Stratford STEM Magnet School
Upper Campus

Solving problems,    creating technologies,    preparing for the future

Solving problems,

creating technologies,

preparing for the future

At a Glance

  • Serves grades 9-12
  • Stratford Cluster
  • Open Enrollment
  • Offers bus transportation
  • Does not offer before or aftercare

Welcome From the Principal

Michael Steele   Principal

Michael Steele

Welcome to Stratford! Our high school is rich in tradition and has been a mainstay in the East Nashville community for years. At Stratford, students are embraced by a loving, loyal and dedicated group of educators who have high expectation and hold each other accountable for every student’s success. We celebrate the diversity in our student body and staff and are cognizant of the fact that all children can learn and be productive. I share with my staff often that we will accentuate the positive in all that we do and with everyone we come in contact with. 

As we move forward to make Stratford a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Magnet School, the excitement is contagious. Our smaller learning communities allow our students to receive the highest level of education found anywhere. Small learning communities are more like families, and we are very proud that our Stratford family is making the move towards academic excellence.

As a parent, I want you and your children to share in our vision of a school that has the strongest desire to be an institution that fosters academic excellence. Stratford STEM Magnet High School is a great place for your child to prepare for their future. My door is always open, and I look forward to having the opportunity to visit with you in the future. 


Contact Information

1800 Stratford Avenue
Nashville, TN 37216 (map)


Contact Emails:
Executive Principal: Dr. Michael Steele
Academy of Science and Engineering Principal: Dr. Traci Sloss
Freshman Academy Principal: Dr. Avery Finch
Academy of National Safety and Security Technologies Principal: Howard Jones
School Board Representative: Christiane Buggs




School Description

At Stratford STEM Magnet High School, students belong to both a magnet and an academy school. In our academies we focus on science, technology, engineering and math in all of our classes, as well as provide interdisciplinary, project-based learning experiences that connect students to the real world.

Students begin during their 9th grade year in the Freshman Academy, which provides a small supportive environment as students learn what it means to be in high school. From there, they choose a pathway in one of two career academies. 

In the Academy of National Safety and Security Technologies, students have access to the latest technology in computer programming to develop mobile apps, webpages and computer games. With the same equipment and technology found in the most advanced facilities in the nation, including Pixar and DreamWorks, students learn the skills and qualifications needed to be at the cutting edge of industry innovation. Students also can work hands-on in the field of criminal justice. Students learn how local, state and federal criminal justice systems operate. Students participate in crime scene investigation, collect evidence, interview witnesses, document witness statements, investigate crimes and testify in our own courtroom. With the same equipment and technology found in modern-day law enforcement facilities, students learn the skills and qualifications needed to advance in the industry. Students in this pathway can earn early college credit through Nashville State Community College and take national certification exams.

Students in the Academy of Science and Engineering learn biotechnology, engineering, and interdisciplinary science and research. Students can participate in the FIRST robotics competition and are mentored through the process by Nissan, Universal Robotics and Wright Industries. In the interdisciplinary science and research pathway students learn how to become independent scientific researchers, looking into issues such as water quality, cancer and sociology. Students have the opportunity to present and publish their work, as well as work in real-world science labs over the summer. This pathway is co-taught by Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach scientists. Students can earn college credit through numerous institutions, as well as take a national certification exam for AutoCad Invent.

In addition to these academies, Stratford offers numerous Advanced Placement (AP) courses, including biology, calculus, English Literature, English Language, Economics, government, music theory, physics, U.S. History and World History. Stratford also has a Cambridge option for students interested in advanced academics.


School Hours

7:05 a.m. - 2:05 p.m.

A Typical Day at School

  • We are on a Block A/B Schedule with a daily class of 45 minutes for enrichment and intervention.


Academies and Pathways

Stratford is one of twelve high schools that make up the Academies of Nashville. Students have a choice of different academies offering a practical, hands-on approach to learning in fields that interest them. The Academies empower students through career exposure so they can make timely, informed decisions and discover their true passions while earning early college credit and nationally recognized industry certifications. General education content is taught through the lens of their academy while business and community partners provide authentic experiential learning opportunities at every level. The academies and pathways include the following.

Academy of National Safety & Security Technologies

• Criminal Justice and Correction Services

• Cyber Security

Academy of Science & Engineering

• Biomedical Studies

• Engineering

• Interdisciplinary Science and Research


School Details & Links


Tops: White, black or gray with a collar

Bottoms: Pants, skirts or shorts in khaki or black


  • Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO)
    President: Tracey Utley

  • Tutoring

  • Social and Emotional Learning

  • Restorative Justice


  • Baseball

  • Basketball

  • Bowling

  • Boys' Soccer

  • Cheerleading / Dance

  • Cross Country

  • Football

  • Girls' Soccer

  • Girls' Softball

  • Girls' Volleyball

  • Wrestling

  • Tennis

  • Track and Field

Extracurricular activities:

  • Art

  • Band

  • Book Club

  • Cheerleading

  • Creative Writing

  • Photography

  • Poetry

  • Quiz Bowl

  • Robotics

  • Science Club

  • Student Government Association

  • Technology Student Association

  • Yearbook

Academy of National Safety and Security Technologies

  • Belmont Legal Aid Society

  • CTS

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • HCA- IT

  • Junior Achievement

  • Lipscomb University

  • Nashville State Community College

  • Nashville Software School

  • Nashville Technology Council

  • Tennessee Army National Guard

  • Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

  • Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy

  • Tennessee State University

  • Vanderbilt University

  • Willis Group

Academy of Science and Engineering

  • Adventure Science Center

  • ACE Mentors

  • Army Corps of Engineers

  • Barge Waggoner Sumner Camp

  • Cannon, Inc.

  • Cardio Lab

  • Cumberland River Compact

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • Nashville State Community College

  • Nissan North America

  • Shelby Bottoms Nature Center

  • Tennessee State University

  • TMPartners

  • Urban Green Lab

  • Universal Robotics

  • Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach

  • Vanderbilt University