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K-5
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Pleasant Hill, CA
 

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277 Boyd Road
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

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(925) 935-5721
(925) 988-8049
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April 10, 2014
I love this school they have great teachers and faculty, and the students are very nice I am extremely sad to leave.

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2013
I have a second grader that transferred in first grade to Sequoia. It wasn't an easy transition for him but the principal and staff helped my son feel like he belonged. They were caring, and loving to my son. They took the time to help, I didn't feel alone. The teachers are awesome and friendly. As well as yard duties, cafeteria staff and janitor. The parent participation is fantastic. Sequoia is our 2nd home, anyone who has a child at this school is very lucky!!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2013
Our experience with Sequoia has been very positive. The Principal communicates regularly on important issues and upcoming events. He strives to make the school the best it can be academically, in addition to making the school atmosphere a nice place to learn for the students. I feel what makes this school special is the incredible amount of parent involvement!! Only down side is the office staff...not exactly warm and fuzzy. Overall, we are very grateful to be at this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2012
So blessed to have my son (second grader) in Sequoia. If my son is happy, we are happy & that's what matters over everything!

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2012
If this school is so great, why is there 2 third grade teachers in program improvement? They need to go. They are pulling down this pristine school. Parents complain almost every day about them and nothing is done. And this has been going on for years. Once this school gets rid of them, the test scores can continue to climb. If the principal is so great, let's see him finally get rid of the baggage who has plagued the school for too long.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2012
I agree with parts of the last 2 posts. There is huge parent involvement, but what comes with that are parents who think they run the show, not the teachers or administration. I also believe there is way too much efforts being placed on the kids to "test" well and not enough efforts to challenge the kids to be critical thinkers and well rounded human beings. Yes, the test scores are the highest in the district, but at what cost? There has to be a better balance, and unfortunately it isn't here. There are many who come here thinking it is a great school, and leave after just a partial year (or a single year) because their kids can't keep up with the frequency of tests and the demands of achieving perfection.

- submitted by a teacher
February 19, 2012
I am not sure what to think of this school. There is a major power play going on between teachers, principal (new) and parents. No one is working in unison. Everyone appears to be working for themselves, which is sad because a school of this caliber should be so much more. There seems to be an exaggerated empasis on api scores. My children transferred this year from another district school and the atmosphere is completely different (and not in a good way). Everyone is about one upping the other--no community to speak of. Almost the feeling you would expect in a more affluent community. So sad. I'll take the lower performing school with heart and soul any day.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2012
Two of my children attend this school and we love it. The teachers we've had are dedicated professionals and the new principal is clearly committed to the kids and ready and willing to help in the classroom whenever asked (I've seen this first hand). Our district has cut so may programs in recent years and we are fortunate to have a wonderful community of parents that spend their time providing programs such as assistance in the library, running the PE program, running the after school program, volunteering in the classroom, running the art appreciation program. Any time there is a need, you will see a parent willing to fill it. We are lucky to have such a wonderful community, despite the fact that we come from all over the district. Sequoia is a gem and I am thankful to be part of it.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2011
I am totally impressed by this school and it's committed teachers and parents. The principal is new, but so far, so good. The school is well-organized and a joy to participate in. We look forward to many more years here~

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2011
Sequoia is a wonderful school, with a little extra focus on academics than your average public school. Parent involvement is amazing at this gem of a school. We have amazing teachers that are dedicated to their students and to the school. The principle and office staff could be a little nicer and more helpful, but that doesn't take away from how great the school is overall. Can't imagine sending my children anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
Sequoia is a great school, the principal and the teachers are very caring, they work very hard to make Sequoia a great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
It focuses on academics and has great Parent participation.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
Wonderful teachers, caring parents and responsible students make this school special!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
The teachers here really care about their students and work well with parents to get our students to do their best. We have lots of after-school classes to interest our children in learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Great staff, dedicated teachers, motivated families, committed children -amazing, all around results

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Sequoia has the best teachers and curriculum. Great parents make it a successful school where our children have the best education!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Our school is much more than an a building, it has a heart and soul. The Sequoia staff, teachers and parents work together for our kids to thrive and it shows. It is trully my sons home away from home.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Sequoia teachers and staff are committed to the children in every way - education, character development, safety, etc. In addition, the parents help provide a very caring environment and support for all Sequoia kids and families.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
The School is really concern about each student's academic progress by working hand in hand with the parents and the volunteers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Every Student is challenged to thrive to be the best they can be by learning the skills they needed that the school teachers, staff and parents impart to them on a daily basis. Proud to be a part of it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Very pleased with Sequoia's Parents, techers, Staff and volunteers support for the children's academic success!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 18, 2009
I'm so proud on how the School's living up to it's image. A priviledged to be a part of the support group!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Their program is so comprehensive and the teachers are very committed and the parent participation is phenomenal!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Sequoia has a lot of parent involvement and has a strong focus on academics.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Teachers, school staff and students have warm heart..

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Great academics and family spirit

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
We have been at Sequoia for several years, and overall are very happy with many aspects. Most teachers are great--very dedicated and supportive. The parents are great, working very hard to support the school and classrooms with a lot of family activities (after-school) and fund raisers. However, the principal is poor and does not have the leadership needed to run this schoolappropriately. She does not get things done, does not deal decisively with class/teacher problems, and is often defensive with parents. So I would give the shcool 5 stars, but the principal only 1 or 2.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2009
My daughter has very much improved in this school?!?!? She just started here and loved it especcily the teachers... who are really kind and doo really teach like its a privae school..

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2009
Sequoia has proven to be a top notch school for our children. Sequoia has often received a bad rap for being a tough school with no 'fun' activities for the children. This couldn't be farther from the truth. Yes we have a music program, yes we have field trips and yes the kids have fun while learning. We are very happy there and have been there for 4 years.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2009
If 'academic' means teaching to test then Sequoia is great... however, if you really want your child to learn - look elsewhere. Our daughter got perfect grades and was the 'teacher's pet' but we pulled her after 1 year. Don't even get me started on the principle! Parents were/are in her office every day complaining about the kindergarten program and she continues to do nothing. There were 7 families that pulled their kids from our class alone after their first year. I mean c'mon... it's Kindergarten! How is it that such a great school can't get a handle on something so simple?!

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November 12, 2008
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May 23, 2008
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October 15, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2007
Academically, Sequoia is top notch. However, their strict behavior policy and desire to achieve such high STAR testing scores is a little disturbing. As said below the school is run very militant not giving an inch to any of the kids just being kids. My son's second grade class last year was all on behavior contracts. Seriously, is that necessary. Also, I agree with the desire to do well, but when the focus of academic program is to excel with the STAR test, then I feel the students may not be getting a well rounded education.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2007
In a nutshell, Seqouia is not what it's cracked up to be! My son attended Seqouia for K-1 and I feel the school/teachers are not anything special. You have some good and some bad (wherever you go). If your child does not excel academically they are pushed aside and more attention is placed on the 'smarter' student. Having switched to Hidden Valley Elementary (HV), my son's life is so much more fulfilled, both academically and socially. A more relaxed environment has helped take the added pressure off my son allowing him to grow tremendously.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2007
My daughter is in her third year at Sequoia and we are very happy with the school. There are a wide range of activities in her second grade class including art projects, creative writing, math, and reading projects. Some are take home projects that involve the family. Parents are an integral part of Sequoia's educational process, which includes parents reviewing homework and signing off nightly. Sequoia stresses responsibility and other desirable social behaviors such as kindness, helpfulness, and citizenship. I volunteer in my daughter's class weekly and the atmosphere is happy, pleasant, and supportive. There are the usual holiday parties and field trips. Parents organize these parties and chaperone on all of the field trips. So far, all of the teachers my daughter has had have been very helpful in keeping parents aware of what the children are learning in school. They are also responsive to concerns and questions. Great school!' -

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2006
Sequoia teachers in the at all grade levels are not consistent in the information that is presented to students. Homework assignments at all grade levels varies depending on teachers, some hand out a page a night and others assign inappropriate levels, 7 or 8 pages per night plus 30 minutes of reading. The principal is aware of the inconsistancies and her inexperience as a principal prevents her from making positive changes at the school, so all students benefit from consistent academics at all levels.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2006
Sequoia Elementary has offered a wonderful foundation for my three children. We are in our 6th year at the school, and span all grades this year. With a new principal in her first year, administrative leadership is untested, but appears to be continuing in a positive direction. The previous principal was uber-committed, with tremedous drive and standards of excellence. The students saw many academic benefits under her tenure, but the rigid atmosphere has softened nicely with the new principal. With rare exception, the teachers are fabulous, dedicated and competent. Discipline is a standard, but is in no way oppressive. Kids can learn, create and thrive in this environment which allows for learning and growth, as well as an excellent foundation for the volitile middle school years ahead.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2005
The academics here are outstanding, yet the feel of this school feels very militant. The children seem very robotic and there is a very restriced atmosphere that makes it seem like the kids aren't allowed to have fun. No dressing up for Halloween, no Thanksgiving feast, and rarely any class parties are held. This is not a place for kids who struggle with learning because the school will make them feel like an outcast.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
Our daughter has attended Sequoia for two years, entering 3rd grade this fall. Overall our experience here has been exceptional, private school quality at a public price. Two cautions about Sequoia, the kids get challenged academically and misbehavior is not tolerated.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2005
Academics are strong. In 1st grade, they learned to read, addition, subtraction, book report on a zoo animal, basic multiplication, counting by 2's, 5's, 10's. They also learn about science, music, and art.

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2004
Sequoia Elementary provided both of my students the confidence and the great foundation to do better in further years of school. This school is definateley one of the best in the county.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2004
My two sons attended Sequoia for all of their K-5 grades (the younger one is in 5th grade for the 2004-05 year). In observing their teachers over the years, I saw a great range in their ability to motivate the kids and in taking an active interest in their academic development. Of the 12 total years my boys attended Sequoia, and counting 'team teachers' as one, I'd say they had 5 teachers who motivated them highly, 3 who seemed adequate in all areas, and 4 who seemed only to 'go through the motions', taking only perfunctory interest in the progress of the kids.

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October 29, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2004
My daughter has attended K-3rd. Her teachers except for 3rd grade were caring, encouraged learning while instilling discipline. She has grown and enjoyed her experience. The class size will increase significantly next year and I am now worried about the quality of her education even in the highly rated school. The on-sight daycare program is excellent and convenient. Overall this public school is hands down the best in this area.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2004
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Sequoia Elementary School
277 Boyd Road, Pleasant Hill, CA  94523
(925) 935-5721
Last modified Sequoia Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sequoia Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top