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Nueva students learn by doing. They construct knowledge through hands-on engagement. As experts in project-based learning, teachers guide authentic and purposeful investigations that enable discovery while building the skills students need to be successful.

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Lower School
PreK–4

Our Lower School is a haven for young gifted learners. Our intellectually engaging and creative program incorporates the powerful and joyful elements of early education: deep investigation, inquiry, play, kindness, friendship, community, and essential connections to the outdoors.

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Middle School
5–8

The middle school years are a time of excitement, in which students find their voice and discover how they can make an impact on the world. Teachers use projects, trips, and activities and clubs to make the middle school experience rich with academic and elective
experiences.

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Upper School
9–12

At the Nueva Upper School, the students’ experience is at the center of everything we do. We nourish their love of learning by providing each student unparalleled opportunity to chart their own pathway through high school. With support from advisors, students select from more than 100 electives that satisfy graduation requirements and allow them to dive deeply into exciting subjects.

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Cross-Divisional Information and Offerings

Academies and Electives

In both academies and electives, an abundance of choices for students range across subject areas, from math, science, technology, art, sports, drama, singing, writing, music, and humanities to even crafts and games!

Learn about Middle School Academies and Electives, or visit the Upper School Electives Offerings.

 

Nueva Quest

Nueva Quest gives students the unique opportunity to pursue their own interests throughout their four years of high school. Students may elect to pursue one field of study over four years or to frame and complete a series of different Quests, each taking one or more years. Quest is an opportunity for students to practice Design Thinking in action by crafting personal in-depth inquiry in a self-selected area of evolving passion or pursuing deep questions.

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Enrichment Classes

Nueva Afterschool Enrichment is available to all San Francisco Bay Area K-8 students. Taught by a mix of Nueva faculty and Bay Area specialists, Nueva Enrichment offers students the opportunity to take a deep dive into a specialized area of study. During Enrichment, students pursue an activity they are passionate about outside of school hours. 

No previous experience is required to join any of Nueva's Enrichment classes. We welcome both curious beginners and students with pre-established passion!

Nueva Extended Care

Extended Day is offered to Nueva students who wish to attend After-Care or Homework Club before our 4:30pm enrichment offerings. It is offered during all school days and staff development days. The program operates from 7:30-8:20am before school and from 3:30-6:00pm after school on school days. 

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Nueva News

20 Student Mental Health Check-In Prompts

From the first day our students set foot on campus, pre-K to 12th grade, our teachers are invested in caring for the whole student. In homerooms and advisory, they establish norms that provide a safe space for students to express their feelings and share how they’re doing academically and socially.

Countdown to Culminations: Upper School Electives

This month, we’re spotlighting our winter electives culminations—evening events which showcase the projects and learning our students have been developing over the fall semester. Here's look at a few of our Upper School electives.

Countdown to Culminations: Middle School Electives

As December rolls around, the Middle and Upper School divisions celebrate a tradition that is core to our culture: culminations. These evening events showcase the depth and breadth of student work. 

Student-athletes Wrap Up Successful Fall Seasons

It’s hard to believe the fall sports season is behind us and winter sports are in full swing. Before we move ahead full steam, let’s take a look back at our student-athletes’ successful fall season. 

Student sings at the fall coffeehouse

Watch highlights from the Upper School Fall Coffeehouse; student and faculty acts ranged from music performances to stand-up comedy, a play reading to taiko drumming. 

Grade 1 is Grateful!

In this time of Thanksgiving, first graders are building on their social-emotional learning (SEL) by taking on a 21-day gratitude journal challenge.

Jordan and Grace

A voyage to the Galapagos Islands! The publication of a new student book on environmental sustainability! Journalism awards aplenty! It's our latest roundup of exceptional student and faculty accomplishments beyond Nueva's walls.