Sequoyah School

535 S. Pasadena Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105-0911
     Tel: (626)795-4351
Grades: K - 8 | 243 students
Sequoyah School is an independent, K-8 day school located in Pasadena, California.
Founded in 1958, the school is committed to an education that “challenges the mind, nurtures the heart, and celebrates human dignity.”Through Sequoyah’s project-based curriculum, language arts, mathematics, social studies, Spanish, science, the visual and performing arts are all taught as related subjects.
Teachers guide students to be able to work independently and collaboratively, and to make inspired connections between one discipline and another, inside and outside the classroom.The school is named after the Cherokee leader and silversmith who invented an alphabet for his native language.
The Sequoyah community honors and reflects the ethnic, cultural and economic diversity of Southern California. Sequoyah is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.

School Overview

School Type Alternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten - 8
Year Founded 1958

Student Body

Total Students 243 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 53%
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Sequoyah School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 33 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 24 students

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 16
Yearly Tuition Cost $21,465
% on Financial Aid 35%
Average Financial Aid Grant $8,000
Acceptance Rate 20%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Azizi Williams
Admissions Associate Kay Yamamoto


Total Sports Offered 4 sports
Sports Basketball, Football, Soccer, VolleyballBasketballFootball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Art Portfolio, Capoeira, Chess, DTASC, Middle School Debate Team, Movie Making, Spanish Enrichment, Study Hall, Tae Kwon Do Art Portfolio, Capoeira, Chess, DTASC, Movie Making, Study Hall, Tae Kwon Do, Middle School Debate Team,
Spanish Enrichment,

School Notes:

Developed collaboratively by the faculty in grade level teams, Sequoyah’s curriculum continuum articulates the core content and understandings that all students learn. The continuum is grounded in the Habits of Mind and Academic Objectives (ESLRs). 

 Sequoyah’s Habits of Mind sets goals for each member of Sequoyah’s community. Posted throughout campus to remind everyone that they are individually and mutually responsible for the quality of their work, their relationships and their community, the Habits of Mind defines best practices that deepen a shared understanding of Sequoyah’s mission, “A Sequoyah education challenges the mind, nurtures the heart, and celebrates human dignity.”

 PERSPECTIVE-To seek, honor and reflect on multiple viewpoints in order to broaden understanding and solve problems.

INQUIRY-To become curious, motivated, self-reflective learners who generate questions to deepen understanding

COMMUNICATION-To engage in constructive dialogue, value literature and language and express oneself effectively through a variety of modalities.

COLLABORATION-To know when and how to lead, follow and work together as an active listener and meaningful contributor.

APPLICATION-To integrate and apply acquired knowledge in and out of the classroom.

STEWARDSHIP-To take care of people, take care of things, take care of the  environment, and seek to make the community a better place for all.

OWNERSHIP-To do one’s best work.

Sequoyah’s Academic Objectives set forth expectations for student learning.

A Sequoyah student will:

• Develop basic decoding and reading skills using a variety of learning modalities and materials.

•  Read fluently to enjoy, infer, and interpret a variety of print material, i.e. literature, poetry, newspapers, reference sources, texts, graphs.

•  Communicate clearly to effectively transmit facts, ideas, emotions and opinions using oral, written and visual language, as well as musical and theatrical expression.

•  Discern mathematical relationships, reason logically, and use mathematical techniques effectively in practical application.

•  Learn to explore the world using the tools of scientific inquiry. To understand and be able to reflect on scientific knowledge and to use scientific knowledge in scientific enterprise.

•  Understand the importance of history and social studies and to use historical knowledge to inform their interactions with the world around them.

•  Develop competency with basic Spanish communication, grammar and reading in addition to an appreciation for Latino cultures and their dynamics within our society.

At Sequoyah we have selected assessment tools that appropriately address the complex thinking and problem-solving skills which are the focus of our curriculum and instruction. We use performance-oriented instruments which are grounded in current theories of learning and cognition, are educationally meaningful, and exemplify the types of authentic tasks and competencies students will need for future success. 

Profile last updated: 10/03/2014

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