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Nueva at a Glance
Get to know Nueva at a glance by learning some facts and figures about our people and programs.

Emphasizing student growth, success, and team building, the Nueva athletics program offers students an opportunity to create connections and build skills in a supportive environment.

From affinity groups and shared-interest clubs to writing and STEM groups and fitness-oriented clubs, Nueva students hone their leadership skills by joining or creating a club that's right for them.

Financial Awards
Nueva is proud to have a need-blind admissions process, meaning students are admitted regardless of their financial need.

THRIVE is a program created to specifically support students and families who have been historically underrepresented in our independent school community.

Testing Authorization & Release
Part of the admissions process for grades preK–8 includes submitting the results of an IQ evaluation.

Explore Our Course Offerings
Nueva students do real work as authors, artists, inventors, explorers, athletes, and mathematicians. Dive into our course offerings to see all of possibilities our students have.

Our Campuses
We are one school community with two campuses, Hillsborough for preK–8th grade and San Mateo for 9–12.

Sample Schedules

Want to see what a typical week looks like for a Nueva student? Click the images below to explore a sample schedule for each division.

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Nueva News

A Fairytale for Us: First Graders Reimagine Cinderella

How do our cultures shape the stories we tell? This was the starting question first graders in Emily Mitchell’s class explored when they read and dissected eighteen interpretations of the fairytale Cinderella from across the globe. 

Ninth Graders Create Products Using Universal and Software Design Principles

What does it mean to build the courage to imagine and craft solutions to challenges? How can design thinking, systems thinking, data science, computer science, and design engineering be used to address societal issues around social justice and equity? In Design with Impact (DWI), a core course in ninth grade, students engage in projects that help them bridge the skills in these five key areas and design for others. 

Reflections on Ramadan and Eid

When I explain Ramadan to people who aren’t Muslim, I’m often met with incredulity and disbelief—while the general idea of fasting for 30 days from sunrise to sunset is simple, it’s often hard for people to grasp what that looks like in practice. 

Catching Up with . . . Emily Goldberg

Emily Goldberg began at Nueva in March, joining our community as the middle school counselor. We chatted with Emily about her hopes and goals in her new role, her path to Nueva, and what she loves about working with middle school students.

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Mavericks Making Waves is our latest roundup of exceptional student and faculty accomplishments and activities happening beyond Nueva's walls. 

Third Grade Religious Studies Unit Provides New Perspective into Culture

The study of culture is deeply embedded in the third grade curriculum. As part of this exploration, third graders learn about two distinct civilizations: the Mali Empire and ancient Egypt. It was through these two studies that Erin and Priscilla initially recognized the need to include a study of religion to help students better understand their cultures. The religious studies unit has blossomed into an exploration of the foundations of the five major world religions: Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism.


Gigi S. '23 shares her piece, "Jew-ish?" which recently earned an honorable mention in the 2022 Bay Area Scholastic Writing Awards.