Students in an Upper School history class experienced archival work firsthand, exploring rare, special collections preserved at Stanford's largest library.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Sixth-grade Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish students and teachers traveled to local markets, restaurants, and parks to put their world language learning into practice.
At the Upper School math symposiums, students enjoy a taste of the mathematician life: the opportunity to pursue and present different approaches to juicy math problems.
Last week, Nueva hosted another successful Innovative Learning Conference! Members of the Nueva community share their reflections on what they learned and the sparks they're taking back to the classroom and beyond.
Over the course of the year, sixth graders dissect the etymology of words and closely examine word choice in the texts they read and the writing they produce. Their writing teachers asked them to share their favorite words in this short video. What's your favorite word?
Lower School students explore the true meaning of community by meeting the people of Nueva who work beyond the classroom. At the same time, they learn the tenants of being kind, courageous, and engaged.
Meet Tanja Srebotnjak, Nueva’s first Director of Environmental Citizenship. How will her work support our future environmental stewards? Hear from Tanja herself! She describes what her new role and Nueva’s forthcoming environmental center will mean for our students.
Receiving an official Nueva email account is a hallmark of the third-grade experience—and the start of a critical conversation on responsible digital citizenship.
Elizabeth Rossini, Director of Teaching and Learning, talks about one aspect of how we approach curriculum at Nueva: leveraging the power of using the same questions across grades and disciplines to deepen student learning.