It's not every day that high school students have the opportunity to watch multiple versions of Godzilla or read chapters and chapters of manga or discuss the importance of Hello Kitty as part of an academic class.
Nueva students learn by doing. They construct knowledge through hands-on engagement. As experts in project-based learning, teachers guide authentic and purposeful investigations that enable discovery while building the skills students need to be successful.
At Nueva, learning is authentic, complex, and intellectually rigorous. Students do real work as authors, artists, inventors, explorers, athletes, and mathematicians. Giving students choice, autonomy, and high expectations for growth, we harness intrinsic motivation as the engine for academic excellence.
Through an interdisciplinary and inquiry-based program, students discover and master foundational skills in traditional academic disciplines while learning to grapple with the unknown, embrace multiple perspectives, and create novel solutions.
Our lower school is a haven for young gifted learners. Our intellectually engaging and creative program incorporates the powerful and joyful elements of early education: deep investigation, inquiry, play, kindness, friendship, community, and essential connections to the outdoors.
The middle school years are a time of excitement, in which students find their voice and discover how they can make an impact on the world. Teachers use projects, trips, and activities and clubs to make the middle school experience rich with academic and elective experiences.
At the upper school, the students’ experience is at the center of everything we do. We nourish their love of learning by providing each student unparalleled opportunity to chart their own pathway through high school.
- Project-based learning
- Social-emotional learning
- Design thinking and engineeering
- Global citizenship
- Differentiated curricula
- Spirit of inquiry
- Diversity of perspectives
- Community and connectedness
- Creativity and innovation
- Social justice, equity, and inclusion
We sat down with kindergarten teacher Diana Friedman for a discussion about what makes Nueva a special place to teach, Diana’s memories of her own kindergarten teacher, and what is happening in our kindergarten classrooms.
In Amber Carpenter’s upper school creative writing class, students have been exploring flash storytelling. They wrote three vignettes or fragments that provided instructions on how to care for an adolescent in the year 2021.
A new middle school class is providing students with a hands-on, interdisciplinary learning experience rooted in nature.
Molly Hasegawa is in her third year as a member of our middle school math team. We recently sat down with Molly to discuss a little bit about her love of math and the role community plays in her life and teaching practice, and to learn more about some work currently being done by our middle school math students.
Ask many Nueva students who have completed the sixth grade what a highlight of that year was for them, and you can expect to hear them talk about the Egg Drop in their physics class. Considered by some as a Nueva middle school science “rite of passage,” the Egg Drop is a culmination of weeks of learning, brainstorming, prototyping, iterating, and testing in which students apply Newton’s Laws of Motion.
In the midst of the towering stacks of books in the Writing and Research Center (WRC), the new collection team has been hard at work evaluating the diversity of the collection.
The upper school Groove Workshop band produced their rendition of "What's Going On" to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic Marvin Gaye tune.
We have all learned over the past year that while virtual learning can be done well, it can never replace the experience of being on campus. Lower school students have been back on campus since late October, and this spring they have been learning to care for silkworms and chickens, an experience that could not be replicated during virtual learning.