School Details

The Nueva School

6565 Skyline Blvd, Hillsborough, CA 94010
(650) 348-2272

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-9 475 students Unknown students/teacher

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About this school

The Nueva School is a private middle school in Hillsborough. The principal of The Nueva School is Mr. Terry Lee, who can be contacted at 475 students attend The Nueva School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. Crocker Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 52% %
Hispanic 3% %
Multiracial 23% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 21% %
Black, non-Hispanic 2% %
Asian 15% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    I am a single male parent of 2 boys applying for 9th and 7th grade this year.This school is amazing. We did the whole admission process. My boys really love this school. The ilab is the hightlight of the school. It seems like everyone here function at a higher level and pace. Most private and public school are using common core. Common core is not a complete education.Student at the school are very helpful. Nueva does education right. I believe Nueva high school is looking for smart athletes that are creative have passion and compassion have a entrepreneurial sense and strong leader and ambitious quality. Not afraid to speak your mind and can inspire the class. We are in the waiting pool and hopefully there is space for my boys. Thank you For giving us a chance and considering us.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is an update to my review of July 2011. I happened to be looking at middle schools and thought I'd check in. It's been several years now (although I have been in touch with current parents) and thought some time-based perspective could be useful to prospects. First I must say I'm disappointed to see a slew of 1-star grouching and 5-star fluff reviews. Perhaps it makes posters feel better about their decisions but it's not helping prospects. (BTW if you are trying to counter allegations of snobbery and arrogance don't dismiss all criticisms as sour grapes and prattle on about competitiveness and exclusivity. Sheesh.) Anyhow after Neuva we were lucky to have our child attend a great public school. So is Neuva worth it? For us public school worked out better. To be sure we missed the open creative sometimes nutty vibe (muddy feet are just fine by us!) but it just wasn't worth the cost. My summary if money is no object then you simply have to decide if the open ("hippy dippy" as a friend calls it) approach works for you and your child. Otherwise it's a big hill to "yes". As one older private school parent said to me I should have just saved up for college.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a parent at the school and cannot say enough positive things about it. I completely disagree with the prior posts who are clearly just people who have had their kids apply and not get in and are bitter. Either that or they didn't pass the IQ test and are also bitter about that. So I wouldn't pay attention to any of the remarks about "mold smells" and I completely disagree about the other kids helping the less-able. The teachers are the best in the business. The facilities are world-class. One drive onto the campus and you'll see why the school is so competitive to get into. 30 acres of wooded campus make for some amazing and unique learning opportunities. If you want your kids to be sitting at a desk all day staring at a chalk board reading from rote memory and not engaged in their education than Nueva is not the school for you. It's all student-centered where the kids feel empowered to make their own choices (with teacher guidance) thrive and learn how to handle inter-personal relationships. Reviews on this site from people without kids at the school are worthless so I would visit the school talk to parents and make your own judgments.

  • (2 years ago)

    The lower school and the classrooms of the middle school that are not in the new building all smell very strongly of mold. The carpets are stained. The preschool room also stinks of hamster. The K class half the kids were barefoot in the muddy sandbox outside (frequent) and the rest were doing non challenging busywork inside. I asked the teacher what they do for advanced kids who read and she said they do read with them but also expect them to help the others learn the basics. In the middle school English class kids were sitting in the dark writing on computers. I asked why and was told that the dark room "helps the muse." A fifth grade group of kids spoke to us and kept waving their hands as if swatting flies. It turned out that is their way of saying they agree with the other speaker. Odd. Students told me they like some teachers and that others were lousy. I have met a few kids who attended Nueva who were lacking in social grace which is strange given the emphasis on "social emotional learning." I sent my child to summer camp there and was unimpressed. Stanford EPGY was a better fit. Admissions focus on IQ test rather than the whole child and miss the best.

  • (2 years ago)

    Here is the real issue at this school - you child may get in based on IQ & a play date but your family is forever on parade based on income and $$ contributions to the school. Tuition is high we get financial aid and I feel like every time I turn around we are expected to contribute more. All of us want the best for our children - but I am starting to worry about what mine is being taught about money and power.

  • (2 years ago)

    We've been a Nueva family for 12 years and we've seen first-hand that it's a spectacular school - truly unparalleled. The faculty are exceptional - passionate about teaching compassionate and nurturing with the kids and great teachers. We only once had a bad teacher and she was new and only lasted one year (Nueva counseled her out the minute they realized she was a bad hire). The kids are bright engaged and motivated - but there's no snobbery or intellectual arrogance. The kids know that everyone is smart and they understand that each of them is not the center of the universe which is a great way to be humble and group-focused. The parent community is diverse interested and engaged. And the administration is responsive and thoughtful. Negatives? Well tuition is high. And sometimes the administration is *too* responsive to a few loud (squeaky-wheel) parents. But I am very grateful - every day - that our kids get to go to a school where learning is so much fun where there's a dual focus on the intellect and the social-emotional side and where they can spread their academic wings so fully with teachers and fellow motivated students as partners.

  • (2 years ago)

    Families at a school who are happy don't normally look at a website like this but a parent mentioned at a meeting that they had gone on and were surprised at the comments. No doubt a bunch of us left that meeting a jumped on the site so that typical families experiences were represented. My two sons who attended from PK & K through 8th grade had an incredible educational experience. Anyone interested in the truth about a school should tour it and evaluate for themselves. The faculty are extraordinary and the families are terrific.

  • (2 years ago)

    I think the answer to the multiple posts on one day is pretty obvious for those applying to schools admission decisions come out next week! The Nueva parents who posted were probably asked by applicant families about the reviews and then posted to balance out the negative reviews. We all know how these sites work most people who are happy with their school do not feel the need to visit the sites and post how happy they are. That is what disgruntled people do. I only visit these types of sites when it s time to look for a new school for one of my kids. Anyway let s be honest Nueva is an amazing school. The track record awards recognition etc. show it. Take a tour and you too will want your kids to attend. Notice how engaged the kids are. Anyway good luck next week to all of our kids who are awaiting big envelopes. May they find the right fit.

  • (2 years ago)

    Seriously? Not two but SEVEN reviews posted all on the same day??? I have been a user/reader of greatschools for many years and read school reviews on here constantly. Not once have I ever seen the same school receive more than one review on one day. No one reviewed Nueva on here since Dec. 2011 and then suddenly on March 6 there are SEVEN parents who all claim that Nueva is fantastic?? Are we supposed think that it's a coincidence? Is Nueva offering families discounted tuition if they post a perfect 5 star review? Did the principal offer a prize if the number reaches 10 perfect 5 star reviews? What is going on? Are parents insulted that other parents would dare speak the truth about Nueva's programs and staff that they are trying to cover up the bad reviews by placing some fake ones all at once? Whom are you trying to fool? Seven PERFECT reviews on one day? That's a record!!

  • (2 years ago)

    Our kids are so appreciative of Nueva since they transferred in from another school. Nueva truly implements the results of the latest brain research which shows that kids learn best when different subjects are integrated with each other rather than in the traditional 'silos.' Nueva does this through a theme for the entire year and all the classes build on that theme (e.g. Greece) ranging from art to tech. The teachers also have a wonderful ability to 'get' all different types of students and support them.

  • (2 years ago)

    Love love love this school! With two children at the school we could not be happier as we watch our children thrive in this learning environment... I've never seen a better learning environment committed teachers unique approach to learning and engaged children. Many schools tour Nueva to learn from and copy some of the school's core strengths in innovative learning and social emotional learning programs (along with others.) We will be part of this community for many years.

  • (2 years ago)

    Unique learning environment where kids are truly engaged in the learning process which includes hands on learning and discussion based classes. Social-emotional learning curriculum is woven into all aspects of the Nueva creating a culture of acceptance and kindness. Talented and committed faculty. Graduates are well-prepared for the critical thinking skills required of them in high school and leave the school confident self-aware and engaged in the world. Highly recommend taking the admissions tour as it really brings the school to life.

  • (2 years ago)

    At Nueva my children have learned how to learn. They have learned to pursue their interests with passion and to be open to new ideas and new passions. They have developed impressive communication and analysis skills with the help of exceptional teachers and they have learned to treat others with care and respect. I can't think of a better school for our family.

  • (2 years ago)

    The Nueva School - none better! In summary fantastic teachers fantastic administration fantastic parents and fantastic students.

  • (2 years ago)

    All three of my sons currently attend Nueva School and it has been a wonderful experience for all three of them. My youngest son started at Nueva in Pre-Kindergarten and my older two boys entered Nueva in Middle School. When we first considered Nueva for our boys my husband and I were both immediately struck by the self-confidence and engagement of each student in the classroom. We now know that this is a product of the Nueva community the talented educators and administrators and committed Nueva families and its collective focus on inspiring passion for lifelong learning fostering social and emotional acuity and promoting the development of each child s creativity and critical thinking skills. Through the collective experiences of my three children I believe the Nueva experience draws out motivates and cultivates each child s self-confidence to explore interact and contribute with the knowledge that their opinion matters. For parents and students that are considering Nueva please take the time to look closely at Nueva students as they are the true indicators of the values and the value of a Nueva education.

  • (2 years ago)

    Both my boys attended Nueva from K-8th grade and I am a Trustee. Nueva is a distinguished progressive school with a fabulous local and national reputation. The faculty and administration is top notch as are the facilities and the program. Both of my sons loved the school and got a tremendous education both academically and from a social-emotional learning perspective. I have nothing but good things to say about this school. It is a wonderful example of a child-centered school that makes a difference in students lives.

  • (3 years ago)

    Nueva is a school for gifted students which does put some people off. The mission of the school is clear and the school fully delivers on that mission. One of my children attended Nueva for 10 years the other for 9 years. They are very different from each other but both thrived in Nueva's constructivist approach. Our family feels incredibly lucky to have had our children educated at Nueva. We are not Silicon Valley elite we are an everyday working family. The wealth at Nueva was not an issue for us. Our children were never treated differently than those from wealthy families and I was in the classroom and on campus a lot so I do have real data points. Nueva is very transparent. Potential applicants can get a true view of the school by attending a tour through the admissions office. Then a family can decide whether it is a good fit for their family. Nueva's mission is The Nueva School uses a dynamic educational model to enable gifted children to learn how to make choices that will benefit the world. Our school community inspires passion for lifelong learning fosters social and emotional acuity and develops the child's imaginative mind.

  • (3 years ago)

    It's interesting reading the reviews here some rate a certain quality a 5 while others feel the exact same quality is a 1. One of my children attended Nueva for a few years and I think I know why this is so. By any sensible measure Nueva is a good school. However it is definitely not for everyone. If your child (and you!) has the right disposition you'll probably like it if not love it. If not what's the right disposition? Ability to flourish in an open curiousity-driven environment. Ability to calmly collaborate with other gifted children. OTOH if your child is loud very active etc. Nueva is not the place for them. A couple other considerations. The school is very expensive and you are pretty much always expected to contribute and then contribute more. Also unfortunately there is some social jockeying amongst some of the parents (i.e. cliquey snobby behavior; my IPO was better than your IPO; etc.). If you are considering Nueva I would recommend trying to sit in on a few classes. That's probably the best way to understand what otherwise may seem confusing.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child attended Nueva for many years and only one was worthwhile. Teaching is erratic class management terrible and money drives how a given student is treated. There are some amazing dedicated teachers but ongoing turnover. Great middle school facilities don't translate to a coherent education. I wish we had transferred earlier.

  • (5 years ago)

    Nueva's asset is this simply The students are taught to think be curious and to be resourceful. If an individual is made to question taught to find answers and encouraged to pursue knowledge... then the school has created an individual with a passion for learning and a life of interest and amazement. I loved Nueva (I am a graduate) and strongly disagree with some of the negetive comments from previous reviewers.

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