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Sequoia Middle School

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Posted August 29, 2012

In my experience the front office staff and counselors are unwilling to make any extra effort to meet the needs of students. Check out the note in the counseling office which basically limits communication to handwritten notes. This is a typical rule at Sequoia. It serves to make the counseling job easier rather than to foster communication with students. Students are widgets to be pushed to perform. There are no great inspiring adult role models here. Student behavior reflects this void. Certainly there are a handful of excellent teachers, but the best are reserved for the honors program. Then there are the teachers who pile on the homework as if to make up for their own inadequacies. Honors students dominate the "student" government which is chosen by the administration. If your student's enthusiasm for learning takes a nosedive while attending Sequoia it is not just a phase of adolescence, it is the pernicious school climate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2009

As a parent, I give Sequoia a '5' star rating because I've seen and heard the efforts given by the staff (as a whole), in helping our son adjust to what is, his new school and new state of residency. From the counselor down, through the teachers, everyone was willing to give all they could helping him in every way possible to bring him up to caliber and this, one does not see very often. They need be commended on their efforts! Sincerely, M. Marjorie Sortomme
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2009

i went to this school for 7th and 8th grade, and it was a great school. I highly recommend this school for your child, as it has a great balance of supervision at break/lunch, great teachers, and good activities to get involved with, such as choir (which i highly recomment), sports, etc. Plus, there is guided study if you are having a hard time after school for an hour a few days a week. :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 17, 2009

I agree with the comments dated June 27, 2007. My son is also very bright but due to ADHD (and possibly Asperger's) has great difficulties with organization and rembering to write down, do, and turn in assignments. He scores in the 99th percentile on standardized tests but is getting C's and D's. I have had several SST meetings to no avail. The school has no interest in helping, and says he is doing fine as he is 'passing'. He is very stressed out and no longer enjoys school or even wants to try. His self-esteem is going downhill fast and he is developing behavior issues. None of the teachers are willing to help other than to berate him. I will be pulling him out of this school as soon as I can. I have since heard from a number of parents and psychologists that Sequoia is the worst middle school in the district if you have a child that doesn't fit into their mold for learning styles. I understand that Redwood is the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2008

I think my school is wonderful! I just love all my teachers! I am in all honors classes and it is difficult, but I have managed to pull 4 A+'s and 2 A's! This school really is great. I am also in ASB and help take care of my school, like the motto. I hope my review helped anyone who wants their child to come to Sequoia! :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 30, 2007

I have two children that have attended Sequoia. I feel that the guided study program that Sequoia has in place is wonderful. At a stage in my children's lives when they were not interested in communicating with me about their homework, the Guided Study program did that for them. If they weren't keeping up with what they were supposed to be doing in their classes, I would know right away, because they would get guided study. I think it has forced them to develop their responsibility and improve their homework skills. It is an effective way for the teachers to let parents know if their children are keeping on track with what is expected of them. Brilliant idea!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2007

My son, being very bright but rather short on responsibility, organization, and work-ethic, has been a challenge his sixth-grade year at Sequoia. Unfortunately, we haven't had a lot of help or communication from his teachers, as he'll sometimes do something wrong or not at all for months without anyone letting us know so that we can deal with it, and as a result he is primarily learning to avoid responsiblity, and not achieving much of the potential that we all know he can. A number of other students have had similar problems and transferred out of Sequoia, although many seem to remain and manage. Maybe Sequoia needs better-rounded policies and practices to better help all of their students...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2006

Excellent Teacher Response. Excellent Councelors. It is just like a private school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2005

Quality of academic programs is mixed. Some are great, some are not. There seems to be some old teachers who have been in the profession for 20 years or more who have a sour attitude towards teens and education. Student teacher ratio is also very high in certain classes, upwards of 35 to 1
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2004

This is my family's 1st year at Sequoia. It has been a wonderful school for a 6th grade experience. As a parent, I know the staff is looking out for these new students in such large surroundings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2004

I think Sequoia Middle School is a great school. The teachers work with children so that each lesson is mastered.
—Submitted by a student


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879

Change from
2012 to 2013

-6

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 10


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879

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The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

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9 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
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The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

340 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

339 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

340 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 50% in 2013.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
91%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

362 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
77%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 31% in 2013.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
58%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

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History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

The state average for History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative was 52% in 2013.

382 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

364 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students74%
Females76%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disability29%
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner29%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate35%
Parent education - high school graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to state84%

Math

All Students71%
Females68%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino41%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disability14%
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner28%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to state77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students77%
Females82%
Males72%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disability54%
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner29%
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
Parent education - not a high school graduate59%
Parent education - high school graduate74%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to state65%

Math

All Students69%
Females72%
Males66%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino44%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability31%
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner21%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate55%
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)47%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to state63%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students79%
Females79%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to state84%

English Language Arts

All Students73%
Females76%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asian82%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability40%
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate32%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to state78%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students45%
Females44%
Males45%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino33%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)54%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disability10%
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only52%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate19%
Parent education - high school graduate32%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate56%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate65%
Parent education - declined to state45%

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students76%
Females74%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disability30%
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate39%
Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state80%

Science

All Students85%
Females84%
Males86%
African Americann/a
Asian97%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disability60%
Students with no reported disability86%
English learner32%
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate53%
Parent education - high school graduate72%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)87%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to state87%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 60% 26%
Hispanic 26% 52%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 11%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 24%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 4%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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