Realize the Potential (RTP)

The Realize the Potential campaign is a direct investment in gifted learners and in Nueva’s standing as the beacon for innovative, socially intelligent education.

For more than half a century, Nueva has been at the forefront of gifted education.

Our school began as the dream of Karen Stone McCown and grew from her conviction that each individual has a responsibility to make the world a better place. Nueva opened in 1967, establishing its kindergarten, first, and second grades in an old house and portable buildings in Menlo Park. In 1971, Nueva moved to its present lower and middle school campus, the former William W. Crocker Skyfarm mansion, on 33 wooded acres in Hillsborough.

In 2013, Nueva welcomed its first class of ninth-grade students, an expansion into a high school designed to re-envision the traditional high school experience and address the unique needs of high- ability students. The new upper school campus in San Mateo opened in August 2014.

Today, Nueva serves more than 950 gifted learners in prekindergarten through 12th grade with approximately 230 world-class faculty and dedicated staff.

Investing in Our Future

Substantially increasing our endowment will give our school the confidence to continue being bold and investing in innovation.

Nueva’s endowment is modest for a school of our age, size, and aspirations, as the school historically has invested in facilities and faculty to meet the needs of a growing community of gifted learners.

Growing our endowment will strengthen Nueva in perpetuity—a gift today will have a lasting impact on future generations. We strive to build our endowment to further support our strategic goals of diverse enrollment and faculty professional development. Now is the time to increase our endowment.


"Reaching our $100M goal will enable Nueva to boldly step forward and confidently meet the needs of the future."

– Lee Fertig, head of school

For more information, please contact Joe Cheeseman, director of development, at 650-350-4605 or jcheeseman@nuevaschool.org.

Endowment for Financial Assistance
  • Dedicate $20 million to create a dynamic and diverse learning community
  • Support more students in need of financial assistance
  • Extend our outreach to underserved communities
  • Invest in opportunity and belonging
Endowment for Professional Development
  • Dedicate $15 million for faculty and staff to continue to learn, innovate, and develop new programs
  • Ensure that we continue to recruit, retain, and advance world-class educators
  • Provide opportunities to encourage meaningful research and development
  • Allow faculty engagement in deep investigation and sustained learning discussion

The campaign achieves:

Endowment for Financial Assistance

Ensuring the Nueva experience can be offered to students and families from diverse backgrounds. Creating a dynamic and inclusive learning community for our students by investing in opportunity and belonging.

Endowment for Professional Development

Providing resources for our faculty and staff to continue to learn, innovate, and develop new programs. Sharing our learnings with external communities around the globe in support of Mission II.

San Mateo: Diane Rosenberg Wing and Expanded West Courtyard

Supporting full upper school enrollment and providing increased space for students in a broad range of classes, including machine learning, engineering, world languages, and debate. Supporting the continued development and iteration of the design thinking program.

Hillsborough: Science and Environmental Center Offering a space for students to grow as global citizens by creating a think tank for analyzing and problem-solving environmental, social, and equity issues.
Hillsborough: Café and Kitchen Expansion Creating a space where students, faculty, staff, and parents can come together and build community.
Hillsborough: Elevated Walkway Connecting the Science and Environmental Center with the Café and Kitchen Expansion.  


Bruce Cozadd

Chair, Realize the Potential Campaign

"Nueva has emerged as a national model for gifted learning not because we follow the tried and true path, but because we blaze our own trail."

Our Generous Community — Past Campaigns

The magic of Nueva did not appear on its own. In 1970, the Stone family purchased our beloved 33-acre Hillsborough campus, establishing a culture of philanthropy deeply rooted in kindness and vision, with a sprinkle of magic.

And philanthropy at Nueva did not stop with the generosity of our founders.

  • 1991 Sports Field campaign — $210,000
  • 2001 Gymnasium Community Center (GCC) campaign — $10M
  • 2007 Hillside Learning Complex campaign — $26M
  • 2014 Expanding the Vision Campaign (San Mateo) — $50M
1991 Sports Field
2007 Hillside Learning Complex
2014 San Mateo Campus

Circle of Inspiration
$10,000,000 and above

Circle of Empowerment
$5,000,000 to $9,999,999

Circle of Passion
$2,000,000 to $4,999,999

Circle of Impact
$1,000,000 to $1,999,999

Circle of Innovation
$500,000 to $999,999

Circle of Commitment
$250,000 to $499,999

Circle of Imagination
$100,000 to $249,000

Circle of Creativity
$50,000 to $99,000

Circle of Enthusiasm
$25,000 to $49,999
Circle of Engagement
$10,000 to $24,999
Circle of Kindness
$1 to $9,999

Now it is time to Realize the Potential with Bold Innovation and Broad Impact. For more information, please contact Joe Cheeseman, director of development, at 650-350-4605 or jcheeseman@nuevaschool.org.

The Nueva School is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Our federal tax ID number is 94-1633387. All gifts to the school are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.