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New Roots Charter School has opened its 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 will provide information sessions throughout the
region, hosted by individual families and community partners. The sessions will make it possible for anyone in Tompkins County to learn
about New Roots’ nationally recognized sustainability curriculum.

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

  • February 9, 1 to 3 p.m., Community Info Session at Bun Appetit Bakery Cafe, 215 Main St., Groton
  • February, 13, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Celebration of Learning at NRCS, 116 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca
  • February 23, 1 to 3 p.m., Community Info Session at Trumansburg Conservatory, 5 McLallen St., Trumansburg
  • February 29, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Open House at New Roots Charter School, 116 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca
  • March 29, 2 to 3 p.m., Open House at New Roots Charter School, 116 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca

New Roots leadership, teachers, staff and students will 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 at New Roots 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 the New Roots, please visit

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