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An Important Message from Director Jason Hiruo:

June 2017

Dear ECA Community,
As we ready for summer, we are also preparing to welcome The ECA Class of 2021.
This year, we confronted significant challenge with budget reductions as all Connecticut schools have.  However, I am confident that we will weather the storm as we make new progress in initiatives strengthening the integrity of ECA programming. In the meantime, we are looking at creative alternatives to offset the challenges we confront in the upcoming year.

Due to budgetary restrictions, ECA will suspend integrated studies courses for the 2017-208 school year. The time originally allocated for integrated studies will now focus on new and enhanced content opportunities within each department.

We are currently working with ACES to build a summer PE/Health course to take place during the ACES Summer Academy with certified teachers. In addition, we are considering an after-school yoga, movement, or martial arts class once a week to support students who need PE credit in place of their Tuesday elective program. Please email jmichaelson@aces.org if you would like more information on the PE/Health course.

In addition, we are forging ahead with the development of summer enrichment courses through our departments. This is evolving as you have recently received information on our first two Visual Arts classes in July. Next summer will mark the first annual Summer Institute that connects international and Connecticut students to the Arts through departmental instruction and cultural experiences.
The ECA Graduation will take place on Monday, June 12 at 1:15PM. Doors open at 1:00PM. We are focused on managing an efficient graduation ceremony so that families may reach their next destination or graduation event on this day.
There will be an informational meeting on June 19 at 4:30PM for the CT Student Ambassador Service Project Tour. This will take place in the ECA Arts Hall. Spots are limited.
ECA Families will receive the Summer Mailing during the first week of July. This packet will require families to update contact information and submit participation/permission forms for the upcoming year.
Thank you,
Jason Hiruo

All the world’s a stage, and ACES Educational Center for the Arts has a signed agreement to prove it. On Wednesday, June14, representatives from Chivast Education International, an affiliate of the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange, met with ACES ECA officials to sign an agreement allowing for an exchange program that would allow several Chinese students to attend the arts-focused magnet school for a year. CSCSE is part of the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Read the full article by Brian Zahn in the NH Register by clicking on the following link:  http://www.nhregister.com/social-affairs/20170614/aces-eca-in-new-haven-formalizes-partnership-with-chinese-ministry-of-education

Read more in the NH Independent by clicking on the following link:  http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/china-connecticut_exchange/

Watch the interview on WTNH NEWS Channel 8 by clicking on the following link:  http://wtnh.com/2017/06/20/new-haven-magnet-school-partners-with-china-for-exposure-to-arts/ 

Dear ECA Community,



ECA and PACE are collaborating to combine efforts, elevating our fundraising to benefit our students further.

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International Host Family Program

  • If you are interested in learning more about ECA's international host family program, please email jhiruo@aces.org. ECA is investigating the potential for a semester long exchange program with our sister schools in Shanghai, Kyoto, and Sydney. Participating host families would receive a monthly stipend of $850. 

The success of ECA is not solely based on a specific arts education, but in how we continue to help students further their individuality, creativity, and inner-confidence.

Together, we value the arts.

We use the arts as a vehicle to further skills of innovation, problem-solving, collaboration, and critical thinking.

We use the arts to advance empathy, voice, self-esteem, and citizenry.

We love the arts because it reminds us of who we are as we support our future.

We value the arts, and this is why we are here –

for our students,

for the school,

for ourselves,

for the importance of instilling the arts in the lives of children.