What is Thrive?

Thrive is a program created to specifically support students and families who have been historically underrepresented in our independent school community. Though not an exhaustive list, some of the qualifiers for Thrive include:

  • BIPOC students
  • First-generation college students and new to independent schools
  • Students receiving a certain level of financial award
  • Students from community-based organizations such as SMART, Peninsula Bridge, Summer Bridge, and a Better Chance (MS/US only)

How do we Thrive?

Thrive was founded as a program to advocate and support students from underrepresented backgrounds to ensure Nueva is a place where everyone feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. The foundation of our program follows three tenets: 

Social-Emotional Support

  • Bi-weekly meetings with program coordinators designed to cultivate a sense of belonging by creating emphasis on positive social identities building, self-advocacy, leadership, and empowerment.


  • Program coordinators serve as advocates for any additional supports or resources students or families may need to thrive at Nueva.
    • Areas of support include, but are not limited to: financial awards, translation needs, transportation, trips, and learning support


  • Program coordinators partner with the following people to better support students:
    • School administration
    • Advisors
    • Classroom teachers
    • Learning specialists
    • Admissions officers
    • Community-based organizations

Reflections from the Founding Members

Thrive Mission

At Nueva, we believe that a diverse learning community with various backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experiences enriches the education of all students. Creating a diverse community in which every family feels included and supported is a top priority and is the intention behind the Thrive program. Its aim is to make programmatic elements more easily accessible to families, clearly defining areas of support and onboarding.

Jordan Mak '21

“Thrive is an ever-expanding family that embraces the differences of each member and highlights the unique aspects that we have. It’s a space where we are able to have fun and also engage in difficult conversations about our identities, and how we can ensure that we are seen and heard at Nueva and in the world.”