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Thank you for your interest in Nueva! Through Ravenna, our online admissions system, you can sign up for events, fill out and submit application components, and monitor your application status. Don’t worry – by creating a profile for your student, you are not yet committing to apply, and you will gain access to explore all of our events.

Start by clicking the "Apply Online" button below. 


Age Requirements to Apply for Pre-Kindergarten at Nueva (enrolling Fall 2025):

  • Our pre-kindergarten admissions process is split into two rounds. We admit roughly half of the class in Round I and the other half of the class in Round II.
  • 4 years old by January 9, 2025: Children who meet this age requirement are eligible to apply during Round I of the pre-kindergarten admissions process. All application materials must be submitted by January 9, 2025.
  • 4 years old between January 9, 2025–March 9, 2025: While it is preferred that children be four years old when assessed when possible, the minimum age for a child to sit for the WPPSI-IV (IQ assessment) is 3 years and 10 months. If your child takes the IQ assessment before January 9, 2025 and before they are four years old, we will consider them during Round I of the pre-kindergarten admissions process. Assessment results and all admissions materials are due January 9, 2025.
    • Alternatively, you can choose to wait until your child turns four to have them take the IQ assessment, in which case they would be considered during Round II of the pre-kindergarten admissions process. IQ assessments are due no later than March 26, 2025, while all other application materials must be submitted by January 9, 2025.
  • 4 years old between March 10–May 26, 2025: Children falling in this age range may apply in Round II of the pre-kindergarten admissions process. IQ assessment results are due no later than March 26, 2025, while all other application materials must be submitted by January 9, 2025. 

Students who receive wait pool letters in Round I will be reconsidered during Round II of the pre-kindergarten admissions process.

Visit our FAQ page for more details about age eligibility for all grade levels (PreK-10). 

How to Explore and Visit Nueva

  • Virtual Program Preview

    • The optional virtual Program Preview is for families interested in applying for the 2025–26 school year. This event provides prospective parents/guardians a glimpse into life at Nueva through presentations by our faculty and leadership team.
    • The Virtual Program Preview is held in October.
    • RSVP is required; please login to Ravenna to register.
  • Campus Tours 

    • We are excited for families to see our community in action! Come join us in Hillsborough for a tour of our Lower School campus given by a community member. These optional tours are offered from mid-September to mid-November.
  • Virtual Office Hours

    • We know applying to an independent school can get a little overwhelming with many events and steps. Optional office hours are hosted by the Admissions Team monthly from September to December.
    • Open to parents/guardians, this is an opportunity to connect with a member of the Admissions Team to clarify any questions you have about the application process.
  • Additional Optional Events

    • We invite prospective families to register for optional admissions events to learn about the Nueva community. We offer workshops and panels covering topics such as student life, giftedness, equity & inclusion, and financial assistance. Check your Ravenna dashboard for updates and more information.

Application Process

Application and Supplemental Materials Deadline: January 9, 2025

Click on each step for more details.


The Admissions Office appreciates and 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

Si necesita ayuda en español, comuníquese con Melanie León, directora de admisiones, o llame al 650-235-7111.


Apply for Financial Assistance

Nueva uses the Clarity platform to process all applications for tuition financial assistance. The financial assistance application and supplemental documents are due February 4, 2025.

Find out more about Nueva's lower school

Lower School Admissions Contacts

Melanie León
Director of Admissions
Email Melanie

Maggie Loft
Admissions Assistant
Email Maggie

Andrea Hart
Associate Director of Admissions
Email Andrea

Ariana Bickham
Assistant Director of Admissions
Email Ariana

Lupe Ruiz
Admissions Associate
Email Lupe