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.
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.
Over the last week of the school year, the class of 2019 celebrated and reflected on their time at Nueva. From the “Lifers” who attended the school since early in the Lower School, to the seniors’ sentimental songs and speeches, it all culminated on Sunday, June 9 with a joyful ceremony to commemorate the twelfth-graders’ achievements.
Fourteen teachers embarked on Quests and quickly learned: From finding a mentor to meeting deadlines and milestones, Quests are hard work.
With a small and mighty crew of nine swimmers, the team placed sixth at the West Bay Athletic League (WBAL) Championship meet on Saturday, April 27 against teams with over 50 swimmers.
This spring, members of the Nueva community traveled to Austin, Texas, to present at the ninth annual SXSW Edu® Conference & Festival. From student-designed inventions to innovative curriculum, our presenters showcased the success of Nueva’s Design Thinking program.
“Nueva’s Upper School winter varsity teams had their best season on record,” said Chris Wade, Interim PreK-12 Athletic Director.
On February 13, Nueva hosted a living San Francisco legend and LGBTQ+ icon, Armistead Maupin, who visited two English classes, and spoke to the entire Upper School at an afternoon assembly.
Clarence B. Jones, the former personal counsel, advisor, draft speech writer, and close friend of Martin Luther King Jr., visited the Nueva Upper School campus on Tuesday, January 15 – what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 90th birthday – to share his life experience and inspire students and faculty. Dr. Jones assisted Dr. King in drafting the “Letter from the Birmingham Jail,” and his iconic “I Have a Dream,” speech of 1963.