I am going to be an 8th grader at Stratford Middle School in a week. 2 years flew by quite fast! Let me just say that attending this middle school has been an amazing part of my life and I have definitely learned so much. I have many teachers that care about me; of course there will be some that won't like you, but for the most part I am well liked. Stratford has definitely prepared me in math, history, English, literature, Spanish, and performing arts. I am amazed that I have learned so much while attending. But I do see students getting teased often. But luckily, this is a no-bullying zone. Mrs. Schwartz, our principal, handles it quite well. I suffered social-wise this year, mostly because the pressure to fit in is quite intense. You are teased if you get the answer wrong in class; I never wanted to raise my hand mostly because I was scared that guys would laugh at me if I got the answer wrong. Girls gossip...a lot. It's hard to have many friends. But you will find someone to hang out with, and that is all you really need, a true friend. But other than that, Stratford is definitely a great school academically. Our teachers prepare us for HS admissions.
My son has gone to Stratford for middle school. He has blossomed and gained confidence, and built great friendship. The teachers have been very caring and inspiring. He found it challenging in the first semester due to coming from a public school, but picked up quickly. I would highly recommend this school. It is very well balanced academically and with extra curricular activities.
Stratford Middle School includes after school activities in the cost of tuition, but my child does not have the time to participate in any of them. He is too busy studying all of the time. Many parents say this, but the teachers and administration deny it. The education is not well-rounded at all. The teachers are caring, but their solution to any problem seems to be to pile more after school work onto the students. The kids are overworked and stressed. On the bright side, the students seem very kind to each other. They seem to have great attitudes towards each other.
My child has been at Stratford since Pre-k and now attends the middle school. One thing I notice at the middle school is there is not a school/life balance. There's alot of homework plus studying for tests that is involved on a weekly basis. Unless your child is one that all they like to do is study, then this is the school for you. My child likes to play and be social, but cannot because all they do is study. I'm for working hard, but as a kid you need the weekends to have fun and that is not happening for my child. I've talk to several parents and the consensus is the same. Stratford is a very good school, but there is more to life than studying all the time.
As an alumni who has tried two private schools in Challenger and Stratford, I could not be more proud to have been a Stratford Lion. More academically focused than ever, their top priority is to get students in the right direction for their young futures. They understand what they are doing and they teach well. I have been taught well and I could only wish my teachers had board the ship along with me to join me at Los Gatos High School. Thou shall not exclude a school from their many options until they see it to believe it, and Stratford should always get considerations from families. A great school does not waste a year's worth of time teaching nothing. There is a reason why families pay the money and certainly I am sure the school will make the money paid worth it. I am Josh Kao, a sophomore at Los Gatos High School, and I am certainly proud to have and still be a part of the Stratford Community.
Our experience of Stratford over three years of middle school for our child has been unsatisfactory to say the least. The quality of teachers and instruction was hit-and-miss. Teachers used to say things such as "i don't care what you think" to students in front of the entire class. When we complained to the principal, the treatment to our child got even meaner. Arbitrary guidelines, teachers rarely admitting mistakes that were pointed out respectfully and rampant favoritism was the order of the day. Unless your kid can be a straight-A, 4.0 GPA student they will feel invisible.
We just joined middleschool here for this year, and so far what I have noticed is although the amount of work has exceeded but my son loves to go to school, everyone is so warm and welcoming, the teachers are all great, curriculum is intertaining , educating but fun, All of us ,new parents worries put to rest after going through back to school night. I am so glad we decided on this school. The atmosphere is very peacful and friendly just like a bigger family setting.
Very good academically. My child learned more than I expected. Great teachers. Children that have been attending this school since they were young were very unaccepting of newcomers. Not a very warm environment. Disappointed by the lack of parental involvement and inability of administration to step in when an issue needed to be resolved. Cultural favoritism is very obvious on campus - and not in a good way.
We love Stratford Middle School. My children have been looking forward to this school, especially the new campus, from their elementary years. The curriculum, teachers and staff have been very supportive. Both my 7th and 6th graders are growing into maturity and their academic skills continue to exceed my expectation. They also love their after school clubs and even homework rooms. We are very happy with Stratford Middle School.