Visit the Middle School (Grades 5-8)

Middle School
Open Houses 2018

Saturday, October 20
12:00-2:30 pm
San Mateo Campus

Sunday, November 4
12:00-2:30 pm
San Mateo Campus

Sunday, December 2
12:00-2:30 pm
San Mateo Campus

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We hope you will join us for a Middle School Tour, held on Thursday mornings on the Hillsborough Campus. Middle 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 Middle School" button.

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

Spaces full? Please email to be added to our waitlist.


Open Houses

Middle School Open Houses are for families who are interested in applying to grades 5-8 in the 2018-2019 admissions season. Students participate in mini-lessons while parents observe, ask questions, and learn about our curriculum and programs. The lessons, along with the student and faculty panel, provide you and your family with additional insight into our Nueva classrooms and community. 

Registration for Open House through Ravenna is required for attendance. Spaces full? Please email to be added to our waitlist.

Please note that all Middle School Open Houses will take place at the San Mateo Upper School campus at 131 East 28th Avenue.

Student Campus Visits

Once families have submitted Part I of the application, and the applicants have tested in range, students can schedule a campus visit. The 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.

Visit the Middle School

Find out more about Nueva's Middle School

Middle School Academics
Nueva at a Glance
Tuition and Financial Awards

Recent News from the Middle School

Eighth graders dressed in suits meet with their friends on graduation day

On Friday, 86 eighth graders and their families gathered at Nueva's Hillsborough campus for one final celebration before advancing to high school (and beyond!).

The eighth-grade class of 2018 worked tirelessly to present, rhyme, and sing their appreciations of Nueva in 100 words or less. Together they reminisced over their completed STARPAP projects, painted exquisite literary memories of the Yosemite trip, and delivered clever, pithy speeches in true Nueva fashion.

Middle School Head Liza Raynal concluded her own 100-word address with, "Each student's speech will centuplicate the reasons why we are so proud to be the adults in their lives."

Middle School Students Host Nueva's First-Ever Hackathon

On Saturday, April 28, two Nueva middle school students hosted the first-ever Nueva Hackathon, a design event where people interested in computer programming and software development collaborate intensively to create usable software over a short period of time. This all-inclusive event was the brainchild of middle-schoolers Yash N. and Taher V., who organized the Hackathon with Twitter co-creator Dom Sagolla, who was one of the presenters amongst the 60 participants and attendees.

GoBabyGo! Students Engineer Vehicles to Mobilize Toddlers

Nueva middle school students learn by caring in Christine Braun's robotics class. In December 2017, Chris, the shop manager & I-Lab engineer, met with the Los Angeles chapter of GoBabyGo! — a University of Delaware-based program dedicated to mobilizing young children with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a congenital disorder of movement, muscle tone, and posture affecting more than 200,000 children each year, and there is no known cure. Chris brought her inspiration to Nueva and recently led a team of middle school students in the design, construction, and delivery of the school’s first car to a GoBabyGo! family.

Middle School student sharing his culmination projects with family

Fifth- and sixth-grade students and faculty gathered in the Hillsborough GCC on Friday, January 19, to celebrate a culmination of work they completed in the fall. One hallmark of the evening was how the arts were integrated across disciplines. From fifth-grade math projects to sixth-grade writing, students shared work that drew on skills, habits of mind, and content addressed in all of their classes.  

Commodities and Conflict: Biennial World's Fair Inspires Conversation

What do salt, chocolate, gold, and tobacco have in common? Each commodity is both treasured by the western world, and is often found at the center of conflict within its place of origin. Every two years, Nueva’s seventh- and eighth-grade students present the World’s Fair, the pinnacle of a semester–long dive into an issues of globalization. This year, students researched the international conflicts that arise as a result of sourcing high-demand commodities.

Culminations Showcase Students' Creativity

Students shared various creative projects during the recent arts and electives culminations on both campuses. Nueva students led family members and friends on tours of their coursework and shared musical performances, designs, robotics projects, chemistry experiments, and more.