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7-12
Public charter
Mesa, AZ
Students enrolled: 238
Before care: No
After care: No

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1460 S. Horne
Mesa, AZ 85204

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December 20, 2011
The review below, that posted on August 31, 2011, is actually a review about Sequoia Academics and Arts school, not Sequoia Secondary School. Though no school is perfect I would not want to see another school take a negative review because their name is similar. Sequoia Secondary School is a NCA accredited institution and has done great things for my children.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2011
Pulled my daughter out of the school after only one day. Students ran the school, came into and out of classes as they pleased, cursed at teachers, the English teacher spoke with a heave accent and had a poor grasp of the language, a student in trouble visiting the principal was allowed to put his feet on her desk, but when confronted it is us who just don't understand the folksy family style education. Do yourself a favor and do not enroll your student here. It is a complete and utter joke. They're not even accredited, the reason the principal Ms. Graham is cost, I'm just glad we realized it before too long.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2011
My daughter graduated top in her class from Sequoia and EXCEEDED on 2 of the AIMS tests her Junior year and the third her Senior year. She was awarded an in-state scholarship and attends ASU now. She was actively involved in the sports programs all six years she attended Sequoia. My son graduated top of his class from Sequoia and EXCEEDED on his AIMS tests also. He was actively involved with the wonderful Student Council program and some of the sports programs during his six years at Sequoia. He played football, ran track and cross country. My kids teachers were very pleased to see I was actively involved with their education. They would love to see ALL parents actively involved. They welcomed any questions and worked with me on any concerns. All the teachers and the principal, Dean of Students, etc., have an open door policy and are very helpful. I give Sequoia 4 out of 5 stars because to me 5 stars is Perfect and no school is Perfect.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2011
As a parent who has had 3 kids graduate from this school. I am very proud to say they went to Sequoia charter school. The teachers here are great and have worked with my kids and have prepared them for college. All three of my kids are attending college and are doing great. The Athletic program at that school is superb, and the programs are growing every year. They are well known by every charter and public school around as being very athletic school, and preforms well in all sports. I have asked the coaches to help my son get better, and they have taken the extra time after practices to spend one on one time with him, and helped him get better. Colleges have contacted us about my son playing for them. If you want your kid to get looked at by colleges, this is the school. This school was a great asset to my kids, and helped them grow to be great leaders. I can't say enough about this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2011
I am pulling my son out of this school. He is upset because he has friends here but he is in the 9th and getting great grades WITHOUT turning in his homework, without being able to spell or write properly. I had a meeting with teachers regarding his spelling and the response I got was "we don't grade on spelling." Oh heck no...how will my boy be able to function in the real world without spelling correctly? Out he comes!

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2010
If you have a child who plays sports please be very careful when considering this school. Please review all AIA and Charter schools rules before allowing your child to play for the Athletic Director at this school. The A.D. has only one real goal and that is to win games, he will ask teachers to hold pink slips until after the season, magically all his players were eligible last season even though a few managed to barely pass by the end of the year, if they passed at all. There are fights during games, favoritism towards A.D. s son. Most important this A.D. will turn on anyone who isn t giving him what he wants. He has no regard for the students or their futures, he only cares about what they can do for his teams. I am surprised he is still employed. My Son will NEVER play football at Sequoia again, I am only sorry I didn t see the type of person and organization this A.D. was running before this school year.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2010
this school is awesome my kids enjoy every day. I swear it. The peace and tranquility is something you feel once you get there the food could be better.

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May 31, 2009
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May 22, 2009
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December 05, 2008
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February 24, 2008
Amazing lack of true education focus. HS junior classes where teachers allow homework to be turned in 3-5 weeks late for full credit. NO assignments/grades for entire qtr. No teacher in ASL class so students all get 100%. HS English class where students get 200 free 'attendance' points per semester. Tests and quizzes routinely worth 20-25 pnts.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2007
Minimal academic focus. Lessons in areas of responsbility and accountability as a young adult are nt taught in this school. This will prove disastrous if a student wants to continue beyond HS. Students are not held accountable to turn in work in a timely manner and can do so 4-6 weeks after the original due date and still get full credit for the work.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2007
Limited Academic Focus. Students not given much in the way of assignments and far fewer tests are given to provide a baseline for true academic achievement and mastery/memory of learning. Certification is not required for teachers. The kids seem to like their teachers and the teachers are more interested in being friends and buddies with the students than in really preparing them for the rigors of a College education.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2007
I love this school! They help my son to do better testing and reading. And they worked with me cause he has ADHD. They also didn't treat him like an outcast. I never had any problems with teachers or principal.Also my son reading scores improved a great deal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 30, 2007
Great Staff. My Children's reading scores have significantly improved since being enrolled at Sequoia.

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July 18, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
School will work if your goal is to make sure your child graduates from High School. Had problem when made efforts to contact principal as his responses were sporadic. Our daughter loved the school because she said it was easy and they often have free time at the end of classes. We have 2 children in the same grade, one in Gilbert Public Schools and one in Sequoia, which has enabled us to make direct comparison. A child headed for college may struggle in that endeavor by attending this school. They do a good job in providing a rounded school experience (similar to benefits of public/private)with dances and sports programs. Success would truly depend on the students personal motivation and what the parents goal for the child is beyond HS.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2007
This school is definitely underperforming. We moved our child out of Public High School. We reviewed many schools and settled on Sequoia based on their stated College Preparatory, Academic Mastery and high Academic focus. What we received was far different. Few assignments, a total of 1 final exam for a 10th grader the first semester and 2 for the 2nd semester.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2007
After putting my kids in the Gilbert school system I realized just how good this school was and is. I ended up putting my child back in this school. At Sequoia he is treated as an individual and the teachers don't seem as burned out.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2006
I believe as a student of eight years. I am happy to leave.I loved the teachers but wasn't happy on the disciplinary issues needed more help.It seemed to me that certain students got special rights. They need to work on certain subjects equally and not just two or three main ones.The harassing by students to students need to stop. The teachers there are actually really nice and will allow you to go into there class room during lunch and after school for need time. I personally love the sports area, but maybe some football would be nice.NJHS was great. I know that that experience will help me through my life.Loved Shoemaker,Bishop,& Boone greatest teachers I will ever have in the world.

- submitted by a former student
April 30, 2006
Teachers are very attentive and even tutor our kid during lunch and after school.

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February 08, 2006
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January 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2006
We were very disappointed in this school for academic programs and communication with the parents. We did not receive progress reports or get communication returned when we asked for information.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2005
Up until this year I have been satisfied with this school. It seems that this school has changed not necessarily for the better. I question the ability of them to adequately educate my child. They do not offer many sports or extracirriculars.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2005
This school must have something going for it as it is quite large. I was not impressed with teachers that seem to tear down other teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2004
The school doesn't offer a challenging curriculum, and the some of the teachers do not give the extra help they should. I have complained that some of the teachers do not want to answer our questions.

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November 12, 2004
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June 23, 2004
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June 23, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2003
Sequoia School has been a great experience for my son. He gets more personal attention from teachers and staff because it is a small school. I think he has had some great opportunities that he may not have had at a big school. As a parent, I like the discipline and dress code as well. I also really like the atmosphere of respect and community at the school.

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August 13, 2003
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OUR VISION : "Developing Relationships, Relevant and Rigor" Sequoia Secondary is one of the oldest and largest tuition-free public, charter school serving Arizona students in grades 7-12. At Sequoia, students are treated like individuals and are free to express talents and diversity. Sequoia is highly rated for academics by the Arizona Department of Education and is accredited by the NCA. Sequoia Secondary has a free after school program and champion after school sports teams.

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Sequoia Secondary School
1460 S. Horne, Mesa, AZ  85204
(480) 649-7737
Last modified Sequoia Secondary School is a Charter school that serves grades 7-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sequoia Secondary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top