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Snapshots: Lower School Trips

Students in first through fourth grade had exciting overnight adventures with their classmates and teachers! From nature journaling to hiking, pitching a tent and cleaning up after a camping meal, Lower School students took their learning and community building outdoors.

In Conversation: Sade and Rashida

Introducing our new video series, In Conversation, featuring candid conversations between members of the Nueva community. In our second episode, Sade A. ’33 sits down with kindergarten teacher Rashida Blade.

Dispatch from the Field: Reflections from Middle School Trips

It’s May, which means it’s trips season at Nueva! School trips at Nueva, from nearby California wilderness to countries around the world, offer some of the most memorable immersive and inspiring learning experiences for our students.

This week, the Middle School students have set off to Monterey (5th grade), Washington, D.C. (6th grade), Los Angeles (7th grade) domestically, and Spain, Japan, and Singapore (8th grade) internationally. Read these travel dispatches from a few fifth, sixth, and seventh graders, and keep an eye out for next week’s dispatch, where eighth graders will share a little bit of their homestay experiences.

Fifth Graders Discover the Wonders of the Bay Area

Now in its third year, the Bay Area Wonders project, created by science teacher Cristina Veresan and former writing teacher Cliff Burke, is a published student-created anthology of nature essays, accompanied by illustrations. The project exemplifies interdisciplinary learning: students explore their selected species in their science, writing, and art clases. 

2024 Green Building Award Winner: Nueva Science and Environmental Center

Our Science and Environmental Center, which opened in 2021, has been honored with the prestigious 2024 Green Building Award. This accolade, cosponsored by Sustainable San Mateo County, the American Institute of Architects' San Mateo County Chapter, and Peninsula Clean Energy, recognizes the center's dedication to sustainability and environmental stewardship.

Community Members Reflect on Nueva Filipino Arts and Culture Event

More than 50 members of the Filipino affinity group gathered on the San Mateo campus for Nueva's first-ever Filipino Arts and Culture Event in March. The event showcased Filipino dance, writing, fabric art, and more. We invited four members of the Nueva Filipino community to reflect on their experiences at this event.

In Conversation: Kayla and Jeremy

Introducing our new video series, In Conversation, featuring candid conversations between members of the Nueva community. In our premiere episode, Kayla L. ’26 sits down with science teacher Jeremy Jacquot.

Lee Fertig

Head of School

"Nueva is more than just a school for gifted learners. It’s more than just a place where students focus on design thinking and social emotional learning. It’s a beloved community, inclusive and compassionate, collectively embracing diverse perspectives and empowering everyone to make choices that benefit the world."

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