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  • How does my child apply for admission to The Educational Center for the Arts?

    Admission requirements are consistent despite the grade level or major being sought. In general, candidates will be required to fill out an application form, submit recommendations and school records, fulfill required tests, participate in an interview and demonstrate the Arts assessment as demonstrated by the student applicant depending upon the department major being sought.

  • What qualifications does my child need in order to apply to ECA?

    A qualified student is one who is likely to find success in the school's advanced arts curriculum at a university/conservatory-preparatory level. For international students, this is dependent upon the applicant's age and course level they are at currently. This determination is made by the ECA team through a variety of means, including a review of official school records, interview, demonstration of one's arts background, standardized assessments, and other evaluative procedures. We are looking for students who bring unique qualities to their department and grade at ECA. We look for international students who distinguish themselves through their potential, their individuality, their academic record, and their performance on the various components of our admission process.

  • When is the application deadline?

    All elements of the Admission Application must be completed by January 15, 2018 to be considered by our deadline. Applications completed after our stated deadlines will be considered, if spaces are still available, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

  • What is ECA’s teacher to student ratio? How many students are in each class?

    ECA has, on average, twelve students for every teacher in the school. As a public arts high school, classes can have up to 16 students in each section. Our small classes allow for more individualized instruction and greater student participation.

  • Where is ECA located?

    The Educational Center for The Arts (ECA) is located on the famous and idyllic Audubon Street in New Haven, Connecticut. Audubon Street and ECA have become well-known in New England as the city's center for artistic and cultural affairs. Audubon's convenient location in the heart of downtown New Haven and the Yale University Campus is within walking distance of many cultural and educational offerings including the Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven's Town Green, The Yale Repertory Theatre, The Yale Art Gallery, The Shops and Boutiques of Downtown, and the Chapel Street Historic District.

  • Is there an application fee?

    Our application fee is $100.00 USD (non-refundable). Applications will not be processed until the application fee or waiver has been received.</p>

  • What is ECA's tuition fee?

    International Homestay: $41,500.00 USD

    Tuition for each school year is determined in February. Tuition is comparable with those at the top conservatories, arts programs, and day schools from around the world.

  • What is the first day of school for the school year?

    International students will arrive for orientation in the last week of August 2018. All students new to ECA participate in orientation that connects them to new friends, familiarizes them with the school community and culture of New Haven, and connects them to our faculty and mentors.

  • Where do ECA students typically go after graduation?

    ECA students will be prepared to consider top universities in the United States, and international programs around the world. While these schools are typically the focus of most ECA graduates, our students will also possess foundations allowing them to consider top career paths and conservatory studies around the world. ECA supports students through the steps of the application process, and often will advocate for students to ensure appropriate and successful placement.

  • Can international students join ECA in the middle of the school year?

    The curriculum at ECA is cumulative. There are established benchmarks and objectives in each grade level, within each department major that build upon knowledge and skills attained in the course of the year.

    We feel that entering at the start of a school year best facilitates a student's learning and transition into a student's ECA Experience. Despite the cumulative nature of our curriculum and the timeline of our admission process, it may be possible, in rare circumstances, for us to admit students mid-year. Families should contact the admission office with questions about mid-year entry.


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