Frequently Asked Questions
Many parents have the same questions about Stratford School! Find answers to your questions here.
Q. How do I request a receipt for tuition paid to Stratford School?
A. For school year tuition, please go through SMART tuition to request a receipt. For summer 2016 programs request a receipt by emailing KVillanueva@stratfordschools.
Q. How do I schedule a campus tour?
A. You may request to schedule a tour on our website, and a member of our admissions team will contact you to arrange a tour date and time.
Q. When can I enroll my child?
A. Enrollments are accepted during the school year based on space availability. Enrollment for the upcoming school year is typically offered beginning in March. Preschool children must be at least two years and six months old by their first day of class. Children entering kindergarten must be 5 years old by December 2.
Q. What is the enrollment process like?
A. We suggest that you explore our website, then schedule a tour of a Stratford campus. The first step in Stratford's admissions process is to complete an application form, either online or at a campus, along with a $75 non-refundable application fee. Please see the Admission to Stratford School page or call your desired campus for more information.
Additional Information for New Students
New Student Assessment
For transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school programs, Stratford interviews and assesses all new students prior to granting admission in order to confirm grade level readiness. There is a non-refundable Pre-Enrollment Testing fee of $75, and the test includes sections on reading, writing, and math.
Q. How does Stratford encourage parental involvement?
A. The best way for parents to be involved is by demonstrating a genuine enthusiasm for what your children are learning in school. Simply asking your children what they learned each day gives them an opportunity to be a teacher themselves and helps reinforce what they are learning in school.
Stratford also provides opportunities for parents to volunteer at events such as spring and winter programs, special celebration days, career days and field trips. Stratford views parents as partners in the educational process, and as such, has formed a Stratford Parent Committee at each campus. These committees host special events throughout the year, welcome new families, and help to build a stronger Stratford School Community.
Q. Does my child have to be toilet trained prior to entering preschool or pre-kindergarten?
A. Yes. While we understand accidents happen, these should be minimal. We provide frequent bathroom breaks to the children throughout the day.
Q. How often does Stratford conduct student assessments?
A. Preschool and Pre-kindergarten: Stratford formally assesses students four times during the school year. The assessments are one-on-one between teacher and student. Our assessments provide you with an overview of your child's development in key areas including academic, physical, fine and gross motor development, and social skills. Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled twice during the school year with additional conferences as needed.
Elementary and Middle School: Students in the elementary school receive weekly vocabulary and spelling assessments and weekly recitation (public speaking). All other subjects are assessed by unit, such as history/geography, math, etc. In addition, we conduct assessments in conjunction with the Educational Research Bureau (www.erblearn.org) using the following programs: CPAA (Children's Progress Academic Assessment); CTP4 (Comprehensive Testing Program 4); and CWRA (College and Work Readiness Assessment (for middle school students). Parents will have the opportunity to conference with teachers twice per year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Additional conferences may be scheduled as requested.
Q. What is Stratford's homework policy?
A. At Stratford, we believe homework is an essential part of the educational process for our elementary and middle school students. It reinforces the learning that occurs during school, and fosters individual responsibility. We recognize, however, that children need time to participate in non-academic activities as part of their healthy growth and development.
Average Daily Homework Time by Grade Level:
- Preschool and Pre-kindergarten: None
- Kindergarten and First Grade: 30 minutes
- Second and Third Grade: 45 minutes
- Fourth and Fifth Grade: 60 minutes
- Sixth through Eighth Grade: 90 - 120 minutes
Q. When does the 2017/2018 school year start?
A. The first day of the 2017/2018 school year for Northern California students is August 21, 2017. The first day of the 2017/18 school year for our Southern California students (Altadena Allen, Los Angeles Melrose, and Mission Viejo) students is August 28, 2017.
Holidays and school breaks may vary by campus. For specific dates, please refer to your campus-specific page. Find Your Campus.
Q. May I visit my child during school hours?
A. Yes. Parents may visit Stratford anytime during regular school hours. We view your child's education as a partnership between the school and family, and want our parents to feel comfortable with the educational experience. All visitors must first register in the school office to obtain a visitor’s pass. During visits, parents should be respectful of class routines and programmed activities.
Q. Do Stratford students go on field trips?
A. Elementary students go on two field trips during the school year, one in the fall and the other in the spring. Field trips for each grade relate to the curriculum for that grade level. More extensive field trips are arranged for our Middle School students.
In addition, there is one field trip during the summer program for elementary and middle school students. Preschool and pre-kindergarten students do not have field trips during the regular school year or summer program.
Q. Will my child wear a uniform to Stratford?
A. Preschool and pre-kindergarten students do not wear a uniform.
Stratford requires elementary and middle school students to wear uniforms. Additional information on Stratford’s uniform policy, including logo requirements, and colors are available at the school offices and can be found at our uniform partner’s website, Dennis Uniforms.
Q. Does Stratford offer before and after-school extended care for students?
A. Yes. At all campuses, except Danville Blackhawk, Stratford offers extended day programs for students students in both half-day and full school day programs. At Middle School, after-school activities are included in the cost of tuition.
Extended care enables parents to drop off their children as early as 7:00 AM and pick them up as late as 6:00 PM on school days during the regular school year. The program includes indoor and outdoor play, quiet study time, and fun classroom games and activities. Please visit our page for details on extended day rates.
During certain holidays break periods when school is not ordinarily in session, Stratford offers a child care program at select campuses. This program is similar to extended care and enables parents to drop off their children as early as 8:00 AM and pick them up as late as 6:00 PM. More information on this program is available at the school office.
Q. Does Stratford offer after-school clubs on campus?
A. Yes. Stratford School offers several after school clubs for elementary students that complement the curriculum. Please contact your campus office for a current club schedule and more information about Stratford's extended care and after-school clubs.
Q. What options does Stratford offer students for lunch?
A. Full day preschool, pre-kindergarten, elementary, and middle school students may either bring their lunch to school or take advantage of Stratford's lunch program. Stratford has partnered with Choicelunch for our lunch service. Choicelunch is a Certified Bay Area Green Business, and locally owned for more than 15 years.
Choicelunch provides children with the benefits of a well-balanced meal using kid-tested recipes that have been crafted with nutrition in mind. Stratford parents may visit Choicelunch for more information about their use of local and organic produce, all-natural beef, as well as nutritional and allergen information on all of their entrees.
Q. How does Stratford handle food allergies and sensitivities?
Stratford School is aware that food allergies and sensitivities can be life-threatening. We strongly encourage families of students with both food allergies and sensitivities to inform the school’s office and child’s teacher of the allergy, so that we may ensure the proper safety protocol is followed. Learn more about Safety @ Stratford.