A Sequoyah education is dynamic and adaptable.
At Sequoyah, children are trusted and challenged in a diverse community where they are appreciated for their individuality and supported by an integrated, developmental approach to learning.
Individuality & Differences
Junior High students share what they’ve learned about the value of differences.
The interaction between teacher and child is as important as the subject matter.
– Sequoyah School brochure, 1958
Our teachers believe that each learner can bring unique life experience, motivation, and interests into the classroom. Attending school in a nurturing and supportive learning environment helps children develop strong social and emotional skills, self-confidence, meaningful engagement, and a positive attitude towards school.
Social-Emotional Learning at Sequoyah
The Pond (K-1) class shares about their study of feelings and emotions.
A multi-sensory approach to learning utilizing and sharpens all of the learning senses.
Academic disciplines are introduced in meaningful contexts in which students are given the time for deliberate exploration, careful investigation, and playful discovery. Building on major concepts, processes and skills, teachers guide students to realize connections between ideas. Field studies, class projects, and performance ensembles are designed to draw upon individual learning styles and group collaboration while reinforcing subject-matter understanding.
Life is not compartmentalized. Learning is a continuous process of increasing breadth and depth.
Extra-curricular activities and a co-curricular schedule of classroom hot lunches, electives, all-school meetings, stewardship projects, student government, and service learning provide consistent opportunities to practice values in action framed by Sequoyah’s Habits of Mind.
Sometimes we learn best when we teach each other.
Relationships are an important dimension of student learning and begin with peer groupings in mixed-age classrooms which span two years. Each year, new groupings create opportunities for second-year students to learn leadership and incoming students to experience the challenge and excitement of working with older students. Establishing lasting relationships across grade levels fosters a positive culture and solid foundation for academic learning.
Students are challenged to apply what they learn and to construct meaning from what they know.
In each area of study, there is a core of knowledge and concepts that all students are expected to learn. Working toward achieving mastery, students are often asked to demonstrate their growing understanding by solving real-world problems like, “How much money did we raise at hot lunch today?”
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), the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Integrated Curriculum Group (ICG).
To become curious, motivated, self-reflective learners who generate questions to deepen understanding