Ithaca's grassroots high school since 2009

Real World Education

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


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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 ~


Growing students for a just and sustainable future since 2009.

New Roots is designed to engage students in bringing together their lived experience of their community and what they are learning in their classrooms to understand their particular place and time in vivid and three-dimensional ways.  We do this in the service of expanding students’ capacity to participate thoughtfully in decision-making as community members, develop economic opportunities as entrepreneurs, and take action to restore ecosystems and solve problems related to sustainability and justice as leaders.  New Roots is a space where students experience being active, contributing parts of the health and wellbeing of the places and people they care about.


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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



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!