School Details

Sequoia Middle School

265 Boyd Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
(925) 934-8174
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 895 students 24 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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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

68%
60%
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52%

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

64%
37%
50%
70%
58%
57%
66%
54%
52%
79%
64%
67%

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 Middle School is a public middle school in Pleasant Hill. The principal of Sequoia Middle School is Kevin Honey, who can be contacted at honeyk@mdusd.org. 895 students go to Sequoia Middle School and identify mostly as Filipino; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 8% of the Sequoia Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 34% of the 895 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Sequoia Middle School is 24:1. Pleasant Hill Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Filipino 8% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 43% 47%
Hispanic 32% 32%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 5%
Asian 12% 8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.8% 31852%
Unspecified 0.4% 2%
Multiracial 0.4% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.1% %
Pacific Islander 0.1% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34% 36%
Limited English proficiency 8% 19%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (12 months ago)

    We are just way too fabulous for u . SWAG= Sequoia We Are Giants. STAY FIERCE SMS!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    I attended Sequoia Middle School all three years and I am so happy I did. The students were mostly very kind and welcoming the teachers were all fantastic and got all students engaged and the activities such as leadership drama and their many diverse clubs were so much fun and worth doing. Each student strives to excel and each teacher supports them in doing so. I love how they would reward good grades with free lunches and homework passes! I miss it so much! If you are currently attending Sequoia make the most of it because that experience is one of a kind!

  • (1 year ago)

    I go to this school as a sixth grader and even though I am new I feel like I fit in because there is no bullying and everyone including the eighth graders are friendly.

  • (1 year ago)

    It was so hard for me to choose which middle i wanted to go to back when i was in 5th grade. Until then I got accepted in Sequoia and i wasn't sure how I was suppose to feel. On my first day i found a few of my friends there but I was sad that most of my friends weren't there though I made new friends and no bullies. The bulletin told me about the events at school and my teachers were nice. I rarely ever see bullies in the school but I still see gossipers.

  • (1 year ago)

    Sequoia Middle School is a great school. My child goes to this school and she always comes back feeling positive and is always participating in school activities. I personally love the school because of the block schedule making it easier on my schedule and on my child's. I don't know anything that Sequoia could possible improve on. It's wonderful and the staff are just as amazing. Sequoia Middle School is a great school and helps my child's learings easier.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a current student at Sequoia Middle School. It is a great school! I love all my teachers. The students are all so welcoming and great. I have met some great friends here. The teachers are friendly caring and even funny! They make learning fun! I love coming to school. But every school has drama. Thats only part I hate. Otherwise great school LOVE IT!

  • (3 years ago)

    I find the teachers and administration very accessable-we have been happy here. The rotation classes in 6th and 7th grade are tricky because you don't always get what you want but all rotation classes seem good. The music program has had a lot of turnover in teachers.

  • (3 years ago)

    I do not like this school! I was bullied and beat up! It's not the school teachers or staff! It is the students! Some are great students and so nice but other students don't try hard and are disrespectful! They are cruel and have no monitor on what they say! - Current Student

  • (4 years ago)

    The best middle school in my area. The kids are friendly and it is a great school if math isn't your strong suite. We have many electives such as woodshop art hands on tech spanish french german drama and academic success. The only problem is lunch you have to get their fast or else there wont be any good food left!

  • (5 years ago)

    It's the best school ever! The coolest core teacher to me is MR. DODSON!!!!!!(in 6th grade) the rotation classes are really fun! Drama is well drama with funny monologues. Or dramatic ones too! HOT( hands on technology) is really fun! you get to make a lip sync video. in wood shop you get to make awesome projects like gum ball machines! the clubs are awesome ER! But one thing is DONT GO @ LUNCH LATE! you wont have anything 2 eat! the school isnt really big so you wont get lost on school grounds!!!! when my name got chosen i was so exited!!!!!!!!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I loved Sequoia. Although some of the teachers were less than amazing i found the administration to be responsive and accessible. I particularly liked the student resource administrators Hans Landesvatter and the principal Helena Postryk. They were both very helpful to us.

  • (5 years ago)

    Sequoia is one of the most dedicated schools out there and I know because I sit on school council and see what each dept. does for each and every child. the parents with the bad reviews must have had a bad day.

  • (5 years ago)

    Very good school with great activities and teachers.

  • (6 years ago)

    We just started our second kid at Sequoia. NIce selection of elective classes. Most of the teachers we've known are great and very accessible. I've never had a e-mail go unanswered. Science seems to have improved a bit since our first child attended. Language arts was weak and unchallenging. Many assignments were similar to what was done in elementary. Cant tell yet if that has improved. But the math teachers were excellent and turned our older student from an inept math-o-phobe to a high school honors math student. So far this still seems to be the same and we hope to see some of the same teachers second time through. Art and music teachers are great too.

  • (6 years ago)

    Wow reading that last review makes me wonder if this parent made a mistake in the school. I walk right into the office and have talked to the teachers in person. If phone calls aren't working and each teacher has 35 kids for 4 periods maybe let your feet do the walking and make an appointment. My child has gotten great guidance and I know everyday what's going on with his homework with the new website.....

  • (6 years ago)

    the staff at this school is very helpful and involved in children's learning and the environment is very peaceful in the school. The secretary's are very kind and handle all problems that occur here

  • (6 years ago)

    The environment in this school is not helpful to a child's education and only getting worse in time.The teachers are not encouraging they just watch the kids go downhill. I did not learn anything from the science program here and the staff do not want to help with any questions or problems. If someone wants to succeed this is not the place to start.

  • (6 years ago)

    Excellent teachers a challenging curriculum caring parents and staff and a safe environment make this a great school.

  • (8 years ago)

    very good school. prepares you very well for high school and future journeys. academic curriculum really thought out very well and instructed really well.teachers wonderful and know how to teach well. very responsible and important people here .

  • (8 years ago)

    We love this school our daughter has thrived.

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