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Houston, TX
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14555 Fern Street
Houston, TX 77079

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(713) 251-3400
(281) 251-3420
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December 05, 2014
I am a student in Stratford High School and overall I believe this is a wonderful school with many alternatives and opportunities to help us as students be successfully throughout our high school experience and beyond. In the sports aspect we have excellent coaches who push us day after day to improve in our skills pertaining to each and one of our sports. Overall, I'm a proud to say i'm a Stratford spartan.

- submitted by a student
May 25, 2014
Stratford High School is an excellent school, as long as you're in the AP/GT track. In the Gifted and Talented and AP programs I've been exposed to great teachers who have inspired me to major in Secondary Education. The student culture, while not as toxic as, say, Memorial High, is very biased in favoring classically pretty rich white kids, who tend to fill the upper level classes, and against basically everyone else, who either find themselves pushed out by their peers or not challenged by their teachers to achieve. Most of the great teachers end up teaching AP and GT classes, leaving the awful teachers that just need to retire to teach the academic level classes. The fine arts program at Stratford is by far the best in the district. All three theatre directors are well liked and respected, as are most of the directors in the other arts programs. All four fine arts consistently excel in contests, earning the highest possible rankings at UIL and winning city and state wide honors with the annual all-school musical (featuring a live student orchestra) and other performances/concerts. Each program has been life-changing for many, and most consider their art to be their family.

- submitted by a student
March 28, 2014
I moved my family here from Oregon in 2007. We lived in a suburb with excellent schools. They were all considerably smaller than the ones my kids have attended here in Texas. We lived in The Woodlands for two years. The schools have great kids, but they were very overcrowded and the pretentious nature of the high school did not suit my West Coast kids very well. We moved into the west part of Memorial and I am so glad my son had his last two years at Stratford. The demographics are quite mixed and I think that is the reason the school is a bit more ego-constrained than The Woodlands High. And, by taking AP classes, my son was totally prepared for the academics of college. School activities are terrific. There are students here who come from problematic demographics and, sadly, are probably destined for underachievement. But, from what I've seen, students who want a great education will get it at Stratford if they put forth the required effort. Excellent academics and extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2014
I am an Stratford alumnus (2010) and the child of a former SBISD educator, so I hear a lot of the inside goings of this failing district, primarily only focusing on this new STARR exam to get out of the hole. I have since Texas for college & visited briefly over the holidays, & it hit me that this school, as well as the area & SBISD, is extremely overrated. There is a mild separatism in student expectations, unchallenging academic classes primarily with minority students and pointlessly overworked, undertaught AP classes filled with the primarily white students who have grown up in the area. Some teachers were fine & really inspired me to purse my current field but others were basically bullies & felt threatened by any unconventional views. It's socially stressful for those who did not grow up in the surrounding suburbs with, dare I say it? Money. The only good part was I motivated MYSELF to take options (AP, DC) that accelerated my college career, and glad those options were available, but I felt little push from the administration itself to, ESPECIALLY as a minority student. SBISD is going down the drain, but the McMansions are starting from half a million.

- submitted by a community member
June 04, 2013
Stratford is a good school that over the past few years has lost a bit of its luster, making it slightly above average rather than excellent overall. Unfortunately, many of the faculty -- and some parents and alumni -- stubbornly remain living in a reality that is a few years' past. There are some excellent teachers at Stratford, but they are, sadly, fewer and further between. Socially, it can be difficult to assimilate successfully if you are not adept at and comfortable with "social climbing." That said, the contained size of the school and AP classes still manage to equip a good amount of students for even the most rigorous college work, and I would compare Stratford favorably with all but a handful of Houston schools. Aside, we have had two students -- one past and one present -- through the school, and both have had items stolen from their backpacks. While faculty consistently maintain the attitude that thefts and problems are rare, it seems unusual to have thefts happen to two children in the same family. The school is a mixed bag that puts already disciplined children on a high trajectory.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2013
Hello, I normally do not write reviews but I feel this one is important. My family moved to Houston from Indianapolis, IN in August of 2012. My daughter was use to attending a medium size school with a great academic program. We moved to Houston because of job opportunities and the cost of living was very reasonable. I was worried about finding a great high school for my daughter since she was on the honor roll at her previous school and I did not want her education to suffer. I saw an article in Newsweek listing Stratford High School as one of the America s Best High Schools in 2011 and kept that school in mind. So far the school has been a joy. My daughter has great teachers and I am amazed at how much attention is given to each child. The Principal is a great man and has children attending the school as well. He is very active in school events. When my daughter went on a trip to Disney, the Principal attended along with teachers to supervise. There is a lot of after and before school tutoring offered to ensure your child meet educational goals. I simply love the school and the parents and students have been extremely welcoming.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2013
My son had a teacher bully him at Spring Forest Middle School. They have some teachers that just do not care.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2013
I am a former student of SHS and I have to say this school was awesome. I loved going here, and the teachers cared about their students, and their needs. I went on to the military , and now in college. I actually still miss my times at Stratford, I felt at home there. So if you plan on sending your kids to SHS i would say they would have a good experience, and learning for the real world.

- submitted by a community member
November 12, 2012
Our daughter was a transfer student from Memorial High School - she LOVED Stratford! She is now a freshman and was accepted to her first choice college, WITH the dual college credit program offered, she entered college as a sophomore, saving us an ENTIRE YEAR of college expenses ($50K for out of state). Principals and teachers were VERY responsive and on top of things. There is diversity, no doubt, but not unlike the real world we live in every day.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2012
Stratford is a mediocre, overcrowded high school located in Spring Branch ISD. While saying the right things in public, the principal and administration are really much too busy dealing with the low performing students, discipline, and transfer students to care much about the students, they say they care about. Teacher quality is marginal at best - students have a 50/50 shot at getting a good, sometimes great teacher, and a horrible teacher who needs to retire. Essentially, parents work very hard to keep the school running - working very hard on Booster Activities and Student Programming, while the classes are overcrowded (35-40 kids in some classes), students don't have enough textbooks (PreCal this year), and Mr. Juntti still accepts gobs of transfer students. Stratford has been an extreme disappointment to us - and the administration shows again and again that they just don't care for students, but prefer to gloss over anything as they are just too busy repairing AC systems and redesigning Spartan logos. It has been a really a huge academic disappointment as well - some teachers should retire - and instead pretend to "teach" classes without ever teaching anything to the kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2012
Mr. Juntti and the rest of the teachers and counselors have worked very hard the past few years improving the atmosphere surrounding the academic and social activities at Stratford. Our first child graduated in 2005 and we now have a child who will graduate in 2014. The students get as much out of the school as they and their parents are willing to put into it. If you study hard and participate in school activites you will be happy and will succeed. Would recommend Stratford to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2012
I am a sophomore at Stratford. I came from a private school and was really worried about making friends and going to a much bigger school. I can honestly say I love this school!! The teachers are pretty fair to everyone. The classes are tough, but you can get help. Mostly, I love all the clubs and organizations.. Something for everybody!

- submitted by a student
May 15, 2012
My daughter is graduating from Stratford this year, and as a parent, I cannot imagine what Stratford could have done to make my daughter's high school experience any better. The teachers are excellent, and the leadership from Mr. Juntti and his assistant principals has been first rate. The school is focused on students and student success, and I highly recommend Stratford.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2012
I am reading the reviews and I can only say: There are experiences and experiences... In my case, I have a Sophomore and a Senior this year. My senior use to go to a very prestigious private school and on his Junior year, he went to Stratford for family reasons. His very first opinion after a month was: Is as hard as the other school.. I can say (because I have talking with the teachers) that not all of them are fully committed with helping the kids to learn and to perform, but I have to say that the majority of the teachers are doing their best effort. Every time I asked for help I got a quick answer and recommendations. Every time, I fell they knew my kids and what the problem was. If they were wrong was not easy to handle but we solve it. Nothing is perfect but I am 100% convinced that in this High School they try really hard to put our students first and then everything else. For me, that is the most important thing. My youngest is going to 8th grade and then to Stratford. He was invited to go to a private school by the school due to his grades and we decided to stay in Stratford. is Diverse, good, no tolerance for bullying and with a very high standard academically speaking.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2012
We transferred into Stratford from HISD, and could not be more pleased. Our child has excelled in both the classroom as well as athletically, not to mention socially. Mr. Junti does an excellent job of communicating his expectations to both the students and parents, and it seems that the teaching staff respects his leadership. Our youngest will be entering this fall, and we are both very excited to watch him grow with the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2012
Stratford High School has educated all three of my kids. All three look back with fond memories of their years spent at SHS. Stratford works hard to get students involved and this helps to build confidence and pride. The theater department is outstanding, as well as the choir and the athletic programs. Mr. Fore is one of the counselors, and he is OUTSTANDING! He worked tirelessly for all the students. You can't find a better role model. Mr. Junti, your principal, works hard to make this school special. He values parents and student opinions. I hope SHS continues down this path for many years to come. Our community benefits from this amazing school. I feel blessed to have had my most precious possessions educated at Stratford.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2012
Fights, classrooms out of control, students doing what they want, when they want in on level classes. Maybe AP classes better. I feel sorry for the teachers that are their to teach and the students that are their to learn. Not an ideal atmosphere.

- submitted by a student
April 08, 2012
We moved to Spring Branch ISD because of what we were told about the schools. My son is a 10th grader at Stratford and has had the worst experience. He had a teacher consistantly bully him and I could not get anyone to even investigate it! I could not even get him moved to another class because of some unwritten school policy about changing classes mid season. I believe the school has totally lost focus on what there role is and that is teaching, modeling, and molding our future adults. We are looking at private for next year.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2011
As a parent, I am very disappointed with what stratford high school has become. Years ago, this school was respected for having students walk through its doors and recieve a quality education from the schools caring and concerned teachers, but now, it has degraded and become a mediocre school in the spring branch isd. My son went to spring woods high school (not a very good academic school) for his freshman year, but during his sophmore year, i transferred him to stratford hoping he could go to a better academic school. i immediately realized the terrible mistake i had made. the teachers were lazy and did not help my son with ANYTHING and soon, my son had dropped down from the ap classes to the academic classes, just like the other 45% at this absurd school. and what makes it worse was that he was bullied the entire time he was there! The only sense of leadership at this school is taken just to put on a college application, nothing else. Please, do not send your child here. Stratford is only acedemically accepted, making it equal to spring woods and northbrook. WIth much anger and disappointment in my heart, i withdrew my son in a mere 4 months and returned him to a better school

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2011
My oldest daughter is a Stratford graduat. My youngest is now a student at Stratford. The greatest change I have seen is the disconnect between teachers and students. Previously, I was a huge fan of the high school, but today, I am questioning many of their practices. AP and PAP students are being killed by massive amounts of homework while academic students have very little. Teachers hold their students to a higher level of accountability than they offer themselves in regard to meeting deadlines. Students are given review questions for tests that do not prepare them for the actual tests. The PAP Geometry classes had 1/3 of their students drop to academic geometry in just the first 8 weeks. These were students who were recommended by their middle schools, yet students were not set up for success.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2011
I believe that stratford high school is a good school but not a school that deserves the highest of praise and recognition. The faculty and school, itself, are very nice but other than that, stratford high school gets to much respect and hype than it really deserves. The school is still only "academically acceptable" by state and district standards and although they say they are a different school and tout their "spartan america" pride, they really are not that different from the other schools in the district, such as spring woods and northbrook. If you are planning to send your son/daughter/family member to the school because you believe he/she would be thoroughly educated, remember, stratford high school is more talk than reality. Just because you hear that the school was one of the top schools in the U.S. , it does not mean your child will be successful. It is the equivalent of schools such as northbrook and spring woods, just an abnormal amount of praise and recognition. Overall, the schools was very disappoiniting for me.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2008
The new principal, Chris Juntti, has made an enormous positive difference at Stratford, and I believe has the confidence of the staff which his predecessor definitely did not. There are some elective areas which are in need of improving (foreign languages, journalism come to mind) but overall if you have strong, well-prepared students they are going to do well in the AP program there. I can't comment on the bottom half of the school, whether those students get the attention they need. It seems to me the school is in transition from being an elite, mostly white, high performing school to being a more typical, diverse school with a broader spectrum of academic performance. School spirit and involvement are outstanding. Athletics and drama are fantastic and available to all. Stratford's size (about 2,100 kids) puts it at the very bottom of the 5A classification, which actually gives kids a great chance to participate.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 10, 2008
We have had three children graduate from Stratford. The strong school spirit coupled with an outstanding faculty delivers a great four years of education and fun.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
February 03, 2008
Straford while more diveres then it's rivial Memorial, It is still about old money. Some teachers feel they are above it all and bully students who are not of the white or uper class and express sub more liberal ideas as they are mostly white conservitie and shall we say stuck up. The school is full of students who's parents can afford to send them to specialized camps and tuters more then the off the chart teaching abilities. I think good teachers of the past are leaving or gone and the bad ons of the past stay because they will never find better empoyment else where and who knows why we keep bad teachers?

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2007
Stratford remains an outstanding school for those with honors students. The instruction in the core academic programs (language arts, social studies, math and science) is top notch. The average student who cannot make it into the honors / AP sections find themselves in class with an increasingly unmotivated group of kids. If my children were not in the honors program I would definitely not have them at Stratford. There are two different worlds there and the school definitely caters to the upper echelon of kids, which constitutes nearly half of the population. Electives are spotty. Athletics and drama are particularly outstanding. There is no excuse for this spottiness in a school of Stratford's echelon. Parental involvement is over the top too often. I am amazed at how many 'student' projects are actually done by moms. Ridiculous, really.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
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- submitted by a student
March 31, 2007
Academically, I feel my child was well educated and challenged. There is a lot of support from the counselors, especially with college preparation. The drama department and orchestra pull off some of the best musicals and plays, yes just as good as the professionals. The drill team is an excellent activity to be involved in. Strict discipline and hard work are only the beginning of a long list of the character building attributes the team undergoes. Parental involvement is very high at Stratford.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2006
i am currently a senior at this school and i believe that it is amazing. there is a lot of diversity and there is a great teaching staff. there are a lot of opportunities for extracurricular activities. and the music and thearter programs are some of the best in the state. one problem that i see is a lack of discipline in some students but that isnt necessarily the fault of the school. overall i have enjoyed my years at stratford and looking back i'm glad that i was able to attend such a great school

- submitted by a student
April 10, 2006
Great academic quality, especially in the AP classes Extracurricular is great. Musicals are Broadway quality. Parents are extremely involved...lots of support

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
January 11, 2006
Stratford is a great school if you want your child to learn to be a self indulged brat. The quality of education is no higher than alot of schools. Parent involvement is excessive. Do not have your child attend here because the quality of education does not outweigh the negative message that students receive. That message is that money is what it is all about. The extracurricular activities are not about learning group involvement or participating in a particular activity to grow as an individual. They are about winning and being over the top. This creates too much stress for the students. Ask any parent that has a child here and if they are honest they will tell you the same

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2006
Stratford used to be an incredible school but has lost several very fine teachers and this year has been hit very hard with kids from the Katrina flood, bringing in many very very low level students, which has brought significantly more trouble, increased security, increased rules, and brought down the quality overall of the education. It is a shame to see the negative impact that these kids have made on the school in such a short period of time. We are looking to move next year because of the changes.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2005
Excellent parent involvement. High teacher turnover, but the quality of long time teacher is excellent. The extracurricular programs are the best in the city - orchestra and athletics are especially good.

- submitted by a former student
September 10, 2005
Stratford is an above average school with average academic progams, above average extra curricular activities and good parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2005
I am a former student of stratford and stratford has great teachers and staff. Stratford also has a good athletic program. In all stratford is a good school but needs more strict rules.

- submitted by a former student
August 22, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 20, 2005
Excellent school with a long tradition of excellence.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2005
Stratford is an above average school. Teachers are OK. It's extracurricular activities are slightly above average and the parent involvement is there.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2005
I went to high school here. It was a great school that allows the student to make the most of their education if they so choose. It prepared me to achieve National Merit Finalist status and a full scholarship to UT Austin...

- submitted by a former student
March 31, 2005
Both of my children attended Stratford. The education received by my college-age child was excellent preparation for college. The preparation of SBISD shows in excellent work in the home schoolwork. Great teachers and programs; poor safety, discipline & leadership.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2005
Alcohol and drug abuse is prevalent in Stratford, but so it is in many other schools in the same standing as Stratford. At least 98% of the students end up entering some sort of higher institution (according to the class of 2003). I don't know if drugs is sold everywhere on campus since I never ran into any (thought I did run into people who were stoned), but alchohol abuse is evident in high school partly because they are easily supplied with it through the parent's liquor cabinets. Most of the evident alchohol abuse is punished lightly (matters how many connections you have) especially among higher middle class. Most 'scoundrels' (lower middle) are sent off to 'special' schools so not to tarnish the school's image. I did well though.

- submitted by a former student
January 11, 2005
Stratford is overall a great school if you make it great. There's a variety of students from different parts of the globe, their are many classes to choose from, and your child can get far if motivated. Stratford offers AP courses and has been noted for having many students move onto notable schools: from a couple in Rice or Yale to thirty in UT, Texas A&M, and UH. The class size is currently very large due to school location changes. My kids have done pretty well in the AP classes and kept me tied up with their extracurriculars. Drugs and alchohol did worry me, but though my children told me of such inidents they never really went into such things. The academic programs (theatre, debate, HOSA, newspaper, etc.) are excellent and the faculty is well experienced and very good.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2004
I am a Stratford graduate and both of my children attend or have attended the school. I feel that the school has declined somewhat over the years but still provides opportunities for the very motivated. Drugs have always been present on campus and there seems to be very little that is done about it. I would still recommend this high school over the others in the district.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2004
My children have done well academically in this school - my eldest was very well-prepared for college. The GT program provided a challenge that proved worthwhile. My younger gets good grades but is bored, napping through classes but maintaining an A/B average. The kids say that 90-95 percent of the kids have tried or regularly use mind-altering chemicals (alchohol and drugs). Drugs are sold in the parking lots, in the bathrooms and hallways. When meetings were requested with the grade-level principal, no response was received. My child should be able to attend a school safe from drugs. Many of the parents seem oblivious to their children's drug usage (as I was when mine used) and to the issue -failing to express their displeasure to the administration. Are we concerned about property values more than our children?

- submitted by a parent
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Stratford High School
14555 Fern Street, Houston, TX  77079
(713) 251-3400
Last modified Stratford High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Stratford High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top