Middle School Electives, Clubs, & Extracurricular Activites
Students Learn Best When They Are Given Choices
Choice is fundamental to Nueva’s student-centered pedagogy, and middle school students have a voice in choosing where to dive deeply in many areas of their education. Choices abound for Nueva middle school students, and as they grow, they take increasing ownership of their academic experience. Our extensive electives, clubs, and extracurricular offerings give them a lot of freedom to explore topics that interest them.
Beginning in fifth grade, students choose electives courses from a wide range of topics. Seventh- and eighth-graders also have an opportunity to choose their physical education elective. Offerings have included dancing, hiking, rock climbing, yoga, strength and conditioning, racquet sports, and even an off-site squash class.
All Middle School students have the opportunity to elective courses designed to inspire creativity and collaboration. Electives offerings span math, science, technology, art, sports, drama, singing, writing, music, humanities, and even crafts and games!
“My Economics: A Study of Choices electives class was so engaging for me. We learned through hands-on, game-based activities. The model/simulation of a flashlight market demonstrated the concept of a perfectly competitive market, which was better than reading articles.”
– Christine Z. '24
Clubs are a great way for Nueva students to follow a passion, cultivate a new interest, and connect with people across grade levels with similar interests. Formed based on student interest, clubs are run by students, and guided by a faculty advisor. Students at Nueva are encouraged to do the things they love, learn new things from one another, take risks in a safe and inclusive space, and develop leadership skills.
There are a variety of after-school and enrichment opportunities for Middle School students. These extracurriculars students allow students to pursue an activity they are passionate about outside of school hours. A subset of clubs meet after school and our Nueva Enrichment program offers students the chance to take a deep dive into a specialized area of study.
Choice is a powerful part of developig their identity. We offer choice as much as possible with clubs electives projects in class. That gives kids angecy in their own intellectual development.