Information for Parents

Parents who want to communicate with other Stratford parents should join the Stratford email list by sending email to Karen Gerry. In the email, write your email address and a password you want to use to access the list.

What services are available for my child?

You may have questions regarding how children are identified for special education services, and eligibility for various programs offered by Arlington County Public Schools. You should start your search at the Office of Special Services. This website provides information about the continuum of services for students with disabilities. See topics such as The Special Education Cycle, and Mandated Services.

The importance of transitions

Movement from school to post-school activities (including post-secondary education, vocational training, integrated employment [including supported employment], continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation), are identified in a transition plan, required for all students age 14 and above. This plan is based on individual needs, and is part of the IEP.

Read Arlington County Public School’s Transition Manual, available from their Transition page. This site also contains a series of step-by-step brochures guiding parents to become actively involved in their child’s transition from school to school, and from school to work.

SWAT is a community-based class for supported work experience, supported travel training, and independent living training. Many of the Stratford students take advantage of this program as they transition from school to work.

Special Education Parent Resource Center

Arlington Public Schools Special Education Parent Resource Center (PRC) is a resource and information center for families, staff and community members. The PRC offers information and referrals, Special Ties newsletter, parent workshops and training sessions, individual consultations with families, a lending library, and a monthly email newsletter.

Extended Day Program

There is an Extended Day childcare program at Stratford. The morning hours are from 7:00 to the start of school; the afternoon hours are from close of school to 6:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday and on Early release days children enter when school lets out after 1:00 p.m. and can stay until 6:00 p.m.

Ms. Tomeka Jones is the supervisor. Her number is (703) 228-6384.

The cost of the program is determined on a sliding scale according to family income. For more general information about the Extended Day Program, call 703-228-6069 or visit the county website for the Extended Day Program.

Therapeutic Recreation

There are many recreational activities offered by Arlington County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources that are fun for Stratford students. These include social clubs, such as Teen Scene, and fitness opportunities such as TOPS Soccer, and Challenger Baseball. There are also winter and spring holiday break camps available to bridge the gap when school is not in session, as well as summer camps. Stay informed about offerings and register online at the Parks and Recreation website.

Pizza Parties

Young Life Capernaum Ministries is Young Life’s outreach ministry dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people with disabilities. Young Life offers pizza parties at Stratford, monthly, usually on Thursdays after school. Contact Pam Harmon, (202) 320-6198, for more information.