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

Hands-On, Minds-On, Real Learning


The Sequoyah 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. Students learn to collaborate in small, mixed-age classes with teachers who pay close attention to each child’s developmental readiness to learn. 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?

Josh explains.

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Get Sequoyah Head of School Josh Brody’s perspective on progressive education and how it works at Sequoyah.


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).

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.


Find out more about the Sequoyah community.

The Phoenix

How does Sequoyah build community?

Michael explains.

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Learn more in Board President Michael Barak’s message.


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

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.

Learn more:
Tour Information
Sequoyah Viewbook


Admissions questions?

Ask Carolyn.

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Email your questions to Sequoyah Admissions Director
Carolyn Stirling.


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

    To seek, honor and reflect on multiple viewpoints in order to broaden understanding and solve problems
    To become curious, motivated, self-reflective learners who generate questions to deepen understanding
    To approach challenges with an open mind and a willingness to take imaginative risks while generating ideas and refining solutions
    To engage in constructive dialogue, value literature and language, and express oneself effectively through a variety of modalities
    To know when and how to lead, follow, and work together as an active listener and meaningful contributor
    To integrate and apply acquired knowledge in and out of the classroom
    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
    To do one’s best work