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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
Great academic quality, especially in the AP classes Extracurricular is great. Musicals are Broadway quality. Parents are extremely involved...lots of support
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
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.
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.
Stratford is an above average school with average academic progams, above average extra curricular activities and good parent involvement.
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.
Stratford is an above average school. Teachers are OK. It's extracurricular activities are slightly above average and the parent involvement is there.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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