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  • Why choose ECA?


    ECA has emerged as a strong model for innovative thinking, growing from an urgent need for a new concept in the traditional educational landscape. We are a non-profit, public high school. Students travel from all over the state to attend ECA. Students' home towns provide tuition, combined with state tuition, providing opportunities for all of our students to create and learn in a unique and progressive school environment. Our school and the pursuit to advance its programming is an ambitious one, focused on preparing students from Connecticut and globally for successful futures in a rapidly changing world.

  • What is unique about ECA?


    ECA continues to prepare students for the best universities and colleges in the English speaking world. With a central curriculum thread that focuses on original thought, creativity,culture, identity, problem-solving, and collaboration - ECA stands out as a unique learning environment for high school students. We will draw from best practices and professional techniques of each field through inquiry-based learning, critical-thinking, and creative problem solving in a rigorous intellectual environment to prepare our students for the challenges of the modern integrated world. All of our students will graduate from ECA fluent in innovative skills and individuality, comfortable in constructive criticism - both providing and receiving, and with these life skills are well prepared for life beyond the college or conservatory.

  • What advantages will ECA offer my child?


    The ECA campus is modeled after a college setting that allows students to move throughout its facilities; our learning resources, our blend of arts and technology offer students a cutting edge educational environment adept at preparing students for the 21st Century. In addition to these substantial resources, students will experience talented faculty who are committed to developing students' intellect and character as they mentor each student to personalize their experience. The ECA faculty are not only practicing professional artists but many hold professorial roles in well-known universities (Yale, Wesleyan, Columbia, NYU, UConn, SCSU) in the region. ECA is also affiliated with distinguished partner schools in five countries abroad, and provides students with a myriad of opportunities to live and learn in a global context.

  • Is ECA accredited?


    The Educational Center for the Arts is a public inter-district magnet arts high school registered with the Connecticut State Department of Education. ECA is also affiliated through collaborative partnerships with other highly accredited organizations in the area: Yale University Arts Departments; The Yale Art Gallery; Yale-China Association; Southern Connecticut State University; Quinnipiac University; The Audubon Arts District; New Haven Arts Coalition; The National Magnet School Alliance; Connecticut Arts Association; Shoreline Arts Alliance; National Association for Music Education; and The National Security Advisory Council to US Schools (Washington DC).

  • How does ECA select its leadership and teaching faculty?


    Each position and role at ECA is determined by the needs of the students and growth of programming. Leadership and faculty alike are selected based on the most highly qualified individual for the role. Each professional at ECA is screened for professional experience, professional growth and education, and expertise in their related field. All faculty and leadership positions must take into account the individual's experience in both the Arts and field of education. A thorough safety background check is also conducted to ensure the integrity of our school and safety of our children. We pride ourselves on the caring environment that we provide to nurture the success and growth of our students as future leaders and change-agents in their world.

  • Why identify ECA as a Global School?


    Even in our highly interconnected global society, educational systems specific to individual countries can be inward looking. Schools rarely draw from methods outside their national systems. Yet we could learn so much from different styles of education where our students become the beneficiaries. This is why ECA is connected to high achieving schools in five countries. The one unifying element between global connections are the commitment to prepare our students for THEIR world by developing skills as innovative thinkers and problem solvers. We do not often see this as we find too many educational systems are still focused on testing that limits the opportunity for students to think and act creatively. At ECA, we are asking questions and challenging students with curiosity and humility. The result is a curriculum designed to prepare our students for lives of leadership at a community or global level.

  • What does ECA contribute to in a student’s overall education and experience?


    Holistic, inquiry-based, and experiential learning teaching methods are hallmarks of ECA. Imagine a creative learning environment that focuses on the development of a fully integrated person – intellect, character, talents, emotional intelligence, empathy, and civic responsibility.

    In our classrooms, students and teacher sit together or work side by side in discussion or on projects. Students are highly engaged in learning as they are active in conversation, building on one another's ideas, gaining as much from each other's insights as they do from their teacher. In a school like ECA, experiential learning at a very high level means a student's studies are not confined to classrooms. Rather, teachers make use of cultural institutions, the urban neighborhoods, the natural world, art, and architecture as living laboratories for their studies in the performing, literary, and visual arts. Imagine an environment with enthusiastic, ambitious students that are passionate in their art form, actively participating in hands-on relevance and seminar discussions. Imagine students immersed in content that blends arts and culture, with history and the world's influences, providing the the opportunity to apply their knowledge globally through independent work, collaborative projects and exchanges with students in other countries. This is our vision at ECA.

    We promote the Arts and the artist that fuses global understandings and appreciation for diversity. We use Arts as the vehicle to help students develop individual strengths as innovative people. We focus on the intercultural competence that comes from learning and problem-solving. The ECA departments offer programming of both depth and breadth, rigor, creativity, and exploration. It is designed to teach our students to look outward into the world - into different cultures and countries for inspiration, new knowledge, opportunities for originality and facilitating opportunities to collaborate.

  • What qualities and skills will an ECA graduate possess?


    ECA produces students who are dynamic, empathetic, courageous, and impressive. We have re-imagined the future of education as a source for global preparedness that enable young people to become the leaders and trailblazers of their generation. Whether it is in the Arts or in career fields that have yet to be developed, we are confident that ECA students will take the world with open-mindedness and the flexibility as successful, capable individuals.

    Specifically, ECA graduates will have:

    • High proficiency in an art form
    • Mastery in building connections and intersections across subjects or concepts
    • Strong confidence in creative expression
    • The ability to navigate successfully and excel in the changing career and technological landscape
    • High skill level in inquiry, collaboration, and active learning
    • Holistic personal development
    • Intercultural communication and global competency
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