Sequoia High School Becomes School of Choice for Stanford Educated Teachers.

October 29, 2010

A Century-Old Relationship.

It's well documented that the relationship between Sequoia High School and Stanford University dates back to the late 1800's, when Sequoia was the only high school on the mid-peninsula and it's main charter was to educate the children of Stanford University professors.  Over the years, graduates of Sequoia have found their way to the halls of Stanford, especially in recent years with the advent of the popular International Baccalaureate (IB) program that's offered at Sequoia.  But in the past five years, the road between Palo Alto and Redwood City is seeing traffic in both directions.

Back to School.

One thing we noticed a few years ago when our kids started at Sequoia High School was how young and energetic all of the teachers seemed to be.  It certainly shattered the old impression we had of Sequoia before we decided to send our kids there.    This infusion of young educators is no accident; then-principal Morgan Marchbanks and her staff went out of their way to recruit the best and brightest teachers coming out of the top institutions, which is a trend that has continued under current principal Bonnie Hansen.   One program in particular that has been a fertile ground to recruit new teachers is the The Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP).

The following article that was published in the Peninsula Press provides an outstanding look at the STEP program, and focuses on a couple of graduates who are now teaching at Sequoia:   Stanford-Trained Teachers Flock to Redwood City's Sequoia High School.

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  1. Pat B on October 29, 2010 at 3:32 am

    But it’s not good enough for San Carlos parents. If they sent their kids to Sequoia and were as involved there as they are at the private schools they pay a fortune for, it would be an even better school. And they’d have more money, so they wouldn’t have to bellyache about how expensive it is to live in SC.

    I know a girl who was in the IB program in Colo. I can’t imagine any private school offering anything better.


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