Like many other Christians in our community, members of Stratford Presbyterian Church desire to educate their children in accordance with a Christian understanding of the world. Furthermore, they desire to educate them in the most effective manner possible, so that they will grow to be well equipped to fulfill their duties to Jesus Christ. Such duties will include their responsibilities as Church members, as citizens in the community, as spouses and parents, and as workers in their vocations.
To help further these objectives, Rev. Martin L. Dawson, Sr., Pastor of Stratford Presbyterian Church, began planning to establish the Stratford Classical Christian Academy (SCCA) in 1998. By the summer of 2000, Reverend Dawson and the Stratford Elders had appointed a preliminary school board to begin researching the best methods of education available. Early in this process, the SCCA board decided that the classical method of education, rooted in a Biblical worldview, was a superior foundation on which to build the school. The classical method of education is based upon the Trivium, consisting of “grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric.” These three stages of the classical method correspond to the Trivium of “knowledge, understanding, and wisdom” found in the Bible’s Book of Proverbs. In the summer of 2000, Deacon Ralph Cochran, IV, was appointed President of the school board, and continues his energetic and valuable leadership down to this day.
Over the course of the next year, the school board began to consult with several other Classical Christian schools, such as Tall Oaks Classical School in Delaware, and to develop by-laws and a comprehensive business plan. The goal was to create a school that would be built on a solid foundation theologically, philosophically, and financially. Since we could not find just the right Headmaster, we did not begin classes in the fall of 2002 as we had hoped. However, in 2003 Mr. Sidney Henriquez agreed to leave his position at Veritas Press and Academy, and take the position of Headmaster of SCCA. His service has been invaluable in operating the school, and creating an atmosphere of joy in receiving a quality Christian education. Under his direction, the Academy began classes in the fall of 2003, with an enrollment of seventeen students in grades kindergarten through third grade. Within four years, the enrollment had climbed to over eighty students, in grades kindergarten through seventh, with the plan to continue to add a grade each year until twelfth grade.
With eighty students enrolled, the facilities at Stratford Presbyterian Church were no longer sufficient for further growth, and the Academy acquired complete ownership of the twenty-three acre campus of the former Stratford Military Academy. The campus has four buildings, one of which is the historic Tomlinson Mansion, built in 1844. Total rehabilitation work on the campus should permit classes to begin there in January of 2008. In 2012, the Academy saw its first class of graduates. There have been 3 graduating classes now and the school eagerly anticipates the graduation of its fourth class in the Spring of 2015.
In 2011, SCCA called Mr. Jonathan Jones to serve as Headmaster of the Upper School (7th-12th grades) and in 2014 the Academy reorganized its administrative structure under his leadership in anticipation for the continued growth of the size and scope of the ministry. This academic year the school has added a Dean of Academics, Mr. Justin Keller, who oversees the academic program, the development of curriculum, and teacher mentorship. In addition, SCCA brought on a Dean of Students to oversee student life, discipline, and the development of extracurricular programs. The Academy’s long-term vision is to graduate students, who have received a superior education, and who endeavor in their callings after graduation to bring honor to the name of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
The Academy currently has 86 students enrolled as of the Fall of 2014 from Pre-K through 12th grades. SCCA is a member of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS).