Sequoyah School

535 S. Pasadena Ave,
Pasadena, CA, 91105-0911
Tel: (626)795-4351
Grades: NS - 8 | 188 students
At Sequoyah children thrive in a diverse community where they are appreciated for their individuality and supported by a developmental approach to learning.
A Sequoyah education is dynamic and adaptable—students are trusted, challenged and encouraged.
Our philosophical approach is based on the belief that students learn through experience.
Academic disciplines are introduced in meaningful contexts in which students are given the time for deliberate exploration, careful investigation and discovery.
Building on major concepts, processes and skills, teachers guide students to realize connections between ideas.
Class projects and performances are designed to draw on individual learning styles while encouraging collaborative problem solving.
From a very early age our students practice asking questions that can be answered experimentally.
They analyze data and communicate meaningful results with confidence.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool - 8
Year Founded 1958

Student Body

Total Students 188 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 53%
State avg.: 41%
Students by Grade Sequoyah School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 25 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 24 students

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 20
% on Financial Aid 40%
Acceptance Rate 20%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Azizi Williams

School Notes:

    Profile last updated: 10/29/2012

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is The Waverly School (0.2 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is The Waverly School (0.2 miles away)
The nearest preschool is The Waverly School (0.2 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • Pasadena The Waverly School
    Alternative School
    67 W Bellevue Dr
    Pasadena , CA , 91105
    Alternative School
    0.2  mi  |  357  students  |  Gr.  PK-12
  • Pasadena
    Maranatha High School
    169 South Saint John Avenue
    Pasadena , CA , 91105
    0.4  mi  |  580  students  |  Gr.  9-12
  • Pasadena
    Mayfield Senior School
    All-girls  (Roman Catholic)
    500 Bellefontaine St
    Pasadena , CA , 91105
    All-girls  (Roman Catholic)
    0.6  mi  |  304  students  |  Gr.  9-12
  • Pasadena
    Pacific Oaks Children's School
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    714 W California Blvd
    Pasadena , CA , 91105
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    0.6  mi  |  176  students  |  Gr.  PK-K
  • Pasadena
    Mayfield Junior School
    (Roman Catholic)
    405 S Euclid Ave
    Pasadena , CA , 91101
    (Roman Catholic)
    0.7  mi  |  514  students  |  Gr.  KG-8

School Reviews

  • Recommended September 26, 2013 - This school does progressive education right. It''s not the anti-technology, hippie school people might assume it to be. My daughter is now entering the 6th grade here, and although her time is not wasted doing busy work, the curriculum is rigorous, but always appropriately challenging for her. My daughter is a kid who could easily do very well at a school like Poly, however, the reasons she has thrived at Sequoyah have much more to do than her test scores. At Sequoyah she is challenged to think deeper and broader about subjects or ideas. She is challenged to engage her peer groups in discussions where ideas may very well differ from hers. She is taught discipline without harshness. Last night at back to school night, her teacher summed it up for me. He said, "Although at Sequoyah we push creativity, it is important for our students to learn discipline. Every artist still needs discipline to be able to successfully accomplish their goals and continue to grow in their practice." Self Confidence is another very important part of the teaching here. The school has many different methods they use to challenge students to practice and grow as self confident, self sufficient individuals. The administration is incredibly involved in the students well being. I am always pleasantly surprised at how well the director, admissions director and academic director know my daughter''s strengths, capabilities, and personality. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended September 21, 2013 - Sequoyah is the most nurturing, creative and supportive academic environment while challenging students to achieve their best work. It is a wonderful school for children who are creative, self-starters and motivated but equally for children who are not, as they blossom into self-confident learners who are also empathetic and self-sufficient. The teachers are very warm and caring and work closely with the students and their families on every level. I just wish they had a high school. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended September 21, 2013 - Sequoyah is more than just an incredible school. It is a place that teaches what it means to be both self sufficient and an indispensable part of a community. The way this affects the kids (poise, focus, confidence, empathy, resolve, humor, kindness, zeal) is amazing to see. There are so many things that contribute to this at Sequoyah. I haven''t read the reviews yet on this site, but I imagine many are well discussed? One of my favorites is the way the kids are regularly intermeshed amongst age levels, in both structured and unstructured ways. Besides the obvious feeling of community this promotes, it gives the kids such a richer learning environment (academically and socio-emotionally) than they would have had otherwise. I like to think that this helps the teenagers (it''s K-8) not feel so jaded and withdrawn as tends to happen. I''ll never forget my surprise at seeing the whole junior high class taking part in the huge circle for human rights day, holding the hands of 6 year-olds and singing songs - not a rolled eye in the house. This is because they are authentic in their kindness toward their school community and their world. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended September 21, 2013 - I have three kids who are, of course, three very different learners, and Sequoyah works for each of them. The school meets them where they are and engages with their interests. This approach supports their high self-esteem and curiousity, giving them a lifelong love of learning. We feel the utmost respect and support from the engaged teachers and staff at every turn. Our kids love to go to school and are learning well. - Posted by Parent

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