Welcome to Upper School
The upper school’s college preparatory curriculum and broad array of extracurricular activities provide students with a wealth of opportunities to grow intellectually as well as socially and emotionally.
The upper school curriculum, designed to prepare students for the academic demands of college and beyond, has a rigorous core as well as twenty-two Advanced Placement courses and a wide variety of electives. Our dedicated faculty guides students toward intellectual independence in a climate that rewards creative thought. Small class size creates an atmosphere of trust that encourages intellectual risk taking and collaboration. Stratford graduates attribute their smooth transition into demanding college programs to their well-developed critical thinking skills, their superior knowledge base in core disciplines, and their excellent writing and problem-solving capabilities.
Beyond the classroom, our students participate in a variety of extracurricular activities and sports. Whether they choose football, volleyball, lacrosse, marching band, a role in the winter musical or a spot on the math or quiz bowl team, Stratford students enjoy abundant opportunities for participation in the life of the school. Twenty-three varsity sports teams provide broad opportunity for participation in athletics while dozens of clubs, organizations, and interest groups offer service-oriented as well as educational and recreational activities.
Admission to Stratford’s upper school marks the beginning of a four-year journey that culminates in college acceptance. Stratford graduates matriculate at colleges from California to Maine. Though the academic demands and campus cultures of the schools our students choose vary greatly, the reports from our graduates share a consistent and gratifying theme: Stratford has prepared them well for the academic, social, and emotional challenges of college.