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How to Apply

The ECA school community is dedicated to nurturing individual excellence, creativity, discovery, and empathy within its student community. Our students are ready to handle a rigorous academic program that embodies high expectations. We seek to bring together a group of bright, broadly talented students, and we will help them develop and grow intellectually, artistically, socially, and culturally.

ECA students bring a unique set of qualities to the school, and who distinguish themselves in their potential of growth, their academic performance and the various components of our admissions process. Evaluating each application is a responsibility that we take seriously. We look forward to getting to know applicants and their families.

To assist you in the application process, you will find a checklist below, which identifies the requirements that students must meet in order to complete their application. All requirements must be completed no later than January 26, 2018.

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1. Submit the Application Form and Fee The Application Form is the first step in our application process. We ask that you submit it as early in the process as possible. The application will include sections for both the applicant and the parents to complete.

Our non-refundable application fee is $100 USD. You may pay the application fee by bank transfer using the instructions below. Please indicate the student's name and date of birth when making your payment. Applications will not be processed until the application fee or waiver has been received.

ECA Bank Transfer Details - Wire instructions to Wells Fargo Bank, NA:
Wells Fargo Bank, NA
420 Montgomery Street, 7th floor
San Francisco, CA 94104-1298
Swift code: WFBIUS6S
Account number: 2030000855265
Account title: Area Cooperative Educational Services-Instructional Account
Internal reference information: (Parent name/Student name/Semester/Year)
Questions can be directed to or Phone: +001 203-777-5451

2. Schedule an Interview
An interview with both the applicant and a parent is a required part of the application process. Appointments are based on availability and dates that ECA is present in the country, starting in October. However, SKYPE interviews are possible if scheduling is not possible due to availability. Please submit the Application Form and Fee prior to your interview. At the time of interview, students will be required to demonstrate their background in the Arts. A demonstration or representation in the Arts is necessary, and can be fulfilled with video, portfolio, or other representations that highlight a student's ability.

3. Arrange for School Records to be sent to ECAStudents dancing

Applicants should arrange for the School Report Form to be completed by the appropriate school official after the first quarter of the academic year. The form should be sent via email, along with the Official Transcript or stamped School Records requested, to Please ask the school official to indicate the student's name in the email subject.

4. Arrange for Teacher Recommendation To Be Completed
Applicants should ask one of their current teachers to fill out the recommendation form after the first quarter of the academic year. The form can be downloaded from our online admissions page. The teacher should send the completed form via email to Please ask the teacher to indicate the student's name in the email subject.

Please note: All letters of recommendation, including information provided by the applicant's teacher, school officials, or family acquaintances, are kept confidential by us and will not be disclosed to any third parties, including the applicant and his or her family.

5. Complete the Student Essay and Parent Statement

Students have essay questions to answer in English. Parents can respond in English or their native language. Please take the time to craft your responses, to the best of your ability. Parents are also required to answer a few questions reflecting on their child.

6. Arrange For a Personal Recommendation (Optional)

Applicants may submit an additional recommendation from an adult who has a connection with the applicant outside of school, but is not a member of the applicant's family. This recommendation is not required, but may add another perspective to the applicant's file.

7. Materials in the Arts

Applicants who are serious in the pursuit of the Arts at ECA can submit a demonstration of their work in the form of video, live demonstration, portfolio, projects, or other forms of demonstration that help ECA Admissions identify the level and achievement of the student applicant. All materials should be clearly marked with an applicant's name and the purpose of the submission. Please note that it is our policy not to return these materials, so we prefer electronic copies. These can be emailed to

Late Applications

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.

Wait List

In the event enrollment at a grade level is at its capacity, the Admissions Office will maintain a wait list The wait list is maintained for the applying year only; all applicants that are interested in the next school year must re-apply each school year. However, students seeking deferment can submit a letter to the Director's Office for approval.


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