Welcome to the Director's Newsletter page 

An Important Message from Director Jason Hiruo:

April 2018 update
Greetings ECA Community,

Thank you for taking a minute to review this brief update from ECA.

  • A very important student survey requiring five minutes of your child's time. Thank you in advance!  http://surveys.panoramaed.com/aces/6059008229
  • A reminder that The ECA Prom is Friday, April 27, 6-9PM in the Little Theatre! Tickets are on sale now through the end of the week in the main office.
  • The ECA Summer Institute begins July 9! Register at /schools-programs/magnet-schools/educational-center-for-the-arts/about-us/calendar/?id=549066
  • ECA is continuing to look for Host Families that are interested in sharing their family and culture with international ECA students. Host families are provided a grocery stipend and supportive assistance through our international team. If you would like more information, please contact jhiruo@aces.org. Thank you for your support of ECA's Global Projects!
  • The ECA Graduation Ceremony is planned for Monday, June 18 at 1:00PM. Doors will open at 12:40. Special accommodations

ECA's student ambassadors visited China last week and spent time in their new sister school, The Ningbo Foreign Affairs School. It was a successful and enjoyable experience that will continue next year when ECA students return to participate in an immersive homestay experience in Ningbo. The students are to be commended and did extremely well under the pressure of media coverage, an active itinerary schedule, and connecting with new friends in China. IMG_6673 Forbidden City.jpg IMG_6707.JPG IMG_6676 Temple.jpg IMG_0608.JPG IMG_0873.JPG 

Thank you,

Jason Hiruo

ECA 2018 Summer Institute: July 9-22, 2018

The ECA Summer Institute provides experiences for all student participants to interact and learn from some of the best arts educators and professionals in the field.  Students from ECA’s international sister-schools will also be participating in this summer enrichment program, providing Connecticut students the opportunity to connect and collaborate with students from around the world, expanding one’s cultural awareness and global competency. This program supports and facilitates interpersonal connections that go beyond one’s borders, while building upon international relevance.

Click on the following links to download our full brochure and registration form:
ECA 2018 Summer Institute

ECA 2018 Summer Institute Registration Form

Registration for International Students


ECA has obtained a Certified Physical Education teacher! Classes will be scheduled between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. This has been implemented to safeguard student graduation requirements in their sending schools and add support to attendance at ECA. Students that require this class are asked to complete the form for scheduling purposes (attached). Students that do not require PE credit at this time are not allowed to enroll in order to provide opportunity for those students with the greatest need. 
Register: Registration for ACES ECA Physical Education  

ECA Global will take its first trip to Australia in 2019. Information on this study tour will arrive in October. The Australia Study Tour will take place every two years to allow families and students to save and fundraise for reasons of affordability.

Needed: ECA Host Family for International ECA Student. We are looking for a family in the New Haven area that would like to share their home and culture with a 17 year old male visual arts student accepted to ECA from Shanghai. The homestay family receives a monthly stipend. Inquiries can be directed to Jason Hiruo at jhiruo@aces.org.                 

The Visual Arts Department is seeking 35mm Film Cameras and Digital Cameras. Contributions are tax deductible. Contributions and/or inquiries can be directed to Paul Duda, pduda@aces.org.                


All the world’s a stage, and ACES Educational Center for the Arts has a signed agreement to prove it. On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 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/ 

Students seeking experience and community service hours can participate in the Arts & Ideas Festival this summer https://docs.google.com/a/aces.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiHBDp3ZamPADN37Lvcf2KcG7FeQjcZRddCVRzNrM-5RqmNw/viewform?c=0&w=1


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. 

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.