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PK-5
Public
Scottsdale, AZ
Students enrolled: 500
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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11808 N. 64th St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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(480) 484-6100
(480) 484-3201
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November 24, 2014
Sequoya Elementary School is the very best. The staff, curriculum, resources, environment and parent community work collectively for the very best teaching and learning environment.

- submitted by a community member
April 30, 2014
Sequoya Proud....A+ recognition. 6 year Sequoya Family. Most awesome community ever. The teachers foster higher thinking with emphasis on the whole child. The staff is attentive, caring and very organized. WE LOVE SEQUOYA! What would we change: To be closer to ride our bikes to school!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
My husband and I absolutely love Sequoya for our boys! Their private Pre-K program, Children's Choice is so wonderful and provides both the children and parents confidence when making the transition to Kiindergarten. The staff is all so friendly and helpful, my 6-year-old feels like he's in a second home when at school. Teacher communication is excellent, community participation is outstanding, and the school as a whole couldn't get any better.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
I have 2 children currently attending Sequoya, 1 that graduated on to Middle School. Sequoya has been a godsend for our family. Our oldest child has ADD, ADHD and OCD. He started in the 1st grade, within the first month his teacher recognized that he was struggling with multiple subjects. Immediately their staff began working to get him the help and resources he needed. He received an IEP and with their help they implemented a plan we could all work with to begin catching him up. When graduating Sequoya he was getting A s in every subject. His first year of middle school he was on the honor roll. My other 2 children have also struggled from time to time, Every time they have needed extra help, it has been recognized immediately and the Staff has gotten them exactly what they needed to keep them on track. Since attending Sequoya we have felt welcomed. The community events are fun and we have been able to make lifelong friends. We feel like part of a family not just a number in a budget. I would recommend this school to anyone and everyone who will listen. It is not often that you find a school like Sequoya; we are very blessed to have found this great school!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
Sequoya is A+++ Excellent. They truly deserve this label. I considered many schools for my 4 kids and could not be happier here! I have one at Sequoya now, and 3 more to go. The "whole child" approach is not a catch phrase it is a culture at Sequoya. The teachers have the ability to get the best out of my child. The community at the school is what stands out the most. This starts with the principal. The principal is always present and takes the time to get to know each child. She was there all night at a community event and she knew my kindergartener by name in the fall! There are a number of events (Western Round Up, Movie Night, Art Walk, and many more) to be involved with this wonderful school. I cannot say enough wonderful things!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
We have two children at Sequoya - this is the end of our fourth school year with Sequoya and we love it. The teachers and administrators genuinely care about each and every student and the school in general has a very warm feel - a strong sense of community. We've been very happy at Sequoya and highly recommend it to anyone considering an elementary school in the Scottsdale area.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
Sequoya just got awarded as an A +++ school, officially. We are very proud of this label. Everyone works very hard to make sure our students get the best education possible. Our principal and vice principal are always engaged in the school environment and curriculum. We have a wonderful, engaged, positive learning place here at Sequoya Elementary School!!

- submitted by a teacher
April 16, 2014
Our children came to Sequoya from a preeminent private preschool, so we had very high expectations. Sequoya has exceeded our expectations. The primary emphasis is education. This is achieved because the teachers, administration and parents work together. Sequoya doesn t claim charter or any other boutique status, it stands head to head with any school. Whether your child requires an IEP, is gifted or has a learning disability, Sequoya educates the whole child and EVERY child. Sequoya s principal is accessible (responding to emails immediately), knowledgeable & friendly. She walks through campus talking to students daily. Her dedication to Sequoya is clear: her car was often the only car in the parking lot over the summer. It s evident she, like the rest of Sequoya, is happy and grateful to be part of this amazing community. The APT (PTO) is active and inclusive. Most schools require a fee to join the APT. At Sequoya, there is no fee and everyone (fathers, grandparents, etc.) is a member. It s a great mix of working and stay-at-home parents who strive to strike a balance between hosting fun activities creating a sense of community, fundraising and support for the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2014
Sequoya is a dream come true. We want the best for our son and feel blessed this school exists! There is such a sense of community and it feels as though everyone is working together for our son's success. He started in the pre-K program which is unbelievable! His teachers are the warmest, most loving and caring teachers. He loved coming to THIS school as soon as he began. Sequoya also offers an afterschool program called SAFE and that too is a dream come true! The children confirm it! They don't want to leave when it is time to go. Along with SAFE, which goes until 6pm, there are also afterschool enrichment courses that begin right after school. They include chess, sports, Spanish, etc. Sequoya's focus is on the "whole" child and they do the best job they can. We love this school!

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
This is an outstanding school I have two children at Sequoya and could ask for a better learning experience for them. The school also has a terrific before and after school program called the Safe Program. It has been a life saver for my wife and myself since we both work full days.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2014
I have to say that Sequoya Elementary School, it's staff, and it's curriculum have far surpassed all of my expectations. This is a caring, nurturing, and effective environment for my kids to learn in. Thank you!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2014
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Sequoya! Our son started school here last year when he was in 1st grade and it has been the best experience. The teachers, as well as all staff, are really invested in each child's well being. There is such a sense of community and support that I have not found anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2014
Sequoya Elementary School is a fabulous community school. Teachers, administrators and SAFE leaders truly care about the development of children. We have both our children there and are amazed everyday with the knowledge and character building that takes place. Our children have grown so much and I am confident they are prepared for the next step in education academically, socially, emotional and physically. Thanks Sequoya and thanks SAFE program(before and after school program- IT ALL ROCKS)!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
My 1st grader started at this school last August and we also have a kid in the private pre-k program that operates on their campus and our experience has been wonderful. We absolutely love the teachers, parents and community as they are so welcoming and positive. We also take advantage of the Project S.A.F.E, which is the before and after school program and the kids love it. Many times don't even want to come home when we come to pick them up. I would highly recommend this school and community!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
We love Sequoya! The teachers are wonderful. We also have our child in the SAFE before and after school program. SAFE is a lifesaver for the working parent. They get a chance to do their homework, play and have a good time with friends.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2014
My school is a place where I love coming to work each day, where I know I can walk thru campus and get a smile or a hug from students from Pre-K thru 5th grade and that tells me they also love their school. What you put out there, comes back to you.

- submitted by a teacher
March 25, 2014
Sequoya provides a wonderful experience for the entire family - my children are getting a quality education in an environment that considers the "whole" (well-rounded) child. The teachers and staff are approachable, concerned and competent and the parents are friendly and involved. Sequoya is community at its finest!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2014
Sequoya is family. We have a caring community. I have been here for 21 years. All 3 of my children attended this fantastic school. I invite you to call and make an appointment to tour the unique Pre-school/Pre-K programs. We also have a wonderful before and after school program.

- submitted by a teacher
March 24, 2014
Sequoya Elementary School is a wonderful place to learn and grow and be part of a Family. Teachers, Staff, and Administration are committed to educating the whole child. The Parents and Community are amazing! There is a terrific partnership between the Home and the School. I am proud to be a Sequoya Stallion!

- submitted by a teacher
March 23, 2014
I selected Sequoya and drove my daughter 20 miles each way for her to attend. The teachers are creative and professional, the administration is first rate. The staff here considers the whole child and the parents and community are exceptionally supportive!

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2014
This school is fantastic. The teachers are wonderful; very experienced, educated and caring and the Principal is also very attentive to the student's, staff and parent's needs and always looking to improve every aspect of the school. Everything from the after school programs available to the students to the APT organized family functions are fantastic. This was my daughter's first year at Sequoya and we could not be happier with the programs available to her and the quality of her education that she has received. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Sequoya!

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2014
Sequoya Elementary School is a fantastic place to grow, learn, and be part of a family in education. I have taught first through fifth grades over my career, and find Sequoya to be a positive, caring, enthusiastic school. Parents, Teachers, Staff, and Administration are committed to educating the whole child and consider each child their own. There is determination for success, pride in being a Sequoya Stallion, and a wonderful partnership between home and school. LOVE Sequoya Elementary and will teach here proudly until retirement.

- submitted by a teacher
March 19, 2014
Sequoya is a wonderful place to work! I have taught at 2 other Scottsdale schools and have been a parent at 4, there is no comparison. Sequoya has a great community made up of effective leadership, experienced teachers, dedicated support staff, active parents and inquisitive students! I am pleased to be a member of this community.

- submitted by a teacher
March 19, 2014
Sequoya is a wonderful place to send my child. We all know that budget cuts are making things more difficult but you wouldn't know it the way Sequoya runs. They have wonderful activities like field day and plays and art walk. Sequoya is an A rated school with high test scores. The 4th and 5th grade have wonderful leadership opportunities. It goes above and beyond student council. The campus is safe and secure. The after school program, Project SAFE has a wonderful staff that helps with homework and does so much more. We love Sequoya!!

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2014
After much review of the local schools, we decided to open enroll my daughter at Sequoya for K. I have been so happy with this choice. Sequoya is a top rated school with a strong community. The pilar of this school is it's leadership forged by Dr. Braney. She is out on campus speaking with her students and parents everyday. There is also diverse leadership opportunities for ALL students in 4-5th grade. If you are looking for a highly academic school with a small town community feel in the middle of Scottsdale look no further. Lastly, the on-site pre-school (children's choice) is remarkable! We were paying a considerable amount more for childcare. This is not childcare, it is seasoned caring teachers preparing their students for K. Regards, parent of two Sequoya students

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2014
This is an awesome school... We have two kids that we were prepared to send to private school - in fact we started pre-k at a private school... but decided to give the public school system a chance for k - and were pleasantly surprised! The teachers are fabulous, the classrooms have impressive technology, the kids always seem happy, the administration has a great handle of running the show and the community is really warm and parents are actively involved... and best evidence - my kids are always excited to get to school - even after 6 years of attending.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2013
Excellent special needs program-- especially for autistic children. My child has made such massive improvements since moving here. We moved into the area just for the school. This is a warm environment of friends, kindness, and support. There's just enough parental involvement (with very little obnoxious PTO pressure). Teachers and administration actually get along well together! Everyone is happy and seems to actually really love their jobs. You'll find teachers here who've been educating children with high quality for decades. The other day, an educator passed me in the hallway with a huge smile on her face and said "I LOVE my job!" She wasn't being sarcastic either. The new principal is outstanding, calm, and articulate. There's a hometown feeling here...we love it.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2011
Went here 4 years, 4 principals in as many years...very unhappy teaching staff. Teachers are pressured to score high, although classrooms are PACKED with out-of-boundary kids. Forget personalized attention. Its sink or swim here, parents are highly involved-although that means they also do scores of homework. The parents 'help' in class, I'd prefer certified teachers to do that. The grounds are dusty and dirty. Kinder kids snack outside, b/c the rooms get 'buggy'. It was gross to have them eat out on the dusty sandlot in the heat. Not what you'd expect from a Scottsdale school. The 'cool rooms' were not opened very often, and kids had to play in the heat a lot. Scary when the Nurse is absent. What are good test scores, if nobody cares on-campus and in-class?

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2011
My son will possibly be starting kindergarten at Sequoya this year. Unfortunately my first and only impression of the school so far is in speaking with the secretary (or whomever answers the phone) in an attempt to set up a time to tour the school and find out more about the curriculum. (Both my husband and I were unsuccessful in accomlishing this.) If I had to base my opinion of the school on that experience alone, I would say the school must be horrible. But... we know many parents who love the school and we're still hoping we can connect with a teacher or somebody who can help us determine if this kindergarten will be a good fit for our little guy. Hope I will be able to add a new and positive review in the fall!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
We have a very strong band of parents who are involved in every aspect of their childs education. The teachers are wonderful and nurturing. It's inspiring to see the comradare on campus.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2010
I literally moved into the school boundaries so my daughter could attend Sequoya. Academia is very important to our family, and living in Arizona where many schools are failing, it was very important to me that I place my children in an excelling school system. My child loves going to school everyday. She has grown socially, and enjoys all of the school hosted activities and events. The test scores do not reflect the younger grade levels academic performance, but I can say first hand, that my child has definitely exceeding my expectations for her this year. Parents are welcome, and the staff is excellent from the teachers, to the administration, to the lunch ladies and bus drivers. We really love this school!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2009
Sequoya is a wonderful school. We relocated from the east three years ago and visited all three feeder elementary schools in the pipeline before choosing Sequoya. The school has had some instability with administration, but this year hired a dedicated and experienced principal who is committed to our kids and school community. The previous principal, left for personal reasons which did not include a desire to distance himself from Sequoya. It was simply a better fit for him and his family. Parent involvement here is impressive. Children at all levels are being challenged in a caring and adademically focused environment.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2009
This is our first year at Sequoya and we could not be happier with our decision. The teachers and administration are very supportive. Parents are welcome and encouraged to assist in the classes. The parent involvement surpasses what I have seen at private schools that require involvement. The children always have smiles on their faces. The test scores are some of the best in the state.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2009
Our family is new to Sequoya this year...I have been very impressed with them & disagree with the recent posts. I have a kindergartner & a 2nd grader there, so feel like I have a broader perspective. I have been very pleased with the academic standards, as well as, the overall positive approach that both of their teachers have. Both of my daughters have very different learning styles and personalities, and are really excelling in their respective grades/classes (even with some bumps along the way). At the same time, is it realistic to expect that every teacher that your child encounters throughout their academic careers is going to meet your standards in every way? Of course not. And, it's not like that in the real world either...

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2008
For the short time my children were there I liked the teacher one of my children had, but the other was not very understanding and commited to my childs education. She always compared him and I do not think that is fair, as many children are different and learn on their own level. Yes, there are state standards and most children should be at a certain level for their grade, but my child is unique and very bright in his own ways. She seemed unwilling to hear my ideas and thoughts about what we can do to help my son. I also think that the sand in the Kindergarten playground is not a good idea in this state. Children have allergies and every time I was on that playground I felt like I needed a mask to breathe. My child was sick often with allergies and coughing..

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 08, 2008
This school is poorly run and ultimately you are taking a gamble. The staff are very inconsistant and you are putting your childs wellbeing at risk by having them grow up in this environment. Too many changes in leadership, poor communication from most members of staff. It is a misleading first impression as the office staff are delightful but as your insight into the school deepens-nothing but disappointment prevails.....I fully undersatnd why over the summer Dr Reid (the previous principal) chose to leave Sequoya. VERY poor choice of school even for AZ poor eductional standards!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2006
Best school in the phoenix area.

- submitted by a teacher
February 27, 2006
Great school with high level of parent involvement. Quite a few teachers have been at the school for many years. Good gifted program.

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August 01, 2005
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July 10, 2005
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May 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2005
Sequoy is one of the best public elementary schools in all of Phoenix. Great teachers. Huge parent involvement. There are alot of activities just after school, chess, guitar, extended care, tutoring.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2004
Fabulous school. Excellent teachers and parent support system.

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April 12, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2003
My older children went to another SUSD school - my youngest has been at Sequoya since kindergarten (he's in 4th grade now). Sequoya is an amazing community. We've had wonderful, caring teachers every year. Maureen Booth, our principal has been a great leader and communicates well with the parents (better than other principals we've had).

- submitted by a parent
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Sequoya Elementary School
11808 N. 64th St., Scottsdale, AZ  85254
(480) 484-6100
Last modified Sequoya Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sequoya Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top