About Stratham Memorial School

A member of SAU 16, Stratham Memorial School is the elementary school for Stratham, NH, serving Preschool through Grade 5.  It earned the Seacoast Regional Elementary School of Excellence Award by the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Awards Program.  For the past 21 years, Stratham Memorial School has been selected as a Blue Ribbon School by the New Hampshire Partners in Education.  Stratham Memorial School has a total enrollment of approximately 570 students in Preschool through Grade 5.  After Grade 5, students advance to the Cooperative Middle School located in Stratham for Grades 6-8.  Stratham Memorial School has approximately 125 staff members, who are dedicated to growth and educational achievement for all students.  Defined as a veteran teaching staff, many teachers present at professional workshops and conferences throughout the United States.

Stratham Memorial School provides a quality well-rounded education for all students with the use of Responsive Classroom, which is an evidence-based approach to elementary and middle school teaching that focuses on the strong link between academic success and social-emotional learning.  In their classrooms, teachers incorporate the Four Key Domains of Responsive Classroom:  Engaging Academics, Positive Community, Effective Management, and Developmental Awareness.  Each classroom is a dynamic learning space, highlighting student artifacts, anchor charts, and motivational content to support the growth and retention of learning.

The academic program centers around a balanced literacy approach using the Lucy Calkins Units of Study in association with the Fountas and Pinnell philosophy.  Implementing the workshop model across all subjects of the curriculum enables students to achieve at an individual rate while maintaining the rigor and challenge of the learning process.  For enrichment studies, students take part in the diverse curriculum of the Encore classes:  Art, Library and Media, Makerspace & Technology, Music, and Physical Education.

In order to provide an appropriate education for all students, Stratham Memorial School uses an inclusion model in each of the grades.  All types of learners are actively engaged within classroom activities, using a variety of strategies and methods to explore material, solve problems, and learn from one another.

Stratham Memorial School is proud of its comprehensive technology equipment and programs.  As part of SAU 16, Stratham Memorial School is a Google for Education school.  All classrooms are outfitted with a variety of technology tools and resources.  Each classroom in Kindergarten through Grade 2 has iPad and Chromebook centers.  Students in Grades 3 through 5 are 1-to-1 with Chromebooks.  All regular classrooms have interactive presentation devices, including Epson BrightLink projectors, Promethean Boards & projectors, SMART Boards & projectors, and IPEVO document cameras.  Assistive and adaptive technologies are used to give all students equal opportunities for learning and growth.  The technologies at Stratham Memorial School provide collaborative, inclusive, and engaging learning.

Community Support

Community members are an integral part of Stratham Memorial School.  Volunteers are often seen helping in classrooms throughout the school.  Volunteers and teachers also conduct activities before and after school to provide a variety of enrichment programs.  Some of the activities conducted by staff and community members have involved computer technology, music, art, writing, acting, cooking, athletics, world languages, and the designing and building of inventions from recycled materials.  These are only some of the many wonderful activities available to our students.  Many more enrichment opportunities take place each day at Stratham Memorial School thanks to the dedication of the community and school staff.  Whether supporting the American Heart Association or local food pantries, the Stratham Memorial School staff and students are always willing to lend a helping hand.