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At the Class of 2024 graduation, Sam Zukin '24 shared these remarks. 

"Presence. Presence was something that we all lacked as we began our high school journey. I still remember the isolation I felt during my middle school Zoom graduation ceremony..."

A Reaffirmation of Joy and Gratitude

At the Class of 2024 graduation, Isabella Xu ’24 shared these remarks. 

"The scariest moment of my high school career wasn’t the first day of ninth grade. It wasn’t my first bad rubric. And contrary to what my friends may tell you, it wasn’t when I crashed my car by Whole Foods..."

Mavericks Making Waves: June 2024

Mavericks Making Waves is our latest roundup of exceptional student and faculty accomplishments and activities happening beyond Nueva's walls. In this edition, freshmen won the national ExploraVision Competition, our debate teams excelled in major tournaments, a fifth grader took gold at a junior skiing championship, and more.

Dispatch from the Field: Reflections from 8th Grade Homestays

This year marked the return of a milestone Nueva Middle School experience: the eighth-grade trips around the world included language-based homestays.

Our Japanese, Spanish, and Mandarin students each spent a week living with a host student and their family, practicing their conversation skills and taking in daily life as a teenager in a different country and culture.

Read about their experiences and see photos from their daytime activities with their classmates.

Snapshots: Lower School Trips

Students in first through fourth grade had exciting overnight adventures with their classmates and teachers! From nature journaling to hiking, pitching a tent and cleaning up after a camping meal, Lower School students took their learning and community building outdoors.

In Conversation: Sade and Rashida

Introducing our new video series, In Conversation, featuring candid conversations between members of the Nueva community. In our second episode, Sade A. ’33 sits down with kindergarten teacher Rashida Blade.

Dispatch from the Field: Reflections from Middle School Trips

It’s May, which means it’s trips season at Nueva! School trips at Nueva, from nearby California wilderness to countries around the world, offer some of the most memorable immersive and inspiring learning experiences for our students.

This week, the Middle School students have set off to Monterey (5th grade), Washington, D.C. (6th grade), Los Angeles (7th grade) domestically, and Spain, Japan, and Singapore (8th grade) internationally. Read these travel dispatches from a few fifth, sixth, and seventh graders, and keep an eye out for next week’s dispatch, where eighth graders will share a little bit of their homestay experiences.

Fifth Graders Discover the Wonders of the Bay Area

Now in its third year, the Bay Area Wonders project, created by science teacher Cristina Veresan and former writing teacher Cliff Burke, is a published student-created anthology of nature essays, accompanied by illustrations. The project exemplifies interdisciplinary learning: students explore their selected species in their science, writing, and art clases. 

Lee Fertig

Head of School

"Nueva is more than just a school for gifted learners. It’s more than just a place where students focus on design thinking and social emotional learning. It’s a beloved community, inclusive and compassionate, collectively embracing diverse perspectives and empowering everyone to make choices that benefit the world."

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