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Sequoia provides a non-traditional education setting as an alternative to the traditional junior and high school environments.  In most cases, Sequoia students are all designated as Special Education, and all have Individual Educational Plans (IEPs).
 
Sequoia School, is uniquely designed to address the needs of students experiencing significant social-emotional/behavioral difficulties which adversely impact their ability to make educational progress in a comprehensive campus setting.  In addition to the five academic staff on site, the therapeutic program is provided for up to 55 students by seven staff therapists, and is supervised by a licensed clinical Program Coordinator.  This team provides interventions as needed in the milieu as well as weekly individual, family, and group psychotherapy.
 
The Sequoia program provides a small, structured, educational setting for students in grades 7-12.  Class sizes are kept small with increased staff-to-student ratios.  Academic instruction is imparted at grade level with accommodation and modifications based on individual student needs as indicated on the IEP.  A school-wide, positive behavior incentive system is embedded within the program to support student participation, attendance, and accountability for behavior.  Through this Personal Progress and Monitoring System (PPM), students receive immediate feedback regarding their performance across classroom settings and may earn school rewards and privileges as they progress toward higher levels.
 
In conjunction with academic instruction and behavioral supports, a therapeutic milieu provides increased therapist-student interaction to foster social-emotional growth in an educational setting.  Students participate in a range of ERICS programs including individual and group counseling to address develop of positive self-concept, coping skills, social skills, and self-awareness.  In addition, parents and family members participate in family counseling to support student progress.  This comprehensive, student-centered approach aims to promote student academic gains while addressing the underlying, internal and external, social-emotional factors impacting a student's ability to self-regulate and make educational progress.
 
The William S. Hart Union High School District prohibits unlawful discrimination against and/or harassment of any student, employee, or job applicant on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, immigration status, ancestry, religion, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, gender, or sexual orientation at any district site and/or activity.
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Mission & Vision

Our Mission
The mission of Sequoia School is to provide a supportive and academically focused environment for students, grades 7-12, through collaborative learning teams composed of highly qualified teachers, support staff, and Educationally Related Intensive Counseling Services (ERICS).  Sequoia School focuses on the future for each student.  We believe in promoting and rewarding personal standards, partnership with family and community, and that ALL students can succeed.

Our Vision
Sequoia School devotes itself to creating a brighter future and a rich learning experience for each and every student.  We promote and instill high standards, personalized goals, and dynamic partnerships with family and community.  We embrace the view that all students can succeed in a safe, positive, and academically stimulating environment.  The Sequoia School campus provides a student-centered educational program for students in grades 7-12, through support teams comprised of highly qualified teachers, support staff, and Educationally Related Intensive Counseling Services (ERICS).  Sequoia's unique integration of academic, behavioral, and therapeutic support creates an environment in which students experience achievement towards their educational goals and objectives.  Our students participate in active learning environments equipped with educational technology and curriculum aligned to the State Standards.  Our school-wide positive behavioral support program encourages students to modify their behaviors to become successful learners in the classroom.  Within this extraordinary learning environment, students receive exemplary instruction and experience the comfort and safety of positive social interactions.  Everyday at Sequoia, in addition to academics, students learn invaluable life lessons that strengthen them to cope with social and emotional struggles.  In addition, they receive Community Based Instruction and transition services to strengthen their post-secondary success toward a brighter future.
 
The William S. Hart Union High School District prohibits unlawful discrimination against and/or harassment of any student, employee, or job applicant on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, immigration status, ancestry, religion, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, gender, or sexual orientation at any district site and/or activity.

News

See's Candy Fundraiser

Our See's Candy Fundraiser starts this week. We will be accepting orders until December 7th. Get some easy holiday shopping in! Everyone loves See's!
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Sequoia's ERICS Program Recognized for Golden Bell Award

After an on-site visit of the school’s Therapeutic Program, the CSBA notified Principal Catherine Nicholas and Superintendent Vicki Engbrecht of the award. The school’s application for the award included a video produced by SCVTV.
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