New Visions

nv_healthpics2What is New Visions?

New Visions is a full-year program that offers seniors a non-traditional challenging senior year. Accepted students attend this full-day program off-site at the various locales according to the program that they are participating in.

Students are expected to be professional, courteous and to strictly adhere to the guidelines set by their teacher and mentors. Students receive high school credit for English 12 Honors, Government and Economics, two elective science credits, as well as Concurrent Enrollment credits through Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3).

The New Visions program is an asset to a senior’s resume and is looked upon as an academic achievement that can be helpful in getting into competitive colleges and other post-secondary education opportunities. The New Visions program is regarded highly by collegiate administrators as evidence of a student’s motivation, intelligence, and desire for success.

Acceptance into a New Visions program is very competitive and selection is based on grades, recommendations, an interview and essays, among other criteria. These programs are taught at the honors level, and are personally and academically challenging.

Two Ways to Apply:

1. Download the complete New Visions Application.


2. Begin the application Online and then print the Remaining Application Portions.

Where is New Visions?

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The most distinctive feature of this program is the student’s interaction with adult professionals within a professional setting. A typical week is divided between theory or instructional days and rotation days where students learn and collaborate with professionals related to their specific New Visions program.

The New Visions Life Sciences Program meets at Cornell University’s Guterman Lab. Cornell provides students with a classroom, laboratory space, greenhouse space, library privileges, a lunch break area and access to parking. Rotations can include veterinary science, plant biology, wildlife biology, biotechnology, conservation and natural resources, environmental policy, and land use.

The New Visions Health and Medical Careers Program is located at the Cayuga Medical Center. Student rotations are held at the hospital campus, as well as Convenient Care Center, Surgicare, and community health care agencies and physicians’ offices. Rotation opportunities include oncology, surgery, radiology, intensive and cardiac care, nutrition, rehabilitation therapy, maternity, pediatrics, and many more.

Who is New Visions?

High school juniors from TST BOCES component schools may apply to the New Visions program for their senior year.

Students must demonstrate an interest and desire to learn about the program to which they are applying. Students must be academically strong and meet graduation requirements. New Visions students must successfully complete and pass Regents Integrated Algebra; Geometry; Algebra 2/Trigonometry; three years of Regents science; three years of Regents English and Regents Social Studies; and all Regents exams associated with these courses; by the end of 11th grade.

Applicants must exhibit maturity, responsibility and the ability to work both independently and as a team. Students must provide recommendations from a guidance counselor and two teachers. Additionally students must be planning to attend college.

New Visions program applications are available from your high school counselor. Tuition costs are covered by the student’s home high school. Students are responsible for providing any special clothing or uniforms required at their rotation sites.

How to Apply to New Visions:

  1. See your high school counselor in February or early March to discuss your application. Completed applications are due to your high school counselor by Thursday, March 24, 2016.
  2. The application process includes a written application; an essay on a provided topic relating to the program’s focus; a personal statement; letters of recommendation from an English teacher, your high school counselor, and one other academic subject teacher; an interview with two professionals.
  3. In addition, you should have strong grades, with an average of at least 85% and no grade below 80%. Applicants must have completed all Regents requirements for graduation, New Visions Application Remaining Application Portionand must have completed Regents Math and three years of Regents Science and English by the end of junior year, plus all Regents Examinations.
  4. Plan on attending one of our Open Houses! Parents & guardians are welcome, too! Meet the teachers, current students, and tour our facilities.
  5. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by late April to early May.