This is my first year at Sequoyah. I tried going into it with a positive attitude, but from the beginning it was crazy. Just a week into classes, the school decides to add a 7th period, taking time from core classes for clases such as "Pinterest" and "Reading Club". When I asked the principal about why this was started, she said because some kids can't do after school activities. So how is "Pinterest" going to help them while taking time from core classes? Teachers didn't know much about these classes, including when they were switching sessions. At the end of 1st semester, they had a week where there was NO 7th period and kids just went back to one of their core classes each day. Great planning!! The principal can't seem to communicate to staff nor to parents. Principal lied at the start of school saying that SMS was an IB school; no they are GETTING their IB and will not have it until well after my daughter is out of there. There is no follow through. I am planning on choicing to another school next year. 4 principals <9 years. Good teachers are trying to abandon this ship.
I absolutely love this school. The parents down below are very ignorant of their child. Come on parents! Go teach your child to stand up for themselves. Of course all the teachers are different in this school, some care, some dont, some want you to just have fun, the teachers who dont really care is because your student isnt asking for help. Your daughter/son has to go up to that teacher and ask for help, ask questions! I recommend this school to anyone who lives in the area. Trust me all the so called "bullies" have a heart, everyone is very welcoming. To anyone wondering I currently go to this school, I have straight A's, and I am willing to help others.
I couldn't agree more with the last review. I am of strong belief that leadership begins at the top and works down. We are on our 3rd year of having students at this school. The faculty has continued to get worse. This is the first year for the 'absent' principal. We've seen her name on documents but does she really exist?! I have also requested meetings with her--to no avail. Bullying is very much a problem at this school. It is not taken seriously. Children are not reprimanded appropriately. I would NOT recommend this middle school.
This school does not take bullying seriously. Despite no breaks between classes and no lockers the chaotic environment is in the classroom. The teachers cannot control their classrooms, the students can be in compromising situations because action is not taken fast enough and the repercussions for bad students is too lax. I believe the staff tries to do good work but it's not enough. The pod situation forces the children to be with teachers they may not get along with for three years. It also puts them in with the same horrible kids every year. It's a situation that can create severe depression in the kids that are being picked on. God help those who don't speak up and tell their parents that they are being bullied. We have never seen the principal despite requests to do so. The principal is rarely seen by the students and we have overheard school office chatter that she works from home. This cannot continue if the school is going to properly function.
This is one of the best middle schools in Federal Way School District. It has a unique environment as there are no lockers and no breaks between classes. Essentially lowering the risk of bad behavior and skipping classes. There are 6 pods (large rooms) with smaller individual classes (by subject) inside. Two pods for each grade. The pods rotate, so you stay with the same pod for 3 years. Lunchtime and PE are the only social times, I believe this allows less opportunity for bullying.
I don't know what that last person is talking about. My daughter goes there and it's a great school. We love that the kids get to stay with the same group of teachers and advisor the whole 3 years. I never hear of any real fights or bullying. It's all really what your child puts into their time there and what study habits they have. You can be a good student anywhere, if you try,
I wouldn't recommend this school for ANYONE. I tried going there 3 different times and it was awful. Nothing but drama and chaos. The kids are terrible and major bullies! The teachers couldn't care less about the students unless it's life threatening. The only good thing is the principal. NOT WORTH YOUR TIME!
Amazing school! Great staff! Award winning! I love the Pod structure and the 3 year looping. This school has came a long way in the past three years. Keep up the good work.
This middle school has been great! We moved from Florida and the structure of the school and teachers is excellent. They have houses that have pods where a set of 5 teachers stay with the child for 3 years which helps in getting them started at the beginning of the year. I realize that the worry here is if you have a teacher that you dislike . . . but my daughter has all "A+" teachers and they work with you and stimulate you to work harder.
This school has come along way in the last couple of years. The staff is great and students are getting better connected. Our school is starting to get some good energy.
this school is just HORRIBLE! there are preppy kids and they are the worst i recemend not going to this school , its terrible, and the girls in 8th grade already wear tons of makeup. yikes!
I moved across the city from Illahee to Sequoyah. To compare the two.. there is no comparison Illahee is 10 times better than this place. Illahee may have an older campus but the staff among the campus are more concerned about my learning. Sequoyah isn't the best learning enviroment my teachers don't have a grip on their own students. We were being so loud one time that our teacher refused to be in the class for the day! The students here are so dramatic. There is no discipline and Mr. Blauser is cool but not strict at all! I miss Illahee and would do anything to go back! Sports acheivment, learning, and discipline doesn't exist at this school!
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