Stratford School: 4 Tips for Success

The new school year is upon us, and what an exciting time it is! Stratford School has prepared a variety offun, engaging STEAM lessons andacademic enrichment projects for their students. However, as teachers and parents know, starting school can be a time of stress and worry. Follow these Stratford approved tips to help ease your child, and your fears.

Get a good night’s rest for school
Throughout the school year, getting plenty of sleep is important for children. The American Academy of Sleep medicine states that children six to 12 years old need nine to 12 hours of sleep per night. Studies have found links between sleep deprivation and poorer cognition in children, including problems with attention and short-term memory. Other studies have even linked longer duration of sleep to better academic performance and IQ, compared to students getting less sleep but who are not technically sleep-deprived. Walon, A. G. (2016, June 16). How Much Sleep Do Kids Need? Probably More Than They’re Getting. Retrieved from

Make school shopping fun!
Customization is fun! Let your child help pick out the backpack/lunch bag/water bottle for school. If your school provides all school supplies, let your child pick out some supplies and donate to a local charity to help other children have a successful start to school. Change can make children feel out of control. Providing them with some choices may help them feel more in control.

Be specific about what your child may expect for the first days of school.
Help your child prepare by using the teacher’s name. Talk about what friends they may see on the playground, or the excitement of meeting new playmates. Discuss what special lunch they’ll have, and school supplies and activities they may enjoy.

Use this time for family goal setting.
Whether it is an academic, physical, or social goal, now is a good time to plan what your child will work on during the school year. Elementary and Middle School students may set their own reasonable goals, such as, running for student council, reading ten chapter books, learning a new coding language, running a faster mile, etc. For preschoolstudents, a good goal might be to try new things and to be open to learning from mistakes if they do not succeed right away.

About Stratford School

Established in 1999, Stratford School is a leading independent private school founded on the belief that education is a significant influence in the life of a child. Stratford offers an accelerated curriculum from preschool through eighth grade with an emphasis in the areas of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) that incorporates music, physical education, foreign language, and social skills development. Stratford’s goal is to prepare and mentor students for admission to competitive high schools and colleges. All students are provided the necessary tools to excel, and are encouraged to participate actively in leadership, community service, and extracurricular activities. Visit for more information.


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