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Ithaca, NY
Students enrolled: 150

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116 North Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY 14851

(607) 882-9220
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August 26, 2014
Comparing the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, our approach to classroom management and discipline has reduced behavioral referrals by 41% and classroom disruptions by 24%. We credit this steady improvement to several practices. Our commitment to restorative justice allows us to manage classes with students from diverse backgrounds in a way that respects each student while holding them accountable for their actions. We have engaged in professional development together to support a systematic team approach in response to student issues. For questions call New Roots and ask for the Dean

- submitted by a teacher
August 06, 2014
I am a parent of a student at New Roots. My child has attended the school for a full 2 years. Prior to attending we homeschooled. I had high hopes for this school and it has greatly disappointed us. All of the reviews below do have some truth to them. Overall with what else is offered in the Ithaca community this should be the last choice for your student. The only time I've seen New Roots work is for the highly-motivated self learner. The school is full of disruptive kids where this is their last hope for an education. They have been kicked out of other schools because of one reason or another, or are so odd that they didn't fit in. My child spends more time in the classroom listening to chaos (teachers trying invain to make these brats mind) rather than benefit from instruction. The remaining teachers do care greatly. But at the end of the day this school is hughly mismanaged with a smoke screen in the way of true reality. Please look at your current situation before sending your kids here. If your child is not a self-motivated, quality student your kid with just figure out in a short time that skipping class and running around on the Commons is easy to pull off.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2014
As a parent of a student who has had the honor of studying at the school for 3 years, I have been very happy with the experience's that my daughter has had. She transferred here after being bullied at her school. New Roots school has allowed my daughter to blossom into a well rounded, mature, take charge young woman, who will contribute to society in ways that will surely astonish. I am happy with our decision to enroll her in New Roots.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2014
I cannot and will not recommend this institution to anyone looking for an effective education. it has violated its mission and vision repeatedly, lacks quality leadership and creates an unpredictable learning environment. There are no original full-time teachers and annual turn over is unprecedented (due to poor administrative decisions). New Roots claims to be a place of "democratic education", yet the board is not elected by the tax payers, they are hand-picked by the principal. There is no oversight for the leaders of this school and as such, they repeatedly make poor, unethical decisions. I have no doubts this school will fail to be renewed in three years. It was a miracle it was renewed at all.

- submitted by a community member
February 22, 2014
There are no remaining founding teachers left at this school, although all of the initial teachers had made commitments to stay for at least 5 years. This is not because they changed their minds, but because the school strayed from its initial principles of collaborative development and sustainability. Academically, students underperform, in no small part because the chaotic environment is ill-suited to learning. The Board has only approved their charter for 3 years, instead of the customary 5, due to serious doubts about this "school's" ability to adequately prepare students with Regents content. I'm sure some students benefit from the loosened standards, academically and behaviorally, however, since New Roots Uses public funds, the community is paying a steep price for the questionable benefit of a few.

- submitted by a community member
November 13, 2013
The school is a great disappointment. Although it was started to provide a creative alternative for students committed to sustainability, it does not live up to its mission. Ineffective leadership results in extremely high teacher turnover (nearly all full time teachers left at the end of the 2012-2013 school year) and a chaotic learning environment. It attracts a great many students with learning disabilities, but does not have the resources provide the support they need.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2013
New Roots Charter School, located in downtown Ithaca, is in its fifth year. Many people are surprised to learn that New Roots is a college preparatory, tuition free, regional high school. Our students choose to come here and are enthusiastic about being part of this living laboratory of education. The Senior Year Program supports students in reaching their goals to graduate and to get accepted into the college of their choice. Smaller schools provide great learning environments for students. With a 12:1 student teacher ratio, our students get the attention they need to succeed academically and socially. Students feel accepted and appreciated for who they are and they proudly support the student led anti-bullying policy. Our teachers make students' education relevant with community-based, hands-on learning. If you would like to learn more please visit our website: www.newrootsschool.org. Prospective students are welcome to shadow New Roots students on Wednesdays. Call 607-882-9220 ext 207 to make an appointment. Visit us and see for yourself what New Roots is all about!

- submitted by a teacher
October 10, 2013
New Roots Charter School exceeded my expectations as a parent for both academic rigor AND engaging, meaningful learning experiences that you can't did in other high schools around here as part of the day to day experience. My son, who is a proud graduate of the class of 2013, is a smart young man who was not challenged or motivated by traditional approaches to "rigor" that amount to an endurance test in busy work. He's now in the very selective college of his choice with a scholarship no less. Thank heavens for New Roots, which really gave him an opportunity to develop a passion for learning that has made all the difference in getting him off to a great start with college!

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2013
New Roots Charter School. If you value a solid education, this is not the school for your child. Depsite distorted claims that they exceed Ithaca, they are way behind in Regents pass rates and graduation rates, which is not surprising given the extremely high teacher and staff turnover. They will make hollow promises and offer false assertions, so verify everything they say through outside sources. Some kids love it as it offers very little academic challenge and operates more as teenage day care. What you will NOT hear about are the many kids who, after returning to their original school district, took many months to "catch up" to their peer group. Their failure to meet or exceed Ithaca's benchmarks for Regents pass rates and graduation rates cast serious doubt as to whether their charter will be renewed. Home districts offer much better educational AND extra-curricular offerings, while New Roots "sustainability" curriculum is mostly hype. Many Ithacans don't feel comfortable telling the harsh truth about this "school" or their score here would be much lower. Don't trust their hype and propaganda! Their failure rates say it all...

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2013
New Roots has not lived up to the many promises made by its Principal and founder. The reason it scores a 4 on this site is because of its extremely low academic performance, the lowest in this entire region. The 2013 scores are even lower than 2012, with English Regents score among the lowest in the New York State. And what does the administration do to bolster its English program?? Sustained Silent Reading! Come on now. That is elementary school thinking. The math scores are also horrible with less than half of the kids even taking a math Regents in any given year. Their academic goals are very limited, as is their course offerings. Despite its own hype, New Roots is not much of a high school by any stretch.

- submitted by a community member
July 11, 2013
I am a parent who is considering a move to the Ithaca area with two children who may benefit from a Charter School such as New Roots. Please send more information if possible.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2012
I used to attend a normal public school and there I was constantly harrassed by the staff members and I was treated like my thoughts and talents didn't matter. I spent my freshman year in that high school and my sophomore year I joined New Roots Charter School. On the first day of school all I could say was, "Wow, they care about what I think." Through the years my teachers have spotted my talents and helped me find out who I am as a person with all of the one on one help and personal relationships that go on here. I've learned how to manage my time better and become an overall better person. I'm a senior this year and I am so proud to be graduating from this high school instead of your typical public school where you are barely a person. Thank you, New Roots Charter School for making me a better person and helping me discover who I am.

- submitted by a student
October 14, 2012
New Roots is an amazing community which allows me to do well in my academics and take part in an amazing community. Last year I made many new friends and did well on all of my regents exams. I am proud to be a student at this great school.

- submitted by a student
August 01, 2012
New Roots Charter School has fabulous teachers who truly care about their students, a strong support staff and a unique curriculum. My soon to be 11th grader is happier here than he has ever been in school. Another stand out feature of the school is that the students respect one another and there don't seem to be the usual cliques and "in" and "out" groups if students - quite remarkable.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2012
My student loves the fact that much of her learning happens outside of the classroom. Assignments are relevant and connected to life and real world situations. I have found the faculty to be extremely focused and dedicated to their students. I highly recommend the school - in particular for creative, self directed, intelligent students who want to be challenged to make the most of what they can be.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2011
This is a school that takes kids who don't do well in other schools. They are really bright kids, and kids who were given up on elsewhere. They aren't the middle of the road kids who thrive in other places. But they are great kids, believe me, working with great teachers, who give them lots of time and attention. This is only its third year. It will only get better.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2010
New Roots has come a long way in the past three years to get established, with the help of many in the community, to fulfill a commitment to sustainability, for the sake of our children and ultimately the world at large.

- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2010
The only school that focuses on environmental justice and social equity mainframe.

- submitted by a parent

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New Roots Charter School
116 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY  14851
(607) 882-9220
Last modified New Roots Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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