School Details

Sequoia Elementary School

277 Boyd Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
(925) 935-5721
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 582 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

91%
57%
56%
90%
67%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Mt. Diablo Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
51%
46%
89%
70%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Mt. Diablo Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

87%
69%
65%
92%
79%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Mt. Diablo Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
67%
60%
87%
73%
65%
85%
60%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Mt. Diablo Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Sequoia Elementary School is a public elementary school in Pleasant Hill. The principal of Sequoia Elementary School is Cindy Matteoni, whose e-mail is matteonic@mdusd.k12.ca.us. 582 students go to Sequoia Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Filipino; and Multiracial. 8% of the Sequoia Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 6% of the 582 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Sequoia Elementary School is 22:1. Pleasant Hill Education Center is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Swimming

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 57% 47%
Filipino 4% 4%
Multiracial 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 5%
Asian 22% 8%
Hispanic 12% 32%
Unspecified 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.6%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 31852%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6% 36%
Limited English proficiency 8% 19%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    I love this school they have great teachers and faculty and the students are very nice I am extremely sad to leave.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have a second grader that transferred in first grade to Sequoia. It wasn't an easy transition for him but the principal and staff helped my son feel like he belonged. They were caring and loving to my son. They took the time to help I didn't feel alone. The teachers are awesome and friendly. As well as yard duties cafeteria staff and janitor. The parent participation is fantastic. Sequoia is our 2nd home anyone who has a child at this school is very lucky!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Our experience with Sequoia has been very positive. The Principal communicates regularly on important issues and upcoming events. He strives to make the school the best it can be academically in addition to making the school atmosphere a nice place to learn for the students. I feel what makes this school special is the incredible amount of parent involvement!! Only down side is the office staff...not exactly warm and fuzzy. Overall we are very grateful to be at this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    So blessed to have my son (second grader) in Sequoia. If my son is happy we are happy & that's what matters over everything!

  • (2 years ago)

    If this school is so great why is there 2 third grade teachers in program improvement? They need to go. They are pulling down this pristine school. Parents complain almost every day about them and nothing is done. And this has been going on for years. Once this school gets rid of them the test scores can continue to climb. If the principal is so great let's see him finally get rid of the baggage who has plagued the school for too long.

  • (2 years ago)

    I agree with parts of the last 2 posts. There is huge parent involvement but what comes with that are parents who think they run the show not the teachers or administration. I also believe there is way too much efforts being placed on the kids to "test" well and not enough efforts to challenge the kids to be critical thinkers and well rounded human beings. Yes the test scores are the highest in the district but at what cost? There has to be a better balance and unfortunately it isn't here. There are many who come here thinking it is a great school and leave after just a partial year (or a single year) because their kids can't keep up with the frequency of tests and the demands of achieving perfection.

  • (2 years ago)

    Two of my children attend this school and we love it. The teachers we've had are dedicated professionals and the new principal is clearly committed to the kids and ready and willing to help in the classroom whenever asked (I've seen this first hand). Our district has cut so may programs in recent years and we are fortunate to have a wonderful community of parents that spend their time providing programs such as assistance in the library running the PE program running the after school program volunteering in the classroom running the art appreciation program. Any time there is a need you will see a parent willing to fill it. We are lucky to have such a wonderful community despite the fact that we come from all over the district. Sequoia is a gem and I am thankful to be part of it.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am not sure what to think of this school. There is a major power play going on between teachers principal (new) and parents. No one is working in unison. Everyone appears to be working for themselves which is sad because a school of this caliber should be so much more. There seems to be an exaggerated empasis on api scores. My children transferred this year from another district school and the atmosphere is completely different (and not in a good way). Everyone is about one upping the other--no community to speak of. Almost the feeling you would expect in a more affluent community. So sad. I'll take the lower performing school with heart and soul any day.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am totally impressed by this school and it's committed teachers and parents. The principal is new but so far so good. The school is well-organized and a joy to participate in. We look forward to many more years here~

  • (4 years ago)

    Sequoia is a wonderful school with a little extra focus on academics than your average public school. Parent involvement is amazing at this gem of a school. We have amazing teachers that are dedicated to their students and to the school. The principle and office staff could be a little nicer and more helpful but that doesn't take away from how great the school is overall. Can't imagine sending my children anywhere else!

  • (5 years ago)

    Sequoia is a great school the principal and the teachers are very caring they work very hard to make Sequoia a great school.

  • (5 years ago)

    It focuses on academics and has great Parent participation.

  • (5 years ago)

    Wonderful teachers caring parents and responsible students make this school special!

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers here really care about their students and work well with parents to get our students to do their best. We have lots of after-school classes to interest our children in learning.

  • (5 years ago)

    Sequoia has the best teachers and curriculum. Great parents make it a successful school where our children have the best education!

  • (5 years ago)

    Sequoia teachers and staff are committed to the children in every way - education character development safety etc. In addition the parents help provide a very caring environment and support for all Sequoia kids and families.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm so proud on how the School's living up to it's image. A priviledged to be a part of the support group!

  • (5 years ago)

    Very pleased with Sequoia's Parents techers Staff and volunteers support for the children's academic success!

  • (5 years ago)

    Great staff dedicated teachers motivated families committed children -amazing all around results

  • (5 years ago)

    Our school is much more than an a building it has a heart and soul. The Sequoia staff teachers and parents work together for our kids to thrive and it shows. It is trully my sons home away from home.

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Overall score

(based on 39 ratings & reviews)

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