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.
Fourth grade teacher Sharmistha Ghosh joined Nueva in fall 2023. She is committed to igniting the joy of learning in her students, allowing them to make sense of the world around them through creative and resilient problem solving, and to discover their own unique and authentic selves.
Director of Environmental Citizenship Sarah Koning kicked off a three-year composting study in fall 2022. Because composting is part of the pre-kindergarten curriculum, Sarah had the idea of offering an Upper School Soil Health class that partnered with the preK students to develop ideas for this system.
Courageous Conversations and Community Creation: Upper School Students Engage in Workshops Designed to Bridge Gaps and Build Common Ground
An impressive lineup of workshops, led by students, faculty, and outside guests, punctuated the annual Upper School Martin Luther King, Jr. programming. The workshops centered around the theme for this year, developed by Upper School Equity and Inclusion Coordinator Steven Mathis: courageous conversations and community building.
On January 11 and 12, Head of School Lee Fertig delivered his "State of Nueva" presentation for the community. Lee invited parents, students, alumni, and faculty to offer their reflections immediately following the presentation.
Mavericks Making Waves is our latest roundup of exceptional student and faculty accomplishments and activities happening beyond Nueva's walls.
Hosted each year following winter break, Intersession is a verifiable feast of intellectually stimulating, rich, experiential introductions to a variety of subjects and fields. Parent and professional facilitators offer hundreds of sessions covering a broad spectrum of topics around the arts, athletics and movement, cooking, humanities, environmental citizenship, design thinking, philosophy, business, science, math, and more.
Take a look at a sampling of some of the sessions offered in each division.
Danielle Lawrence teaches Intro to Drawing, Intro to Art and Fabrication, and Advanced Studio Art in the Upper School. She received a B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute and an M.F.A. from Mills College.
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.
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