Conservatory of the Arts
The Conchita Espinosa Conservatory of the Arts functions independently from the school and offers group classes and private lessons in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. Enrollment is open to the community (not limited to students from the school) and includes children, adolescents and adults from beginner to professional levels. The Conservatory takes an active role in shaping the future of the performing and visual arts by providing exemplary arts education and encouraging students to reach their fullest potential as artists, advocates of the arts in society, and citizens of a cultured world.
The CEA athletics programs includes over 20 athletics teams for different age and skill levels from K4 through 8th grade. CEA athletics include t-ball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, cross-country, track and field, and flag football. The CEA athletics program includes inter- and intra-mural team options in order to challenge all students to develop and improve their athletic capabilities.
As a part of CEA’s commitment, growth and vision to prepare our students to be global citizens, CEA offers French as an after-school class. The French Language program is designed for students in 3rd through 8th grades who have already demonstrated a high proficiency and competence in Spanish. Classes are held twice a week, and are limited to a maximum of ten students per class.
Amor en Acción
Amor en Acción is a service club that works to help support CEA’s sister school in Haiti. Members of Amor en Acción are responsible for creating awareness in the school about our sister school and collecting goods to send to them to fit their needs. They are living examples in the CEA community of the importance of being of service to others and giving back to the community. www.amorenaccion.com
Student Council is CEA’s student government and aims to give students from 1st through 8th grade an active voice in the leadership of the school. Student Council leaders are elected by the student body to represent the interest and needs of CEA students. Student Council works closely with the school administration to make the voices of all students heard and the dreams of the student body for their community a reality. Each homeroom class in the lower and upper schools elects two class representatives. The Student Council Board is comprised of the CEA President, Vice-President, 5th Grade Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian. All board members are upper school students. Class representatives meet on a monthly basis to prepare Student Council activities, which include the Meet and Greet Program, Books for Breakfast, a Thanksgiving food drive, and annual holiday toy drive for underprivileged children, among others.
Students may be inducted into honor societies in 7th grade. However, their academic performance, community service, and involvement with the school throughout their lower school years may influence when they are inducted.
National Junior Honor Society
The National Junior Honor Society is a national organization founded on five basic pillars: scholarship, citizenship, character, service, and leadership. Students become eligible by attaining a 3.7001 cumulative GPA and demonstrating outstanding citizenship, character, service, and leadership. Citizenship and conduct are evaluated by report cards. Leadership and character are appraised by the student’s performance in the classroom, other school activities, and how they set an example in conduct and citizenship. Service is partially determined by participation in after school clubs or any conservatory activity at CEA, service record in class and school (gift wrap, raffle tickets, etc.), and volunteering in the community.
The society is solely governed by a Faculty Council made up of six faculty members, five of which are voting members. The society’s advisor is the sixth (and non-voting) member. Students who qualify academically are assessed in each of the basic pillars by the council at the beginning of each semester. After evaluating all the pertinent information, the council votes in each new member. Eligible students receive an invitation to join the society.
Inducted members are evaluated on a quarterly basis by the advisor to ensure that they continue to meet all the required criteria. When a student fails to meet even one of the five requirements, the council convenes to discuss a one quarter probationary period and a course of action to bring the student back to within the guidelines. In the unfortunate event that a student continues to fall below the standards after probation, the council meets to discuss and vote on permanent and irrevocable dismissal from NJHS.
Nu Alpha Delta Dance Honor Society
Nu Delta Alpha is open to upper school students. To join Nu Alpha Delta, dancers must maintain a 3.0 GPA and actively participate in dance related events (performances and competitions, fundraisers) and community service events (Parkinsons’s walk, general help at school events etc.) Through each of these activities, dancers gain points. Once they have reached a minimum of 30 points a dancer will be eligible. Induction into Nu Delta Alpha is contingent on a dancer’s eligibility points, GPA, commitment, and overall character.
Junior International Thespian Society
National Junior Thespian Honor Society is open to upper school students. To join the National Junior Thespian Honor Society, students must demonstrate an active interest in theatre and theatre-related activities. Members are expected to actively participate in the school’s theatre activities both onstage and offstage (performances and competitions, fundraisers). Some offstage activities include stage management, lighting design, and set production, among others. Through each of these activities, thespians and aspiring thespians gain points. Once they have reached a minimum of 10 points a student will be eligible. At least 5 points need to have been accumulated while at Conchita Espinosa Academy (if a student attended a different school and participated in a theatre related activity, it may count toward his or her point, as per the school and teacher’s discretion).
National Junior Art Honor Society
National Junior Art Honor Society is open to any 7th or 8th grade Mastery or Conservatory Art student. Student must show dedication to Art, and have exemplary behavior. NJAHS students participate in Youth Art Month projects and in the Art rotation program at the Radiation Oncology facility on the Baptist Hospital Kendall Campus.
Tri M Music Honor Society
The Tri-M Music Honor Society open to upper school students. The Tri-M Music Honor Society is designed to inspire music participation, create enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, and promote leadership in the music students. Some projects that Tri M organizes throughout the year include a toy drive for the children of our Infantry men and women in service in Fort Benning, Georgia, the annual Santa’s Castle toy drive organized by their chaplain and Company Commanders. In order to be inducted Music participation, academic achievement, leadership, service, and character are taken into consideration.