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Sequoyah High School holds open house

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Sequoyah High School principal Todd Jackson stands in the school’s auto body classroom.

Officials at Sequoyah High School want Hamilton County students to know they have options other than their zoned public school. Open to any rising ninth-graders through 11th-graders in Hamilton County, the school will be holding an open house Tuesday, April 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The building will be open for prospective students and parents to tour, and officials is telling students about the school’s unique programs as current students give demonstrations about what they are learning.

Programs offered include auto body, auto mechanics, carpentry, computer technologies and information services, cosmetology, diesel mechanics, early childhood education, graphic communications, health science, masonry, motorsports, residential wiring/electricity, welding and Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.

Students can stay with a program throughout high school or switch to another, said principal Todd Jackson.

“The majority of our new students will be rising freshmen,” he said. “We pick up some 10th- and 11th-graders, but we don’t take seniors because you need at least two years of [vocational] training to do much good.”

Jackson said he has been receiving an increasing number of calls in recent years from employers who want to hire students from Sequoyah.

“We have kids that have already taken and passed tests for apprentice programs, he said. “We also have a number of our kids go on to college.”

Sequoyah has the same academic programs as all other Hamilton County high schools; the difference is that the school’s electives are geared toward career and technical skills.

“We want to prepare you so you have some choices when you leave high school,” said Jackson. “We give you a skill set so you can go to work and academics so you can go to school. The reality is that many will have to do both.”

Students can fill out an application for the school at sequoyahhigh.com. T

he student will then have an interview with the principal to determine if they can attend Sequoyah. Jackson said he looks at students’ grades, attendance and behavior to make his decision.

He said 60 percent of Sequoyah students come from North Hamilton County, drawing from schools such as Soddy-Daisy Middle, Loftis Middle, Hixson Middle and Red Bank Middle schools, though it is open to any student in the county.

Bus service is provided with scheduled pickup/drop-off locations in Sale Creek, Soddy-Daisy, Lakesite, Hixson, Red Bank and Chattanooga.

The bus schedule can be found on the school website at sequoyahhigh.com.