Middle School Application Process

Middle school students work on math together in class.
Middle School girl smiles while working in class
Middle school students spend their lunch playing with chickens in the garden

Thank you for your interest in Nueva! Through Ravenna Solutions, our online admissions system, you can sign up for events, fill out and submit application components, and monitor your application status. 

To access all of these features, click the "Apply Online" button below. To access all of these features, click the "Apply Online" button below. You may also click here to download a Middle School Application Checklist.

Apply Online

Step 1: Create an Account with Ravenna Solutions

Create a Ravenna Account to register for a tour, other admissions event, and/or to apply.  

Step 2: Submit Part 1 of the Middle School Application & application fee of $90.

To be considered for a reduced application fee, please contact us at admissions@nuevaschool.org. 

Note: We must receive an application prior to testing on campus.

Step 3: Schedule a testing appointment for a Wechsler (WISC-V) IQ Evaluation

Please schedule your child’s WISC-V evaluation as soon as possible. You may do this before you apply to Nueva. Your child's test results and narrative are due January 14.

For on-campus testing

  • Appointments are scheduled September through early February.
  • Appointments are available through your Ravenna account.
  • The testing fee is $450 for the WISC-V. 
  • Submit Part 1 of your child's application before their on-campus test date or the application deadline, whichever date comes first.
  • Please review the steps we have taken to provide safe, in-person testing, and our Informed Consent Form for on-campus testing.


For off-campus testing

  • Please schedule your child's off-campus testing as soon as possible. You may do this before you apply to Nueva. Please Click Here for a list of psychologists in our area and Guidelines to Submit Testing.
    • Note: This is not an endorsement for these psychologists or a comprehensive list of Bay Area psychologists.
  • Your child's test results and narrative are due to the Admissions office no later than January 14 for grades 1-4 or February 4 for PreK and Kindergarten.

Learn more about the Wechsler IQ Assessment.

Step 4: Schedule Activity Session and Joint Writing Assessment

Activity Session

The Activity Session is similar to a Nueva classroom setting. Students engage in a fun ice-breaker, followed by a creative and collaborative group project and presentation. Grade 5 applicants will complete a math and writing sample during the Activity Session.

Note: Activity Sessions are scheduled after testing results and Part I of the application have been submitted and reviewed by our Admissions Office. You are given a code to register.

Joint Writing Assessment

A group of peninsula schools 6-12 are working together to design a joint writing assessment. This will replace the SSAT/ISEE. This year, the SSAT/ISEE will be optional for Middle School (grades 6-8) and Upper School (9-12).

Step 5: Parent/Guardian Interview 

Meet with our Admissions Staff, ask questions, and allow us to learn more about your child. Interviews typically range from 30-45 minutes

Note: Interviews are scheduled after testing results and Part I and II of the application have been submitted and reviewed by our Admissions Office. You are given a code to register.

Step 6: Submit Middle School Student Portion

Due by 5:00 pm, on the application deadline:

  • Student Questionnaire
  • Submit My Page, which is an open-ended opportunity for your child to express his/her passions. Here is a quick how to guide.
  • Student Graded Writing Sample from your child's current school that includes comments, or grades, from his/her teacher. Please submit a sample from the current school year.

Step 7: Submit the Required Supplemental Materials

Student Evaluation Forms are completed and submitted to Nueva directly by the student's current teachers/counselor. Parents delegate evaluation forms through Ravenna. Teachers electronically submit forms through Ravenna. Please give the teachers plenty of time to complete these recommendations before the application deadline.

Supplemental Forms are due by 5:00pm on the application deadline: 

  • Confidential Principal or Counselor Recommendation Form
  • Confidential Teacher Recommendation Form
  • Transcript Release Form and Transcripts (1- 8): We require the previous year's progress reports/grades, standardized test scores, and the current grades when they become available. All materials should be uploaded to Ravenna.
Two middle school students work together in the I-Lab

The Admissions Office is always delighted to receive applications
well in advance of the deadline!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call 650-350-4528,
or email admissions@nuevaschool.org.

Si necesita ayuda en español, comuníquese con Lupe Ruiz, Asociada de Admisiones, lruiz@nuevaschool.org o llame al 650-350-4524.

The Nueva School is a member of the Independent Schools of the San Francisco Bay Area (ISSFBA) and Bay Area Independent High Schools (BAIHS).

Please review our Principles of Good Practice.

Middle School Key Dates

Thursday, January 7, 2021
Applications Due
Supplemental Documents Due

Friday, January 8, 2021 
Financial Award Applications Due

Thursday, January 14, 2021
Off-campus WISC-V IQ Testing Due

Monday, February 1 - Friday, February 5 2021
Supplemental Financial Award Documents Due

Thursday, March 18, 2021 
Decision Letters Mailed

Friday, March 19, 2021
Decisions Uploaded to Ravenna at 4:00 pm

Friday, March 26, 2021
Enrollment contracts and Deposits Due at 12 noon

Questions? Contact us

Recibir ayuda: lruiz@nuevaschool.org o llame al 650-350-4524

Middle School
Admissions Contacts

Taryn Grogan
Director of Admissions
Email Taryn


Juliana Fitts
Associate Director of
Admissions, Middle School
Email Juliana


Jamika McNally
Assistant Director of Admissions
Email Jamika


Lupe Ruiz
Admissions Associate
Email Lupe


Ariana Bickham
Admissions Associate
Email Ariana



Matthew Oakland
Admissions Assistant, PreK-12
Email Matthew

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process all applications for tuition financial awards. 

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