Visit the Lower School (Grades PreK-4)

PreK-1 Open Houses 2018

Sunday, October 28
12:30-3:00 pm
Hillsborough Campus

Saturday, November 17
12:30-3:00 pm
Hillsborough Campus

Saturday, December 8
12:30-3:00 pm
Hillsborough Campus 

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We hope you will join us for a Lower School Tour, held on Tuesday mornings on the Hillsborough Campus. Lower School Tours are for parents/guardians only, and are open to families who are interested in applying during the 2018-2019 admissions season. You will be able to register for a tour through your Ravenna Account. Please create a Ravenna account by clicking the "Visit the Lower School" button.

Tours offer an overview of Nueva curriculum and program highlights, an opportunity to visit classrooms and experience the campus, and time to ask questions of members of the admissions team and faculty.

Open Houses (Grades PreK-1)

Lower School Open Houses are for families who are interested in applying to PreK, Kindergarten, or First Grade in the 2018-2019 admissions season. These events are an opportunity for prospective parents to learn about key programs in the Lower School directly from Nueva faculty and parents. 

Registration for Open House through Ravenna is required for attendance. 

Student Campus Visits for Applicants for Grades 2 to 4

Once families have submitted Part I of the application, and their child has tested in range, applicants for grades 2, 3, and 4 can schedule a campus visit. The full day visit allows applicants to experience "a day in the life" of a Nueva student. Students will attend Nueva classes with a "buddy" and engage in the day's activities. Campus visits are scheduled October through mid-February.

Explore Nueva Through Events (All Grades)

Upon the creation of your Ravenna account, we invite prospective families to register for Nueva events to help you learn about the Nueva community. We offer workshops and panels such as "What is Diversity at Nueva?", "Life After Nueva", and "Financial Award Workshop". Check your Ravenna Dashboard for updates.

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Recent News from the Lower School

Lower School Art Teacher Reenie Charriere leads a group of Nueva students through SFMOMA

Nearly 150 Nueva community members came together to enjoy contemporary art at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) on Saturday, March 10. Families attended a special weekend tour with Lower School Art Specialist Reenie Charrière, a practicing artist and former museum educator who guided them through the retrospective entitled Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules.

Not Just Playing with Clay: PreK Art Inspired by Brazilian Artist

With a deep conviction for the importance of learning through art, Carolee Fucigna, Nueva prekindergarten teacher, developed an opportunity for the prekindergarten students to connect their artwork to that of a renowned Brazilian artist, Anna Maria Maiolino.

Students Lead March on Campus for Kindness, Peace, and Love

In these uncertain times, Nueva students are the tides of change, leading the next generation to be kinder than the one before. On Monday, February 5, dozens of lower school students raised their colorful, handmade signs in a Kindness March to spread love and compassion around Nueva.

A Ten-Minute Walk: Wednesday Morning in the Lower School

On Wednesday morning in the Lower School, our students were deeply engaged in reading, composing, illustrating, and problem solving.

Working individually and in groups, students in kindergarten through fourth grade were in full mid-week stride as they tackled new challenges, put finishing touches on their creations, and shared their learning with teachers and classmates.

Three students huddle around a laptop during Hour of Code

Last week, Nueva first and third graders joined millions of students around the world for an Hour of Code, a global movement to demystify computer science. As part of the worldwide Computer Science Education Week, the Hour of Code aims to broaden participation across gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups to show that computer science can be fun, creative, and accessible for all ages regardless of background.

Nueva Book Fairs Delight Diverse Community of Readers

Since 1985, the Hillsborough Book Fair has been an annual weeklong celebration of books and the rich literary environment here at Nueva. With a variety of fiction and nonfiction books hand-selected with Nueva readers in mind, the Hillsborough Book Fair is one of the most carefully curated book fairs in the country.

Nueva’s Beloved Forts Revitalized

Nueva’s forts are a treasured play area near the Mansion, once an old olive grove. Beautiful in their simplicity, they draw lower school students into imaginative and social play outdoors.

Brown Bag Concerts Conclude a Wonderful Year


A beloved Hillsborough tradition, Brown Bag concerts provide opportunities for students to perform for one another in a fun and relaxed setting.

Students sign up in advance for these concerts, which are held in the Ballroom once or twice a month on Fridays during lunch. Concerts can feature 12–15 short performances by a variety of student musicians and sometimes include selections from the likes of Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin.