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The Nueva School, Hillsborough, CA


Located in the hills southwest of San Francisco, the Nueva School Hillside Learning Complex in Hillsborough, California is an independent school for 5th - 8th grade students.  Three new buildings were constructed on an existing campus that already contained several smaller buildings and student classrooms inside a nearby historic home.

The new school includes three buildings - a library, a cafeteria / student center, and classroom building with administrative offices, seven classrooms, and a hands-on research and development lab - all of which are organized around a central plaza.

The San Francisco architecture firm of Leddy Maytum Stacy won the commmission for the project as part of a 2004 competition held by the Nueva School. The school was named a Top Ten Green Project by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2008. It also earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the US Green Building Council.

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