School Details

Sequoia High School

1201 Brewster Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94062
(650) 367-9780
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1818 students 17 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
  • Sequoia Union High average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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.
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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
  • Sequoia Union High average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Sequoia High School is a public high school in Woodside. The principal of Sequoia High School is Bonnie Hansen, whose e-mail is bhansen@seq.org. 1,818 children attend Sequoia High School and identify mostly as Hispanic, Asian, and Pacific Islander. 27% of the Sequoia High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 51% of the 1,818 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Sequoia High School is 17:1. West Bay High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 61% 44%
Asian 5% 5%
Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 3% 8857%
White, non-Hispanic 28% 39%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 5%
Filipino 2% 1%
Unspecified 1% 2%
Multiracial 0.7% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51% 36%
Limited English proficiency 27% 18%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    For a student who is insecure and scared of other like me I think this high school is the best high school in Redwood City. This school made me feel confident about myself with the friendly teachers and well mannered students. loved it.

  • (1 year ago)

    Sequoia is the great with all the staff and teachers there to support us students along the way. I never felt unsure to enroll in Sequoia. It has been my dream to be able to go to Sequoia. There are many programs that you can enroll like the health academy it puts students toward the health field. It is really worth it to join the academies and other programs. Everyone in Sequoia even the parents are very socialable. Hope to see you guys come by and check Sequoia out because it is really worth it.

  • (4 years ago)

    SHS does an amazing job at educating ALL of its students without creating a divided campus (which other schools in the area tend to do). My daughter noticed right away that there are no cliques or racial divisions at SHS. The teachers get better and better with each grade. Bonnie Hansen is a phenomenal principal quick to respond wise in her administration warm and well-respected. School spirit is high. As soon as my daughter shadowed she knew it was the school for her and hasn't looked back.

  • (4 years ago)

    great school / even better programs & teachers

  • (4 years ago)

    One of our sons graduated from Sequoia and two sons currently attend. Sequoia is a great high school -- teachers are smart and caring the students are well-behaved and focused and the parent community is friendly and down to earth. Our son attends a highly selective liberal arts college and says he was very well prepared for college!

  • (4 years ago)

    We are a San Carlos family with a child at Sequoia. We have been so pleased with the school's excellent staff/faculty friendly student body and beautiful campus.

  • (4 years ago)

    My kids have attended both private and public high school and my feeling is that Sequoia HS is a great school that defies its long outdated reputation. The principal and her staff are excellent communicators who act with purpose and compassion. The teachers are young energetic and engage the students. The athletics are competitive without being overly competitive so most kids get lots of playing time instead of just a few. This school is safe with a strong parent community and a great dedicated staff. For whatever reason parents and local papers without direct knowledge of Sequoia tend to bad mouth the school despite its many changes over the years.

  • (4 years ago)

    I really hate this school. I'im in the IB but most of the teachers are new to the IB and don't understand the concepts or system well enough to ensure that the students are being shown in the best possible light. If it weren't for me being required by my parents to keep doing the IB - I would be quick to change schools to a friendlier calmer environment.

  • (5 years ago)

    Because the teachers there are really wonderful. They give a lot of support to the kids going there and they really go out of their way to help them. The grounds are beautiful and feel as though it is more a college campus than high school. My son loves it there and is very happy to have the teachers he does.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a graduate of Sequoia's International Baccalaureate program I can't say enough good things about the place. Sure IB required more studious efforts on my part but I really feel prepared for college-level work. The school has undergone some new renovations(science wing languages art dept) and looks even more fantastic than before. Truly it has one of the most beautiful campuses of any high school in the bay area. The student population is diverse and the teachers and staff really care about their students. My teachers were top notch. I can't say I love them for assigning those essays and presentations but they did a really good job of preparing us for the world and beyond. Sequoia is the Bay Area's best kept secret. PS AP can't substitute for the lifelong friendships and values I've discovered from IB.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son graduated from Sequoia. The teachers were the best thing to happen for his academic career. Many thanks to the staff.

  • (7 years ago)

    Excellent teachers great support staff beautiful campus. Thanks Sequoia for caring about my kids! You truly are 'Unaliyi' - a place of friends.

  • (8 years ago)

    The IB program has been a wonderful addition to Sequoia. The work is just as rigorous as students get in nearby private schools and the teachers in the program are engaging caring and creative.

  • (8 years ago)

    Sequoia is a great school with new programs. The honors classes are small and have excellent teachers. The IB porgram is wonderful as well. The regular classes are large and students tend not to do as well as those in honors courses. It is an excellent choice for students who want to achieve high academic standards and take honors or IB courses

  • (8 years ago)

    My son is a freshman at Sequoia High School in the ICAP/IB program. We chose this school despite the historical reputation because we were so impressed by the teachers the students the academics and the many fine elective choices including music and art. This school is ethnically diverse which I consider a strength. The students are encouraged and taught to have respect for each other and their different cultures. The teachers and staff are dedicated to quality education. The principal is a strong leader and the parent involvement is high. I would encourage parents and students considering this school to shadow attend the open houses and presentations and talk to the teachers and students.

  • (9 years ago)

    I believe this school is struggling to meet the needs of their second language learners and do not feel confident that they have enough focus on their average academic students

  • (10 years ago)

    SHS has made huge changes since the 90's. People still think of it as a lower-quality school but after going there (2000-2004) I feel that it's better than the other schools in the district. The people are open-minded activities are fun and everything is 100% better than it used to be. The landscape and the atmosphere make it so relaxing and a great place to learn.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have a daughter (Graduated 2001) here who did more work in 7th & 8th grade (in Redwood City Public School) than in all of high school. There was little motivation. However her last two years new teachers began to replace older apathetic ones. Principal Marchbanks has done a decent job of reinvigorating the school but it still has a long way to go. If a kid is very self-motivated they can get a good education here as the teachers are willing and capable. But promoting academic excellence is still a great challenge as many students don't speak English nor have been exposed to US education. The IB program is an interesting possibility.

  • (11 years ago)

    It's been a great school. I know I had 5 children finish school in 1966 1968 1969 1975 1976.All are doing great in the world.

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