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Sequoya Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 500 students

Education for the Whole Child

 
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5 stars

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2014:
Based on 20 ratings
2013:
Based on 1 rating
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 13, 2014

Sequoya Elementary School is such a wonderful, safe, positive environment for any student! Staff, parents, and children all work together to make Sequoya run smoothly. There are clubs for students to join, such as technology, gardening, leadership, library help, peer mediation, and positive character promotions. Each grade level has common planning times, so teachers are working together with the curriculum to meet the needs of all students. We are not just co-workers, we are FAMILY!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted 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


Posted April 6, 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


Posted April 4, 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


Posted April 3, 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


Posted April 2, 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


Posted April 2, 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


Posted April 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 4, 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


Posted March 3, 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


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About these ratings

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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
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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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
n/a
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 "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

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
White 80% 42%
Hispanic 10% 42%
Asian 7% 3%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
School psychologist
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • NCEA ACT (2013)
  • A Rating (DOE) (2013)
  • NCEA ACT (2012)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • ASU Service Learning (2012)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Television/Radio News

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

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

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Gregory S. Reid
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (480) 484-3201

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Service learning
  • Special education
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • walking, pick ups
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • CARE Committee
  • Drama club
  • Gardening
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Peer Mediators
  • Student council/government
  • Technology club
  • Television/Radio News
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
87
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
87

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Cocpah Middle School
Chaparral High School
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11808 N. 64th St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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Phone: (480) 484-3200

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