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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great Staff. My Children's reading scores have significantly improved since being enrolled at Sequoia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Teachers are very attentive and even tutor our kid during lunch and after school.
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.
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.
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.
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