Welcome to The Nueva School! We are excited for you to learn more about all that Nueva has to offer.
Nueva is a dynamic community committed to educating gifted learners from pre-kindergarten through high school. Our mission is to inspire passion for lifelong learning, foster social and emotional acuity, and develop the imaginative mind.
As a community that values curiosity, compassion, inclusion, diversity, innovation, and authentic learning experiences, Nueva students embrace intellectual, social, and academic challenges. With the support of our exceptional faculty, they also find comfort in knowing they have a safe space to ask questions, make mistakes, and enjoy the journey of learning.
We are eager to help you understand the limitless possibilities of a Nueva education and encourage you to continue exploring our website to learn more about our community and the admissions process. Better yet, come visit us in person! Throughout the admissions season we will offer opportunities to spend time on our beautiful Hillsborough and San Mateo campuses where you will meet all parts of our community, from faculty to students to current parents to the admissions team.
We look forward to partnering with you as you search for the right school community for your family.
The Nueva Admissions Team
Important Admissions Dates
- Lower and Middle School applicants: We highly recommend that students take an IQ assessment with a licensed psychologist as soon as they are eligible.
- Early September 2023
Applications open through Ravenna. Check for registration deadlines for optional events
- January 9, 2024
Deadline for Ravenna application and all required documents
- February 2, 2024
For those applying for financial assistance, deadline to submit application and all supplemental documents
- March 15, 2024
Admissions decision notification for all grades
- March 19–21, 2024
Campus visit for admitted students (parents/guardians of admitted student for lower school applicants)
- March 22, 2024
Deadline to submit admissions decision reply for all grades
Get in touch!
Lower and Middle School:
Si necesita ayuda en español, comuníquese con Melanie León, directora de admisiones:
A Place of Belonging
Above all, Nueva is a sanctuary for gifted learners. Our shared curiosity and love of learning bonds our community across every grade and division.
Ask any of our students what they love most about Nueva and the most common answer you’ll hear is “The teachers!”
Learning Culture with No Ceilings
Our flexible, responsive learning culture rises to meet the interests and ambitions of our students. We’re here to help them go as far and as wide as they want to go.
As someone interested in the humanities and social sciences, I have taken many history courses at Nueva. My Capitalism and the Apocalypse course—which I am taking this semester—is truly stunning, as it exemplifies the subtle interconnectedness of all of these courses, and how history is an ever changing-field.
Ten Nueva seniors reflect on our teachers’ lasting impact on their lives.
On a recent Thursday afternoon, a group of fifth and sixth grade students could be found screening short films, and not just any short films; these were short films written, produced, and edited by the students themselves.
We are excited to share Volume III, Issue I of The Mav Mind Journal of Art and Literature! The theme for this issue is growth. Students took this in many different directions; you can find poetry about nature, a nonfiction article about trees, and stunning art about personal growth.
Ihmar Aldana teaches calculus and statistics at the Upper School, co-advises the Filipino Affinity Group, and can sometimes be found playing pickleball with students at lunch. Get to know him as part of our "Five Questions For" series.
Last week, Nueva welcomed educators from all over the country to our campuses for the biannual Innovative Learning Conference (ILC). We invite you to read what participants and presenters had to say during and about this meaningful two-day learning experience.
“Any elective is going to hopefully broaden students’ horizons,” says Upper School teacher Chris Scott, “and deepen their understanding of themselves as learners and human beings.”
After visiting Nueva in January 2020, Shelby Divan “fell in love with the Nueva community and its values.” As the Middle School Equity and Inclusion Coordinator and SEL Associate Teacher, Shelby wears many hats. Get to know her as part of our "Five Questions For" series.
Mavericks Making Waves is our latest roundup of exceptional student and faculty accomplishments and activities happening beyond Nueva's walls.
The Nueva School is a member of the Independent Schools of the San Francisco Bay Area (ISSFBA) and Bay Area Independent High Schools (BAIHS). Please review our Principles of Good Practice here and here.
For general information about Bay Area Independent Schools, you may also find the ISSFBA website helpful.
The Nueva School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, or religious affiliation to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Nueva does not discriminate on the basis of these factors in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial assistance program, or athletic and other school-administered programs.
In accordance with the requirements set forth in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Nueva School provides this notice of nondiscrimination and states that Nueva School does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities. Questions concerning Title IX may be referred to the School’s Title IX Coordinator whose contact information is below or to the Office for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Education.
Title IX Coordinator:
Scott Bowers, Director of Human Resources
131 E. 28th Street, San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 235-7172, firstname.lastname@example.org