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Stratford School - Santa Clara Winchester

400 N. Winchester Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050

(408) 244-2121


Stratford School is an independent private school founded on the belief that education is a significant influence in the life of a child.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our teaching and leadership staff are responsible for nurturing the great potential that exists within each of our students. We understand that the best curriculum in the world cannot inspire students without a community of engaging teachers to bring the material to life. Furthermore, recognizing the importance of all members of the Stratford community, our entire staff maintains an open door policy that welcomes feedback on how we can better serve our mission.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught All students will have a Spanish class as well as a specific hands on science class and both of these are taught by specialized teachers

From the Director:

Stratford strives to create a school community that inspires children to realize their full potential, while providing a safe and nurturing school environment. To support our mission, we bring together principals, teachers, and parents who are passionate about education. Together, we provide the best possible learning environment for our students.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Stratford has high expectations for every student. Our teaching and leadership staff use positive reinforcement and challenge students to experience the deep sense of achievement that comes from honest effort and hard work. This ethic is embodied in our motto, "Summa spes, summa res," meaning, "High hopes, high things." It applies to all members of the Stratford community including staff, parents, and students.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our mission is to inspire students to achieve an excellent academic education by offering a challenging curriculum focused on core subjects, creating a safe and disciplined school environment conducive to learning, and motivating students through high expectations.s is a great place to showcase what is unique to your school.

A Typical Day

Stratford offers half-day and full-day programs. Parents may choose between morning and afternoon programs that are two, three or five days per week, and a full-day program that is five days per week. Stratford’s preschool curriculum is designed to help three- and four-year-olds develop a strong foundation for learning. Visit a preschool classroom and you will find a room filled with bright colorful artwork. Children might be dancing and playing instruments together during daily music and movement, or learning how to play cooperatively during imaginative play. They may be engrossed in daily science activities, or lessons about the weather or outer space.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

With an open door policy, parent-teacher conferences, and our web portal and email access, teachers and parents are in constant communication.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Our Stratford teaching staff is warm and welcoming to all students. We take pride in making each student feel cared for, as well as safe and secure in their school environment. We strive to create a happy environment that allows all children to focus on the joy of learning.