General School Information


Stratford Academy was founded in 1960 by a group of Macon parents who felt that the Middle Georgia area needed an independent college preparatory school. In September of 1960, the school opened its doors to 117 students and 17 faculty members in the antebellum Overlook Mansion on Coleman Hill in Macon’s historic district. Thirteen students became Stratford’s first alumni in 1962, and since that time more than 3,200 young people have been graduated from the school.  

The current facilities were built in 1974 on more than seventy acres of wooded land in northwest Bibb County. The school completed its move when the Lower School and kindergarten came to the campus in 1978. The new buildings represent a contemporary contrast to Overlook Mansion and house the four school divisions: Preschool, Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School. Completed in August 2000, the 17,500 square foot Olson Library continues the tradition of excellence by providing a state-of-the-art facility that creates a superior learning environment and provides the best in educational experience for Stratford students. Stratford is today a school community of more than 900 students and more than 135 faculty and staff.

Stratford is a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA), the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), The College Board and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). In 1982, Stratford earned accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Mission Statement

Stratford Academy is an independent, non-sectarian, college-preparatory school for students in pre-kindergarten through grade twelve that challenges its students to achieve their full potential by providing a superior education for students with diverse backgrounds and talents and developing responsible, ethical, life-long learners. 

Core Ideology

Excellence            We demand the highest level of effort.

Integrity              We foster an atmosphere of trust.

Freedom              We value academic, religious and personal freedom.

Responsibility      We demand individual, communal and fiscal responsibility.

Community          We foster a sense of belonging, comfort and care at Stratford and beyond. 


Stratford challenges our students to achieve their full potential.       



Stratford Academy is governed by a Board of Trustees which delegates the management of the total school program to an appointed Head of School.   The Board of Trustees sees its primary functions as follows: the establishment of the philosophy, the broad goals, and the overall policies of the school; the employment and evaluation of the Head of School to operate the school within those goals and aims; and the preservation and enhancement of the assets of the school, including land, buildings, endowments, and regular income.

Once policy has been established, the Board of Trustees chooses not to interfere with the daily operation of the school; therefore, it directs all inquiries to the Head of School and his staff.

Stratford Academy is divided into four main academic divisions, each with a principal who administers the affairs of the division and reports to the Head of School: the Preschool (pre-kindergarten and kindergarten), the Lower School (1-5), the Middle School (6-8), and the Upper School (9-12).  


Dr. Robert E. Veto - Head of School
Elizabeth Avant - Communications Coordinator
Margaret Brogdon - Upper School Principal
Kelly Causey - Preschool Director/Director of Curriculum K-12
Marsha Creter - Assistant to the Head of School
Martha Eubanks - Director of College Counseling
Elaine Murray - Librarian/IT Coordinator
Lori Palmer - Director of Admissions
Patsy Hayslip - Director of the Learning Support Center
Marilyn Holton-Walker - Registrar
Jaime Kaplan - Director of Alumni Affairs/Institutional Advancement Major Gift Coordinator
Redonda Mann - Lower School Principal
Karen McCue- Gifts and Records Coordinator
Donna Kay McGoldrick - Human Resources Director
Kathleen Medlin - Director of Institutional Advancement
Sue Appleby - Middle School Principal
Chance Reynolds - Assistant Upper School Principal
Robin Schorr - Assistant to the Upper and Middle School
Mark Farriba - Athletic Director
Terry Sowell - Sports Information/Summer Camps Coordinator
Mollye Treadway - Chief Financial Officer
Tina Wootan - Director of Guidance

Hours of Operation

Regular School Hours

Beginners and Pre-Kindergarten    8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Kindergarten                                   8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Grades 1-5                                      8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Grades 6-8                                      8:25 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Grades 9-12                                    8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Students are expected to be in their homerooms or advisory groups and prepared at the beginning of the day. 

Students remaining on campus after their regular dismissal time must be involved in a school-sponsored activity, such as a regular athletic assignment, a fine arts rehearsal, a school-sponsored meeting, a tutorial session with a teacher, study in the library, or enrollment in the After School Activities Program.    

The little gym is reserved for Stratford’s after-school and athletic programs, and unsupervised activities in the little gym are not allowed.  

After 3:20 p.m., students in grades 1-5 will be taken to ASAP and parents will be billed according to the established rate.  

Administrative Offices

School Year, Monday through Thursday  8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
School Year, Friday    8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Summer, Monday through Thursday  9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
               Friday   9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  

After School Activities Program (ASAP) Hours

Pre-Kindergarten-5th grade   3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Preschool Extended Day 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Enrichment Activities)


School Year, Monday through Thursday  8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
School Year, Friday    8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Summer, Monday through Thursday  9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
               Friday  9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   

Olson Library

Monday through Thursday  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday                               8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Grades 1 – 5  3:00 to 3:30 p.m.   Monday through Thursday
      (scheduled by individual teachers)
Grades 6 - 8   3:30 to 3:45 p.m.  Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Grades 9 - 12   3:15 to 3:45 p.m.  Monday through Thursday  

Voice Mail

Stratford Academy supplements the school’s switchboard with a voice mail system.  
Parents and other outside callers may dial directly into a faculty or staff voice mailbox after hours, or they may request to be connected to an individual’s voice mailbox when dialing the switchboard during regular school hours. Faculty and staff voice mailbox numbers are available through the phone system directory. Voice mail extensions are listed in the directory.


Faculty and staff email addresses are available in the Stratford directory and on the web page.  

    • FriJul01 Lego Mania Camp
    • FriJul01 Farriba Football Jamboree Camp 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • FriJul01 American Girl Camp: Adventures with Samantha Camp 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • MonJul04 No ASAP

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