No other school in Middle Georgia can boast the success that Stratford Academy has seen in college preparation and placement. Annually, 100% of graduates matriculate at colleges and universities in-state and out-of-state.
Students from age three to grade 12 are nurtured in a learning community which prides itself on teaching "how to think" not "what to think."
Since its founding in 1960, Stratford Academy's core purpose has been to provide superior preparation for our students to excel at college and in life.
We are Middle Georgia's oldest non-sectarian independent school welcoming of all faiths and backgrounds.
Our school motto is "Freedom for Excellence" and each student is challenged to pursue excellence in his/her chosen courses of study, activities or endeavors.
For 2020-2021, Stratford has implemented a "Return to Campus" plan which puts student and faculty health and safety as the top priority. Please visit to learn more.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked GA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 799 students
  • Average class size: 17 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Stratford Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Georgia for:

Sports offered
School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
799 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade
Stratford Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
87 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
17 students
Number of AP Courses
22 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Economics, AP French, AP Geography, AP Latin, AP Modern European History, AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP U.S. History, Comparative Government and Politics, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Language and Composition, Language and Literature, U.S. Government and Politics

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Tuition varies from $6,205 to $15,480 depending on the chosen payment plan and the grade of the student.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Admissions Director
Lori Palmer
Admissions Associate
Marilyn Holton-Walker
Endowment Size
$4.9 million



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
37 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Beta Club, Chess Team, Community Service Club, Debate Team, Ecology Club, Film Club, Foreign Language Club, French Club, French Honor Society, Girl Talk, Global and Community Awareness Club, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Club, Journalism Club, Key Club, Latin Club, Latin Honor Society, Literary Magazine, Math Team, Peer Mentor Program, Pep Club, Personal Finance and Investment Club, Quiz Bowl Team, Spanish Club, Spanish Honor Society, Student Activities Board, Student Ambassador Program, Student Issues Board, Students Advocating Life Without Substance Abuse (SALSA) Club, Writers' Guild, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama Club, Literary Team, Marching Band and Color Guard, Pep Band, symphonic band

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Student Outdoor Adventure Recreation (SOAR) Club

School Notes

  • Stratford Academy was founded in 1960 by a group of Macon parents who felt that the Middle Georgia area needed an independent college preparatory school. In September of 1960, the school opened its doors to 117 students and 17 faculty members in the antebellum Overlook Mansion on Coleman Hill in Macon's historic district. Thirteen students became Stratford's first alumni in 1962, and since that time more than 3,200 young people have been graduated from the school.
  • The current facilities were built in 1974 on more than seventy acres of wooded land in northwest Bibb County. The school completed its move when the Lower School and Kindergarten came to the campus in 1978. The new buildings represent a contemporary contrast to Overlook Mansion and house the four school divisions: Preschool, Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School.  Completed in August 2000, the 17,500 square foot Olson Library continues the tradition of excellence by providing a state-of-the-art facility that creates a superior learning environment and provides the best in education experience for Stratford students. In 2011, Stratford opened its state-of-the-art Science Center for students in grades 6-12. The final piece to the campus master plan is the 28,000-square-foot Cantrell Lower School which opened in the fall of 2016. In August 2017, the Daws Student Activities Center opened. It houses a second, competition-size gymnasium, an art/music suite for preschool and lower school students, aftercare classroom space, and a girls' fitness multi-purpose room.
  • Today, Stratford is a school community of 825 students and more than 130 faculty and staff. Graduating classes boast 100 percent matriculation at colleges and universities in Georgia and across the U.S. 
  • The school is a member of the NAIS, SACS, GHSA, GISA, SAIS, and the College Board. In 1982, Stratford earned accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

What sports does Stratford Academy offer?

Stratford Academy offers 15 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Riflery, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball and Wrestling. Stratford Academy is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Georgia for most sports offered.

What is Stratford Academy's ranking?

Stratford Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Georgia for: Largest student body, Most AP courses offered, Most sports offered, Most extracurriculars offered and Oldest founding date.

When is the application deadline for Stratford Academy?

The application deadline for Stratford Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
We have been more than satisfied with our children's education this far. We love the enthusiasm, the caring teachers, and the feeling of home. We look forward to 12 more years.
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Stratford is a welcoming school and community! It is amazing what my kids are learning and getting to experience. There is something for everyone at Stratford- from athletics to arts to STEAM, etc... I highly recommend Stratford!
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked GA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 799 students
  • Average class size: 17 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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