Stratford and Carden are creating an outstanding educational experience. The Power of Two

Carden Academy of Mission Viejo has joined the Stratford School family. Founded in 1999, Stratford School is a leading independent, co-educational private school located in the Los Angeles area and Northern California. Together, we’re creating an outstanding educational experience for our preschool through 8th grade students. Our unique, nurturing, and balanced school environment inspires children to become the next generation of creative problem-solvers, innovators, and leaders. For more information visit www.StratfordSchools.com/mission-viejo and discover the Stratford/Carden power of two.

About Stratford School

The curiosity to reach.
The courage to grasp.TM
The spirit of Stratford is embodied in our philosophy of “summa spes, summa res,” meaning, “highest hopes, highest things.” We believe all children can achieve when given the opportunity to succeed.

About Preschool

Beginning in preschool, Stratford’s curriculum is designed to develop the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical building blocks to last a lifetime. Hands-on, multi-sensory activities, including imaginative STEAM play, encourage preschoolers to play and share with others, while developing their self-confidence. Stratford teachers enrich the academic lessons with the “fun factor,” so each child discovers the joy and excitement of learning.

About Elementary

Our accelerated core curriculum exceeds California’s Academic State Standards and motivates students to become critical thinkers, innovative problem-solvers, and proficient writers. We provide a rich balance of art, music, history, science, physical education, and foreign language programs — all of which provide students with a well-rounded education that is further enhanced by our teachers’ creative and individualized approach to learning.

About Middle School

Middle School continues the Stratford tradition of excellence. We prepare and mentor students for admission to top private high schools, or advanced placement in public high schools. Our curriculum delivers a broad base of knowledge that’s rich in vocabulary, analytical thinking, and consistent instruction. Stratford balances the curriculum with art, music, science, physical education, and foreign language.

At Stratford, academic success is just the beginning.

Stratford students are accepted to exceptional public, private, and independent high schools.

Our Admissions Process

Stratford welcomes students throughout the school year, as long as there is space available in the desired program, and the child is grade level ready. There are no yearly registration fees, no required parent volunteer hours, and no required fundraising or donations. A sibling discount is available.

Come for a tour

Experience the true magic of Stratford School during a campus visit. We invite you and your child to take a tour and learn how our dedicated teachers provide Stratford students with a solid foundation that ensures the best preparation for a lifetime of learning, and connects them with their unique futures.

You’ll find a Stratford School located in Southern California including Los Angeles Melrose, Altadena, and Mission Viejo and communities throughout Northern California including, Danville, Pleasanton, Fremont, San Francisco, San Bruno, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, San Jose, Los Gatos, Milpitas, and Morgan Hill.

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