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The Nueva School Reviews

Updated April 9, 2017
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  1. "Professional Development"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Nueva School full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The administration is extremely generous with professional development requests, encouraging employees to seek opportunities by routinely paying for conference fees, travel expenses, and per diems.

    Cons

    Suggestions brought back from professional development opportunities are not always fully supported. While freedom may be given, support in implementing new ideas can be lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on supporting the faculty and staff, both by continuing to finance their professional development endeavors, but also by making sure to fully support the implementation of new ideas upon return.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great school - poorly run."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at The Nueva School full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful kids - hard working and dedicated.

    Cons

    Very poor communication from administrators.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsborough, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsborough, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Super facilities, structure. A wonderful I-Lab for dabbling in innovative hands on projects.

    Cons

    show-offs. Do not know the value of teaching or the child inside all the gifted kids. These are not prodigies, they are children. Treat them as such.

    Advice to Management

    Hire your associate teachers (interns) thoughtfully. I have heard them whining about kids and their behavior. It was very upsetting that an adult in charge of these wonderful kids has so much disgust towards them.


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  5. "A work in progress"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Nueva School full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The colleagues and students are amazing. Underlying values of the school incredible. Almost complete academic freedom.

    Cons

    Leadership is dis-functional and in transition. Crazy parents - but that is high school.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Excellence"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsborough, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsborough, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nueva is an environment where everyone is nudged towards excellence. I have produced some of my best work here and work with a group of people who feel similarly. Inquiry is prized and creative ideas are encouraged and executed. This philosophy and practice pervades staff, faculty, and parent volunteers.

    Cons

    There is a lack of racial and socio-economic diversity.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring for intelligence, excellence, unconventional backgrounds, and kindness.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Ehhh"

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    Current Employee - Student in Hillsborough, CA
    Current Employee - Student in Hillsborough, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Nueva School full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Campus, great teachers. But the teachers arent paid enough and I have heard multiple ones complain about that.

    Cons

    NO DIVERSITY. Within the whole school including the high school, there a less then 20 black kids and 5 latinos. That is not ok

    Advice to Management

    As much as the head of school does work, I did not feel comfortable talking to her. That should not ever be the case in a school. I should not feel pressured to act happy and perfect around her. That's when you know somethings up.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "So much potential!"

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    Former Employee - Primary Cluster Teacher in Belmont, CA
    Former Employee - Primary Cluster Teacher in Belmont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Nueva School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, students well-nurtured by their parents, creative colleagues!

    Cons

    It is almost impossible to satisfy expectations when you label yourself a school for "the gifted." I hope that every child who attends Nueva learns to value his/her uniqueness and has the confidence to define adult success and giftedness on his/her own terms. The children, parents and colleagues I met there so many years ago will always have a special place in my heart.

    Advice to Management

    Support your staff and help parents to see the uniqueness of their child! Any child who is appreciated for his own gifts and nurtured will find a valuable place in the world...It is a fine line between appreciating the contributions that the monied and influential parents can bring to all the children in an exclusive school and allowing those contributions to create a troublesome sense of entitlement for their children. Nueva is a very different place from the school that Karen founded all those years ago...something that is cause for both celebration and regret. You move forward with the good wishes and fond hopes of so many past faculty and alumni!


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Thank goodness for lovely staff"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Burlingame, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Burlingame, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Nueva School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great staff, the turmoils of the school meant that most staff come together and work well. Some know which side their bread is buttered on and just follow administration but on the excellent conversations with good people. Good campus in terms of amazing views. Some bright and hard working students. Some good project ideas.

    Cons

    Chaos at administration level. Decisions over turned, teachers were hamstrung, left ineffective. No transparency or fairness across how people were treated. Worst this all rubbed off on the students and made them unable to progress, espcially if they had messed up as kids do, instead of allowing them to face up and learn through their mistakes they walked all over administration. The school campus is beautiful but a mess, technology doesn't work, the ILab is shamefully abused and wasted. Equipment is absent or just generally not looked after, gross mismanagement of funds. Not multicultural which is fine, but instead they believe they are. They change their definition of gifted and talented all the time. Thier procedure to admission to the new High School is just horrific. Students who have been at Nueva or just arrived are not guaranteed a place, they have to apply, but some are told not to bother even applying, others are invited to apply (wink wink nudge nudge). It all depends on how much the parents have donated. The parents are horrendous, rude, swear, barge into classrooms, and there is never any consequence from administration. I was sworn at twice and there was never any support or administrations dealing with it. Money is the School.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your staff. Be a school, first and foremost not a business. Listen to your staff or one day they will get it together, they will come together and hopefully put an end to all this sadness, chaos and downright unethical school.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Weak administration + overbearing parents = environment not conducive to effective teaching"

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    Former Employee - Math Teacher in Burlingame, CA
    Former Employee - Math Teacher in Burlingame, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at The Nueva School part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    easy access to freeway for commuting
    bright students
    peaceful setting

    Cons

    had to spend my own money for supplies
    classroom was dirty and in disarray; had only 5 minutes to set up (no time for janitorial work)
    administration kowtows to parents who overstep their bounds
    difficult for teachers to set appropriate limits and boundaries
    lax rules for students who address teachers by their 1st names


  11. Helpful (3)

    "miscommunication and lack of follow-through"

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    Former Employee - Math Enrichment Teacher in Hillsborough, CA
    Former Employee - Math Enrichment Teacher in Hillsborough, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Nueva School part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    beautiful location; easy access to highway 280
    situated in the middle of my normal,work route
    students are very bright, eager to learn
    supervisor has amiable personality; very approachable

    Cons

    Enrichment Program
    A typical situation--kind of like a secret handshake--in this geographic area where the parents are the ones in charge of the school and the classrooms (sort of like animals marking their territory), and the administration allows it because of financial and political reasons.

    Aggressive parents are allowed to interrupt classes that are in session, and don't hesitate to criticize teacher performance--ironic as it seems--before the class even has a chance to get going. This leads to confusion on the part of the students, all of whom are bright and willing to cooperate, but who need caring, strong role models and reasonable, appropriate guidelines. [Classroom management is an unpopular topic at this school.]

    Administration has difficulties supporting their teachers, as they naturally have to take the side of the parents for the reasons mentioned above. And as a liaison between teachers and parents, administration has no idea of how to use diplomacy to get both groups to work together as a team. There are also problems with miscommunication and misinformation; there is no efficient flow of information from person-to-person and had to keep making the same inquiries to the same person over-and-over with either latent or no response; contracts were unavailable until the 2nd week; teachers have to provide all their own supplies, even down to pencils and construction paper; the classroom was a disaster area of spilled popcorn, wadded-up bits of papers, water glasses laying about half-full, etc.

    Not a healthy environment for me; I had to quit. I'll probably have to take them to court in order to get paid. A time-consuming, expensive investment for me with no return.

    I hope this helps someone else.

    Advice to Management

    Given your financial and political ties, work to have teachers and parents come together as a team .
    If you think there's even a remote possibility that a teacher might have some potential to be a positive influence on students, be discerning about how and how often you communicate parents' complaints to that teacher--especially if the teacher has only been teaching in the program for one day. :-) You can be diplomatic, and still hold your ground with parents. People will treat you and your faculty the way that you allow. Work on efficiency and follow-through in your own job duties.


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