Students enrolled 391
Hours 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Katia Hazen
Transportation options no info
Before school Yes
After school Yes
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3730 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602

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5 stars
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May 07, 2014
Looking for a great school? This is it. Experienced, interested teachers; strong administration; extensive enrichment programming; and a diverse, tight-knit community of parents, staff, students, neighbors and supporters who pull together to make Sequoia the welcoming, warm, structured place it is. Our two older children love going to school, and our youngest can't wait to get started.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2014
We love Sequoia! We've had kids here for five years, and continue to be inspired by the wonderful teachers and amazing sense of community. I would highly highly recommend it to any parent!

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2014
My daughter has been at Sequoia since Kindergarten. She is now in down to her last 6 weeks of 5th grade. Sequoia has been amazing for her and for me as a parent. Her teachers throughout have been incredibly supportive, prepared and engaged. The sense of community at Sequoia is like nothing I have ever experienced. The staff, the parents and even the neighbors are all incredibly focused on making Sequoia one of the best elementary schools in the Bay Area.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2014
I have volunteered in the library at Sequoia Elementary School for over nine years, and my admiration and affection for Sequoia has only grown. This is a wonderful learning community: dedicated, accomplished teachers, supported by a great principal, engaged parents, all serving a delightfully diverse--in every sense of the word--student population.

- submitted by a community member
April 09, 2014
Our daughter has been extremely happy at Sequoia and truly enjoys going to school every day. This is a testament to the teachers who are inspiring in their dedication and a testament to the Principal who creates an environment where the teachers can thrive. The community involvement at the school is also amazing. Their involvement allows for many of the enrichment offerings at Sequoia, but also provides a example and model to the kids regarding community involvement and the value of education.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
Sequoia is special for many reasons, but the parental support here is great. My son is a 2nd grader. We participate in Bike Day, the Back to School picnic, harvest festival, and many other community events. There are great opportunities to learn here. The parents value learning, reading, and math, which in turn supports the kids and teachers. We highly recommend Sequoia.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
Sequoia is a wonderful school with a diverse parent, student, teacher community. There is strong parent support and fabulous teachers. Our family has enjoyed Sequoia for the past 3 years!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
Sequoia school has been a total dream for my family. It is our neighborhood school, so we just lucked into it, and I count my blessings all the time. I have 2 quirky daughters (one is already in middle school but went to Sequoia from kinder to 5th) who have both thrived there. There is a balance of academic rigor with creative pursuits. The art program is amazing. The student body is very diverse. Principal and teachers are very accessible.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2014
We ended up at Sequoia because my child is in TK. Sequoia wasn't even on my radar, although I had heard good things about it. We ended up loving it so much I wouldn't dream of moving schools. I used to only look at test scores but there is so much more to a school than that. To really get a feeling for a school you have to spend time on campus but I will list the things I like about Sequoia. There is an excellent principal and excellent teachers. The parent involvement is great. There's a wonderful sense of community. It's very diverse, meaning there is not one dominate group, ethnically, culturally or socio economically. The enrichment programs are so impressive. The kids learn African drumming with the greatest teacher. Every month the kids perform at Sequoia Sings where they sing and play drums. It's literally the coolest, greatest and most special thing I have ever seen a school do. The kids are taught their core values (like a school motto) of compassion, honesty, respect, and responsibility. They have art, PE, garden, drumming, music, science. It's a special, inclusive, nurturing place to attend school. Go Sequoia Squirrels!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2014
I and my wife are grandparents of three Sequoia students: a fifth grader, third grader and a TKer (transitional kindergarten). We pick up the kids after School and know teachers, parents and Principal. I have been involved as a volunteer at the School for 5+ years as a reading tutor, classroom helper and helper at various fund-raisers. I know a great number of parents and all the Teachers and the (relatively new) Principal. The Teachers are dedicted and very expert in their profession.There is not a bad Teacher some, being excellent. . I am in the process of recommending the TK Teacher, Ms. Love, for special recognition as she is truly special - keeping her very young students captivated and learning. Since we have been in contact with the School there have been three Pricipals with the first one excellent, the second not as good and now an excellent Principal again. Parents are very involved with volunteering with fund-raisers (very successful), helping out with classroom activities, after-school activities, etc. In my opinion, Sequoia School is an excellent Elementary School

- submitted by a community member
March 23, 2014
Sequoia is a well-rounded elementary school that our kids will always remember as a place that loves to celebrate. We love that Sequoia encompasses many things that we love about Oakland- strong community ties, cultural/racial and socioeconomic diversity, teachers that care deeply for student growth and comfort, Principal that cares about the big picture, and supportive parental involvement. There are negatives, as there are with any school- not enough playground supervision and lack of resources or programs for children that are performing at a high level (in short, not a challenging curriculum)

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2014
Sequoia has an incredibly warm and inviting community that inspires a strong connection among the students, the teachers, and the students' families. There is a high level of willing family participation - there is never any pressure to be involved, but families are drawn in by the inclusive and welcoming environment. Students are proud to be a part of the Sequoia community, and it's reflected in the overall atmosphere of the school. It's a place where people really take care of each other. I've seen many examples of children rushing to help and comfort a child who has fallen or who seems upset. I've also seen older kids include younger kids when playing on the playground after school. The supportiveness is also present in the classroom. We've only experienced one teacher so far, but she has been incredible. She recognizes that different kids have different strengths, and she finds ways to engage and challenge each individual. I occasionally help in the classroom, and it's touching to see how excited and proud the kids are when they've learned something new or accomplished a tough task. In some magical way, our teacher finds ways to bring that out in every child.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2014
Sequoia is all around excellent. My grandson reads third grade books as he enters Spring time in the 1st grade. Teachers and leadership top notch as well. Play experience outside is pleasant and well supervised.

- submitted by a community member
March 22, 2014
Folks- Sequoia Elementary completely ROCKS! Yes it's Oakland Unified, but I'm here to tell you that as the parent of an African American son with borderline special needs it has completely exceeded my wildest dreams. The principal and his teachers have worked with me and with my son. I talk, they listen and respond as well as listening and responding to my son-incredible! In addition to very motivated and excellent staff (they have amazing teacher retention) another astonishing strength is their diversity, and friends: this is the real deal tire meets the road diversity, not the diversity lite or diversity in theory that other schools claim to value and have. For instance in my son's class of 24 there are: 4 families with queer parents, 2 transracial families of adopted children, four asian, two latino, five white, seven African American and 6 biracial kids. His afterschool program 'Healthy Start is great as well.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2014
New to Sequoia this year, and we have been blown away. This is a wonderful neighborhood public school. Starting first grade knowing no one, I feel that our child has been warmly embraced by the other kids at the school. We feel a true sense of community. Teachers are supportive, pragmatic and no-nonsense. The staff is friendly, knowledgable and always helpful. And the parental involvement is outstanding. We could not ask for more!

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
My children have attended Sequoia since 2007. Educationally speaking Sequoia is average. Another post commented on the lack of a challenge in the work given their child. Which I too have encountered. Although there is no perfect school, it all comes down to consistent parental involvement working in conjunction with the Administration to ensure a successful school experience. I would advise existing and new parents alike to be aware of the bullying currently happening on Sequoia's campus - of which my child has been one of the recipients of. To my knowledge, it is just occurring with the upperclassmen. Nevertheless, it should not be occurring at all. In light of that information, make an informed decision of whether you want your child(ren) to attend this school. This issue is serious and given my children's long tenure at this school, I am fighting to eradicate this issue...not only for my children's well-being, but for all who attend and/or hope to attend this school. Bullying is unacceptable behavior and need not be swept under the rug for the sake of not tarnishing Sequoia's image.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
My Son School is great!!! I am so happy to have him here since 2nd grade. This school is great for parents support , when you call, when you in person, when you need to talk to the principal, they always there for you and your child. I like everything in the school, teachers, principal, office personal, location, parents is just a BEAUTIFUL SCHOOL AND ENVIROMENT FOR KIDS. My son look very happy on his 5th grade and with his teacher, sadly this is his last year in this school. I do encourage every parent to enroll your kids in Sequoia elementary school, your kids will love it too.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2013
We are 5th-year parents of two girls at Sequoia (our default neighborhood elementary school) and have been consistently impressed with the teachers, the administration, and the strong sense of community with other Sequoia families.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2013
This is our second year at Sequoia and we truly love it. The teachers, administration and community of families are wonderful, inclusive and engaging. If you are considering Sequoia, please try to attend one of our many fabulous events to see for yourself what a fabulous, nurturing school it is!

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2013
Are your trying to decide between sending your child to a public or private school? Sequoia has an extremely nurturing environment, my daughter loves going to school there, the reading specialist is excellent, girls (as well as boys) are encouraged to get excited about science, and math. In 2006, the National Education Department did a large scale study comparing private and public school and concluded that the statistics showed public schools generally performed as well or better in reading and mathematics than comparable children in private schools. The Oakland Unified School District has been named the most improved school district in California for the last 5 years. Sequoia is a school community where children thrive and where parents have many opportunities to grow by taking part in a caring Community. If you like being involved with your children s studies and believe in a strong Community, Sequoia is a great place to be.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2013
Sequoia has not only met all of our expectations for quality elementary education for our daughter (1st grade), but has exceeded them. From the extremely competent principal to the high-quality teachers to the engaged parent leadership, the school has so many strengths. We look forward to sending our second child there next year.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2013
My son started Kindergarten at Sequoia this year and we are thrilled with our experience. The school has so much to offer! My son enjoys using the library, drumming class, motor skills exercises, PE, art class, garden class, and more. His teacher is excellent and he has truly thrived under his care and appropriately challenging instruction. He has made many friends, as have we- the parent community is strong and wonderful. The principal is an amazing leader who really has her finger on the pulse of what makes the school successful. Though we were lucky to have a good school 2 blocks from our house, we instead chose Sequoia for all the obvious reasons and are SO happy with our choice.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2013
My daughter attended from K-5th grade. We absolutely love this school. She has fond memories and still talks about her experience here. The Principal at the time was fabulous! Since then, there have been two more principals appointed to this school. Still, the teachers at this school are extremely nurturing. The students have tremendous respect for each other. The art program and choir teachers are amazing! There is so much diversity and richness. Parent involvement is spectacular and welcoming. Additional: GATE class, art, music, after school help from teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2012
We've been at Sequoia for 4 years now, and are looking forward to our younger kid starting Kindergarten there next year. The teachers have all been models of commitment and competence, the leadership is first-rate, and the strong parental involvement is a constant inspiration for us to become even more involved ourselves. There's a healthy commitment to making enrichment programs available to the kids -- music, garden, art, science, chess, and a host of yearly activities make it a genuine community, rather than just a school. There are a variety of after-care options either on-site or at nearby facilities. The site is well provisioned maintained and well maintained. Perhaps best of all, the student body is filled with inspiring kids with a variety of talents and interests, from a very diverse background. Aside from providing our kid(s) a great education, Sequoia has provided a community that the whole family is fortunate to be part of.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2012
Our son started at Sequoia this fall. We have been thrilled with the quality and experience of his teacher--truly she surpasses our expectations in every way. In addition to the core curriculum they receive music and art lessons, have upper grade buddies, weekly structured PE, weekly library time, and have already gone on two field trips. The school community is amazingly diverse in every way that you can imagine. Our two-mom family has felt completely welcome. Many of the families are from the local area but there are a lot of kids from other parts of Oakland as well. The parent community is active and welcoming.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2012
we love the community at Sequoia. it is a great place for parents who want to be really involved. my son gets to garden, he's been in the choir, learning African drumming, has library time, PE, and science. Last year he was in the chess club, and every year he performs in the variety show. They have a multi-cultural potluck and even a instrumental band for older kids . They have movie night fundraisers so parents can go on dates, an amazing Harvest Festival and many other things. Many parents stay after school to let the kids play on the playground to get to know each other. This school is a true representation of Oakland being extremely diverse and everyone is very respectful and good to each other .

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2012
My son started kindergarten at Sequoia three months ago and we are grateful to be a part of this community. The parent involvement component of this school is a well established, smooth running machine which lifts Sequoia up like a shining star. There are a lot of great enrichment activities. My son's teacher is wonderful and highly competent.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2012
My son started kindergarten at Sequoia this year and I could not be happier with the experience we're having. This is a GREAT community of people, a really diverse, vibrant, committed collections of families, educators and staff. My son loves his teacher, she is experienced, loving and obviously knows what she's doing. In addition to a solid classroom experience, they are having fun field trips, learning art, drumming, and all kinds of enrichment that the community is making sure happens. My son is loving school, making friends, and I could not be happier with our decision to send him there!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2012
My son is a fourth grader at Sequoia. I could not be happier with his journey at our beautiful neighborhood school. The teachers have always welcomed me and other parents to volunteer in the classrooms, which means we as a community really know what the teachers are like and we know the other children and families very well. The social bonds at Sequoia are very powerful and meaningful, and the children have genuine respect for each other; their friendships will endure long past their years here. Acadmically the students are receiving an excellent education. There are many special classes: a P.E. teacher, art, garden, orchestra,drumming, choir, and after school programs. As a parent I feel very lucky to be a part of this wonderful community.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2012
When challenged by small talk that all public schools are horrible, I am so happy and proud to be able to say that our son goes to Sequoia, the very best example of why a public school education can be a fantastic journey. Sequoia is that magical alchemy of enthusiastic and skilled teachers, truly divers kids, and fantastically involved parents- many of whom are teachers themselves. There is something for every kind of student here- art, music, science, athletics, team building, academic tutoring, gardening, speech-making, choir, as well as dynamic academics in the classroom. My son is happy, challenged and supported to participate at every level. Hurray for the Sequoia Squirrels!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
This is our first year at Sequoia (kindergarten) & we are just thrilled with everything so far. We were zoned to go to another, very good school, but chose Sequoia because of the incredible community and diversity of the families. The teachers are absolutely wonderful--talented, knowledgeable, dedicated--and work closely together with each other and the parents. The parents are an active, down-to-earth group and it's been truly a joy to get to know them and their children. Another thing that I love is the small class-size in kindergarten. I believe there are only 21 kids in the class. My daughter skips to kindergarten everyday, making lots and lots of friends. She's reading, doing math, and loving being a Sequoia Squirrel! We couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
Sequoia is a bustling, vibrant, diverse and welcoming neighborhood school. The great parent involvement, wonderful teachers and variety of enrichment and community building activities makes this one of the best elementary schools in OUSD. I highly recommend prospective families to join in the Sequoia Squirrels fun!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
Our daughter is in her last year at Sequoia and it has been an overwhelmingly positive experience. The principal, Katia Hazen, is smart, inclusive, responsive and works hard to make this the best school possible. Our daughter has had a series of amazing, talented and caring teachers and she has excelled at Sequoia, not only academically but socially. There is a committed team of parents at the school who all work together to provide a rich curriculum, including music, art, gardening, and choir. We will be so sorry to leave at the end of 5th grade!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
While some schools are test-focused, Sequoia's very professional teachers and principal keep the best interests of children in mind. Both of my kids have learned and grown as students and human beings each and every year. They come home talking about how much they like their teachers and they are usually pretty excited about what is going on in class. The teachers are very approachable, caring, and willing to work with parents to customize learning for each child. We also love our awesome community events...the Variety Show is a lovely, supportive place for kids to show off their talents and the Harvest Festival is nonstop fun. The MLK Oratorical Fest is hard to get through without getting teary because the performances are so heartfelt and beautiful. Many of our visitors and chaperones on field trips comment on how nice and polite Sequoia children are, and that has been my experience as well. It's just a down-to-earth community of good people. Finally, I think it is telling that several families have returned to Sequoia after giving charter schools a try. Sequoia is truly special...not flashy or fancy, but a great place for kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
Sequoia is a wonderful school. My 16, 15 & 12 year old all attended Sequoia and my four year old will attend next fall. After all my years involved with Sequoia I have seen a lot of change, but good change. It went from a good school to a great school. The teachers and the principal really care and work hard. It has a very diverse community which served my multicultural family well. The parent and community support is amazing. It is a wonderful school community to be apart of.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
Sequoia is a tremendously vibrant, creative, and nurturing environment for my child. When my son entered Sequoia as a kindergartener, it was a good school, but to be fair it still had plenty of room to grow. He's in 3rd grade right now and I can truly say it has become a GREAT school. We have an exceptionally involved parent community, a fantastic principal and really committed teachers. Every year the school just keeps getting better and better. I love how diverse the community is, and Sequoia kids are among the more respectful and kind children I know. From our annual Harvest Festival, to the Art Spark student art show, and even Kid Movie Nights, I love seeing the Sequoia community in action. You won't be disappointed with this dynamic school!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
Sequoia has the increasingly rare combination of experienced, committed, and compassionate teachers, a truly diverse, highly involved and caring community, and a smart principal with a strong vision for the school. There's also a robust enrichment program consisting of African drumming, art, garden, earth science, and choir, as well as afterschool classes ranging from yoga to Legos to Spanish. Definitely worth checking out this amazing school!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
Our family is in the fourth year of attending Sequoia. Each year it keeps getting better. Teachers are hard working, skilled and very caring. Our new principal has a great vision for our school. I love walking down the halls and seeing busy, engaged and happy students in each classroom I pass. The community is diverse, positive and not afraid of jumping right in to make our childrens' experience even better. Sequoia is well worth looking at if you want your child to have a great public school experience in a school that looks and feels a lot like what is right with Oakland.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2010
Reasons why we love Sequoia: Loving, nurturing and competent teaching staff! Incredible community of involved parents! Two dedicated art teachers that foster a environment of creativity and self-expression.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2009
I love this school. The principal, teachers, families, and students are by and large not just okay, but wonderful. Sequoia is child-centered, down-to-earth, and low-key; it's proof to me that simple is really good for kids. Children here learn and play. A lot. My kid is friends with all kinds of kids he'd never encounter at other more highly-ranked schools; it is truly diverse in all ways. Teachers here are experienced pros...walking the halls during class time I am always amazed at how attentive and engaged kids are in every room. The community events are fun, old-fashioned, and friendly. It's not a perfect school, but it is pretty close to perfect for my equity-minded, community-oriented family. I'm extremely proud to be part of such a wonderful public school in Oakland.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
My son loves his school and as a teacher myself, I think it is an amazing place. It has a wonderful staff and a great community. Thank you for everything you do!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Sequoia has excellent faculty, caring, involved parents and a bright, diverse student body and deep traditions in parents groups. It feels like home.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Sequoia has great teachers, a great after school program (Healthy Start) and the parents are involved. It's a happy, safe, effective learning environment. I have a fourth grader and we've been at Sequoia since kindergarten. Couldn't be happier with our experience!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
Sequoia is a wonderful public school built on these principals: diversity is strength, great teachers make great schools, enrichment programs improve student achievement, and dynamic parent involvement can take a school from good to great.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
I love Sequoia (my nieces' elementary school) because of their creative teachers, gorgeous gardens, beautiful murals, and the general ambience of happiness and learning.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 04, 2009
Sequoia is not just a place with terrific kids and families of every stripe, but a place where teachers and staff really love teaching and being with each other.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
This is an amazing school with fantastic community involvement. Since our daughter started 2 years ago we've put in several large gardens within the playground and this year a block long beautiful native garden along Scenic Ave., all by community volunteers, both parents and others in the neighborhood! The teachers are great, the kids are learning loads, and nature is all around them. A model 'public' Oakland school if I ever saw one!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
Sequoia has experienced teachers; dedicated staff; the most diverse community of children in Oakland; enrichment programs, including art, garden, music, choir, African Drumming, Library and P. E.; active parent volunteering and fundraising; after school programs; a full inclusion program; and a GATE program for gifted students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Sequoia is a perfect package. It's a small school with a really down-to-earth parent community, all the while being a diverse and enriching place. While it endures the challenges of all Oakland public schools, it has an increasingly involved group of parent volunteers. The teachers are exceptional, caring people. I am a teacher in a high performing school in Alameda. I choose to send my child to Sequoia because it is a less stressful and competitive environment. And it's 4 blocks from my house. I have enjoyed walking my child to school and running into other neighbors who are doing the same. While test scores really mean little, the scores at Sequoia are on a steady climb. Truely a well kept secret!

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 27, 2009
Our daughter attends Sequoia and it has been a wonderful experience for her. We love the teachers and the involvement of the other families. The principle is terrific too. Having choir available to the students is a plus...our kindergartener enjoys being involved with the singing group. Sequoia has a sweet and nuturing learning environment and our daughter loves it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2008
My child's teacher is involved, responsive and totally engaged. My child loves the field trips, the art and music. The student population is diverse, respectful, and very happy. Love of learning is evident. I wish drop-off and pick-up were easier - the streets are too narrow and parking is impossible - but no other complaints.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2008
I love Sequoia. It's family oriented, fun, caring teachers, and overall the children are happy.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2008
My son is currently attending Sequioa and it's average Academically speaking. I feel that my son could do so much more but the teachers can not offer better teaching or challenge him. Often time when I he comes home from school, I would ask him to start him homework and he would say that it's too easy for him and that he's bored with the class. He is obviously ahead of his class but I feel that he is just stuck there because he has no choice, but when in reality, there is another option, why not challenge him? although the parent involvement is definitely there, but seems like that's all they offer. I want my son to advance academically. It's just not there.

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March 27, 2008
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January 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2007
I really enjoy having my daughter at Sequoia. I love the parent participation. The only downside is that Sequoia offers an after school enrichment program but unfortunately all can't benefit from, due to capacity.

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April 24, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2005
Sequoia school offers a positive and nuturing school climate. The students learn important academic, personal communication and problem solving skills. The school has shown steady growth in state standardize testing. The classroom programs include hands on science and social studies. Schoolwide programs teach children the skills needed to resolve conflicts and to communicate successfully with peers and adults. Our school wide buddy class program pairs older students mentoring younger students. It's a great school!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2004
If we weren't fortunate to have Sequoia as our neighborhood school, I would seriously consider an interdistrict transfer to send my children there. We have been pleased with the educational and social development provided to our kids. The teachers strive for excellence and facilitate an open, caring environment for learning. A vibrant, diverse and growing 'community', I feel our children are safe, challenged to do their best, and are well prepared for the next step in their education. Active Dads Club and parent groups foster an awesome connection to the school. Multi Cultural Potluck, Fall Picnic, Lego Mindstorm Club, Variety Show,Science Camp, resident Art and Music Programs, Pancake Breakfast, Healthy Start Programs, Classroom volunteers etc. sponsored and/or supported by the families of Sequoia make this a school I'm proud to be part of.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2004
I am a teacher who chose Sequoia for my daughter. The community is vibrant and diverse in language, culture, and background. The staff is amazing--creative, reflective, and always concerned first and foremost with the well-being and learning experience of each child. The climate of the school is pleasant, and kids are taught and encouraged to solve their problems both with learning and with each other. Sequoia reflects the best of our community.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2004
We are very happy at Sequoia. We chose it for its excellent staff, parent involvment, and community feeling. The principal has a strong presence and provides good leadership. Our family has put a good deal of energy into building up our parent's clubs, understanding the weaknesses and drawing out the strengths of such a wonderfully diverse and generally good-natured community.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2003
Sequoia offers a positive/nurturing school climate.The students learn important academic, personal communication and problem-solving skills. There has been a steady growth on state standardized testing. Classroom programs include stimulating hands-on Science and Social Studies. Sequoia has a rich diversity; School-wide Buddy Class Program; Parent Groups; After School Programs; School Garden/Out Door Classroom; Artist-in-Residence;Child Development Center; School Social Worker/Counselor; Choir; Student Hall of Fame. Teachers 100% Credentialed. Principal has been a member of the community for 28 years and warmly welcomes visitors. Sequoia is a great place to grow!

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Sequoia is a vibrant, diverse community of learners who strive to embody our four core values of Responsibility, Respect, Honesty, and Compassion. Our parent group raises money to fund art, music, science, and garden programs for every student. Sequoia's Dad's Club, established more than 50 years ago, puts on fun events like the Variety Show, Fall BBQ, and Movie Nights. This school is beloved by the community and it shows in the care and attention each Sequoia student receives. Our staff of largely veteran teachers constantly collaborates to create rich learning experiences for children that rival those of the best schools, public or private. We are proud of our campus, beautified by a student-created tile mural over 300 feet long, productive classroom vegetable gardens, and numerous brightly painted murals. Sequoia is a happy, safe and colorful campus full of curious, interested children who are both challenged to be the best they can be and supported in their individual learning needs. One thing that makes Sequoia so special is our Autism Spectrum Full Inclusion program that places children on the spectrum in classrooms with support. All children receive orientation on individual learning differences through this program and become more compassionate individuals as a result. Our well established school climate of acceptance, kindness and sensitivity benefits all children. We welcome visitors to our monthly Sequoia Sings assemblies, held on the first Wednesday of each month, when we come together as a school to hear news and raise our voices in songs related to our four core values. You will hear the African drums as you approach; they are the heartbeat of Sequoia.

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Sequoia Elementary School
3730 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA  94602
(510) 531-6696
Last modified Sequoia Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sequoia Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 66 reviews.