At Stratford School, we believe high expectations lead to extraordinary results. We begin early, applying our advanced and intentionally balanced curriculum in order to inspire and nurture the minds and hearts of every student. We have campuses in both Northern and Southern California and serve students from preschool through eighth grade. Students are admitted to Stratford on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability. Priority enrollment consideration is given to re-enrolling students, siblings who meet all admissions qualifications, and students transferring between Stratford campuses.

The first step in Stratford’s admissions process is to complete an application form, either online or at a campus. Upon receipt and acceptance of your application, Stratford will provide an enrollment contract if space is available for your child. The enrollment contract must be re-submitted to Stratford along with appropriate fees.

Grade Level Readiness

Stratford welcomes students throughout the school year, as long as there is space available in the desired program, and the child is grade level ready. We use the following guidelines to determine grade level readiness:

  • Pre-Enrollment Assessments: For transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school programs, all students are interviewed and assessed prior to granting admission in order to confirm grade level readiness.
  • Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten: Children may enroll in our preschool program when they are at least two years and six months, and toilet trained. For the pre-kindergarten program, children turning four years old on or before December 2 of the school year are eligible for enrollment. Stratford may conduct personal interviews with applicants, and enrollments are offered if there is availability.
  • Transitional Kindergarten through Elementary: Stratford School uses December 2 as the cutoff date for all transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, and elementary students. For example, if entering kindergarten, students must turn five years of age on or before December 2 of the school year in which they enroll.

If you have questions at any time during the admissions process, please call the Admissions Services team at 408-973-7321, or call your preferred campus.

Stratford School does not discriminate on the basis of national or ethnic origin, gender, race, color, mental or physical disability, or religion in the administration of its educational programs and admissions policies.