03 sam class subtractionAt Nueva, literacy instruction has little to do with spelling lists and rote memorization. Instead, our lower and middle school students engage in Structured Word Inquiry, a learning process steeped in linguistic exploration and scientific inquiry. Rather than looking at English as a phonetic language, students look at the structure of words to uncover their definition. They make hypotheses about the meaning of words, investigate their assumptions, wrestle with wrong answers, and ultimately develop a deeper understanding of the English language.

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A parent recently shared with Head of School Diane Rosenberg that after a long summer away from Nueva, their child reported feeling “schoolsick.” The joy of returning to Nueva was omnipresent on Monday morning as students arrived to our campuses in Hillsborough and Bay Meadows.

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Amid warm smiles, abundant breakfast, and beautiful music, Tea on the Plaza was a morning of renewed community. Everywhere you looked, old friends were getting reacquainted and extending their hands to welcome new families.


At Nueva, learning has never been just for students. Our mission to inspire lifelong learning encompasses parents and families, teachers and staff. Since 2007, the Innovative Learning Conference (ILC) has been one of the school’s signature events supporting that commitment.

commencement lead heroThree celebrations — the Lifer Dinner, the Senior Dinner, and Commencement — honored Nueva’s first class of seniors, who individually and collectively accomplished so much and were partners in the creation of Nueva’s Upper School.



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