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)



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

New Scholarship and College information available on the

College Scholarship and Information Page under the

Guidance Dept.

Check regularly throughout the year for updates!

Attention Seniors and Juniors:

This fall we have many art schools doing presentations and looking at portfolios. We would like to invite juniors to the presentations as some of the schools may not return next fall when they are seniors. Understanding that juniors would have to leave their integrated study class for an hour, we asked them to choose no more than four schools to see this semester. Juniors have signed up to attend certain presentations, but must first check in with their IS teacher for attendance. We will do our best to insure that the presentations do not go over 45 minutes, which means students should be back in their IS class by 2pm. 

The following Visual Arts schools will be visiting ECA on the dates listed below:


Visit Date













Mass Art














Integrated Studies:  Please click the links below to see Integrated Studies course offerings and course descriptions:

Integrated Studies Sign up Form

Integrated Studies 2016-17 Course Descriptions

Sister Cities International Global Arts and Literary Contest

Each year, Sister Cities International - the Young Artists and Authors Showcase - encourages youth from around the globe to express the mission of Sister Cities International through original artwork and literature. All students must submit their work based on a designated theme that is announced each year. Artwork is sent from member cities to Washington, D.C. where a panel of judges selects the winners based on originality, composition, and theme interpretation.

This year, a collaborative partner of ECA Global Projects -  Sister Cities International (www.sistercitiesinternational.org) sponsors a Global Arts and Literary Contest. Each member City (New Haven) is allowed to submit ONE entry for a juried $1,000 prize. The requirement is that the student be between 13 and 18 years old (except for the Photography and Film category…see attached explanation) and either be a student in New Haven (ECA) or live in New Haven.

The submissions (mid-March) will be on view in New Haven and the jury will announce the winning entry from New Haven. ECA will be working with New Haven officials so that all entries (including poetry entries) will be digitized and projected next August on the public buildings surrounding the historic Green during the city’s annual celebration of Global Music Month. We are working in collaboration with New Haven planners for next year’s four concerts (Saturday evenings): Mexico, Puerto Rico, Opera (Italy) and Jazz (America’s gift to the world). The winner will be recognized at the concerts and the art work beautifully and powerfully displayed on our buildings after dusk for all to enjoy. This is truly an opportunity for ECA students. 

For further information please visit the following link: 





Submission Details














  •  1  Piece of art on behalf of their community
  •  1  Piece of art on behalf of each of their sister city communities
  • Art must be two dimensional, unframed, and no larger than 24in. x 36in. No photography. Media of all other types are encouraged, including pencil, ink, paint, prints, collage, mixed media, etc.



To local

 Sister Cities

March 31



May 1




  • 500 words or less
  • Multiple entries are allowed for sister city members and their international city partners.  However, please limit five entries per classroom.



May 1




  • 200 words or less
  • Same as above for essays



May 1











  • Must be submitted through Instagram and must include @SisterCitiesInt, #YAAS2017, and the city, state, and country where the photographer is from(New Haven) in the phot0’s caption to qualify.
  • Multiple entries are allowed per student



May 1




  • Short films 1-10 minutes in length
  • Films shot in color or black and white; documentary, fiction, and/or animation are all eligible.
  • Film entries must be submitted via Cinequest. A link to submit can be found at sistercities.org/YAAS



May 1





  • 1 US Artist $1000
  • 1 International Artist $1000
  • 1 Poet $1000
  • 1 Essayist $1000
  • 1 Photographer $1000
  • 1 Filmmaker $1000




  • 5 US Finalists – Artist Category
  • 5 International Finalists – Artist Category
  • 2 Poetry Finalists
  • 2 Essay Finalists
  • 5 US Finalists – Photography Category
  • 5 International Finalists -  Photography Category
  • 1 Finalist – Film Category


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

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 15 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


Please join the Music Department for Distant Corners
Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles Performing Music from Around the World

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

ECA Arts Hall
55 Audubon Street
New Haven
Suggested Donation $5/ $20 Group


Please join the Visual Art Department for

SQUARE ONE Visual Art from the First Quarter

Thursday, October 29th
5th Floor Galleries

Check out Oswaldo Chinchilla's recently produced YouTube Video:  On Purpose.


ECA congratulates Maya Lew, whose memoir, "22-Mile Graveyard--Moore, Oklahoma," has just been published in Best Teen Writing