NEST+M began in 2001 as a K-12 educational institution committed to providing an elite education for youngsters of diverse backgrounds, ages, and outlooks who have the ability and promise to meet the demands of an academically rigorous curriculum. As an institution of rigorous academics and high standards, we combine methods of classical education with a focus on the intellectual growth of the individual. Students leave the Lower School (K-5) confident, articulate, and mature, with strategies of inquiry that enable them to explore new and complex ideas in the Middle School (6-8). Expanding their skills, students are challenged to generate and test hypotheses through independent research, while developing effective organizational strategies. In the Upper School (9-12), students do college-level work in math, science, history, and literature. They take on responsibility for formulating sophisticated and insightful questions for their discussions and research.