Our History and Mission

The Overlook Mansion

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 Overlook Mansion on Coleman Hill in Macon's historic district. Thirteen students became Stratford's first alumni in 1962, and since that time almost 3,800 young people have graduated from the school.

Stratford Academy Today

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 education experience for Stratford students. Most recently, Stratford has added a dedicated Science Center, the new Cantrell Lower School and the Daws Student Activities Center. Stratford is today a school community of 845 students and more than 140 faculty and staff.

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

Our Mission

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.

Stratford's 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 reach their full potential.