Ithaca's grassroots high school since 2009


Community Empowerment

Our school culture is inclusive and welcoming of every person.

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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 ~


EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Growing students for a just and sustainable future since 2009.

Our school culture is inclusive and welcoming of every person, supported by team building, community development, our Urban Farm Project, and student participation in governance through student council. Through these experiences, students develop system thinking, leadership and entrepreneurship skills to imagine and create innovative new ways of inventing opportunities for our communities near and far.


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“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

WE WALK THE TALK

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

National & Local Awards

  • 2021 Green Ribbon School with NYS Education Department
  • Top 10 Green School in the US
  • 2019 Best of Green Schools Award via Green Schools National Network
  • #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 Hight 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!