Stratford School Asks: Too Early to Teach Coding? Never.


SARATOGA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–At the 18 campuses of Stratford School in the San Francisco Bay Area,
coding is exploding. The school is answering the call for educational
excellence by teaching computer-coding fundamentals beginning in
preschool. Each day more than 1,900 preschool students and an additional
3,000 kindergarten through 8th grade students are learning
coding fundamentals, critical thinking, collaboration and analysis
skills, so they can write actual computer code for apps, robotics, and
other uses.

To highlight its computer science curriculum, Stratford School is
participating in’s
Hour of Code. With more than 1,900 preschool students participating,
Stratford boasts the single largest population of preschoolers
participating in the Hour of Code event. Stratford School was one of the
first preschool and primary school systems in the Bay Area to partner
with on its Hour of Code initiative when it launched three
years ago.

“Stratford School is one of the first private schools to take an
innovative approach to teaching computer science and digital literacy
skills beginning at the preschool level,” says Sherry Adams, Stratford
co-founder. “Shortly after our founding in 1999, computer science and
coding became foundational for students who range from three years to 15
years of age.”

According to Adams, a pioneering 21st century curriculum and
emphasis on STEM/STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math)
makes Stratford’s approach unique. “Our computer science curriculum
builds solid computational thinking skills through collaborative
engineering, and visual arts projects. This enables our students to more
quickly grasp the fundamentals of coding at an early age. This
accelerates digital literacy and prepares them for success in high
school, college and ultimately for 21st century jobs.
Further, our experience has shown that students who code well also
possess highly developed mathematics, language, and reading skills.”

Educators at Stratford, and others across the country, agree that
digital literacy is a paramount issue. The debate lies in how to achieve
it, and ultimately what skills must be taught now to ensure readiness
for the future. A recent article by Bloomberg
profiles efforts by educators in China to address the issue
of teaching computer coding to children as young as three. The Huffington
, too, has covered this growing topic.

Stratford School’s 18 Bay Area locations participating in the Hour of
Code include: San Francisco, San Bruno, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Fremont,
Santa Clara, San Jose, Los Gatos, Morgan Hill, Danville, and Pleasanton.
At these campuses, students will be completing the following types of

Preschool students participate in unplugged activities from
that Stratford has aligned to preschool learning ability. For example;
linking “giving directions” to an algorithmic thinking activity.
Preschoolers also learn the foundations of coding through use of Dash
and Dot exercises.

Elementary students participate in unplugged activities such as Graph
Paper Programming, Relay Programming with Scratch and Python, and
various online activities provided by

Middle school students will code with Scratch for Teens, Python, HTML,
JavaScript, and learn to code games with Alice and App Inventor.

“Coding is not new for our students,” says Adams. “They respond to the
Hour of Code in the same way kids look forward to a field trip. This
special week of learning enables them to share and further their skills.
Their excitement is contagious.”

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.


For Stratford School
Leah Teravskis, 952-224-2939 ext. 19