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.
Halloween is always a festive celebration at Nueva, and this year was no exception. With campus parades featuring unique, handmade costumes, and themed choice activities throughout the day, students, faculty, and families enjoyed what several students called "the best day of the year!"
On Monday, October 8, the eleventh annual Nueva Cup Golf Tournament was held at Green Hills Country Club in Millbrae. The weather conditions were ideal as nearly 60 parents, alumni, alumni parents, relatives, students, teachers, and friends of Nueva enjoyed a day of camaraderie, fun, and friendly competition benefitting the Nueva School.
Last month, Nueva partnered with Pacifica Beach Coalition 15 to help clean up Montara Beach. It was a beautiful and educational day! Seeing the collection of plastic straws, paper cups, metal shards, broken glass, cigarette butts, fishing lines and tackle, bottle caps, and shreds of clothing reminded us to spread the word about being mindful of the products we use and their proper disposal.
On Tuesday, Nueva students in grades 1-12 were fortunate to hear an inspiring presentation from renowned primatologist and anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall...
"When words divide us, music unites us.” A favorite saying of violin instructor Sin-Tung Chiu, who teaches his Menuhin-Dowling students to live by the values inherent in this aphorism. When asked about the most meaningful aspect of the Menuhin Program, eighth grader Audrey A. couldn’t choose just one.
“The teachers are incredible," she said. "My violin teacher (Sin-Tung Chiu) has taught me so many new things over the years, and I’ve improved as a musician so much through his coaching.”
Parents, family, friends, and faculty came together in the evenings over the last two weeks to attend culminations for each grade, reveling in the joy of inquiry and the pleasure of curiosity.
Nueva encourages students to explore their passions inside and outside the classroom, and we are pleased to share a collection of these achievements.
This year, the Communications team published more than 175 articles in Nueva Digest. Some of our stories celebrated classic Nueva traditions, and others honored student accomplishments. Let's revisit the Top Five most-read stories of the 2017–2018 school year!