Looking to expand the options available to an elite class of learners, educators at Stanford University have announced plans to open the first online high school specifically for gifted and talented students.

Run by the university's Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY), the Online High School (OHS) at Stanford University, or EPGY-OHS, will operate as a fully accredited, three-year, diploma-granting institution. The goal, according to school administrators, is to provide an environment where gifted students can continue to excel academically in preparation for a successful stint at a top-flight university.

Though Stanford has provided online learning opportunities to...

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