First Grade

Your child’s extraordinary elementary school journey begins here.

Visit a Stratford first grade class and you’ll likely be greeted by students brimming with excitement about a complex engineering challenge they just solved, or invited to watch a theatrical performance with memorized roles, songs, and choreography.

Students learn about great composers and their music, and then apply what they’ve learned in math class to their music theory assignments. First graders are exposed to literary classics and characters, and learn to relate the characters’ experiences to their own lives.

Stratford’s teachers allow students to be themselves, and to accomplish more than they ever imagined.

A Day in the Life: Stratford Elementary School

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Schedule
Stratford School’s elementary program focuses on daily Core Knowledge sessions in math, vocabulary, grammar, reading, and writing. Students also explore specialty subjects several times each week, including music, physical education, art, and Spanish. The schedule below offers a detailed look at what your child will be learning and doing every day, and reflects the Stratford School commitment to providing an uplifting education for every child. 
Spotlight on Math
By the time Stratford students enter first grade, they are doing second grade level math. Stratford’s first graders place in the 95th percentile in state assessments, above public and independent schools. Teachers use manipulatives and ask critical thinking questions to lead students during a Saxon math meeting each day. Topics covered include sequences, time, temperature, patterns, predictions and more.
Sample Lessons
Grade 1
Colonial American History
Science and Math Classes