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Real World Academic Challenge

At New Roots, the academic challenge is applying what you know and can do to make your vision for yourself and your world a reality.

Students at New Roots School will:

  • Graduate in four years with a Regents diploma and college credits 

  • Take a core curriculum sequence of four years of science, math, Social Studies and English featuring interdisciplinary connections, problem-based learning and a global perspective

  • Consider urban spaces, college campuses, natural lands, EcoVillage at Ithaca, and local farms their classroom, discovering links between our region and global locales

  • Apply academic learning to understanding the community, the bioregion, and the interdependence of international communities

  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, considering the global implications of different perspectives

  • Receive individualized attention and develop personal learning plans

  • Participate in democratic school decision-making processes that model and consider a democratic world

  • Learn the skills and knowledge needed to be a "green" entrepreneur and an advocate for social justice

  • Take leadership on community sustainability and social justice initiatives

New Roots School answers the call of the United Nations Decade for Education for Sustainable Development by:

  • Integrating sustainability into daily school practice and programs 
  • Identifying local sustainability challenges and integrating local knowledge and skills into solutions while remaining conscious of our place in the international community.


New Roots is inspired by international movements for justice, peace, and restoration of the natural world - see "About Us" for more information.