Instructional Programs

Contact Us

David Syracuse
New Visions Engineering Teacher
607-257-1551 ext. 4105
dsyracuse@tstboces.org

Jennifer Hightower
New Visions Health and Medical Sciences Teacher
607-257-1551 ext. 4101
jhightower@tstboces.org

Maureen Zorn
New Visions Life Sciences/ Applied Scientific Research Teacher
607-257-1551 ext. mzorn@tstboces.org

New Visions Programs

New Visions is an honors level program that offers seniors a progressive, college and career exploratory, and academically challenging senior year.  These programs are demanding yet extremely rewarding for highly motivated, mature, responsible, and academically capable students. New Visions students must be extremely trustworthy, exhibit a high degree of integrity, and be excited to work collaboratively with others who express varying points of view.  Students are required to manage their time well, keep track of deadlines, and participate in group work with minimal intervention by the teacher.  This provides students the freedom to acquire knowledge through independent and cooperative learning, both in the classroom, lab and in the professional work setting.  The New Visions programs are highly regarded by collegiate administrators as evidence of a student’s motivation, intelligence, and desire for success.

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 earning concurrent enrollment college credits and mandatory credits for graduation.  In addition, students will participate in rotational experiences where they will work with professionals, graduate students, and college professors that work within their field of study.

The New Visions programs are held daily from 10:00am – 2:00pm daily at Cornell University or Cayuga Medical Center.  Students receive high school credit for English 12 Honors, Participation in Government and Economics Honors, two elective science credits, as well as Concurrent Enrollment credits from Tompkins Cortland Community College.  Students are expected to be professional, courteous and to strictly adhere to the guidelines set forth by their teachers and mentors.  

Interested students must apply to their specified New Visions program during the early portion of the second semester of their junior year.  Following the submission of the completed New Visions application, qualified students will be invited to participate in a formal interview.  Acceptance into a New Visions Program is very competitive.  The selection process is based on grades, recommendations, an interview and an essay, among other criteria.  Students who enroll in the New Visions Programs intend to pursue a competitive college or university upon graduation.

New Visions Open House

New Visions Programs will be hosting Open House events this year.

If you are interested in attending an Open House event, then please complete the Google form below.

New Visions Inquiry

Do you want to learn more? Fill out this Google Form!

Open House Dates:

New Visions Health and Medical Sciences Open House - Tuesday, March 7, 2023 from 6:00 - 7:30pm at Howell Conference Room, Cayuga Medical Center

New Visions Engineering Open House - Wednesday, March 8, 2023 from 6:00 - 7:30pm at Thurston Hall, Cornell University

New Visions Life Sciences/Applied Scientific Research Open House - Thursday, March 9, 2023 from 6:00 - 7:30pm at the Guterman Lab, Cornell University