Jun 042014

By Naomi Hatch

Sequoia George Washington in Snowflake will be ready for students this fall, according to Assistant Superintendent Jerry Lewis. The new school will be located at 222 W. Center St. in Snowflake, and “will start construction immediately,” said Lewis.

Sequoia George Washington will accept 60 to 65 students in first through sixth grades, and already has a waiting list of submitted applications. Lewis noted that some grades will be combined, but did not specify which grades.

“We’re overwhelmed with the response,” said Lewis. “We have great leadership, great teachers and great families.”

Sequoia George Washington will use Common Core standards, as required by Arizona law.

“Sequoia Schools was founded in 1996 with the intent of working together with families in the education of their children in an environment where every child is known by all of the staff in a very positive environment with high academic expectations for all students,” Superintendent Curt Cardine noted on the Sequoia Schools website.

Sequoia Choice Schools, LLP was granted a charter in 1998, opening two schools in Mesa. Now there are more than 10 schools in the Phoenix area, as well as schools in Maricopa, Prescott and Show Low.