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Sequoyah School is an independent day school in Pasadena, California, where students thrive in a diverse community, appreciated for their individuality, and supported by a progressive approach to learning.

Hands-On, Minds-On... Real Learning​

Sequoyah’s curriculum emphasizes deep understanding of concepts and mastery of skills. Children are introduced to reading, writing, and math through experiential learning, and are given time to explore their interests through research and play. In our elementary and junior high programs, students learn to collaborate in small, mixed-age classes with teachers who pay close attention to each child’s developmental readiness to learn. Our high school students benefit from an interdisciplinary approach with an emphasis on project-based learning.

Sequoyah students are expected to take an active role in their learning – even our youngest students set goals and periodically reflect on their process and progress.

What is
progressive
education?

Head of School

In progressive classrooms, teachers cultivate respect for a diversity of opinions and cultural backgrounds. They encourage students to voice their own ideas and to work with each other to solve problems, rather than always depending upon the teacher’s instruction to find the correct answer. Read more…

Our Mission

A Sequoyah School education challenges the mind, nurtures the heart and celebrates human dignity.

We are a community of learners.

At Sequoyah, we believe that learning goes on at all times and in all places, among students and teachers, along with family and friends. We strive to understand our similarities and differences, treat each other with respect, and practice our school’s Habits of Mind.

Ours is a safe, supportive community where children can become secure, self-reliant individuals, conscious of the needs and privileges of those around them.

How do we
build community
at Sequoyah?

President
Board of Trustees

Just as Sequoyah School provides a rewarding context for engagement and inquiry, the Sequoyah community is a rich, caring, participatory environment which connects teachers, students, alumni, families, and friends. We honor and reflect the vibrant ethnic diversity of Southern California and foster individual expression and productive collaboration.  Read more…

Experience Sequoyah. Come for a tour.

To learn what Sequoyah is all about, come and see it for yourself. If you are interested in Sequoyah’s elementary and junior high programs for your child, please schedule a tour. You’ll find out about our learning, teaching, and curriculum, and you’ll experience the enthusiastic, collaborative spirit shared by students, teachers, and parents — our community of learners in action. Please apply online if you think Sequoyah might be the right school for your child and your family.
Sequoyah School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation or family structure in the administration of its admissions.

Our Habits of Mind

Perspective

To seek, honor and reflect on multiple viewpoints in order to broaden understanding and solve problems

Inquiry

To become curious, motivated, self-reflective learners who generate questions to deepen understanding

Creativity

To approach challenges with an open mind and a willingness to take imaginative risks while generating ideas and refining solutions

Collaboration

To engage in constructive dialogue, value literature and language, and express oneself effectively through a variety of modalities

Communication

To know when and how to lead, follow, and work together as an active listener and meaningful contributor

Application

To integrate and apply acquired knowledge in and out of the classroom

Stewardship

To take care of people, take care of things, take care of the environment, and seek to make the community a better place for all

Ownership

To do one’s best work

Sequoyah is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).