For 50 years, the Nueva School has led the field of gifted education with our dynamic, inquiry-based approach. We provide what gifted learners need: a community of faculty and peers who understand, nurture, and challenge them in an exciting, interdisciplinary academic program.
We weave project-based learning, social-emotional learning, Design Thinking, and Global Citizenship into rich experiences that help our students develop their unique strengths and learn to make choices that benefit the world.
What is giftedness?
Gifted learners are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of academic aptitude (an exceptional ability to reason and learn), intellectual engagement, and curiosity. They often display unusual talent in other domains, such as athletics, music, dance, or the arts. While no two students are the same, research shows that gifted students share common characteristics and behaviors.
"Our son has always asked a lot of questions and is incredibly curious. We needed him to be in a place that embraces his curiosity, fosters it, and encourages it. At Nueva, our son hasn’t found his ceiling. His teachers engage him in his subjects in the way he needs, with complexity, creativity, and depth."
Why gifted education?
Gifted learners have specialized educational needs.
They need educators who understand that gifted learners may experience asynchronous development — when their cognitive, emotional, and physical development is not aligned. Intellectual skills may be far advanced, while social skills are catching up; they may be capable of reading texts far beyond their current age, while struggling in math (or vice versa).
The Nueva School meets these needs with our dynamic educational model that unlocks students’ potential. With skill and sensitivity, our expert teachers provide opportunities and resources that meet students where they are, no matter what grade they are in or topics they are pursuing. With avenues of deep learning always available to them, students quickly become practiced explorers who know their questions really matter. And with each passing day, their passion for lifelong learning is ignited.
Nueva provides stimulating and open-ended learning experiences designed for our gifted learners. We offer a community of faculty and peers who understand, appreciate, and nurture their talents and interests.
We believe all gifted learners have the right:*
- to know about their giftedness
- to learn something new every day
- to be passionate about their talent areas without apologies
- to have an identity beyond their talent area
- to feel good about their accomplishments
- to make mistakes
- to seek guidance in the development of their talents
- to have multiple peer groups and a variety of friends
- to choose which of their talent areas they wish to pursue
- not to be gifted at everything
*Adapted from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) "Gifted Children's Bill of Rights."
How We Identify Gifted Learners
Parents are usually the first to identify that their child’s extraordinary abilities and interests are different from other children. When looking for ways to foster their child’s specialized learning needs, parents turn to the Nueva School.
Sharing Our Expertise
Nueva was founded as a private school with a public purpose: to share our resources, talents, knowledge, and innovation with the larger gifted education communities. We reach out to the broader community of students, teachers, homeschoolers, administrators, and clinicians, contributing Nueva’s resources and innovation through programs and publications.
The Gifted Support Center provides education, insight, guidance, and emotional support to help parents understand gifted learners. It gives parents access to practical resources to help them address the needs of their child.