuliya Petrov

Human Resources Administrator

Lulu Zhang

Lulu Zhang

Senior Systems Administrator