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    Elementary

    Preview Stratford's Elementary School!
    What I really appreciated ...
    ... was how connected we as parents can be to our child's educational experience at Stratford. Seeing the homework guides, assessment reviews, and parent volunteer opportunities, made us feel more linked with Stratford's efforts to build our son's educational foundation, and to allow us to be active participants in our son's overall progress and success.

    Leslie G., Parent
    Santa Clara
    At the elementary level, the Stratford curriculum is based in large part on an accelerated version of the Core Knowledge Sequence from the Core Knowledge Foundation. The Sequence provides an outline of specific content to be taught by grade level in language arts, history, geography, science, and fine arts. Topics in the Sequence build logically from one grade to the next. For example, in science, the basic concept of the atom, introduced in first grade, develops to a level of understanding of how atomic properties are organized in the Periodic Table of the Elements by fifth grade. In addition, our science program takes advantage of many hands-on experiments in life sciences and physical sciences.

    In language arts, Stratford students read a rich selection of classic novels, short stories, and poetry. Great attention is paid to developing proper technique and usage in terms of writing, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. For mathematics, Stratford utilizes Saxon Math, a comprehensive program that enables students to develop fundamental skills through incremental development and continual review. Students also enjoy a greater understanding of history as teachers use re-enactments and hands-on projects to bring lessons to life. In addition, field trips are an important complement to classroom learning.

    Elementary grades also feature comprehensive music and art programs, physical education, and computer courses. For foreign language, Stratford teaches Spanish beginning in preschool. Even at this young age, children are taught basic concepts of language that will be reviewed and expanded upon as they move on to elementary school.
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    Stratford STEAM Program Sets the Standards
    An overview of Stratford's computer science curriculum map for elementary students
    Stratford's computer science program for elementary school aligns to CSTA standards. Click to view Stratford's Computer Science Alignment. To learn more about the CSTA standards, visit http://csta.acm.org/Curriculum/sub/K12Standards.html.
    Art Exploration
    At each grade level, students develop their creativity and artistic skills through a variety of mediums:

    Directed Art - A step-by-step guide to art. This lesson develops skills that are called upon later when doing independent art.

    Open Ended Art - Art for the pleasure of art. Students may choose the subject and art supplies as they let their imaginations soar!

    Crafts - Working with instructions, students create a masterpiece such as a paper bag puppet bunny.

    Artist of the Month - Students learn about the artist's history and his/her style. After a month long exploration, they are asked to create their own version of the artist's work.
    Visit a Stratford School near you to learn more about our elementary school curriculum.