Upper School (Grades 9–12)

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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. 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. 


How to Explore and Visit Nueva


  • Program Previews

    • Our optional on campus Program Previews are for families interested in applying for the 2024–25 school year. The Program Preview provides prospective applicants and their parents/guardians a glimpse into life at Nueva. This is a unique opportunity to experience Nueva's teaching and learning and hear directly from current members of our community. The event will include demo lessons, presentations, and lively panels.
    • Program Previews are held in October, November, and December.
    • Registration for the optional Program Preview is required through Ravenna.
  • Campus tours

    • We are excited for families to see our community in action! Come join us in San Mateo for a tour of our upper school campus given by one of our student Maverick Tour Guides. These tours are offered from mid-September to mid-December.
    • Parents/guardians and applicants may register for a tour only after Part I of the application is submitted and processed. Space is limited—register soon!
  • Virtual Office Hours

    • We know applying to an independent school can get a little overwhelming with many events, steps, and chances to learn more about the community. Our team is here to support you and your family.
    • These 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 (all grades)

    • 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, life after Nueva, and financial assistance. Check your Ravenna dashboard for updates and more information.

Application Process

At Nueva, we believe in holistically enriching the academic, personal, and social lives of our enrolled students to ensure they will be effective scholars and global citizens. As a result, we will accept applications from students interested in joining our Upper School for grades 9 and 10 to provide the most time for students to become a part of the community and take advantage of all that Nueva has to offer. Applications for admission to grades 11 and 12 are only considered in special circumstances, such as a student's family moving from out of the area. If you or your student have questions about applying outside of grades 9 and 10, please don't hesitate to reach out to admissions@nuevaschool.org.
Application and Supplemental Materials Deadline: January 9, 2024 

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Important Note: 

Entrance testing is not required and not accepted.

  • Nueva does not require nor accept the ISEE/SSAT exam results as part of the application process. 
  • IQ assessments are also not required for admission to the Upper School. However, previous IQ assessment results may be submitted to our office via email at admissions@nuevaschool.org. If submitted, these documents will be reviewed only if a more clear picture of the applicant’s learning profile would be helpful to the reading committee.

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 650-235-7119, or email admissions@nuevaschool.org

Si necesita ayuda en español, comuníquese con Melanie León, directora de admisiones, mleon@nuevaschool.org o llame al 650-350-4524.


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 2, 2024.

Upper School Admissions Contacts

Melanie León
Director of Admissions
Email Melanie

Emily Fedor
Associate Director of Admissions
Email Emily

Melanie Abella
Admissions Assistant
Email Melanie