OUR MISSION

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

We are a community of learners.

Sequoyah School is an independent K-12 day school located in Pasadena, California.

In 1958, Sequoyah’s founders sought to create a school community which was comprised of a broad spectrum of socioeconomic backgrounds and which offered a thoughtful alternative to standardized classroom teaching.

The school recently expanded its highly regarded elementary and junior high program to 9-12 grades. The high school campus is located just a few miles from the K-8 campus.

Sequoyah offers an innovative college-preparatory curriculum in a student-centered, experiential, humanistic environment. The school maintains a low student-to-teacher ratio and a developmentally appropriate program from elementary grades through high school, so that attention may be continually focused on a student’s social and emotional growth and academic progress.

Sequoyah’s Values

Sequoyah seeks to understand each student’s abilities, personality characteristics, and the pursuits in which they are likely to find the deepest satisfaction. Students at Sequoyah know that their voices matter in the world and that their acts of stewardship make the community a better place for all. Prompted to engage with important issues of the day and to consider multiple perspectives, they develop empathy and the knowledge and skills to become effective citizens.

Sequoyah’s Habits of Mind promote constructive dialogue, active listening, and self-reflection. These principles guide relations between all members of our school community and help us to develop strong connections between a student’s life at school and at home.

Teaching and Learning

Sequoyah’s teachers possess the expertise to develop curriculum and to apply strategies that foster critical and creative thinking, inquiry, and application; and they are invited and encouraged to bring their talents and interests to the classroom. Administrators work alongside faculty to develop a culture that values multiple perspectives to broaden understanding, address challenges, and identify opportunities. A professional development program informs shared practices throughout K-12.

Our students are expected to participate in their own learning and to collaborate with their fellow students. As they progress through elementary, junior high and high school programs, they are introduced to subject areas and skills in a variety of ways and with an emphasis on the interconnectedness of disciplines. Sequoyah prepares its students for their future by helping them learn to respect diversity, to be resilient when their convictions are challenged, and to sustain a strong sense of self in relation to others. Our graduates are known for their intellectual curiosity and engagement in the world beyond their classrooms.

Sequoyah’s Habits of Mind encompass a broadened definition of expected school-wide learning results. Faculty and staff are expected to incorporate these same principles in their work as members of the school community.

A Place-Based Approach:
Stewardship and Active Citizenship

Sequoyah’s placed-based approach to education utilizes the surrounding community as the context for teaching. Education is regarded as a preparation for active citizenship, while reinforcing the skills for continuing scholarship. In the youngest elementary years, a focus on students’ immediate surroundings engages their natural curiosity. On field trips and camping trips at each grade level, Sequoyah students are immersed in local heritage, culture, landscape, and are presented with real world questions relevant to their own experience and interests. This emphasis on social justice, and the application of knowledge and skills to contemporary issues extends into high school, where all students participate in an innovative social impact program.

Sequoyah’s Community

The Sequoyah School community honors and reflects the ethnic, cultural and economic diversity of Southern California. Sequoyah’s student and family population represents a diversity of ethnic backgrounds and cultural experience. The school draws its enrollment from neighborhoods across the city of Los Angeles and throughout the San Gabriel Valley.

Sequoyah’s commitment to the principals of mutual respect, inclusion and equity inform the admissions process and tuition structure. Sequoyah dedicates a significant portion of operating revenue to support its indexed tuition program. About 30-40% of students will qualify and be assigned a tuition level below the maximum.

Sequoyah’s History

In 1958, Sequoyah’s founders established a school community comprised of a broad spectrum of family backgrounds and offered a thoughtful alternative to standardized classroom teaching. For more than 50 years, the school has provided an education based on distinctive values, aspirations, and research-based practices. Sequoyah’s governing principles assert a commitment to the diversity of its community. The school honors and reflects the ethnic, cultural, and economic diversity of Southern California.

A California 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Sequoyah is accredited by California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Sequoyah is an Ashoka Changemaker School, and a member of the Independent Curriculum Group.

Learn more on our About Sequoyah page.

Opportunities at Sequoyah

Director of Field Studies (K-12)

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The Director of Field Studies (K-12) is responsible for designing and coordinating a K-12 field studies program informed by the school’s mission and educational philosophy, and integrated with its academic program. The field studies curriculum enhances the Sequoyah experience as students are intentionally led towards increasing levels of responsibility, self-reliance and leadership.

TO APPLY: Please email resume and completed employment application to Emily Singer, Director of Curriculum and Student Support.

Field Studies Specialist (K-12)

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The Field Studies Specialist (K-12) supports the field studies program. The program’s activities are informed by the school’s mission and educational philosophy, and integrated with its academic program. The field studies curriculum enhances the Sequoyah experience as students are intentionally led towards increasing levels of responsibility, self-reliance and leadership.

TO APPLY: Please email resume and completed employment application to Emily Singer, Director of Curriculum and Student Support.

Student Support Learning Specialist
(K-12)

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The Student Support Learning Specialist (K-12) is responsible for overseeing and facilitating student support services.

TO APPLY: Please email resume and completed employment application to Emily Singer, Director of Curriculum and Student Support.

Sequoyah School has a rich history of diversity and seeks candidates to enhance that tradition. Sequoyah offers competitive salary and benefits.

Seeking a Career at Sequoyah

Sequoyah School has a rich history of diversity and seeks candidates to enhance that tradition. Sequoyah offers competitive salary and benefits.

TO APPLY: See specific instructions in job listing above.

Sequoyah School

Elementary and Junior High Campus (K-8)
626 795 4351
Fax 626 795 8773
535 S Pasadena Ave
Pasadena CA 91105

Monday–Thursday
8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

K-8 Campus Map

High School Campus (9-12)
626 441 2076
301 N Orange Grove Bl
Pasadena CA 91103

Monday– Friday
7:45 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
High School Website

HS Campus Map

Business Office
626 795 4351 x218
640 St. John Ave
Pasadena CA 91105

Monday–Thursday
8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.