Sequoia High School is built on three major principles: personalizing, performance, and choice.
Personalizing: A small high school community of approximately 300 students, Sequoia offers a personal, family-like learning environment where students and their teacher-colleagues work side-by-side on a first name basis, to the single goal of empowering the individual student with a meaningful education. Students are assigned to Advisory classes where teachers work with them as a team. Advisory teachers review individual student progress regularly. Knowledge of student learning styles and close professional relationships between teachers and students develop as students work with the same teacher until they attain senior credits. At that time, they are assigned to a senior advisor who helps with planning for graduation and beyond.
Performance: Our second organizational principle concerns student performance. Students work to gain mastery of learning at a pace that works with their life circumstances. Students enroll in a minimum of three classes per term and a maximum of six classes per term. Taking more than three classes per term allows a student who is behind in credits to earn those credits back at a faster pace than at a traditional high school. This takes a great deal of hard work and dedication, but our system is set up to make this possible. Students graduate when they have met the Everett Public Schools credit requirements for a high school diploma. Individual graduations occur throughout the school year, when each student is ready to be graduated.
Choice: Finally, Sequoia is a school of choice. Students give up the broad course offerings and extracurricular activities of a traditional school for this more personal, individualized approach. Each student formally "chooses" the school, agrees to work hard each day and support the principles of the school; each parent or significant adult in a student's life agrees to actively support the student's serious efforts; and the school pledges an education which will allow students to thrive in a changing world. In order to qualify to attend Sequoia a student must complete the Connected process. Information on Connected dates can be found here.