An impressive lineup of workshops, led by students, faculty, and outside guests, punctuated the annual Upper School Martin Luther King, Jr. programming. The workshops centered around the theme for this year, developed by Upper School Equity and Inclusion Coordinator Steven Mathis: courageous conversations and community building.
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
As someone interested in the humanities and social sciences, I have taken many history courses at Nueva. My Capitalism and the Apocalypse course—which I am taking this semester—is truly stunning, as it exemplifies the subtle interconnectedness of all of these courses, and how history is an ever changing-field.
On a recent Thursday afternoon, a group of fifth and sixth grade students could be found screening short films, and not just any short films; these were short films written, produced, and edited by the students themselves.
We are excited to share Volume III, Issue I of The Mav Mind Journal of Art and Literature! The theme for this issue is growth. Students took this in many different directions; you can find poetry about nature, a nonfiction article about trees, and stunning art about personal growth.
“Any elective is going to hopefully broaden students’ horizons,” says Upper School teacher Chris Scott, “and deepen their understanding of themselves as learners and human beings.”
No matter the day of the week or the time of the day, there are always amazing things happening in the classrooms at the Upper School. Block 2 on Wednesday, September 21 was no exception. From discussing class consciousness to investigating bacterial lab results, exploring a variety of art media to critiquing forms of graphic design, Upper School students dove into their classes with excitement.
At the start of every school year, each Upper School class takes part in an overnight camping trip. These trips allow students to bond together and kick the year off, and is a great chance to for them connect or reconnect with their grade and advisory groups. We asked students to reflect on their top moment from the retreat.
The halls were abuzz on this week as Lower School students could be heard singing, playing, reading, and calculating! We invite you to learn more about a variety of class activities below.