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We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021–2022 season. The 2022–2023 admissions season begins on September 1. 

Thank you for including The Nueva School in your school search.

A Message to Families Applying to Nueva in 2020–2021

Nueva recognizes that applying to an independent school is a process that is often times difficult to manage. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place order, we understand you have likely experienced hardship and stress navigating your lives in our “new normal,” let alone the future of your child’s education.

Please know we are committed to working with your family during the upcoming season to address all of your questions and needs. We have redesigned our admissions process to reflect the current times and to ensure that you become familiar with Nueva’s program, culture, and community. 

You are encouraged to begin your exploration of Nueva with our self-directed virtual tour! On your tour, you will hear directly from students and faculty, experience classes in action, and see our beautiful Hillsborough and San Mateo campuses. Stay long and visit often! Prospective families will also have the opportunity to attend live virtual tours, program previews, information sessions and more. Continue to explore our website to learn about the school and our programs (both on-campus and while in distance learning). Please see our Remote Learning Plan here.

The 2020–2021 admissions season has begun. Please complete an online inquiry by creating an account through our online application system, Ravenna Solutions and explore Nueva virtually. Through Ravenna, you will be able to register for admissions events, apply, and track your progress toward application completion. Just click the "Apply Online" button to get started!

If you have any questions about our program or process, please feel free to email me directly or any Nueva team member at admissions@nuevaschool.org.

We are in this together and we look forward to being a resource to you as you embark on your independent school journey.

Warm regards,

Taryn Grogan
Director of Admissions

Nueva is a constructivist school for gifted and high-ability learners from prekindergarten to high school, emphasizing integrated studies, creative arts, social-emotional learning, and design thinking. Nueva is a community that values curiosity, inclusion, diversity, innovation, discovery, and authentic learning experiences.

For over 50 years Nueva has remained committed to its original mission: to inspire a passion for lifelong learning, foster social and emotional acuity, and develop a student's imaginative mind. Our students take intellectual, social, and academic risks and find comfort in knowing they have a safe space to ask questions, make mistakes, and enjoy the journey of learning. 

Si necesita ayuda en español, comuníquese con Lupe Ruiz, Asociada de Admisiones, lruiz@nuevaschool.org o llame al 650-350-4524.

For general information about Bay Area Independent Schools, you may also find the www.issfba.org website helpful.

Get in touch! 




Lower and Middle School: 
(650) 350-4528

Upper School:
(650) 235-7119


Meet the Admissions Team

Taryn Grogan
Director of Admissions
All Divisions
(650) 350-4525
Email Taryn

Kim Overton
Associate Director of Admissions
Lower School
(650) 350-4526
Email Kim

Juliana Fitts
Associate Director of Admissions
Middle School
(650) 350-4527
Email Juliana

Jamika McNally
Assistant Director of Admissions 
Middle/Upper School
Email Jamika

Ariana Bickham
Admissions Associate 
Lower/Middle School
Email Ariana

Lupe Ruiz
Admissions Associate 
Lower/Middle School
Email Lupe

Matthew Oakland
Admissions Assistant 

Email Matthew

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 award programs, 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, sbowers@nuevaschool.org