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A Message from Our Founder, Sherry Adams

Since 1999, Stratford School has celebrated our time-honored tradition of cultivating the minds and hearts of our students. As Stratford School continues to deliver exceptional academic offerings for our students in preschool through middle school, the exciting path forward now includes high school. We have made significant progress since my last announcement, and I am pleased to share with you that we are on track to open the Stratford Preparatory School in the Fall of 2022, located at 3800 Blackford Avenue, San Jose, CA 95117.

Stratford Preparatory will provide a rigorous and engaging college preparatory curriculum that focuses on real-world application of engineering, technology, and leadership skills, while also providing students opportunities to be confident learners, generous in spirit, and eager to follow their passions. As a member of our caring community, each student will engage in rich life experiences to prepare them for college and beyond. Led by our talented Executive Vice President, Jeremy Birk, our founding team of accomplished teachers, and innovative partners, I am confident that every graduate will thrive and make a positive impact in the world for generations to come.

How to Apply

Introducing Stratford Preparatory Head of School and Founding Team

Before joining Stratford School as the Executive Vice President for Education, Jeremy Birk served as the Director of Innovation and Research and Principal at the United Nations International School (UNIS) in New York City, in addition to working as a teacher, administrator, and consultant in public and private schools, and varied programs in the United States, Spain, Switzerland, Kenya, Rwanda, and Colombia.

“At Stratford, our learning purpose has always been “connecting students to their unique futures,” which reflects our commitment to show young people how they can successfully and independently navigate their lives and their world.

Building upon this goal, Stratford Preparatory education outcomes are designed to be future-proof, preparing graduates for continued success even in the most demanding university/college program while nurturing students’ unique passions and talents. We aim to develop curious people who are knowledgeable about the world, critical readers, compelling writers, mathematics and numeric scholars, data, visual and design thinkers, equipped to succeed as global citizens.

I am pleased to introduce our founding team members who will help shape and build the Stratford Preparatory experience, including Nat Narayanswami, Math and Science Department Chair; Sharmistha Ghosh, English and Humanities Department Chair; and Loren Powers, Director of Athletics and Student Wellness. This core team will be supported by other expert consultants contributing to subject areas like Computer Science, Modern Languages, Social Science, Performing and Visual Arts, and Business and Entrepreneurship.

We look forward to welcoming your child to Stratford Preparatory, Fall 2022 — a high school designed with their future success, hopes, and dreams in mind.”

~ Jeremy Birk, Head of School, Stratford Preparatory

How to Apply

We are excited to get to know your family through our intentionally “uncomplicated” admissions process. The process differs for Middle and High School applicants to Stratford Preparatory, so please review the appropriate section below based on the grade level(s) for which you’d like to apply.

Applying for Middle School at Stratford Preparatory

We welcome new Middle School students (Grades 6-8) throughout the school year at all of Stratford’s Middle School campuses across the Bay Area and Southern California (including Stratford Preparatory), as long as space is available and the student is grade-level ready. Admission to all of our Middle School programs is on a first-come, first-served basis. Locate the Stratford Middle School campus most convenient to you.

The curriculum across ALL of our Stratford Middle School campuses (including Stratford Preparatory) is consistent, and all Stratford Middle School students have equal entrée to continuing on to the Stratford Preparatory High School program (see High School section below outlining Guaranteed High School Admission for Stratford students).  Once you have familiarized yourself with our Middle School locations, we invite you to Schedule A Tour at the Middle School campus(es) of your choice. While the new Stratford Preparatory San Jose campus is under construction, Middle School “tours” will be hosted at Stratford’s Sunnyvale Raynor Middle School, which will be relocating to the new Stratford Preparatory site starting in the 2022-23 school year.

The recommended Admissions process for Middle School students is as follows:

Tour: Schedule a personal tour

Apply: Submit an Admissions Application to establish your “first-come, first-served” Admission priority

Assess: Arrange an Academic Admissions Assessment (required for new students entering Grades 6 – 8)

Enroll: Review, sign, and return the enrollment contract with initial tuition payment

Apply to Middle School

Applying for High School at Stratford Preparatory

For Stratford Preparatory High School admissions, we have partnered with Ravenna, the leading enrollment management online software, to manage our visit and application process. Through Ravenna, Stratford Preparatory high school prospects will be able to register for information sessions, submit applications, track application progress, and receive admissions notifications. Admissions for the Stratford Preparatory High School program is a selective process. However, current Stratford Middle School Grade 8 students can apply for Guaranteed Admission for the 2022-23 school year by completing an application on Ravenna and meeting the required qualifications. At this time, we are accepting Stratford Preparatory High School applications for Grade 9 for both current Stratford students and outside applicants.

Stratford Preparatory Key High School Admissions Dates

September 1, 2021: Admissions opens for both Middle and High School – for current Stratford and non-Stratford students

November 1, 2021: Guaranteed Admissions open for current Stratford Grade 8 students

December 3, 2021: Deadline to apply for Guaranteed Admission for current Grade 8 Stratford Middle School students

November 1 – December 3, 2021: Acceptances and enrollment contracts sent on a rolling basis

December 8, 2021: Final deadline to submit enrollment contract and deposit for Guaranteed Admission applicants

January 21, 2022: Deadline to apply for Regular Admission

March 18, 2022: Decision notifications released via Ravenna

Get Started for High School with Ravenna

Our Curriculum Partners

Building upon our core Stratford curriculum, we are partnering with the best thought-leaders and greatest innovators to design a future-focused curriculum and to apply the most effective teaching methodologies, including most notably the Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR). CCR is a leading educational non-profit, working on a global scale, to support the development of our full, four-year program architecture. We have identified the best coursework available, including our wellbeing curriculum — Project Wayfinder — developed at the Stanford Institute of Design

Our Campus

Located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Stratford Preparatory will welcome its inaugural class of Freshman students in Fall 2022 to our newly renovated campus at 3800 Blackford Avenue, San Jose CA 95117.

This 12-acre site offers 46 classrooms; extensive athletic facilities, including — multiple playing fields for baseball, soccer, and other sports, as well as multiple tennis courts; indoor gyms; performing arts and technology spaces; a library; and so much more.

We invite families to learn more and schedule a tour at our nearby Stratford Middle School campus in Sunnyvale.

Explore our Middle School and High School Programs

Middle School
Middle School

Stratford Middle School is intentionally designed to balance guidance with exploration as students discover a variety of academic and extracurricular opportunities, pursue their personal interests, and discover connections with people. Students engage in new experiences, face risks, build self-awareness, gain confidence, and achieve greater independence.

Advanced academics are taught by subject-expert teachers who possess deep proficiency in the disciplines and employ their expertise to prompt students to establish deeper conceptual connections. After securing foundational elementary knowledge, middle school students extend and apply their learnings as they are challenged to think, question, express, and create to transform their ideas into action.

Our goal is to capture each child’s spark of curiosity and ignite it into a passion that will fuel a strong sense of self as a lifelong learner and confident leader who will thrive and generate a lasting and positive impact in the world.

High School
High School

The philosophy of Stratford Preparatory School is to be a dynamic learning community that helps students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to thrive in a transforming world and form a personal ethic to positively influence their own lives and the world around them. Key elements of our innovative school design include small classes; student collaborative work; advisories; exceptional, subject-expert teachers; and social, emotional, and ethical learning strategies.

Building Independence and Sense of Purpose
Personalized learning goals are set by students and monitored by teachers who create the conditions for learning through mentoring, coaching, thought provoking, and co-constructing learning experiences.

Enriching Ideas and Global Competence
Modern subjects such as robotics, business and entrepreneurship, coding and artificial intelligence, and media communications are explored as traditional foundations such as reading, writing, mathematics, and language are secured.

Thriving Relationships
We place great importance on building a collaborative relationship among students and families, among colleagues, and between students and adults to encourage their passions, and support them in reaching their fullest potential.



We are now accepting applications for the 2022/23 school year for our middle school (grades 6-8) and our inaugural grade 9 high school program at Stratford Preparatory. Complete this interest form and a member of our Admissions team will be in touch to help you get started with the Admissions process and answer any questions you might have.

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