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Capital Campaign

A capital campaign occurs during a specified period of time, usually a three to five year period, and provides funds for capital improvements or additions and allows for increases in the permanent endowment.  Pledges to a capital campaign can usually be paid over a three to five year period.  Prior to this time, the most recent Capital Campaign was "The Campaign for Stratford" which raised $4 million in capital and endowment gifts in the spring of 2003. 

 Excellence Never Rests  - Phase 2

 The Capital Campaign for Stratford Academy


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Since its founding in 1960 with 117 student and 17 teachers, excellence has been at the core of Stratford Academy.  Now, through over 50 years of academic leadership in middle Georgia, Stratford continues that tradition by providing superior preparation for our students to succeed at college and in life. This is born out both anecdotally and statistically by our students’ achievements in their college careers.  Being the best has its burdens, however, as we must remain vigilant against satisfaction and constantly challenge ourselves to ever improve or we will forfeit our position of leadership.  Put another way, Excellence Never Rests.

Now with approximately 900 students and a faculty and staff of over 150 Stratford’s growth and success again are placing demands on the physical infrastructure that supports the teaching and learning in our school.  It is estimated that the total amount of knowledge in the world is now doubling every five years and at the end of the next five years it will be doubling every few months.  Even now, Stratford is rising to the challenge of educating our children to prepare them for success in a world that is exploding with information, in which community is redefined by instant communication, and that increasingly depends on science and technology.  To be successful we must ensure that our campus provides a safe place for our youth to be challenged both mentally and physically. In 2011, Stratford opened its state-of-the-art Science Center in response to our students' needs.

In the summer of 2005, the Head of School and the Board of Trustees published A Vision for the Future, a strategic plan for Stratford Academy. This document was the culmination of over two years of extensive internal assessments, external analysis and benchmarking. Many individuals, faculty, students, board members, parents, grandparents and alumni participated in the comprehensive strategic planning process. The result is a plan that reflects an effort not only to sustain but also enhance the quality, vitality and balance that are hallmarks of Stratford, and which sets it apart from its peers. It establishes clear goals and directions for the future while providing for an openness and responsiveness to emerging needs and ideas. The core elements such as academic excellence, a multidimensional educational experience, support of students, stellar faculty, communication, a sense of family, sound management and exceptional facilities, among other attributes, will be constants as they have been since the inception of the institution.

Currently our capital campaign efforts are focused on the Excellence Never Rests Phase 2. Phase 2 is a $4.5 million campaign which includes:

Cantrell Lower School Building  - View >>

  • Construction of new Lower School building with significantly larger classrooms
  • Centralized main office
  • Large open floor plan with abundant natural light
  • Dedicated cafeteria
  • Science classrooms and labs for lower grades education
  • Updated technology

Stratford Student Activity Center - View plans >>

  • Repurposing of existing Lower School for art and music enrichment classes
  • Renovation of "Little Gym" to be a full-size gymnasium adequate for competitions, including coaches' offices and dressing rooms
  • Permanent location for after school and summer care program
  • Additional multi-purpose space for extracurricular programs

Naming opportunities for Phase 1 and Phase 2 begin at the $15,000 giving level. Click to see what spaces are available.

Phase 1 - COMPLETE!
Thank you to all the donors who made Phase I of the Excellence Never Rests campaign possible.

Science Facilities - $3,000,000

  • Four new Upper School labs and three new Middle School labs
  • Stefanis Lecture Hall - a lecture-style classroom space
  • Renovation of existing lab space
  • Smart Board technology and lab-station data collection and analysis
  • Dedicated prep room for each lab and space for storing equipment
  • Donor Brick Recognition Walk and Seal

 Athletic Facilities - $1,650,000

 Loop Road (Click to view) - $750,000

  • Construction of perimeter road
  • Controlled campus entry and exit
  • Redistributed traffic flow with access to all areas of campus
  • Improvements to parking
  • Additional lighting for safety


For further information about financially supporting the Excellence Never Rests Capital Campaign, please contact Kathleen Cook Medlin '88, Director of Institutional Advancement, at 478-477-8073 ext. 210 or kathleen.medlin@stratford.org. 

For campus rendering click.


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