Stratford Academy

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Stratford Academy
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Stratford Academy is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Stratford Academy
Stratford Academy
Macon, Georgia
Coordinates 32°51′41″N 83°45′18″W / 32.861419°N 83.754946°W / 32.861419; -83.754946Coordinates: 32°51′41″N 83°45′18″W / 32.861419°N 83.754946°W / 32.861419; -83.754946
Type Private
Principal Kelly Causy, Mrs. Redonda Mann, Mrs. Teresa Ferrari, Mrs. Margret Brogden
Head teacher Robert Veto[1]
Faculty 148.5[2]
Grades 3K-12
Enrollment 841[2]
Campus size 70 acres (28 ha)
Color(s) Blue and Silver
Team name Eagles
Main building

Stratford Academy is an independent school in unincorporated Bibb County, Georgia, United States, near Macon. In 2015, there were 841 students enrolled in preschool through grade 12.[2]

The school has a controversial history as part of the segregation academy movement.[3][4] The school has since established a scholarship program that encourages racial and economic diversity.[5] In 2015 approximately 22% of students were non-white.[2]


When Stratford Academy first opened in 1960, classes were held in the Cowles-Woodruff Mansion[6]

Stratford was founded in 1960 by a group of white parents who wished to avoid the prospect of sending their children to racially integrated public schools.[4]:311[6] The founders viewed the desegregation of Bibb County public schools as an "impending crisis".[4] In September 1960, the school opened with 117 students and 17 faculty members in the antebellum Cowles-Woodruff Mansion on Coleman Hill in Macon's historic district.[6] Thirteen students became Stratford's first alumni in 1962, and since that time more than 2,700 have graduated from the school.[7] The graduation march in 1962 was Dixie, not the traditional Pomp and Circumstance.[7]

In 1970, the school's enrollment increased by 45 percent after the Supreme Court ordered the immediate desegregation of all public schools.[4]:313

In 1972, Stratford Academy was expelled from Georgia Association of Independent Schools because the school refused to cut ties with segregationists.[8] The school has since regained its affiliation with the association, now known as the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA). [9]

A news article published in May 2017 quoted political scientist Thomas Ellington, stating that schools in Macon founded between 1960 and 1972 "are remarkably different than both the public and private schools formed at other times, either before or after" insofar as "those schools are generally 5 percent or fewer African-American, in a community that's roughly 67 percent black, according to the last census".[3] In 2002, the school's headmaster, Edward England, announced financial grants to attract minority students. At the time, the student body was 93 percent white.[5]


The current facilities were built in 1974 on more than 70 acres (28 ha) 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. The 17,500-square-foot (1,630 m2) Olson Library was completed in August 2000.

The Daws Student Activities Center was dedicated in September, 2017.[10]


The Stratford Academy Eagles athletics teams compete in the Georgia Independent School Association and have won over 160 state championships. In the 2009-2010 school year, Stratford won six State championship titles in golf, boys' soccer, girls' soccer, boys' tennis, girls' tennis, and softball.[11][full citation needed]

Starting with the 2014-2015 school year, Stratford left GISA and now plays at the "A" GHSA level.

Stratford's signature colors are navy blue, grey, and white; its mascot is the eagle.


Stratford is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA), the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), and the College Board. It earned accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1982.

Notable alumni[edit]

Stratford Academy alumni include:


  1. ^ "Head of School - Stratford Academy". Retrieved 2017-12-14. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Private School Universe Survey". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 18 November 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Kirklen, Ashley (May 18, 2017). "63 years after Brown v. Board, 'white flight' weighs on local family's school choice". WGXA. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d Manis, Andrew Michael (2004). Macon Black and White: An Unutterable Separation in the American Century. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press. ISBN 9780865549586. 
  5. ^ a b Manis, Andrew Michael (2004). Macon Black and White: An Unutterable Separation in the American Century. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press. p. 315. ISBN 9780865549586. 
  6. ^ a b c Jennings, Stephen Taylor and Matthew (2013). Macon. Arcadia Publishing. p. 24. ISBN 9781467111157. 
  7. ^ a b Fabian, Liz (May 24, 2012). "Stratford's 1st graduating class returns for reunion". Macon Telegraph. Retrieved 3 December 2017. 
  8. ^ "Six Schools kicked out for alleged segregation". Aiken Standard. May 1, 1972. p. 9. Six Schools Kicked Out For Alleged Segregation Six schools have been banished from the Georgia Association of Independent Schools (GAIS) after being accused of maintaining segregationist ties... They are Stratford Academy in Macon 
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  10. ^ Honaker, Andrea (September 18, 2017). "Stratford wraps up $11 million campus project with new student center". Macon Telegraph. Retrieved 1 December 2017. 
  11. ^ "GISA Stats." GISA Stats Your Source for GISA Sports. Web. 11 May 2011.
  12. ^ Shirley, Daniel. "Russell Henley returns to Stratford for big day". 
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