Upper School Application Process

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Happy upper school students do a team building exercise on a field trip
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Thank you for your interest in Nueva! Through Ravenna Solutions, our online admissions system, you can inquire, sign up for events, fill out and submit application components, and check your application status.

To access all of these features, click the "Apply Online" button below. You may also click here to download an upper 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 I & application fee of $90.

To be considered for a reduced application fee, please complete the Reduced Fee Application form and return to admissions@nuevaschool.org.

Note: We require that you submit Part I of the Application and the application fee prior to scheduling a campus visit.

Step 3: Schedule the Virtual Student Interview

The student interview is an opportunity for our faculty or admissions staff members to learn more about your child from their perspective. No preparation is needed for the interview. 

Step 4: Schedule Virtual Parent/Guardian Interview, Activity Session, and Proctored Writing Sample

Virtual Parent Guardian Interview

The Virtual Parent Interview is a chance for you to meet with a member of our Admissions Team or Faculty. It is an opportunity to ask any questions you may have, while also allowing us to get to know more about your child and family. Interviews typically range from 20-25 minutes.

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. 

Note: We require that you submit Part II of the application prior to scheduling your parent interview and student activity session.

Proctored Writing Sample

A group of peninsula schools 6–12 are working together proctoring a joint writing assessment. These schools have coordinated to allow students who apply to any of these schools to only have to do the writing sample once. Please do not register for a Proctored Writing Sample session at more than one school or for more than one session at the same school as we have limited spaces for applicants. Students may only take the Proctored Writing Sample once.

Note: The SSAT/ISEE will not be accepted for Middle School (grades 6–8) and Upper School (grades 9–12)

Step 5: Submit Upper School Application Part III – Student Information and My Page

Due by 5:00 p.m., on the application deadline.

The My Page is an open-ended opportunity for your child to express their passions. Here is a quick how-to guide.

Step 6: Submit the Required Supplemental Materials

Supplemental forms are due by 5:00 p.m., on the application deadline:

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.

  • Confidential English Teacher Recommendation Form
  • Confidential Math Teacher Recommendation Form
  • Confidential Principal or Counselor Recommendation Form
  • Transcript Request Form and Transcripts: We require the previous year's progress reports/grades, standardized test scores, and current grades when they become available. All materials should be uploaded to your student's Ravenna account.


Note: We do not require IQ testing for the Upper School. However, previous evaluations and/or test scores may be submitted to our office via email at admissions@nuevaschool.org.

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 650-235-7119,
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.

Apply for a Financial Award

Nueva uses the School and Student Services (SSS) platform to
process all applications for tuition financial awards. 

Learn more 

Button to SSS Financial Awards


Upper School Key Dates

Thursday, January 6, 2022
Applications and
Supplemental Documents Due

Friday, January 7, 2022
Financial Award Applications Due

Friday, February 4, 2022
Supplemental Financial Award Documents Due

Thursday, March 17, 2022
Decision Letters Mailed

Friday, March 18, 2022
Decisions Uploaded to Ravenna at 4:00 pm

Friday, March 25, 2022
Enrollment Contracts & Deposit Due at 12 Noon

Questions? Contact us

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

Upper School
Admissions Contacts

Taryn Grogan
Director of Enrollment and Strategic Engagement
Email Taryn


Jamika McNally
Assistant Director of Admissions
Email Jamika


Matthew Oakland
Admissions Assistant,
Email Matthew