Ithaca's grassroots high school since 2009


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Reserving a seat at New Roots is easy with our online enrollment system.

(Enrollment Deadline: May 21, 2021)

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EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY

A high school journey of self-discovery, empowering a life of passion and purpose.

New Roots is a small public high school with a big mission located in the heart of downtown Ithaca. Open to any student eligible for high school in our wider region, our tuition-free college and life preparatory program engages students in learning actively, thinking critically, and solving real world problems creatively and collaboratively, developing the knowledge and skills to turn 21st century challenges into opportunities.

Going to New Roots changed my outlook on going to school. The curriculum is full of hands-on activities and so many extraordinary opportunities. New Roots is a life experience that is unlike any other.

~ NRCS Alum ~

“Inspired by the values of the first people who were stewards of this land, New Roots expresses the core value of respect for self, respect for others, and respect for the environment into all that we learn and do.”

Tina Nilsen-Hodges

FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL

HOW WE DO IT

WE WALK THE TALK

New Roots students succeed in finding a life path and purpose through our award-winning program.

National & Local Awards

  • #1 Youth Project 2017 People's Choice Signs of Sustainability Award
  • First school in the US certified as a Human Rights Friendly School
  • Top Green High School Award from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • NYS Master Teacher (David Streib)

We look forward to sharing our award winning school with you!