Sequoyah’s architecture is based upon extensive research supporting small schools as integral to student success. Sequoyah is designed to house about 600 students. Classrooms are organized into three main wings which are referred to as longhouses, or “houses” for short, named Klahanie, Mesika, and Tahoma.
The name Klahanie comes from the Native American word meaning “the great outdoors.”
The word Mesika comes from local Chinook Jargon meaning “yours” (plural).
Local native people knew Mt. Rainier as Tahoma meaning “great snowy peak” or “Mother of the Waters.” To some, the name Tahoma means “Home Away from Home.”
Houses and Pods
There are a total of six pods. Two pods make up a house. Each pod has four teachers and around 120 students. There are two pods per house, one pod downstairs with another upstairs. Your child will be assigned a pod within that house. House placement is based on grade.
Located on forty-three acres of wetland, Sequoyah is the perfect outdoor lab setting for reading, writing, math and science. In addition to hands-on exploratory learning in the various ecosystems on campus, Sequoyah is proud to have six well-supplied classroom laboratories.
Sequoyah Middle School is a Level II Green School. Students at Sequoyah practice appropriate recycling on a daily basis. Students will also be engaged composting cafeteria food waste starting in 2012.