A group of Nueva students visited Japan last month to gain a greater understanding of the culture and language as part of the first Upper School exchange trip.

For the 10-day trip, Nueva partnered with two Doshisha high schools: Kori and International, and the 11 Nueva students were assigned homestays.

“The model of ‘learn by doing’ is exemplified in the trips,” ninth-grade dean Hillary Freeman said. “Students are thrust into environments that are relatively unknown, but they are thoroughly prepared by their education at Nueva to experience the wonder of travel.”

web zack chromanUS student Zack C. was recently accepted into a yearlong math research program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he will be studying algebraic geometry with some combinatorial geometry involved.

“It seemed like something that was built for me,” the tenth grader said. “It works well because this program in particular was a way of applying high-level math.”

A group of Upper School students have come together to share their passions and areas of expertise with one another through “NED Talks.”

NEDTalksNED Talks are Nueva’s version of TED Talks — the short, powerful talks that span a variety of topics, including science and global issues, and are shared in communities around the world, according to the nonprofit’s website.

US History of Science teacher Lee Holtzman said students were working on a project in her class when the idea of NED Talks came up.

“I said, ‘We can make that happen,’” Holtzman said. “They wanted to share what they love with other students. They know lots of their peers are experts about things and they wanted to get the expert lecture or the expert presentation.”

front page ready US Internship pageA group of Upper School students have connected what they learned about greywater systems while visiting Costa Rica to Nueva’s campuses in an effort to address the severe California drought.

They recently were one of two high school teams from the Western region of the United States to win $10,000 in the Lexus Eco Challenge for their project to create a greywater system at Nueva to conserve water. The challenge is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) contest that required students in grades 6–12 to tackle an environmental concern, according to the organization’s website.

A group of Upper School students displayed their passion for pressing global issues when they recently participated in the Regional High School Model United Nations Conference in San Francisco.

During the three-day event at the Hilton Hotel in Union Square, students’ concern for others was apparent as they represented a series of countries within different sections of the United Nations. The 22 Nueva delegates were assigned Lithuania, Pakistan, China, and Djibouti and participated in various councils including security, crisis, and the World Bank.

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