Visit the Upper School (Grades 9-12)

Upper School
Open Houses 2018

Saturday, October 20
1:00 - 3:30 pm
San Mateo Campus

Sunday, November 4
1:00 - 3:30 pm
San Mateo Campus

Sunday, December 2
1:00 - 3:30 pm
San Mateo Campus

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We hope you will join us for an Upper School Tour, held on Wednesday mornings on our San Mateo Campus. Upper 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 Upper 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, as well as current students.

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

Open Houses

Upper School Open Houses are for families who are interested in applying during 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.

Student Campus Visits

Once families have submitted Part I of the application, students can schedule a campus visit. This half-day visit allows applicants to experience "a day in the life" of a Nueva student. Students will attend Nueva classes, enjoy lunch, 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 Upper School

2018 Graduates Celebrate Their Nueva Experience

Graduation speaker Lucy W. posed this question to the audience at Nueva’s 2018 graduation ceremony, the culmination of a week of celebratory activities that began with the Lifer’s Dinner on Monday, June 4, and ended on Sunday, June 10, with commencement on Nueva’s Hillsborough campus. Lucy’s reference to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was also an allusion to one of the seminal readings in Nueva’s ninth-grade English curriculum, a reading experience shared by nearly all graduating students.

Invention Studio Inspires Student Projects for Social Good

At Nueva, when students see a problem or a need, they invent a solution. Now in its second year, Invention Studio began as an outgrowth of I-Lab teacher Connie Liu's Design Engineering for Social Good course. It allows students to use design thinking and engineering skills to create empathy-based solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing our society today. Invention Studio is Nueva pedagogy at its best — student-centered learning that gives students the opportunity to use both design thinking and social-emotional learning skills in a real-life setting, to solve real-world issues.

A wind turbine spins with LED's STEM fair!

On Sunday, March 18, nearly 1,200 visitors traveled to Nueva's upper school campus for the annual STEM Fair. This year's program offerings included partnerships with the San Mateo Astronomical Society, Virtual Reality Experience, GoBabyGo!, and iD Tech Camps. From marble runs and human generated electricity to science raps and the amazing poster pavilion, there was something for everyone to enjoy.

Join the Club: New Groups Form to Connect Upper School

In the spirit of inclusivity and connectedness, several new clubs are starting up across disciplines and thematic areas at the upper school to provide a place for shared interests and dialogue. This semester, the new clubs include creative writing, chemistry, and masculinity.

Math Circle Explores Machine Learning at Bay Meadows

Room 245 in the Writing Resource Center was packed to capacity on Saturday afternoon, February 10, for the inaugural Bay Meadows Math Circle. Students from Nueva and other Bay Area high schools, along with many parents, flocked into the classroom and clustered around the tables, settling in for one of the two 70-minute Introduction to Machine Learning sessions taught by Nueva computer science teachers Jen Selby and Carl Shan. It was the first time that computer science was featured as a topic at a Math Circle.

First Team from Nueva Competes at Young Physicists Tournament

Every February, the United States Association for Young Physicists (USAYPT) releases four physics problems for which high school students spend a year preparing solutions and then present at a tournament the following January. This year, for the first time, Nueva sent a team of four students — Peter A., Tobias B., Cameron W., and Andrew Z. — to compete against teams from twelve other schools across the U.S. and abroad.