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Paly kids also at Stanford?

Original post made by Curious, Jordan Middle School, on Mar 12, 2007

I heard someone say that gifted Paly kids can take courses at Stanford under a Paly-Stanford deal while still in high school.

Is this true? What about Gunn? What bar do the kids have to clear to qualify? What are the limits on the program? Know of a website with details?

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Posted by Kate
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 12, 2007 at 4:32 pm

I know Paly students can take upper level math courses at Stanford. My daughter did and attends Harvard. Speak with the math I.S. at the high school about it.


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Posted by student
a resident of Gunn High School
on Mar 12, 2007 at 5:44 pm

This happens at Gunn too. Some students qualify to 'jump' a math grade level, allowing them to take freshman level college classes over at Stanford during their senior year. Several extremely gifted students have jumped two grade levels (for math), meaning that they take college classes at Stanford in their junior year at Gunn.

Most of these students jumped a math grade level during their middle school years. I think around ten of my friends were taking Gunn classes while still enrolled at JLS. Apparently all you need to do is take a test and file some forms with a school administrator.

Good grades must be maintained however... Juniors and sophomores taking AP Calculus BC must maintain a grade percentage higher than 93% in order to attend classes at Stanford next year.


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Posted by parent
a resident of Green Acres
on Mar 17, 2007 at 4:47 pm

There is no website. There is no "program." It is an informal arrangement. The students have to have gone through all the classes offered in math at the high school to even be considered. The department head of math must approve it.