The ‘Ohana Project’ began as an experiment really and grew into something magnificent. During the 2013/14 school year Sequoia Secondary invited 22 foreign exchange students to our Mesa campus. These students, from ten countries, brought a richness of culture to our resident students not often equaled. Through the year our experience grew exponentially as the cultures of Belgium, Brazil, China, Denmark, Germany, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Spain and Viet Nam integrated our already culturally diverse student body. Our world was made smaller by their interactions and lasting friendships were created country to country.
Foreign exchange students are not excluded from participation in any school activities, clubs and sports. Each new foreign student is assigned an “Ambassador”, an immediate friend, who will show them around, introduce them to other students and teachers and stay by their side as their Sequoia School experience begins.
Students who are seniors and would like to receive a Sequoia High School Diploma must meet specific State of Arizona and Sequoia Secondary requirements. These students must arrive at the beginning of the fall semester and attend for two full semesters. Academic counselors will be happy to review transcripts and make sure that students are on track.
If you are interested in being a part of this great school program, please join us. We invite you to be a part of our family.
Paula M. Bynum, DSO
Ohana Project Director