When visitors enter Nueva's classrooms, they witness a dynamic educational environment where students and teachers explore and experiment together. On a daily basis, students work in a variety of groupings, ranging from small, ability-based groups in areas such as reading and math, to whole-class groups that investigate curricula revolving around a common theme. Through hands-on learning and real-world connections, students hone critical and analytical skills in exciting, creative ways. This process of learning how to think is a key component of a Nueva education and is taught in classrooms and in the Innovation Lab (I-Lab) where students are immersed in design engineering and STEM projects.
Created in partnership with IDEO and Stanford University's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school), the I-Lab supports innovative thinking and creates the opportunity for students to become inventors, not just consumers. The program is the first preK–8 engineering and design-thinking program of its kind, and was established to better understand how students develop the attitudes and skills to become creative thinkers and problem solvers.
Our students also learn to communicate effectively and cooperate with others. It is equally important that they have the chance to pursue their own passions through individual, self-directed projects. By making available a broad array of offerings that encourage our gifted learners to investigate and solve problems, we hope that ultimately we educate our students to make choices that will better the world.