Upper School (Grades 9-12)
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.
Head of Upper School
Tel: 478-477-8073 ext 215
8 a.m - 4:30 p.m
Friday 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
With all of the unusual accommodations schools have made over the last few months, it was one of the goals of Stratford's administration to provide our Stratford seniors with a graduation ceremony which felt as true to the school’s traditional service as possible. Originally planned for May 22, 2020, graduation and the last few months of the school year were not filled with the usual year-end events, such as prom, senior projects, college t-shirt day, and more. Graduation was rescheduled for June 13, following the statewide lift on gatherings, Stratford hosted its first-ever outdoor graduation at the Stratford Soccer Complex.
Unlike previous graduations, guests were limited as each senior received a table of eight and faculty and graduates were spaced six feet apart. The class salutatorian, Sara Kate Durkee, gave her address followed by co-valedictorian, Sean Malhotra. Fellow co-valedictorian, Chimezie Nwabuebo, was unable to attend. Class president Lucy Boswell, student body president Elizabeth Sellers, and Matt Newberry each played a role with the invocation, benediction, and singing of the alma mater. Sixty-nine diplomas were conferred by Board chair, Marsh Butler ’89, and graduates were announced and congratulated by head of upper school, Theresa Ferrari, and head of school, Logan Bowlds. For all purposes, it felt like a traditional Stratford ceremony.
“So much of these students' final months did not take place as anyone planned,” says Ferrari. “It was really important to us to give them a graduation as soon as we could, so they could make that leap to college feeling celebrated by Stratford.”
Following the ceremony, students made their way to the parking lot to take a “victory lap” in their decorated cars around the Stratford loop road as faculty, staff, parents, and guests cheered for them.