Nueva School (Hillsborough) – Growth Strategy Assessment

The Nueva School creates 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 student’s imaginative mind. Nueva also has a second mission (Mission II) to give back to its larger communities and does so in a variety of ways including teacher training institutes, summer outreach, afterschool enrichment, and the biennial Innovative Learning Conference (

Over the last 12 years, Nueva has grown from 315 students to 400+, doubled the size of our middle school, and expanded our programming. We have piloted programs—innovation is in our DNA—and have enjoyed the support of our immediate and Bay Area community. Seven years ago, we partnered with Stanford’s Institute for Design to create one of the country’s first Innovation Labs. Eight years ago, we established a national Innovative Learning Conference to share researchers’ findings on neuroscience, wellness education, gaming, and interdisciplinary teaching and learning. The next conference will be October 17 & 18, 2013.

The school currently serves approximately 400 students on a 33-acre campus in Hillsborough, CA and is adding a high school at a second campus at Bay Meadows in San Mateo, CA.  The initial 9th grade class will be located during the 2013/14 year at temporary facilities on the College of San Mateo campus prior to moving to the new Bay Meadows campus in fall 2014.  The Upper School will grow one grade at a time to 800+ students K-12 over the ensuing three to five years.


Project Description:  

Nueva is asking for HBSCP’s independent assessment of growth-related risks, opportunities, and measures to address each appropriately, with a particular focus on organization, administration, and support infrastructure.

In addition, where and how should Nueva continue to expand community outreach to support programs beyond those that directly or exclusively serve its core students enrolled in the PreK-12 programs, including through collaborations with educational innovators locally, nationally, and internationally?

The project team may assess the growth experiences of comparable schools and organizations to help identify and prioritize best practices in organization, administration, and support infrastructure as well as types of, or even specific, outreach opportunities that better complement rather than distract from core mission.