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New Roots Charter School

Charter | 9-12 | 171 students

 

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted 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


Posted August 6, 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


Posted June 8, 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


Posted June 4, 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 1, 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


Posted August 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted October 9, 2010

The only school that focuses on environmental justice and social equity mainframe.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
34%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

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Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

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English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
93%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
43%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
69%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
49%
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

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53%

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Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
91%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students39%
Femalen/a
Male45%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population39%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English39%
Not migrant39%

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrantn/a

Earth Science

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

English

All Students53%
Female69%
Male36%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities30%
General population58%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant53%

Geometry

All Students71%
Female65%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant71%

Global History and Geography

All Students63%
Female64%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities42%
General population68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant63%

Integrated Algebra

All Students67%
Female67%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities20%
General population77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant67%

Living Environment

All Students80%
Female80%
Male78%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities45%
General population87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrantn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students71%
Female64%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant71%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 81% 48%
Black 2 8% 19%
Two or more races 1 7% 1%
Hispanic 1 4% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 0% 9%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 50%N/A49%
Male 50%N/A51%
Limited English proficient 0%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 47%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 24%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 6%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. TINA NILSEN-HODGES

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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116 N Cayuga St
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 882-9220

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