Application for the Classes of '26, '27, & '28

7th, 8th, & 9th Grade Transfer Application

The 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (SLI) is an exciting six-year program that builds STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) skills, leadership skills, and communication skills. College and career planning is also included in high school.

The program is offered at no cost and is located at Cabrillo Middle School (grades 7-8) and Santa Clara High School (grades 9-12)

All students who apply and are accepted will begin the program the following school year.

Due to the pandemic, we are only accepting online applications this year.

Who Qualifies?
  • Current 7th, 8th, & 9th graders who live within the geographic area of Santa Clara Unified School District (6th graders may apply in the autumn of the 6th grade year)
  • Students with a strong academic record (overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, strong math and science achievement in current classes. While not required, we highly recommend readiness for Geometry H in 8th grade, Algebra 2 H in 9th grade, & Trigonometry H in 10th grade)
  • Students willing and able to commit to the remainder of 6-year program through 12th grade.
Key Dates
10/25/22: IN PERSON Open House at Cabrillo Middle School
11/1/22: Virtual Open House and Info Session (will also be recorded)
1/2/23: Application opens 
2/3/23: Application closes
2/17/23: Written Responses Due
2/27/23: Semi-finalists invited to interview 
3/6 - 3/10: Semi-finalist interviews 
3/20/23: Accepted students notified 
3/22/23: Accepted students commit to program
3/23/23: Mandatory Commitment Meeting at 4pm (Virtual)
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page

If your question is not answered there, you can contact us at


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Student Information

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Please provide a personal email address, NOT your SCUSD email address. This email will be used to correspond with you about your application.

If the student is currently in 6th grade, please visit our 6th grade application:
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School Information

All Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) students have an ID Number. If you do not attend a school in SCUSD, then put "None."


We will reach out to your teacher separately and have them fill out a recommendation form. Please do not ask your teacher to submit a separate letter of recommendation to us. Please tell them to check their email for a recommendation request email from
Current Science Teacher

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Student Demographic Information (optional)

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When you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email to the student email address you provided above. (Please be sure you entered that email address correctly and that it is NOT a SCUSD account email.)

All email correspondence will be coming from, so be sure to add that email address to your contacts so that emails do not end up in the SPAM folder.

PLEASE NOTE: You will loose access to your responses once you click "Confirm". If you wish to save a copy for your records, please do so before "confirming".