Reopening and Reuniting at Stratford in the Age of COVID-19

As California counties have begun to allow schools to reopen for in-person instruction, many of Stratford’s schools are in the process of welcoming K-8 students back to campus, with stringent health and safety protocols in place.  Prospective families are invited to schedule a tour and learn more.


Second Grade

Confident, curious, focused, and having fun!

These are the defining qualities of the second graders at Stratford School. There’s a sense of purpose and structure to the school day that lets students know what to expect, and helps them create high expectations for themselves.

Second graders are immersed in Core Knowledge classes in math, vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing every day - building sequentially on skills they gained in first grade. Learning study skills and completing homework are essential to success at Stratford, but students find joy in the challenge.

From early on, Stratford helps students develop socially and emotionally too, providing these necessary bookends to their academic success. 

A Day in the Life: Stratford Elementary School

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. 
Twice a week, Stratford second graders have art class – a relaxed and exciting time for students to express their creativity. Based on a Core Knowledge curriculum, students are led through both directed and free form art.  Each month, students focus on the life, work, and style of an artist. For example, students may study abstract art, and create their own masterpieces inspired by the style of Picasso and Matisse. Art is often blended with the second grade history and science curriculum, and is taught in a global perspective.  
Sample Lessons
Grade 2
Reading, Writing, Grammar, and Phonics
Handwriting Skills