For Students

A male and female student with goggles on stand at a lab bench handling test tubes.

Two students run a chemistry experiment in the lab. Image courtesy of George Zaidan.

Welcome to Highlights for High School!

This is a place where you can learn about a lot of subjects, especially those in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

What Can I Do on This Site?

  • Get help with homework
  • Study for an exam
  • Prepare for an Advanced Placement* exam
  • Start a fun project
  • Learn about MIT

* AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product. 

How the Site is Organized

The website is organized into two main sections: Subjects and Exam Preparation. The Subjects section is arranged by topics that you are likely to encounter at your high school, such as mathematics, physics, and biology. Within each of these subjects you will find a variety of content, such as labs, courses, and video resources that will vary from subject to subject. We encourage you to explore the subjects that interest you.

The Exam Preparation section is aimed at students who are preparing to take of the Advanced Placement exams in Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, or Physics. These materials are meant to supplement the learning that takes place in your class. We have mapped relevant OCW course materials to the topics in these exams, so it's easily searchable by one of these topics.


A screen grab of the Highlights for High School home page, with Subjects and Exam Prep menus circled in red.


How Students Use OCW

Do you want to learn more about how other students are using OpenCourseWare? Check out the stories that students from all over the world have shared with us.

OCW Stories

Applying to MIT

You might be wondering how you can be a student at MIT.  The Admissions Office is in charge of making decisions about which students get accepted to MIT. 

The Admissions site provides information about how to prepare for MIT, how to apply, and about tutition and financial aid. 

MIT Admissions Website