Your Donations at Work

Sequoia High School Education Fund (SHSEF) funds staff, projects, and programs to ensure that every Sequoia student has the opportunity to reach their highest potential. For details on fund allocation, see the Annual Report below.

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Academic Enrichment

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College and Career Counseling & Programs

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Family Support & PTSA

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Staff Development

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Visual & Performing Arts

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Enriching Academics

  • Home Science Kits (NEW)

  • Reduced class sizes for freshman core subjects

  • Advanced Higher IB Class

  • Math Tutoring

  • Homework Center

  • Summer Bridge English and Math

  • Raven Report Newspaper 

  • Compacted Geometry Summer Class

  • Teacher and Student Mini-Grants

  • Department Grants


“I'm grateful my daughter has the opportunity to take a college level math course at Sequoia. The after school tutoring provides the support she needs to prepare her to pursue a degree in engineering."

-- Susan S., Parent, Class of 2018

Supporting College Dreams​

  • Credentialed College Counselor (NEW)

  • SAT for Seniors (NEW)

  • PSAT for Juniors

  • Freshman College Day and Visits 

  • Release time for teachers to write college recommendations

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Meet Nancy Rocha, MS, one of Sequoia's credentialed College Advisors. Among the 36 programs funded by SHSEF is expansion of College Counseling services for students. She says, "My goal is to have every student apply to college. There is an option for everyone."


Supporting Students and Families

  • Teen Resource Center

  • Scholarships

  • Parent Education Speaker Series

  • Emergency Grants

  • PTSA Support


Sequoia’s Parent-Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and SHSEF work closely together to ensure there are enough “hands” and “funds” to support community-building, family-strengthening and students’ academic enrichment and success at our school.

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Supporting Faculty

  • Equity and Diversity Engagement (NEW)

  • Professional Development and Training

  • Technology Training

  • Conferences


"Having the resources provided by the foundation allows myself and my fellow staff members to engage in critical learning and training about the challenges and issues facing educators today." -- Tessa Yeager, Teacher and AVID Program Coordinator

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Addressing Technology Needs

  • Chromebook (NEW)

  • Technology Staff and Maintenance

  • Java Class

  • Online Media Center

“I believe in the near future, ALL kids should be able to read and write code. Coding will become a daily language that we use to communicate with one another.”

-- Steven Wong, Math & Computer Science Teacher

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Lifting up the Arts

  • Home Visual Arts Kits (NEW)

  • Instrument Repair and Replacement (EXPANDED)

  • Performing Arts

“It has been an incredible experience seeing my

student realize his dream of playing in an American

high school band, after only a few years in the US.

Being able to play music has meant the world to him.”

-- Stacy Wenzel, English, ESL & Reading Teacher


Annual Report


Generous donors helped us exceed our goal for the 2019-2020 Annual Campaign* with over 700 individual gifts totalling $671,000!  With additional grants, community gifts and business partners donations, SHSEF will continue to expand and support critical Sequoia programs and instruction in 2020-21, including a full-time certificated college counselor and reduced class sizes.

* The 2019-2020 Campaign ran 7/1/19 – 6/30/20 to fund programs and staff in the 2020-2021 school year.

“Continuing to support small class sizes, college/career counseling, and access to technology is an advantage the SHSEF gives Sequoia students. With the additional funds raised last year, enrichment activities, anti-racist education resources, mental health supports will help make this year one of empowerment and transformation for our students and families.” 

-- Sean Priest, Sequoia HS Principal