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Programs and Awards

Some Special Programs at Stratford High:

  • Advanced Placement - Honors Programs
  • Aquaculture
  • Business Education Support Team - Business Partnership (F.B.L.A.)
  • Culinary Arts
  • Devil's Inn
  • Districtwide Technology Initiative (CISCO)
  • Job Shadowing/Internships
  • Link Crew
  • Math Tutorial Services
  • Medical Careers
  • Pre-Engineering/PLW


  • The Connecticut Association of Schools Scholar-Athlete Program Award

Recognition of two high school seniors (one boy and one girl) whose academic and athletic careers have been exemplary, whose personal standards and achievements are a model to others, and who possess high levels of integrity, self-discipline and courage.

Qualification Criteria:
1. Each scholar-athlete must be a graduating senior.
2. Each scholar-athlete must possess a cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.5 or its equivalent on a scale of 1-4 or its equivalent.
3. Each scholar-athlete must have participated in a CIAC-sponsored varsity sport in Connecticut for a minimum of 2 years.
4. Each scholar-athlete must have exhibited outstanding school and community service.
5. Each scholar-athlete must possess high levels of integrity, self-discipline and courage with personal standards which serve as a model to others.
6. Only one male and one female scholar-athlete may be selected.
7. All participating high schools must be a CAS-CIAC member school.

Selection Committee:
Athletic Director, Head Guidance Counselor, Building Principal, Senior Class Advisor, Senior Class Administrator.

  • The Connecticut Association of Schools Visual and Performing Arts Award

Recognition of two outstanding seniors who excel in the performing and/or visual arts programs, i.e., art, dance, drama, music. Students may be selected from one or any of the inclusive art forms.

Qualification Criteria:
Each school may select two outstanding performing and/or visual arts seniors. Selected students will be required to submit work samples. Scholastic achievement is considered but not a criterion.

Selection Committee:
Five members of the Visual and Performing Arts staff and the Building Principal.

  • Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) Student Leadership Award

The CABE Student Leadership Awards Program is designed to honor Connecticut High School Seniors who exhibit exemplary leadership skills. One male and one female student from each high school, in a CABE member district, is eligible to receive the CABE Leadership Award.

Qualification Criteria: Leadership skills should include:

  • Willingness to take challenges
  • Capability to make difficult decisions
  • Concern for others
  • Ability to work with others
  • Willingness to commit to a project
  • Diplomacy
  • Ability to understand issues clearly
  • Ability to honor a commitment

The Final Selection Committee Membership includes: Building Principal, Senior Class Administrator, Senior Class Advisor, Head Guidance Counselor

  • Governor's Scholars Award Program

The purpose of the program is to recognize and to honor academically talented high school students in schools throughout the state, and to present thirty students for special recognition to the Governor of Connecticut. All high school principals associated with The Connecticut Association of Schools have the opportunity to nominate one student to the Governor's Scholars committee.

Qualification Criteria: The selected student must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be legal resident of Connecticut
  2. Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien
  3. Be a high school junior
  4. Rank in the top 4 percent of his/her class
  5. Submit a completed application and essay

Selection Committee: Administrators and Guidance Counselors

  • Barnum Festival Royal Family Candidate Criteria (King and Queen)

To identify, through a series of judging events, two students to serve as role models to their peers and join Barnum's 2008 Royal Family.

Qualification Criteria:
1. Each school may provide one candidate for King and one candidate for Queen.
2. Candidates must be from the Junior Class (11th grade).
3. Candidates must be scholastically in the upper 5th of their class.
4. Candidates should demonstrate solid leadership abilities.
5. Candidates should be well rounded, community-spirited young men and women.
6. The extracurricular activities of the calendar will also be considered.
7. Candidates must be available to participate in all of the judging events.

Selection Committee:
Office Administration, Guidance Staff, School Psychologist, Social Worker, Nurse and Junior Class Advisor.

  • The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Superintendent/Student Award

The CAPSS Superintendent/Student Award Recognition Program is designed to be a meaningful superintendent-to-student link, and to provide positive public awareness of the role of the local chief school administrator.

Qualification Criteria: Must be a senior who has demonstrated the following:

  • Community service and service to others
  • Academic prowess (relative to ability)
  • Leadership service to the school community

Selection Committee: School Administrators, Senior Class Advisor, Guidance Counselors

  • Challenge to Educational Citizenship Award Program

Any student-organized activity that represents a "good deed" is eligible for submission. Projects that demonstrate good citizenship, a commitment to others, civic awareness, leadership, responsibility and teamwork, and that provide opportunities for students to help others; will be judged in depth, breadth and quality of impact on others and the participating students. The key is service to the school, community or those in need.