A Long-Standing History
The Nueva School moved to its current campus in Hillsborough in 1971. The site is home to one of the historic Crocker Mansions commissioned by a descendant of Charles Crocker, a founding investor of the Central Pacific Railroad.
The Crocker Mansion became central to Nueva's Lower School PreK–4 classrooms, and the surrounding grounds continue to provide children with an abundance of play areas, including the vegetable garden and the forts. The Mansion's ballroom is often used for dance and music classes and school gatherings.
The Hillside Learning Complex opened its doors in Hillsborough in 2007, becoming Nueva's Middle School campus and the school's first LEED Gold Certified building.
In 2014 Nueva expanded again, this time to the site of the former Bay Meadows horse racetrack in San Mateo.
Leaders in Energy and Environmental Design
Nueva's Hillside Learning Complex in Hillsborough and the San Mateo campus are both LEED Gold certified. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is recognized by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED elements include natural ventilation and lighting, integrated indoor-outdoor environments, renewable and recyclable building materials, reintroduction of local and lost ecosystems and habitats, integrated instructional elements, radiant slab heating, and potable water conservation.
The design and operation of both campuses promote responsible environmental practices to reduce pollution and energy consumption through proactive transportation demand management programs, environmental education, and recycling and waste management.
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The Hillsborough Campus
Nueva's Hillsborough campus comprises the Lower School (grades PreK–4) and Middle School (grades 5–8), each with their sections of the campus. The Lower School is located in the Crocker Mansion, and the Middle School is primarily in the Hillside Learning Complex.
Lower and middle school students share two playgrounds, art studios, science labs, a library, a media lab, a gymnasium, an athletics field, the Innovation Lab (I-Lab), garden, and café.
The Mansion is the school's historic heart. It houses the pre-K through fourth grade classes, and includes an art room, ballroom, kitchen, first aid area, and some administrative offices. Many concerts and other special events take place in the Mansion's Ballroom. The grounds around the Mansion provide preK-8th grade children with an abundance of play areas including the vegetable garden and the beloved forts.
Over the years, Nueva faculty and alumni have lovingly referred to the Mansion as a central part of the Nueva experience.
The Hillside Learning Complex
The Hillside Learning Complex primarily houses middle school students and administrative offices and additionally serves students between grades preK-4.
Embodying the key features of progressive education, the Hillside Learning Complex includes a pre-K through 8th library, media lab, grades 5-8 classrooms, Café, Innovation Lab (I-Lab) for science, engineering, and art projects, and a central outdoor plaza that serves as a gathering space for all.
Opened in 2007, the Hillsborough Complex is LEED Gold certified and built on principles of environmental sustainability.
The San Mateo Campus
The Nueva School officially opened a second campus in the city of San Mateo in August 2014. It is home to the Upper School (grades 9–12), established in 2013 to re-envision the traditional high school experience and address the unique needs of high-ability students. The San Mateo campus is LEED Gold certified and a 10-minute walk from the Hillsdale CalTrain station.
Designed to use 65% less energy than a typical high school, the transit-oriented campus is conceived as a “living laboratory” that will inspire student research into low-carbon, resource-efficient learning and living. The campus's rooftop organic gardens, learning landscapes, and a variety of bioclimatic design strategies anchor students in a strong sense of place and connect them to the rhythms of nature.
Within its first six months of opening, the San Mateo campus received sustainability awards from the city and county of San Mateo, and it has been recognized by CalTrain for the Go Pass program (read more). In the spring of 2015, the campus received a Green Building Award from Sustainable San Mateo.