PTA Cultural Arts Program
The Stratford Academy PTA and its cultural arts program support the school mission through its commitment to enrichment of the school curriculum, spirit and culture through the arts. To guide the cultural arts program, the PTA developed a vision statement for the Arts with goals for the cultural arts program. The vision for the cultural arts at Stratford Academy includes the following goals: -To enhance appreciation, awareness and enjoyment of the arts-To provide school-wide performances and other cultural events-To expand cultural arts opportunities and enrichment for students during the school day-To increase involvement in the arts by students, faculty, parents and others
Advanced Learning Program (ALP)
The Advanced Learning Program is a district-wide program for academically gifted students. The ALP center is located in Stratford Academy's Johnson House and is available to identified students in grades 4, 5, and 6 who qualify on tests and other screening criteria. The Advanced Learning Program provides a setting where academically gifted students have opportunities to interact, interchange ideas, solve problems, and enjoy the benefits of peer support. It is a full-time program designed to provide a specialized learning environment suited for the needs of students who have superior intellectual ability, a record of high academic achievement, and exceptional application of learning skills.
SMARRT - Students Modeling Amazing Respect & Responsibility Together
As part of the school’s PBIS System – Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports, the SMARRT program is a special enrichment and incentive program unique to Stratford Academy Johnson House. The program offers students in grades 3-6 a "choice reward" after the successful completion of their "Be a Bobcat" sticker chart. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a special activity in ART, PE, Music, or Library Studies outside their regular Specials classes. SMARRT is offered once each month during the regular school day.
The Adventure Challenge is an after-school Adventure Challenge is an afterschool program that is offered by Stratford Community Services and Stratford Parents’ Place. It uses non-competitive games, activities, and discussion to give students the chance to be part of a fun and exciting group while learning about teamwork, cooperation, and trust. The Johnson Challenge is one of the many components of the Family Resource Center at Stratford Parents’ Place. Four 7-week cycles of the Johnson Challenge will be conducted during the school year – two cycles for boys and two cycles for girls. The group meets once a week from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. A healthy snack is provided. A late bus is available for students requiring transportation home. If you have any questions about the Johnson Challenge, please call Janet Baxter, adventure Challenge Facilitator, at 381-6992.
Participating 6th grade students spend three days in Nature’s Classroom where they are offered a unique educational experience. The program uses motivational learning and the outdoors for learning experiences that cannot easily take place in the traditional classroom. At Nature’s Classroom, children participate in activities such as examining life in lakes and swamps, investigating weather, colonial and Native American skills, making a movie, participate in confidence-building group challenges, and much more. The trip to Nature’s Classroom takes place in November.
Each year, Stratford Academy – Johnson House puts on a tremendous performance of a Broadway musical under the direction of Ms. Kathy Signore. All 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students are invited to participate in this production. Tryouts begin in October and rehearsals begin as soon as major roles are determined. Parents are welcome to assist with ticket sales, makeup, costumes, sets, sound, lighting, etc. There are five performances which take place in June, following several months of preparation. The Stratford Academy play has earned a reputation as a quality production and is enjoyed by audiences from all over town.