At Nueva, every student learns to make choices that benefit the world.

Through our emphasis on Global Citizenship, one of the foundational pillars of the Nueva experience, we encourage students to engage with cultures and practices very different than their own. In our increasingly interconnected world, it is imperative for us to cultivate diverse perspectives. When they venture into the world, Nueva students lead with empathy, are civically astute, and use their unique voices to address the issues that matter to them.


Global Citizenship Is Woven into the Academic Curriculum

From PreK to 12, starting with exposure to and celebration of diverse perspectives, we prepare students to understand, communicate, and solve problems in this interconnected world.

In and out of the classroom, students develop self-awareness, understanding their own cultural identities and seeing other cultural perspectives, building authentic empathy. Our focus on Global Citizenship begins in Lower School, where students see themselves as contributing members in classrooms and collaborative teams while they practice community building and service. In Middle School, through studies that allow them to discover the complexities of human history and interdependence, they deepen their understanding of the world, and their experience in it, as an interconnected whole. When they enter the Upper School, students are awakened to the history, politics, economies, values, and beliefs of different cultures for deep insight into what makes people who they are. Across all divisions, they grapple with thorny global issues and are challenged to use Design Thinking to identify, initiate, and implement solutions.

A Nueva education fosters good citizenship, community, and democracy in the classroom. As students practice global citizenship, they will draw upon their SEL skills, gained through the rigor and richness of the SEL program. In stepping into the role of community stewardship, they develop awareness of their needs and their impacts on others.

Nueva's Global Citizenship Task Force

"Nueva students relish different cultural perspectives. They immerse themselves in world cultures while suspending their own judgments and beliefs to understand and appreciate new views and values. This enables them to forge unique paths as coalition builders, healers, and diplomats with a broad worldview as context."

Hands-on Experience and Learning on
Culminating Trips

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

– Margaret Mead, American Cultural Anthropologist

We develop students who are courageous changemakers and global stewards. To that end, a Nueva education immerses students in new cultural experiences through dedicated school trips. For Nueva students, traveling on these trips is a time to fully engage, explore, and see everything as invigorating and possible. These transformative trips, extensions of the classroom curriculum, are planned and led by Nueva faculty.

Students learn independence, strengthen their connections to one another, and actively explore history, social anthropology, global studies, and environmental stewardship. They participate in conservation and scientific research in action. Nueva trips are not passive sightseeing tours; students are hands-on, learning by doing. They’re knee-deep in the sand at 3:00 am, catching eggs laid by a giant leatherback turtle, walking the land to observe firsthand the effects of fire on an ecosystem, and hiking deep into the forests of Peru to study the history and cultural anthropology of the Incan civilization.

The academic focus of each trip varies depending on the destination and the activities planned by the teachers leading the trip.

Global Citizenship in Nueva News

Ninth Grader Helps Detect Heart Problems

This summer, Marc Y. traveled to China where he visited remote towns and village schools to listen to children’s hearts to detect murmurs. Along with several volunteer interns, he furthered the efforts of Dr. Robert Detrano and the China California Heart Watch (China Cal), a non-profit that operates out of UC Irvine to provide free heart care to denizens of China’s poor and polluted Yunnan Province.

Ninth Graders Explore Peru

Eighty-seven students, twenty chaperones, six flights, six groups, five topics, one incredible adventure!

The trip began at the international terminal of the San Francisco airport at 4:45 am in our neon blue Peru G-Adventures t-shirts. Tired but excited students and chaperones started on the re-imagined Peru class trip, nearly eleven months in the making. In August of last year, a team of dedicated staff and faculty visited Peru to build connections and create a tailored, immersive experience for our “Mighty Ninety.”

Students look over a Japanese garden.

Chris Scott, Upper School Japanese teacher, and Hillary Freeman, ninth grade dean, took nine young ambassadors (Grades 9–12) to Japan for eleven days in February on an exchange program with Doshisha high schools

Student Anjali S. smiles while holding a baby turtle.

The tenth grade Costa Rica trip presents students with opportunities not only to discover rich biodiversity, but also to examine the complex issues surrounding protecting those rare species from survival threats such as climate change, human society, and habitat destruction

Tenth Graders Go To Costa Rica

This past Tuesday night, Nueva's 10th grade returned to campus after spending more than a week at both Playa Grande and Monteverde, Costa Rica.