Welcome ECA Students! 

Attention Parents:  Passwords and sign-in information for the Powerschool parent portal will be mailed to parents the week of September 15th.

Powerschool information:  Parents may access powerschool through the parent portal.  Letters are sent out to parents during the month of September with passwords and log-in information.  Some grading for departments will not be posted until report cards are released.  If you should have any concerns or questions regarding your student’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact the teacher or school counselor.

The ACES 2015-2016 Parent Student Handbook can be found on the ACES main website at http://www.aces.org/about/publications-policies/parent-student-handbook.

Also, all updated forms, including student health, free and reduced meal information, and media release forms can be found on the ACES main website at http://www.aces.org/about/publications-policies/aces-forms.

Please click on the following link to read about the latest exciting developments at ECA:   Director's Newsletter

Grades: ECA Report cards are quarterly and progress reports are usually sent  if there is a need for the teacher to communicate to a parent mid-term.  Once our grades close and have been processed, ECA will send those grades to the sending school to be incorporated into their high school transcript.   In addition, ECA has our own transcript which lists all courses and grades from each year.   For Seniors applying to college, ECA will send transcripts directly to those schools or can send a transcript to the sending school Counselor to be included with other student materials.  For procedures on sending transcripts, please click on the following link:  Transcript Requests


An Important Message from Director Jason Hiruo for all Families of ECA:

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.

Best wishes to the ECA Class of 2016!


An Important Message from PACE for all Families of ECA

PACE Parents for Arts Centered Education

PACE takes on an urgent new task:  Supporting ECA's Outreach and Recruitment Efforts

Please coordinate with your district's liaison and promote ECA at your former Junior High School. Your talented ECA student is the best advertisement. Talk about your ECA experience to prospective students and their parents. Distribute ECA brochures which you can get from the Guidance Office. For questions: contact us

PACE Board

New Scholarship and College information available on the
College Scholarship and Information Page under the
Guidance Dept. as of June 2, 2015
Check regularly throughout the year for updates!

A Great New Opportunity!


ECA students have the ability to use Career Cruising to search for colleges and take interest inventories.  Juniors are currently meeting with Julie to work on college searches, however, all ECA students have access to this comprehensive site.  Please use the link below and use your ECA log-in information. (Your student ECA e-mail and your internet access code)



Reading by ECA Creative Writers, Thursday, January 26


6:00 p.m. call time for students

7:00-9:00 p.m. Reading

Doors open 6:55 p.m.


Please note: Travel Writing and Fiction classes will read in 2nd floor Arts Hall

Poetry and Memoir/Humor classes will read in 3rd floor Theatre Studio

Reception: 9:00-9:30


Orchester Die Arche
German Youth Orchestra
plays Rachmaninov 2 and Dvorak 9 "From the New World"

Thursday, September 8, 2016
55 Audubon Street
New Haven, CT


ECA Repertory Dance Company Performs at
Arts and Ideas Festival!

Sunday, June 19th at 1pm on the New Haven Green!

Come Join The Rep Company on Father's Day!


The ECA Dance Department Presents the ECA Dancers in

2016 Senior Choreography Showcase



v. (Greek) to do something with soul, creativity or love;

when you leave a piece of yourself in your work


Tuesday, June 7, 2016 @ 7:00pm

 7:00pmWednesday, June 8, 2016 @ 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Arts Hall at ECA
55 Audubon Street
New Haven, CT
Tickets, individual - $5, family - $20
Reservations: mbanarfountain@aces.org or 203-777-5451, ext. 14202


Creative Writing Events and Celebrations:

Thursday, June 9: A Reading by the ECA Writers
of Poetry, Fiction, Experimental Prose, Memoir and Humor
will be presented in the ECA Arts Hall and Theatre Studio.
Call-time for students: 6:00 p.m.
Doors open: 6:55
Reading: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
A reception will follow on the 4th floor of ECA.

Congratulations to Julia Joy, Jada Middleton, and Emmy Roday--statewide winners of the Thornton Wilder Writing Contest, and to Isaiah Kane, whose personal essay "Meditation" has just been published in New Haven Magazine. (name of magazine italicized).

The department looks forward to working with visiting writer Natalie Beach, ECA Creative Writing graduate, class of 2009-2010. Natalie will be speaking with our writers about the art of blogging, negotiating book contracts, and writing for television and film.  The comedian David Moon also will be visiting the department on May 18th, when Jesse Ludington will be reading her beautiful profile about this artist. David Moon will be speaking to the writers about the art of stand-up comedy.

As a winner of a national writing prize in the Youngarts competition, Maya Lew was invited to attend a conference in New York that included special writing workshops. Salman Rushdie was one of the speakers. Maya is the young woman in the white t-shirt standing to the left of Rushdie.


ECA Theatre Dept presents  
The Rimers of Eldritch by Lanford Wilson
May 12 & 13

The play mixes humor, compassion, anger, and suspense into a kind of social protest version our Our Town.

Arts Hall, 55 Audubon Street Ÿ Tickets:  $10



Creative Writer Isaiah Kane featured in New Haven Magazine! 
Please click on the following link and go to page 15: 

Isaiah Kane in New Haven Magazine

New York City: With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare on stage at Lincoln Center in New York City, ZOË OLIVER from North Haven, CT, a student of Carolyn Ladd and Ingrid Schaeffer at ACES-ECA, won second place in the 33rd annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. The Competition took place on May 2, 2016 with 55 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Zoë previously won the ESU Greenwich Branch competition.

Read the full press release by clicking the following link:

Zoe Oliver wins second place in National Shakespeare Competition

Read about Zoe featured in the North Haven Citizen by clicking the following link:

Zoe Oliver feature article in the North Haven Citizen

Music Dept. Celebrations:

9 ECA students were accepted to the CMEA All State Festival and performed at the Hartford Convention Center on April 30: Alexa LaBaw (Shelton,) Jack Riotte (Coginchaug,) Alex Coman (Guilford,) Olivia White (Meriden,) Margaux Lux (Branford,) Emma Schoetz (Newtown,) Lucas Hernandez (Hamden,) Isiah Bostic (Hamden,) Benjamin Rutherford (Old Lyme/New Haven.)


ECA Voices & Studio Singers performed at Carnegie Hall on April 11, in the Coda Concerts Music Festival. As part of the festival, students  from all participating ensembles took solo vocal coaching sessions with NYC artists. Two vocalists were chosen to perform their solos during the concert performance. The two vocalists selected for this were ECA vocalists Emma Schoetz & Alea Vernon! Emma & Alea performed their solos as part of the ECA performance set.


Benjamin Ferriby and Isiah Bostic will be recognized by the Hamden Arts Council on May 13, 2016, in the Hamden Salute to Young Artists Ceremony.


Kiet Ho was selected to be a Gates Millennium Scholar. 1,000 recipients were chosen for this prestigious scholarship, out of 50,000 applicants. The scholarship awards Kiet with full room, board, & tuition costs for both undergraduate and graduate study.


ECA student musicians have been working with ECA alumni, singer-songwriter, and contestant on The Voice, Blessing Offor, in a series of three song writing workshops this spring. These workshops are one part of the Music Department’s annual New Music Festival. The theme of this, the 10th annual festival, is ‘The Power of Two.’ Through this theme, students are exploring the creative power generated when two artists come together to create work. Students have also workshopped original pieces with percussionist Jeff Stern, and will do so again with the professional ensemble, The Passepartout Duo, on May 18. Student composers, ensembles, and professional musicians will share new works at the New Music New Sounds concert on Wednesday, May 18, at 6:30 pm. 


The Music Department Tuesday Talk mini-concert series will soon feature Sam Suggs, professional bassist, and also Daniel Bernard Roumain, hip-hop violinist, brought to us by the NHSO. 


Read all about ECA's April 2016 Student Exchange to our sister schools in Shanghai and Beijing!

ECA Global 2016 Student Exchange to China


Please click the following link to read the
New Haven Register Article about ECA's production of Anon(ymous)!

Educational Center for the Arts merges past with headlines in refugee play ‘Anon(ymous)’ 

ECA Voices & Studio Singers perform at Carnegie Hall, April 11, 2016

ECA vocalists prepare for their Carnegie Hall performance in a workshop with Dr. Bradley Holmes

A Great Opportunity: Amazon Smile

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

Every resource adds to our learning programs, which will now be possible with Amazon Smile. It's just like shopping at Amazon.

  1. Click on, http://smile.amazon.com/ch/30-0804769
  2. Sign in with your username and password
  3. Select Parents for Arts Centered Education as your favorite charity
  4. Change your bookmark to Amazon Smile, and 0.5% of your purchase will go to ECA!!!

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.


ECA Theatre Students Zoe Oliver and D'Mahdnes Failey win English-Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition!

Senior Theatre student Zoe Oliver placed 1st at the English-Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition held in Greenwich, CT on Wednesday, March 9th and senior Theatre student D’Mahdnes Failey placed 2nd!  Zoe will go on to compete at the National Competition on May 2 in New York City.  Congratulations to both for their exceptional work!  Please visit the following link soon for more information about the competition and video of the performances:  https://www.esuus.org/greenwich 


Congratulations to the following ECA students who have been selected to participate in the CMEA All-State Festival on the weekend of April 28-30 at the CT Convention Center in the Hartford Marriott!

Alex Coman of Guilford for Bb Clarinet
Alexa LaBaw of Shelton for Bassoon

Jazz Band
Jack Riotte of Region 13 for Tenor Saxophone

Isiah Bostic of Hamden - Tenor
Lucas Hernandez of Hamden - Tenor
Margaux Lux of Branford - Alto
Benjamin Rutherford of New Haven - Tenor
Emma Schoetz of Newtown - Soprano

Join us Sunday Night, February 28th at 7pm for the
2nd Annual ECA 24 Hour Play Festival
in the Little Theatre on Lincoln Street
Admission only $5!!!

6 10-minute plays written in 24 hours
6 Directors and 18 actors rehearsing for 10 hours
60 minutes of the most thrilling, dynamic and raw theatre you'll see this winter!!
Don't Miss it!!

Peer Gynt

by Henrik Ibsen

Thursday, January 14 & Friday January 15
The Little Theatre
1 Linocoln Street, New Haven
Tickets $10 at the door



WANTED:  Used SLR Cameras for Photography Class!

Please donate your old 50mm Single Lens Reflex (SLR) Cameras
to the ECA Photography Class!
We need them ASAP for special photography projects.
Please drop them off at the ECA Main Office
In exchange for your donation,
we can offer you a letter for tax deduction purposes!

The Photography Class Thanks You!


Quick Links and Forms:

PACE Parents for Arts Centered Education

Parent Advocacy Fact Sheet

Parent Advocacy to Support ECA

ACES School Messenger Login Information

Absence/Early Dismissal Form

ACES ECA Shadow Visit Form

ACES ECA Brochure

ECA Faculty and Staff Directory