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Celebrating 25 Years of Stratford School

Stratford School is celebrating 25 years of educational excellence!

The year-long 25th Anniversary celebration kicked off with an all-staff event at the Stratford Preparatory Blackford High School campus on May 18, 2024. Nearly 600 school leaders, teachers, and staff turned out to mark the occasion and celebrate with us.

Stratford School 25th Anniversary group shot

Orchestra students from the Los Gatos, San Jose Middle School, and Stratford Prep campuses began the program, followed by speeches from senior leaders of Spring Education Group. Finally, co-founder Sherry Adams was presented with a Lifetime in Education award for her years of service and leadership.

Sherry Adams

After the presentations, the celebrations continued with dancing, lawn games, a photo booth, drinks, and local food truck favorites. Stratford School partners Dennis Uniforms gifted guests commemorative hoodies, and Choice Lunch provided homemade cookies. Guests also had the opportunity to win gift baskets filled with treats through raffle drawings.

We express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has played a significant role in shaping Stratford’s past, present, and future. We owe a debt of gratitude to our dedicated teachers, who make magic happen in the classroom every day, and our passionate school leaders, who carry the vision, inspire and care for our students, teachers, and staff. Most importantly, we thank our families, who have supported us and inspired us to continue striving for excellence. You are family to us, and we are truly grateful.

Congratulations to every member of the Stratford School community on this amazing milestone! We look forward to the next 25 years as we honor the past, deliver the promise, and shape the future.

About Stratford School

The Stratford School story begins in 1999 when our first school was co-founded by Sherry Adams, Vice Chairwoman of Spring Education Group. The very first Stratford campus opened in Danville, CA, on September 6, 1999. It was a modest beginning, with only four classrooms located at the back of a church and a small, devoted group of educators. To spread the word, Sherry, with her warm smile and personable nature, knocked on doors and invited neighbors for coffee, tea, and cookies in order to share the excitement about a new school she was opening in their neighborhood. The word spread quickly, and the school was soon full.

Responding to demand, Stratford added a second campus in Sunnyvale, CA, the next year. This trend continued, followed by new campuses continuing to open throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California, all driven by the same innovative spirit and desire to give children a transformative education in a safe and caring environment.

Stratford School banners

Today, Stratford continues to touch the lives of over 9,000 students at 30+ campuses serving preschool through high school students across California and offers a growing number of specialty programs, such as Mandarin Bilingual and Early Preschool. The spirit of Stratford is embodied in our philosophy of “Highest Hopes, Highest Things.”

Stratford School – From Then to Now

  • Number of Students
    1999: 34
    2024: 9308
  • Number of Staff
    1999: 9
    2024: 1367
  • First day of school: September 6, 1999
  • Number of programs (grade levels) offered
    1999: Three programs – Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten
    2024: 24 programs (PS- 11G + Mandarin Bilingual + Early Preschool)
  • The first year we began offering summer camp
  • Number of schools
    1999: 1
    2024: Now with over 30 campus locations

Visit the Stratford School website to learn more about programs and locations.

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