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Sequoia Charter Elementary School

Charter | K-6 | 125 students

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Posted June 4, 2014

Sequoia elementary and the academic arts dose not satisfy me they dont give my child any work or projects to do the children waste their times not paying attention, and the bullying my child got the blame for fighting someone that was buylling her and they put my child on probation and called the cops for defending her self , i dont appreciate the school and its staff
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2014

I would like to comment on the latest review of Sequoia Elementary. It really saddens me that the author felt he /she had to single out one administrator against the other. Ms. Fraiser is currently the Head of the Campus. Therefore, if that parent, staff member, or whomever commented is not satisfied with the overall leadership, why is the child and/or employee there??? Ms. Manogera has been principal for only a few months, I happen to disagree with the previous comments. I have had my kids their for 4 years and the only reason I kept them their was because of Ms. Fraiser. Since she has not been directly over just elementary it has a cold feeling. The office is unwelcoming and I always feel I am putting the current admin and staff"out"Staff always seemed stressed out, where as before they were happier. I do not want to move my kids mid year, but next year my kids will be leaving. Lastly, the previous review seems to be an inside job, how would a parent know that scores have improved during the short time Ms. Manogera has been there? Shame on who wrote the comment !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

We just moved from CA and enrolled at this school. We are happy and the kids seem to like it. The teachers are qualified and leadership is strong. The organization seems to have it together although there is always room for improvement. We appreciate how smooth the transition was for our family. Enrollment was easier than what we have experienced in the past in other states. The campus is in a good location and drop off/pick up is fast and convenient. The school seems to be a good competitor for local public ones and we prefer the structure of a charter school. We also like the location and hours because it fits into our work schedules.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2012

This school lacks discipline and direction for the students ground or online. A 21% graduation rate and hey check out the AIMS scores. The graduation rate is sure to go down when the AIMS has to be passed to graduate. It is not a school I would recommend on every level. Difficult to obtain information regarding my children even after years of attempting to correspond and discuss with the teachers my children's grades, progress, and important information. My children attend against my judgement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2012

This is our second year at Sequoia Elementary and we have loved it. Last year they went above and beyond to help out my 2nd grader who need to be put in a special class for reading. This year I have a 2nd and 3rd grader there and they love their teachers and their teachers are very involved with the student and keep in touch with the parents. I will keep my kids at Sequoia.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2009

This is our first year at Sequoia Elmy. and so far not so great, my child was moved from kin. to first grade within the first two weeks of school in a class that is clearly over crowed (27 students and a part time teachers aid) with kids from 5 to 7 yrs. When I have spoken with my child's teacher she has made subtle comments about the classes being to full and how difficult it is to focus on any child's specific needs not to mention my child always complains that the teachers yell to much at the kids, and this I've seen may times. Needless to say we are transferring out of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2009

There were a great many problems this last year beyond not keeping up with the 'sales pitch' given by the princpal at the beginning of the year. A lack of Homework, the nonexistent nursing staff, and the completely disorganized student pickup and drop-off lead to a very unproductive and unsafe year. Our child is definitely not returning next term.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2007

I have had my children at Sequoia for two years now and am pleased. The staff have always been forth-coming in any problems that my children may have. I have always felt welcome on campus by students and staff. This year I have a child in kindergarten and she is enjoying her class. I know that there are other choices for schooling out there. Yet, I feel that smaller classes,smaller campus, and a strong ciriculum are the keys to a good school experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2006

Teh School will be undergoing major changes in the lowerschool personnel. The Kindergarden is very stron but the first grade is weak. The school is very well prepared to handle special ed kids. They also have a deaf ed program on campus and teach the kindergarden class in sign lanuguage. Overall it is a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2006

All of the Sequoia schools seem to be pretty good. My kids go to Sequoia Star Acadamy which is a distance learning/performing arts school. They love it. We really like the principal, teachers and district people. The kids who go to this school are very well mannered and extremely talented. We can't say enough good things about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2005

Its great, the administration really cares.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted August 16, 2005

Sequoia Charter Elementary is a school that is past its prime. When I first enrolled my children in the 2002 - 2003 school year, there was a seperate principal for elementary, middle and high school. That abruptly changed in the '04 - '05 school year. One principal with inadeqate credintials, teachers being out on sick leave so long the students could barely finish an assignment and substitutes for these M.I.A. educators who were more intersted in entertaining 5th and 6th graders with the inapprotriate details of their life stories are just a few of the results of the disastrous decision. Add to this the parents were frozen out and ignored and you get a clear picture of the situation at Sequoia Elementary. Hopeful parents beware.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2005

I am highly satisfied with the staff at Sequoia. I enjoy the activites that they provide for family and look forward to having all 3 of my children there next year. There full day kindergarten program is excellant - the principals this year are WONDERFUL. Thanks Sequoia for the outstanding work in my childrens education.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
69%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
48%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
67%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 60% 43%
White 27% 42%
Black 7% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 87%N/A47%
Female 47%N/A49%
Male 53%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Amy Fraser
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (480) 890-4107

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Spalding
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Internet access
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student council/government
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
More from this school
  • At Sequoia Elementary, our commitment is to "do whatever it takes" for your children to be and feel successful. We commit to work together with families, communities, teachers and staff to bring your children the best in education. Our school is K-6 and tuition-free. We provide highly qualified teachers, student activities, technology, field trips, transportation, food services, and a gifted program. Our school has been labeled "Performing Plus" by the Arizona Department of Education.
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1460 S. Horne
Mesa, AZ 85204
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