Lower School Expedition

Welcome to Lower School Expedition

Thank you to everyone who participated in Lower School Expedition! More information about our 2019 offerings will be available soon.


Please explore the 2018 offerings below:

We are excited to return for our second summer of Lower School Expedition! Last year, campers enjoyed diving deep for a week into a thematic interdisciplinary study that included explorations in art, math, literature, creative movement, science, and Design Thinking.

This summer, our lower school campers can only join us for a maximum of two weeks of programming.

Here is a schedule of our offerings, followed by a short preview of what to expect:

Outer Limits (Week A): 
What are the challenges and surprises that come with traveling into unknown spaces? We’ll explore the challenges of traveling into the unknown and meeting characters who are pushed to the outer limits of what is known and familiar to them.
Open to campers entering grades 1–4 during the weeks of 7/2 or 7/16!

Close Encounters (Week B):
What are the challenges and surprises that we find much closer to home? As part of our thematic study, we will explore the possibilities for biomimicry —innovation inspired by nature. We’ll also consider the intersection between with nature and humans.
Open to campers entering grades 1–4 during the weeks of 7/9 or 7/23!

Details of the program will be coming in the next few weeks. However, each day will be organized into blocks of time devoted to Lit Club, Art/Engineering Challenges, Community Building, Math Games, Scientific Deep Dives, Design Thinking, and Dance/Movement.

The team, led by Lora Saarnio, is meeting each week, developing a formal structure and lesson plans.

The 2018 Lower School Expedition Team

  • Alyssa Alonso (Nueva Associate Teacher)
  • Lora Saarnio (Nueva Lower School Math Specialist)
  • Denise White (Teacher of Mathematics at Portola Valley School District)
  • Rob Zomber (Nueva Design Thinking Teacher)

Nueva Summer

We will be announcing the dates of Nueva Summer 2019 in early December.


The Nueva School
San Mateo Campus
131 E. 28th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403

Nueva Expedition Times

9:00 am-4:00 pm* Daily 

*Families can enroll for before care (which begins at 8:00 am) and after care (which ends at 6:00 pm) through the parent dashboard. We do not offer drop-in before and after care.


Lunch Service

Lunch will be served each day and is included in tuition. There will always be vegetarian and gluten-free options. All food served (and allowed on campus) at Nueva is nut-free.

For Nueva Summer 2018 Lunch menu

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Nueva Summer Employment

While we are currently fully staffed for our 2018 program, please be in touch if you are interested in joining our team. We will be in touch should things change as summer approaches.


If you are interested in working with Nueva Summer 2018:

Submit a resume with cover letter and list of references to Nueva Summer: summer@nuevaschool.org