At Nueva’s Upper School, we have high expectations for our students of mathematics: we strive to have all students instinctively and creatively bring a mathematical framework to problems in the world around them. By doing that, they will become adept at integrating technology into their solutions. They will acquire the metacognitive skills to see and expand their problem-solving strategies throughout their lives.

Signature Program Elements

  • Designed for gifted students
  • Integrated foundations curriculum
  • Project-based and interdisciplinary
  • Integrates technology
  • Rigorous multifaceted assessment
  • Offers high-level electives

View the Program Description.


See how these program elements come together in the classroom.

Designed for Gifted Students

  • Challenging program of study with “no glass ceiling” philosophy
  • Meaningful real-world problem-solving with extensive student choice
  • Increasingly complex principles
  • Hands-on and active
  • Culture of questioning and intellectual risk-taking

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Integrated Foundations Curriculum

  • Presents a unified body of mathematics knowledge
  • Mirrors solutions orientation required in college and beyond
  • Incorporates:
    • Algebra
    • Geometry
    • Probability and Statistics
    • Number Systems
    • Introduction to Calculus
  • Develops problem-solving as a cycle:
    • Articulating problems
    • Abstracting concepts
    • Strategizing approaches
    • Applying math processes: question, hypothesize, test, prove
    • Communicating understanding and solutions
    • Reflecting on content, process, and results
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Project-based and Interdisciplinary

  • Students regularly demonstrate learning through application
  • Rigorously teaches content through discovery and real-world thinking
  • Creates an exciting learning environment igniting students’ imagination and creativity
  • Develops proficiency in design thinking skills
  • Fosters collaboration
  • Requires persistence and attention to details to complete and publicly present work
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Integrated Use of Technology

  • Used for modeling, investigation, abstraction, and prediction
  • Enhances student learning and interest
  • Replicates use of technology in the world and develops competency in the language of computing
  • Trains students in Mathematica, Excel, online tools like Desmos, graphing calculators, etc.
  • Integrates use of I-Lab tools including 3D printers and laser cutters, etc.
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Rigorous, Multifaceted Assessment

  • Progress on content standards and goals is measured with frequent feedback given
  • Teachers evaluate students’ full portfolio of work in grading
  • Mathematical skills and practices and scholarly habits of mind are intentionally cultivated.


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Offers High-Level Electives

  • Includes courses in advanced algebra, problem solving, statistics, calculus, and many more
  • Depth and breadth to meet the range of interests and abilities
  • Taught by experts in these disciplines
  • Offered in a rotation over a two-year period

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