Sequoyah School

5.00 5 1 (5 reviews)
K-8: 535 S. Pasadena Ave/High School: 301 N. Orange Grove Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91105
  • Sequoyah School is an independent, K-12 progressive day school located in Pasadena, California.
  • Sequoyah expanded its program to high school in the fall of 2016.
  • 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, and the visual and performing arts are all taught as related subjects in the elementary and junior high program.
  • Teachers guide students to be able to work independently and collaboratively and to make inspired connections between disciplines.
  • Sequoyah`s high school students learn to apply their knowledge and skills in advanced college preparatory coursework and interdisciplinary field studies emphasizing global perspectives and cultural competency.
  • Sequoyah 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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-12
Year Founded1958
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in n/a

Student Body

Total Students384 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Sequoyah School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers51 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesActing & Directing, SAS American History, SAS Autocracy & Totalitarianism, SAS Biology of Disease, SAS Calculus, SAS Chemistry, SAS Grand Challenges of Ecology, SAS Higher Mathematics, SAS History of Popular Music, SAS Making Ends Meet: Women & Capitalism, SAS Music Production, SAS Physics, SAS Playwriting, SAS Shakespeare, SAS Spanish 4 & 5, SAS The Undiscovered Country, SAS Transcendentalism, SAS Visual Art Seminar
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 10 / Jan. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost$28,000
Tuition NotesHigh School Tuition: $32,000
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorCarolyn Stirling, Ed.D.
Admissions AssociateKay Yamamoto


Total Sports Offered12 sports
SportsArchery, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Fencing, Flag Football, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, VolleyballArcheryBasketball,
Cross CountryDiving,
FencingFlag Football,
Mountain BikingSoccer,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Chess, Middle School Debate Team, Spanish Enrichment, Study Hall

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Portfolio, DTASC

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Capoeira, Movie Making, Tae Kwon Do

School Notes

  • Sequoyah School is an independent K-12 progressive day school in Pasadena, California, where children thrive in a diverse community, appreciated for their individuality and supported by a progressive approach to learning.
  • K-8: The Sequoyah curriculum emphasizes deep understanding of concepts and mastery of skills. Children are introduced to reading, writing, and math through experiential learning, and are given time to explore their interests through research and play. Students learn to collaborate in small, mixed-age classes with teachers who pay close attention to each child`s developmental readiness to learn. Sequoyah students are expected to take an active role in their learning- even our youngest students set goals and periodically reflect on their process and progress.
  • High School: In the high school classrooms, you will find teachers challenging students to use their growing knowledge and skills to solve essential questions at the heart of contemporary challenges-to see connections, develop meaningful relationships, and construct shared understanding. Our high school students develop initiative and self-direction through college preparatory coursework and field studies emphasizing global perspectives and cultural competency. Independent study and collaborative efforts culminate in a junior-year social impact project and a senior-year internship.

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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Pasadena
    Grades: K-8
    1.3 miles
    1005 Armada Drive
    Pasadena, CA 91103
    1.3 K-8
  • Pasadena
    Grades: PK-12 | 326 students
    0.8 miles
    67 W Bellevue Dr
    Pasadena, CA 91105
    0.8 PK-12
  • Pasadena
    Grades: K-12 | 858 students
    2.2 miles
    1030 E California Blvd
    Pasadena, CA 91106
    2.2 K-12
  • Pasadena
    Grades: K-8 | 347 students
    4.9 miles
    1720 Kinneloa Canyon Rd
    Pasadena, CA 91107
    4.9 K-8
  • Altadena
    Grades: PK-12 | 360 students
    3.9 miles
    209 E. Mariposa Street
    Altadena, CA 91001
    3.9 PK-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
i read a review from 2016 from a parent (ethan) that I enthusiastically confirm is true today.. The school is filled with teachers that want to teach and are given the support to do it well. I love the commitment to human dignity that helps mold the culture of the school. The little kids feel supported and noticed by the bigger kids. The older kids feel a responsibility to help the little ones. This translates to respect for their school and all the individuals in it..The students are given so much opportunity to use their creativity to learn. They work hard on their projects and are proud when they show off their work to me at class shares or during a conference with a teacher. They are proud of their school and work hard to keep it special.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The average private school tuition in Pasadena, CA is $13,315 for elementary schools and $28,881 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Pasadena, CA is 81% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).