Stratford Landing Elementary School opened on September 2, 1963. Stratford Landing was later dedicated on May 18, 1965. The principal at the time of Stratford Landing's dedication was Mrs. Eleanor Hollandsworth. Participants in the dedication ceremony included Principal Hollandsworth, Mr. Samuel J. Coffey (Assistant Superintendent of Schools), Reverend James L. Duley (Aldersgate Methodist Church), and Mr. George P. Sheya (the PTA President). Distinguished guests who attended the ceremony were Hon. Joel T. Broyhill (US Congressman Virginia, 10th District), Mr. Howard Futch (Fairfax County School Board Member), Fairfax County School staff, and students from the sixth grade class.
Stratford Landing is located in Alexandria between Old Town and Mt. Vernon, near the Potomac River and the majestic George Washington Parkway. Many of our students bike and walk to school from the surrounding single-family subdivisions. The community's historic setting provides out school with a rich, diverse community of learners. The school's proximity to Fort Belvoir and Washington, DC, makes Stratford Landing a great home for many military families. We are happy to have an active Military Family Support Group at our school.
Our diverse school community is also home to students from the historical community of Gum Springs. Gum Springs is the oldest African American community in Fairfax County and was formerly established in 1833. West Ford, a former slave, founded the community after being freed by George Washington at the age of twenty-one. Located close to the Mount Vernon Estate, the community was a sanctuary for freedmen and runaways. Samuel Taylor, a runaway slave established the first institution in Gum Springs. Our school enjoys a strong partnership with the Gum Springs Community Center. As a Level IV Advanced Academic (AAP) Center, Stratford Landing is home to students from the neighborhood and from seven neighboring elementary schools that join the AAP program in grades 3-6.
Stratford Landing recently underwent a twenty-five million dollar renovation and addition, which was completed in the Spring of 2018. In March of 2019, Fairfax County Public Schools made additions to the playground area as part of the final phrase of renovations. The playground's original opening ceremony took place on March 16, 2000.