Silicon Valley School Opens New Campuses around L.A.

By Elena Epstein

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Students at Stratford schools begin learning the fundamentals of coding in preschool, and enjoy an accelerated curriculum with an emphasis on STEAM learning. PHOTO COURTESY STRATFORD SCHOOL

Stratford School, a Silicon Valley-based group of independent private schools, is opening new locations in Altadena and Los Angeles. Stratford is recognized as a leader in early childhood STEM education, and both new Southern California campuses are scheduled to open in August for the 2016-17 academic year.

One of Stratford’s core missions is to incorporate technology into the fabric of learning, says Cheryl Molenkamp, director of Lower School of the Los Angeles Melrose campus. Stratford begins teaching the fundamentals of coding in preschool “to encourage students to become creators and innovators of technology, not just consumers of it,” Molenkamp says. Elementary students continue to develop their coding skills, progressively programming in languages from Tynker to Python. By the time students reach middle school, they have a high school level understanding of computer science.

Stratford offers rolling admission throughout the school year and an accelerated curriculum from preschool through eighth grade with an emphasis in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. The program incorporates music, physical education, foreign languages and social-skills development.

The Altadena Allen Campus, located at 2046 Allen Ave., will initially enroll students in preschool through second grade and the Los Angeles Melrose Campus, at 1200 N. Cahuenga Blvd., will enroll preschool through fifth-grade students. Additional grades will be added as enrollment grows. Learn more at

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