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Message from the Head of School

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Stratford Friends School!  For over 35 years, Stratford Friends has been a pioneer in the education of students with language-based learning differences.  Throughout the years, we have worked hard to maintain cutting edge, multisensory teaching techniques.  That remains true today.

Our strong multisensory academic program combined with our S.T.E.P.S. (Self, Teamwork, Emotions, Peer relationships, Skills) curriculum provides a balanced education program that reaches the whole child.  Our lower school student-to-teacher ratio of 6:1 (12:1 at middle school), along with our flexible programmatic structure, enables us to specifically target each student's individual academic needs while fostering a sense of belonging and community.

As pioneers in the field of language-based learning disabilities, we continue our innovative approaches to teaching.  From our school-wide 1-to-1 iPad program to our partnership with the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) and our incorporation of MAP (Measures of Academic Progress), we continue our innovative ways to best meet the needs of students and to monitor their development. 

 Our flexible programmatic structure enables us to specifically target each student’s individual academic needs while fostering a sense of belonging and community.

As we have always done, we continue to meet student needs where they are the greatest.  Students don't fit our program, as in a traditional sense.  We construct our program to meet their individual needs. As a result, we do what many others cannot.  We work with our students to construct the foundation for their future academic successes--high school, college, and beyond.
Our students leave 8th grade well-prepared for high school and life beyond with the academic and self-advocacy skills they develop at Stratford Friends.  However, because we see success today, we do not stop researching and investigating new approaches and enhancements to our program.  It is our responsibility to always find the best ways to meet students' needs.  That is our commitment.

We are always excited to show off all that we do and share our vision for what education in the 21st Century ought to be as we continue to move forward and grow.  I invite you to visit and experience firsthand the excitement of our students and the passion of our teachers.  You will quickly see why we are so excited to share the Stratford Friends experience. 

I thank you for taking the time to visit our website and learning more about Stratford Friends School.


Tim Madigan, Ph.D.
Head of School