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Conchita Espinosa Academy is a fully-accredited, co-educational independent private school for K3 through eighth grades. For over 80 years, Conchita Espinosa Academy has given its students an exceptional academic curriculum partnered with a sophisticated arts and humanities foundation, sensitivity to the arts and human needs, a sense of self-worth, and strong human values.

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Congratulations to our Senior Voice Mastery!

They competed under the Show Choir category in Festival Disney the weekend of April 21st. See Videos>

Congratulations to the dancers who competed in the Shake The GroundCompetition in Miramar, FL this weekend!

There were 540 entries in total. The CEA/CEC dancers represented their school beautifully! Thank you, Ms. Danella, for your consistent mentorship and the love and dedication you give our young dancers!! See Pictures and Awards >

Congratulations to 8th Grader Paulina Jalil for winning 2nd Place in the Miami Dade Public Library Teen Poetry Contest!

The poem had to be 15 lines or less and about transformations or what it means to transform. Read Poem >

From the Desk of Maribel Zubieta-Diaz

April 20, 2016

Every other year we gather the talent, the gifts, the wisdom, and the lessons learned by our teachers and students and showcase them in our Festival.  It is a labor of love, a labor of weaving life skills, book  knowledge, movement, sounds, thoughts, colors and ideas into a tapestry that spells life. 

In this changing world we don’t need more of the same.  We need to let our minds, our hearts, and our imaginations soar.  This is what we want for the future, and this is what we’re building in the present.  This is what our Festivals are all about.

Conchita Espinosa Festival of the Arts   
Saturday, June 4, 2016
6:30 p.m.

Tickets go on sale May 1, 2016 through TICKETMASTER.

Maribel Z. Diaz, Director

Camyle Pliopa - 7th grade

Art Mastery and STEAM

Art Mastery and STEAM collaborated in a project to showcase our students' artwork and explain to parents and the student body who created each piece and why and how each artist chose their particular theme. STEAM used QR Code Generator to create a personalized code for each art piece, which leads to a video of the artist explaining his or her work. Visit our CEA Art Hallway across from the cafeteria and use Enigma Code App or QR Code Reader to scan the code and watch our students speak about their piece. The results speak for themselves! See Pictures >

Conchita Espinosa -Trip to A Noise Within Theatre
from Tim Neighbors on Vimeo

Theatre Students Travel to California to Study at A Noise Within

Theatre students in CEA 5th grade and up travelled to Pasadena, California this spring to visit and study theatre at A Noise Within. See Pictures>

2nd Grade Fairy Tale Ball

Tuesday, March 22, we delighted in seeing some of our favorite fairy tale characters who were attending our Fairy Tale Ball. The Ball was the culminating event for a month long study of fairy tales in 2nd grade. More and Pictures >

Basketball Champions!

Congratulations to the CEA Varsity Basketball Team! They won the championship game 38-24 against Pinecrest Cove, making them the league champions! We are so proud of our boys!! See Pic >

Youth Fair Poetry Results

We are very proud of our 4th graders. They represented our school very well in the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair Poetry Contest. Poems are scored using a point system and are read by a set of judges. Congratulations to all of our students.

See Results>


1st Grade Renaissance Fair

1st Grade had a magnificent Renaissance Fair in March. All three classes read Knights Before Dawn, and studied the Middle Ages, as part of their Social Studies and Reading unit. In the Renaissance Fair, there were six interactive stations, where the students could experiment different aspects of this period. One station had a wonderful storyteller. In another station, students made their own pomanders with small oranges.

Read More and See Pictures >

Soccer Champions!

Our two 10 and Under Soccer teams faced off against each other in the GMAL Championship Game. This is the second consecutive year that we finish first and second in the league. The "white" uniform team easily defeated the younger "black" uniform team by a score of 3–0. Alejandro Vigil scored twice to pace the older team. Congratulations to both teams, for placing 1st and 2nd places in their league! See Larger Pic >

Pi Digits Memorizing Contest Winners

Each year, Mrs. Cuesta does a special Pi Day event and challenges her students to memorize as many digits of Pi as possible. The school record last year was 96 numbers. The winners of this years Pi Digit Memorizing Contest are:

1st Place:
Valentina Castro
(7th grade)
206 digits
2nd Place:
Alexandra Curbelo
(7th grade)
141 numbers
3rd Place:
Ana Samariego
(7th grade)
138 numbers

Congratulations to the following students who were accepted into New World School of the Arts High School!

Bianca Arocha - Dance
Alejandra Triana - Dance
Julian Perez - Musical Theatre
Amanda Gonzalez - Dance
Hannah Pastor - Dance
Katherine Marino - Music
Ismael Salcedo - Theatre

We are so incredibly proud of our students and of their amazing teachers who guide and mentor them so they can follow their dreams! We cannot wait to see what the future has in store for you!

Our Upper School students submitted letters to the Library of Congress' Letters About Literature Student Competition. Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. Out of thousands of applicants, only three winners are chosen from each state.

For the third year in a row, CEA students in Mrs. Santalo's 5th/6th grade classes have placed as finalists for the state of Florida. This year, we had finalists from both Mrs. Santalo's 5th/6th and Mrs. Jackson's 8th grade classes! Out of 181 submissions, only 28 middle school entries move forward.

Congratulations to the following students and to their wonderful teachers!

Anna Gutfreund (8th grade) - The Fairest of All
Carlota Montero Billau (5th grade) – Charlotte’s Web
Danae Rose Georgiadis (5th grade) – Schooled
Anamilena Tamariz (6th grade) – Wonder

For more information about Letters About Literature, please visit

CEA in Top 10 Middle Schools in South Florida and Top 5 in Miami!

Private Schools Guide nominated Conchita Espinosa Academy one of the Top 10 Private Middle Schools in South Florida and Top 5 in Miami! Let's be proud to be at CEA, one of the top schools in South Florida, where we have been bringing out the extraordinary in every child for over 80 years!

for the Week of April 25, 2016

Sunday, April 24 Happy Birthday, Christine Prieto!
Monday, April 25

ITBS Testing begins. Please be on time. Conservatory Music Exams

Tuesday, April 26

ITBS Testing begins. Please be on time. Conservatory Music Exams

Wednesday, April 27

ITBS Testing begins. Please be on time. Conservatory Music Exams

Thursday, April 28

ITBS Testing begins. Please be on time. Conservatory Music Exams

Friday, April 29

ITBS Testing begins. Please be on time. Conservatory Music Exams

D.A. Squires, author of The Time Seekers, visits our school and makes a presentation for 3rd Grade. Autographing to follow.

Saturday, April 30


“The World to Me”

The world to me is my home.

 The world to me is what I call my own.

  The world to me is life that never ends.

The world to me is my best friend.

The world to me is a piece of art.

   The world to me is our finish and our start.

The world to me is what we take and what we give.

The world to me is truthfully a beautiful place to live

                                         -Isabella Sissy Morales (4th Grade)


The Conservatory is sponsoring a fantastic raffle . . . 4 front row or Orchestra Center seats for our upcoming FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS 2016 !!!!!!!!!

Raffle tickets are on sale every afternoon in the Conservatory office.  In order to make your participation easier you may fill out your entries and deliver to your homeroom teacher, main office or Conservatory office through Wednesday, April 27. 

The drawing will be held Thursday, April 28.
Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25

Download Entry Forms


Conchita Espinosa Youth Dance Ensemble
(Senior Mastery) performs in Dance Now! Miami's Miami Open Stage: Works & Process
at the Little Haiti Cultural Arts Center

For more information and tickets:


Art Mastery Bake Sale
After School in the Breezeway


Saturday, May 7th
3:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Conchita Espinosa Art Show

Kroma Art Gallery
3670 Grand Avenue,
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Free Admission
Exhibit created by CEA Art Lower and Upper School Mastery students and Conservatory Visual Arts students
Visual Arts Department Head: Ms. Karina Vazquez

Picture by Ana Samaniego.


Festival Costume Distribution
Saturday, May14th • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Costume distribution will on Saturday, May 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Conservatory. All costumes must be paid in full before pick-up. All participants are responsible for picking up their costumes on this day. If you are unable to come pick up your child's costume, you are responsible for sending someone to pick up the costumes for you and for advising the Conservatory beforehand who will be picking up your child's costumes.


Festival of the Arts Final Rehearsals


The Festival of the Arts final rehearsals will take place on:

DRESS REHEARSAL - Saturday, May 21st at CEA/CEC and

NON-DRESS REHEARSAL - Thursday, June 2nd at Miami Dade County Auditorium

Specific times per group will be announced individually, but please prepare to be present the entire day.


Conchita Espinosa Festival of the Arts
Saturday, June 4th • 6:30 pm

Every other year we gather the talent, the gifts, the wisdom, and the lessons learned by our teachers and students and showcase them in our Festival. It is a labor of love, a labor of weaving life skills, book knowledge, movement, sounds, thoughts, colors and ideas into a tapestry that spells life.

In this changing world we don't need more of the same. We need to let our minds, our hearts, and our imaginations soar. This is what we want for the future, and this is what we're building in the present. This is what our Festivals are all about.

Tickets go on sale May 1, 2016 through TICKETMASTER. When you visit the website, search for “Conchita Espinosa Academy Festival of the Arts.”

There is a wide range of prices, and visibility at Miami-Dade County Auditorium is excellent no matter where you sit.

Ticketmaster charges a surcharge per ticket if tickets are purchased online (the surcharge varies depending on the ticket price selected). However, if you purchase your tickets directly through the Miami-Dade County Auditorium Box Office, you will not incur any additional fees.

The MDCA Box Office is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The box office is closed on Sundays; however, they will be open on Sunday, May 1st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The MDCA Box Office will be closed on Memorial Day weekend. If you have any questions, you may call them directly at 305-547-5414.

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