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
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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...
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..
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!!!
Great school with high level of parent involvement. Quite a few teachers have been at the school for many years. Good gifted program.
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.
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).
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