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New Roots Charter School Launches Grassroots Enrollment Season for 2020-2021

New Roots Charter School has opened its the 2020-2021 enrollment season, offering students a rigorous academic program that focuses on entrepreneurial thinking to address the environmental, social, and economic challenges and opportunities young people face in the 21st century.

The regional, tuition-free high school is launching a grassroots enrollment program that was used successfully when the school first opened in 2009. Individual families and community partners will host information sessions throughout the region, making it possible for anyone in Tompkins County and beyond to learn more about New Roots’ sustainability curriculum, which has been nationally recognized.

Students and family members are invited to attend upcoming events to learn more about New Roots:

  • February 9, 1-3pm, Community Info Session at Bon Apetit, 215 Main St., Groton, NY
  • February, 13, 5:30-7pm, Celebration of Learning at NRCS, 116 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY
  • February 23, 1-3pm Community Info Session at Trumansburg Conservatory, 5 McLallen St, Trumansburg, NY
  • February 29, 1-2:30pm, Open House at NRCS, 116 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY
  • March 29, 2-3pm, Open House at NRCS, 116 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY

New Roots leadership, teachers, staff and students attend all events to welcome families of middle and high school students who want to explore this option for a free, public education. Beyond its traditional academic program, New Roots emphasizes engagement in community service projects, development of leadership skills and exploration of students’ talents and interests.

Students and families are encouraged to enroll before the April 1 lottery date. Seats are limited to 40 per grade level, and many spots are already reserved for returning students in grades 10 through 12.

New Roots Charter School was recognized in 2019 with a “Best of Green Schools” Award in the transformation category by the Green Schools National Network. The group cited the New Roots’ Cayuga Wetlands Restoration Project, a four-year program funded by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that has become part of the science curriculum and provides summer employment for young people who learn environmental restoration skills. 

For more information about New Roots, please visit newrootsschool.org and Instagram or Facebook.

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For more information, contact Michael Mazza, director of community engagement at New Roots Charter School, at mmazza@newrootsschool.org.