New Visions Engineering mission is to provide a pre-college engineering experience that authentically explores engineering processes and practices, reveals the scope of engineering endeavors, highlights the impact engineers have on society and prepares participants for an undergraduate engineering program.
New Visions Health & Medical Sciences is a program for college-bound high school seniors who are interested in careers such as medicine (including physician and physician assistant), nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, medical technology, physical therapy, nutrition/dietetics, and medical research.
New Visions is a full-year program that offers seniors a non-traditional, academically challenging senior year. These programs are demanding and extremely rewarding for highly motivated, mature, responsible, and academically capable students. Students acquire knowledge through independent and cooperative learning, both in the classroom and in the professional work setting. The New Visions program is highly regarded by collegiate administrators as evidence of a student’s motivation, intelligence, and desire for success. Students must be a current high school junior in a TST BOCES component school district - Ithaca, Newfield, Groton, Lansing, Trumansburg, Candor, Dryden, South Seneca, or LACS - to be eligible to apply and enroll in a New Visions program.
New Visions students will divide their week between classroom theory and instructional days where students will discuss literature, global concerns, and science-related topics in an integrated academic learning environment. Students will work on projects independently and in groups, while attaining mandatory credits for graduation. In addition, students will participate in rotational experiences where they will work with professionals, graduate students, and/or college professors that work within in their field of study.
Accepted students participate in their New Visions program from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily at the Cayuga Medical Center or Cornell University, depending on the location of their program. Students receive high school credit for English 12 Honors, Participation in Government and Economics, two elective science credits, as well as Concurrent Enrollment credits. Students are required to make their own transportation arrangements to and from their New Visions program. Busing is not provided by the home school district.
All New Visions programs offer the opportunity to earn college credits from Tompkins Cortland CC through a program called concurrent enrollment. Students receive a transcript from Tompkins Cortland CC that can be transmitted to the college of their choice upon completion of the program. The number of credits that can be earned ranges from 4-8 depending on the course.
High School Juniors can apply to New Visions online or by submitting a hard copy of the application.
For online applications, click here.
Directions to apply online:
Answer all questions on the application completely
Upload your essay
Click Here to download a "Hard Copy" of the New Visions ApplicationPacket 2023-24
All New Visions completed applications must include the following information:
Typed Written Essay
High School Transcript
Current High School Report Card
Current School Year Attendance Record
Student must complete the entire application, including the essay, and submit to their high school counselor no later than a date selected in the spring of 2024 (TBD).
Interviews will be held one week in the spring (TDB)
New Visions applicants will be notified at a date in the late spring (TBD).