At a glance, Eton’s 2017 Roll of King’s Scholars appears conventional; a list of the UK’s most notably successful prep-schools. Look more closely and one school sticks out like a sore thumb: Stanford OHS.
Stanford Online High School is a selective independent school where all teaching takes place via real-time, online lessons. Classes are seminar-style and address groups of 15 students who can see and hear the teacher as well as video clips, diagrams and other resources. Students can electronically raise their hands, clicking into a queue when they have questions or comments, and turn on their own microphone and video when it's their turn to address the class. Students can also communicate with each other during and outside of lesson time.
Students from across the world gather for these seminars and Stanford’s academic results are stellar. The Eton King’s Scholarship is one of the toughest and most competitive awards for thirteen year olds in the world; this news is a testament to Stanford OHS’s success and another tribute to the merits of online tutoring.