Sequoia Elementary School

4690 Limerick Avenue, San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 496-8240

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 251 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

Sequoia Elementary School is a public middle school in San Diego. The principal of Sequoia Elementary School is Ryan Kissel, who can be contacted at 251 students go to Sequoia Elementary School and are mostly Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 40% of the Sequoia Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 65% of the 251 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Sequoia Elementary School is 18:1. Creative, Performing, and Media Arts School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


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


  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 56% 44%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 13%
Filipino 3% 7%
Unspecified 2% 0%
White, non-Hispanic 16% 25%
Multiracial 12% %
Asian 10% 9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4% %
Pacific Islander 0.4% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 65% 63%
Limited English proficiency 40% 29%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This is the first year my girls have been here. It's the fourth elementary school my oldest has attended and I feel it's the best by far. It's small personable and very comfortable. All the teachers and staff are great and the principal is a true gem. I can't say enough good things about this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Excellent school overall! The staff excels in teaching and the campus is safe. Although it is small the teachers properly care for students and teach them what is needed to be taught in order for them to succeed.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son will be attending Sequoia for the 3rd year. The staff is amazing. The school although smaller then most really cares for the success of the students and communicates with parents when necessary! Our test scores are really good and attendance is off the chart!

  • (3 years ago)

    This is my girls first year at Sequoia from Pennsylvania. We couldn't be more pleased. This is a wonderful hands on school. The teachers principal staff and PTA are amazing. The teachers truly care and take pride in their job and school. I love the fact that the principal is very approachable and remembers all of his students and parents. Coming from a large school this is a refreshing change. We love Sequoia!!!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    Sequoia is a great school!!! Its classrooms are being updated with Promethean boards and all children have access to technology. New programs that show real world application of computers are being implemented. Along with this there is a new PE teacher. She is spunky and really gets the kids moving!!! Another great bonus to Sequoia is PrimeTime. The staff is friendly and well organized. The children attending this before and after school care enjoy their program. I also love the PTA. The programs that the PTA brings in - acting classes and trips to the theatre show children there is so much more in this world. The PTA tries to create programs and events to encourage more parent involvement. They are open and welcoming to any and all volunteers. The best of all is that the teachers and staff really make the effort to know our families. I feel as if Sequoia Elementary is an extension of our home.

  • (4 years ago)

    It is a very good School. Teachers are very nice & intelligent. Excellent & Friendly environment. My Son is studying in this school. Over all Good School.

  • (4 years ago)

    It is a very good School. Teachers are very nice & intelligent. Excellent & Friendly environment. My Son is studying in this school. They just need to see other Best school Dist. to compare how to advance this school to next level. Government should not cut the cost for the schools. I wish Sequoia to come up with flying colors.- Over all Very Good School.

  • (4 years ago)

    This one of the best schools in the San Diego Unified School district. Recently the school received two of the most prestigious honors a school can earn - California Distinguished School and Title I Academic Achievement Award. The new principal is very intelligent and kind. The teachers work hard and develop great relationships with the students and parents. My child has loved every teacher she's had at the school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Sequoia is a hidden gem! Excellent and caring teachers who motivate all kids to want to learn and grow a welcoming atmosphere where families know they are welcomed high parent involvement including an active PTA academically strong and a principal who took a little school that in a sense was a diamond in the rough and brought to surface the intangibles that make Sequoia shine. The success of this school is truly a school community effort. To top it off has earned the honor of being named a CALIFORNIA DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL!

  • (5 years ago)

    School is not properly equipped to deal with special needs children. Staff is not trained properly in addressing these needs. Staff is rude constantly losing paper work. New principle does not take parents concerns seriously.

  • (6 years ago)

    Sequoia is a great Elementary school. The teachers are very enthusiastic which helps make the students want to learn more! Great family atmosphere.

  • (6 years ago)

    We love Sequoia. Great teachers and great families make a great school and we are so fortunate to have BOTH involved in our neighborhood school! PTA is very active. Looking forward to working with our new Principal 2009/2010.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a great school for my children. My kids are involved in the music and extra programs and they really like them. The kindergarten fourth fifth and sixth grade teachers have challenged my kids and have been the best years they've had.

  • (9 years ago)

    My child has been at Sequoia for four years now and she has grown into a better individual through the ongoing understanding and support of all the staff in the class as well as in the office and on the playground. We sincerely appreciate everything that sequoia has to offer and makes available to us year after year. A wonderful school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Fabulous teachers. Ms. Roy Ms. MacKenzie and Mr. Roy are by far the best teachers my children have ever had in school. The teachers are just amazing hardworking and all around caring for children and education.

  • (10 years ago)

    Sequoia is a wonderful and caring school. The quality of academic programs is high. This school provides many opportunities for not only my children but all children in the school community to grow. Music both vocal and instrumental are strong programs at this school. The parents who I have worked with are very involved and make sure that students can participate in any extracurricular activity that suits them. The teachers particularly in my experience at Sequoia in first fourth fifth and sixth are highly involved with the students and their learning both inside and outside of school. Sequoia is great!

  • (11 years ago)

    I have a second grader at Sequoia. We have had a good experience this year great teacher. Our downfall is the year-round schedule. I haven't found any day care open when she is off track other than home care. I would also like to see more involvment in teaching the children about being respectful.

  • (12 years ago)

    I am very impressed with Sequoia Elementary. The only reason I sent my child to this school was because of their after school program but I have found that the parents are involved and the teachers are great. The principal is also great and safety is a priority for her. This is a great school!!!!!!

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