The Silk Road curriculum sets students on an immersive journey across 7,000 miles and more than 2,500 years. It exemplifies Nueva’s commitment to interdisciplinary learning, as humanities, science, and writing are intertwined.
Visit the Middle School (Grades 5-8)
Open Houses 2018
Saturday, October 20
San Mateo Campus
Sunday, November 4
San Mateo Campus
Sunday, December 2
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 email@example.com to be added to our waitlist.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Record numbers of students joined winter basketball and soccer to play and learn by doing. Nueva’s K-8 Physical Education Teacher and Athletics Coordinator and three faculty coaches reflect on The Nueva Way in their successful 2019 season.
Over the last year, the students of Nueva’s current fifth grade class have been on a mission to make a difference. Inspired by an episode of the Netflix series, The Kindness Diaries by Leon Logothetis, they sought to help children without access to clean water.
Last year as fourth graders in Matt Berman’s class, the students discovered there were no books for kids their age on the Greco-Persian Wars (part of their study of ancient Greece), so they wrote one of their own, published it on Amazon, and it quickly became the top-selling book in the Children's History category for two months.
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."
During the month of May, Nueva fifth- and sixth-grade students traveled east to immerse themselves in history and bring their respective year-long studies into real-world perspective.
Almost one year since the Space Academy lower and middle school elective class launched Nueva’s first venture into space, the students finally have the results of a hot air pattern experiment they tested in microgravity.
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.
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.
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.