Upper School (Grades 9-12)

The Upper School’s college preparatory curriculum and interesting array of extracurricular activities provide students myriad 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, boasts a rigorous core as well as twenty-two Advanced Placement courses and a variety of electives including musical theatre, holocaust studies, comparative world cultures, photography, environmental science, human genetics and diseases, robotics, and programming. A dedicated Upper School faculty encourages students toward intellectual independence in a climate that rewards creative thought. Small class sizes create an atmosphere of trust that invites 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.

Outside the classroom, opportunities for fun and personal growth abound.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 Stratford’s math or quiz bowl team, students enjoy abundant opportunities for participation in the life of the school.Nineteen 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, gratifying theme: Stratford has prepared them well for the academic, social, and emotional challenges of college.

Congratulations to Stratford's Class of 2017

Stratford Academy’s 56th graduating class celebrated commencement exercises on May 27, 2017, at the Macon City Auditorium. The class included 71 students who received their diplomas with 34 graduating with honors.

The ceremony opened with an invocation led by senior class president, Anna Katherine Boswell, followed by a vocal performance by senior Sarah Kate Sellers of “Where the Music Comes From” by Lee Hoiby. The class was addressed by Salutatorian Tarab Ajjan and Valedictorian Carly Wanna.

Head of School Dr. Robert Veto, along with Chairman of the Board of Trustees Mary Ellen Grossnickle, presented the 2017 graduates with their diplomas. In conclusion, Cameron Walsh led the singing of the alma mater and student body president Maggie Greer gave the benediction. Included in the ceremony was the presentation of the Distinguished Alumnus Award (George McCommon ’83) and the Alumni Service Award (Eric Hefner ’83), both established in 1986.