Sequoyah School

5.00 5 1 (4 reviews)
K-8: 535 S. Pasadena Ave/High School: 301 N. Orange Grove Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91105
Tel: (626)795-4351
  • Sequoyah School is an independent, K-12 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, 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 one discipline and another.
  • Sequoyah`s high school students will be further challenged to apply their knowledge and skills in advanced college preparatory coursework and interdisciplinary field studies emphasizing global perspectives and cultural competency.
  • 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 News

  • She can play all right — if they'll just let her - 03/23/2013 - Los Angeles Times article about a female student who played on the Sequoyah flag football team.  The team was 8-0 on the field but the league made the team forfeited every game for letting a girl play.  

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-12
Year Founded1958
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students342 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by GradeSequoyah School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers51 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size24 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 12 / Dec. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost$25,500
Tuition NotesHigh School Tuition: $29,150
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$8,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorAzizi Williams
Admissions AssociateKay Yamamoto


Total Sports Offered11 sports
SportsArchery, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Fencing, Flag Football, Mountain Biking, Soccer, 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

  • 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. 
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
5  5/17/2016
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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5  5/17/2016
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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5  7/24/2015
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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5  7/24/2015
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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