Our application for the 2024–25 school year is now closed. The application for the 2025–26 school year will open in early September. Applicants to grades PreK–8 are encouraged to take the IQ assessment as soon as they are age-eligible. 


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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 Upper 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 many members 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 2024
    Applications open through Ravenna. Check for registration deadlines for optional events
  • January 9, 2025
    Deadline for Ravenna application and all required documents
  • February 4, 2025
    For those applying for financial assistance, deadline to submit application and all supplemental documents
  • March 21, 2025
    Admissions decision notification for all grades
  • March 25–26, 2025
    Campus visits for Middle and Upper School admitted students
    Campus visits for parents/guardians of Lower School admitted students
  • March 28, 2025
    Deadline to submit admissions decision reply for all grades

Get in touch! 




Lower and Middle School: 
(650) 350-4528

Upper School:
(650) 235-7119

Si necesita ayuda en español, comuníquese con Melanie León, directora de admisiones: 
mleon@nuevaschool.org o

Student Voices

At Nueva, student voices are valued and respected. We regularly document the reflections of our students and alumni on their learning, their school projects, and their feelings about our community. Hear some first-person testimonials about Nueva’s culture and our students’ opinions and experiences.

Illustrations by Thalia R. '22

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.

Student-teacher Relationships

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.

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Nueva News


At the Class of 2024 graduation, Sam Zukin '24 shared these remarks. 

"Presence. Presence was something that we all lacked as we began our high school journey. I still remember the isolation I felt during my middle school Zoom graduation ceremony..."

A Reaffirmation of Joy and Gratitude

At the Class of 2024 graduation, Isabella Xu ’24 shared these remarks. 

"The scariest moment of my high school career wasn’t the first day of ninth grade. It wasn’t my first bad rubric. And contrary to what my friends may tell you, it wasn’t when I crashed my car by Whole Foods..."

Mavericks Making Waves: June 2024

Mavericks Making Waves is our latest roundup of exceptional student and faculty accomplishments and activities happening beyond Nueva's walls. In this edition, freshmen won the national ExploraVision Competition, our debate teams excelled in major tournaments, a fifth grader took gold at a junior skiing championship, and more.

Dispatch from the Field: Reflections from 8th Grade Homestays

This year marked the return of a milestone Nueva Middle School experience: the eighth-grade trips around the world included language-based homestays.

Our Japanese, Spanish, and Mandarin students each spent a week living with a host student and their family, practicing their conversation skills and taking in daily life as a teenager in a different country and culture.

Read about their experiences and see photos from their daytime activities with their classmates.

Snapshots: Lower School Trips

Students in first through fourth grade had exciting overnight adventures with their classmates and teachers! From nature journaling to hiking, pitching a tent and cleaning up after a camping meal, Lower School students took their learning and community building outdoors.

In Conversation: Sade and Rashida

Introducing our new video series, In Conversation, featuring candid conversations between members of the Nueva community. In our second episode, Sade A. ’33 sits down with kindergarten teacher Rashida Blade.

Dispatch from the Field: Reflections from Middle School Trips

It’s May, which means it’s trips season at Nueva! School trips at Nueva, from nearby California wilderness to countries around the world, offer some of the most memorable immersive and inspiring learning experiences for our students.

This week, the Middle School students have set off to Monterey (5th grade), Washington, D.C. (6th grade), Los Angeles (7th grade) domestically, and Spain, Japan, and Singapore (8th grade) internationally. Read these travel dispatches from a few fifth, sixth, and seventh graders, and keep an eye out for next week’s dispatch, where eighth graders will share a little bit of their homestay experiences.

Fifth Graders Discover the Wonders of the Bay Area

Now in its third year, the Bay Area Wonders project, created by science teacher Cristina Veresan and former writing teacher Cliff Burke, is a published student-created anthology of nature essays, accompanied by illustrations. The project exemplifies interdisciplinary learning: students explore their selected species in their science, writing, and art clases. 

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, sbowers@nuevaschool.org