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.
I love Sequoia (my nieces' elementary school) because of their creative teachers, gorgeous gardens, beautiful murals, and the general ambience of happiness and learning.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
I love Sequoia. It's family oriented, fun, caring teachers, and overall the children are happy.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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