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Mastery Program

The Mastery Program assigns specific learning periods devoted to allowing students to explore and cultivate an area of interest or passion.

In Grades 3 through 5, special emphasis is placed on individual interests, skills, and talents, and how to apply them. Grades 3 through 5 Junior Mastery groups meet for one hour twice a week in multi-level groups. This yearly commitment to a specified area of study allows students to develop stronger skills, self-awareness, independence, and pride in personal accomplishments.

Grades 6 through 8 Senior Mastery groups are intensive. Students make a three-year commitment to an area of interest, talent, and ability. Mastery groups meet for one hour daily and allow students to ignite passions, pursue aspirations, and develop a proficiency in a chosen area of focus.

Mastery Selection Process

Each mastery program requires an application process, which may include an audition, try-out, interview, portfolio, writing sample, and/or essay of interest. Some masteries may require a teacher recommendation. Students will be placed in what the Academy considers to be the best option for the individual.

  • JUNIOR MASTERY
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Junior Mastery – Art Appreciation

Art Appreciation introduces students to the history of art, including biographical information about the artist, techniques, and periods in art.  Students view, discuss, and create art masterpieces.  Technology is used to research different artists and periods of art.  Students visit museums and other art events pertaining to what the class is discussing.                  

Requirements:  Students should have a love of art, a willingness to engage in interactive communication and a passion for creativity.  Possible interview.

Junior Mastery – Community Creations

Community Creations involves learning how communities work together within a society and provides hand-on opportunities to make things that will be beneficial to our community.  Every year we engage in various community projects that benefit both our community inside and outside of the school.  Some on-going, in school projects are BoxTops for Education, recycling, Seal of Approval, and Shoparoo.  We are also involved in external projects such as a Halloween costume drive, Thanksgiving canned food drive, and raising funds for medical research for the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Community Creations also will focus on creative projects that will benefit our community, all in the hope of creating a sense of connection between our creativity, appreciation, love and compassion for others while learning new skills. Community Creations’ goal is to make our community inside and outside of school a better place.  There is a $30 fee for materials and supplies that will be used throughout the year.

Requirements:  Students should be dedicated, resourceful and caring and enjoy building and creating things.  Possible Interview

Junior Mastery – Cougar Chronicle

Cougar Chronicle is a fun and creative way for students to get a glimpse into the job of a journalist.  Students conduct interviews, take pictures, write and edit articles.  In this mastery, students are able to write about everything that's happening at CEA.

Requirements:  Students are required to have the desire and ability to develop good communication and writing skills, along with basic computer knowledge.  Writing sample must be submitted.  Possible Interview

Junior Mastery – Cross Country

Cross Country requires students to run long distances.  Students are expected to show up on time in proper running attire (shorts, shirt, and running shoes).  Students will be running between 2.5 and 5 miles and will include marathon, relay, and sprint-jog intervals to not only change up the routine, but also give the students a well-rounded and solid foundation as they begin to understand what cross country and track style running consists of.  Also, by changing the methods in which we run, we will be able to identify the strengths of each runner, so when the track meets roll around, we are able to know which event best atches each student's strengths and qualifications.  There is a $125 fee that will cover a uniform, 2 practice t-shirts, Gatorade, tents and costs for meet entry fees.

Requirements:  Try-out on Tuesday, August 29.  Wear your regular uniform for the day and bring your PE uniform and sneakers in a bag.

Junior Mastery – Dance

Conchita Espinosa Youth Dance Ensemble (CEYDE) is dedicated to enhancing the dance training for CEA's dancers in various dance styles. This program has a junior level and a senior level and aims to help provide students with the tools needed for performance in the professional world. In today's dance world, the dancer must be extremely versatile as this art form continues to develop and, therefore, classes will focus on ballet and modern technique with other styles taught whenever possible. Field trips to performances, workshops, or a combination of both, in or out of town, are an integral part of the training. Our goal is not only to improve technique and offer performance opportunities but also to develop the human inside. Dance cannot be considered an art if it is executed without a soul.

Requirements: Students must have a desire and a passion to pursue dance and the ability to work hard. Students wishing to be a part of the Dance Mastery program must audition at the beginning of the year on all specified days. This allows us to observe which students best fit into the program. Students must be enrolled in ballet in the Conchita Espinosa Conservatory of the Arts. Ballet is the foundation for all other dance forms, and it is imperative that students develop a strong technique, which provides the base to becoming a good artist, and also strengthens the ability to master choreographies that are taught throughout the year. Those that are accepted into the program are expected to commit fully to the program, which includes consistent attendance to all conservatory classes, all rehearsals, workshops, master classes, competitions, and field trips that are scheduled at the beginning of the year. Please note that most of these are NOT during school hours and, therefore, this program does require extra commitment, not just from the students but also the parents. There are also extra costs, including, but not limited to, uniform, field trips, master classes and competitions. The cost can vary for each student, but an approximate cost of main events will be discussed in the first meeting at the beginning of the year. With the help of parents we try to fundraise for as many of the costumes needed as possible. New this year, will be the introduction of "Progressive Ballet Technique" which is a specific body conditioning class, with the use of various, simple equipment. There will be a $35 equipment rental fee charged at the beginning of the year.

Junior Mastery – Future Teachers

Future Teachers work with Kindergarten – 1st Grade classrooms helping the classroom teacher with grading and filing students' work, bulletin boards, small group and individual tutoring, and sharing their love of learning.

Requirements:  Students should love working with young children, be proactive, and be willing to work.  Students signing up for this group will undergo an interview process with teachers and Ms. Jolliff. 

Junior Mastery – Garden to Table

Students in this mastery will spend one semester working in the garden and one semester working in the kitchen using the fruits/vegetables of our garden.  As gardeners students will plant and tend to the garden.  They will learn about the necessary elements for quality plant production and enjoy watching what they plant grow and transform.  The semester they become chefs they will learn their way around the kitchen, preparing kid-friendly recipes and learning the importance of a balanced, healthy diet.

Requirements:  Students must be able to listen and follow directions, work in teams, enjoy working with the earth as well as in the kitchen.  A $30 fee for staples in the kitchen and garden will be assessed.  During the course of the semester students may be requested to bring specific ingredients depending on the  recipe they are creating.  Possible Interview

Junior Mastery – Lego Robotics

Students will learn new vocabulary, use creativity, science, technology, organization and planning skills, and problem solving skills to build models and program them.  Students will be able to share creations with peers orally and in writing.                                     

Requirements:  Students should enjoy building and creating with Legos, blocks, etc.  Students should enjoy using technology to create programs, be good listeners, and be able to follow oral and written directions.  Possible Interview

There is a $120 fee that will cover a portion of the cost for the robotics portion of the program.

Junior Mastery – Mathletes

This mastery fosters a love for mathematics and problem solving.  It is about having fun, competing and exploring while learning and mastering math concepts.  Students will engage in hands-on activities, cooperative projects, playing games and competitions.  Mathletes provides academic benefits, and it is a great way to express creativity and develop teamwork skills

Requirements:  Students must have a passion for math, be good team players, have a competitive spirit, be creative and be ready to have fun.  Possible Interview

Junior Mastery – Music Makers

Music Makers is the Mastery Group for CEA’s youngest musicians. It is geared towards students interested in developing their passion for music. Students do not need previous music experience, but it is recommended. Moderators in the Music Makers work with students on an individual basis to strengthen their technical skills as musicians, as well as participate in ensemble work, in order to discover the magic of making music through teamwork. Violins, flutes, clarinets, guitars, percussion instruments, keyboards, etc., are used to create music that delights audiences of all ages.  Music Makers participate in several performances each year.                                        

Requirements:   Interview.  There will be a $60 fee for use of instruments.

Junior Mastery – Theatre

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of acting and stage craft.  They will focus on clear storytelling through physical, vocal, and emotional behavior.  Emphasis is placed on imagination, concentration, focus, relaxation, characterization and ensemble building.  They will begin to build their storytelling skills through the exploration of theater exercises, games, and presentations.  Performance opportunities will be encouraged.

Requirements:  Audition required.

Junior Mastery – Visual Arts

Visual Arts mastery takes a classical approach to teaching drawing and painting.  Students learn how to “see” in a new light.  Drawing becomes an extension of the artist’s eyes.  The ability to “achieve art” is not always given through inheritance; it must also be learned through consistent will and practice.  Visual Arts students have the opportunity to further develop their different passions for art by becoming immensely involved with art media and techniques, inclusive of acrylic painting, drawing 3D sculpture in

clay and papier maché.  Students continue to build on those experiences as they mature in their abilities and interests.  They are able to undertake and feel comfortable with more challenging projects using natural objects found and everyday materials (up-cycling).  Projects require thorough application of knowledge stemming from the weekly school art class discussions, as well as, experience gained in previous years of Art Mastery.  Students will also be able to participate on field trips and/or be able to experience external influences from visits from local artists.  Select students will have the opportunity to present their artwork in several “outside” elaborate exhibitions each year.

Requirements:  Applicants should have a passionate interest in art since students are expected to spend at least 2 hours a week working in their sketchbooks at home.  Portfolio submission is required.  Portfolio should include  current sketchbook with more than 10 pages completed and an original art work (size 8½ x 11) with name and homeroom on the back of the sketchbook and the art work.

Junior Mastery – Voice Mastery

This program is for those who have been given a special gift of music. They will develop vocal ensembles ready to perform in a choir, concert choir, show choir, soloists, duets, small vocal jazz ensemble, etc.  They will also learn sight singing skills.

Choir has been a tradition at CEA for over 50 years.  By audition only, CEA Youth Choir has been nationally and internationally recognized for its excellence as a children's chorale. They perform several times a year in various venues, including performances with the Florida Chamber Orchestra, performances in Puerto Rico and last year taking the highest score in Show Choir competition at Disney. In the Junior Choir students begin to develop their voices in preparation for Senior Choir, in which students will have additional performance opportunities.

Requirements:  Audition required.

Senior Mastery – Conchita Magazine

CM is a student-produced news and lifestyle magazine.  The class runs like a working business that is divided into departments with different duties, schedules, and deadlines.  Students in this mastery get a taste of what it is like to work in the real world as a news reporter, sports writer, editor, photographer, or graphic designer.  Students go on field trips, host guest speakers, and learn from professionals.  They also develop a unique bond through collaboration and teamwork.  They have weekly staff meetings, celebrate staff birthdays, and work together to complete projects and prepare for school-wide fundraisers.  Conchita Magazine has been the springboard for igniting the desire to follow careers in journalism.

Requirements:  Interested students should have good leadership and organizational skills and be interested in working hard alongside a motivated and dedicated team.  A three-paragraph essay is required for consideration.  In the first paragraph, tell about yourself.  In the second, tell what you know about CM, and in the third, tell why you think CM is the place for you. Writing sample must be submitted to Ms. Diaz- Zubieta by Wednesday, August 30. 

Senior Mastery – Conchita Magazine Business

Students in this program will be involved in the business side of running a publication and gain career-related experience.  The CM business department is responsible for selling ad space, marketing and leading fundraising events and hosting guest business owners.  Students will also be involved in a virtual business project where they learn what it takes to run their own business.

Requirements:  Interested students should have good leadership and organizational skills and be interested in working hard alongside a motivated and dedicated team.  A three-paragraph essay is required for consideration.  In the first paragraph, tell about yourself.  In the second, tell what you know about CM, and in the third, tell why you think CM is the place for you.  Writing sample must be submitted to Ms. Diaz-Zubieta.

Senior Mastery – Cross Country

Cross Country requires students to run long distances.  Students are expected to show up on time in proper running attire (shorts, shirts, and running shoes).  Students will be running between 2.5 and 5 miles and will include marathon, relay, and sprint-jog intervals to not only change up the routine, but also give the students a well-rounded and solid foundation as they begin to understand what cross country and track style running consists of.  Also, by changing the methods in which we run, we will be able to identify the strengths of each runner, so when the track meets roll around, we know what event to put the student in to give them the best chance to win.  Those students who are selected will be attending interscholastic meets throughout the school year (6-8 meets). 

Requirement:  Tryout
There is a $150 fee for the uniform, practice shirts, entry fees, Gatorade, tent and bus service to local meets.

Senior Mastery – CTV

Students enjoy the daily morning news thanks to the hard work of the dedicated CTV staff.  Each day students write, film, and edit the news for CEA.  They are responsible for being present in school events to report and film the news for the following day.  Limited and ever-changing resources call for the ability to constantly find creative and innovative ways to get the job done in a limited amount of time.  If a student enjoys writing, taking pictures and video, and working with iMovie, he/she can further develop those interests in CTV.  CTV is proud to have many former cast members who have continued to pursue communications as a career.  These students continue to fuel the passion for clear and effective communication that they first experienced at Conchita.

Requirements:  CTV looks for students with strong communication skills (written and oral) who are looking to further develop and enhance these skills.  CTV seeks reporters who are involved in other school activities (sports, conservatory, etc.) and who are able to stay after school or come on weekends to film and be present at various school events.  If a student enjoys writing, taking pictures, and videos, and working with iMovie, he/she can further develop those interests in CTV.  CTV students must have a proactive and positive attitude, be able to work individually and in a group, meet deadlines, and be willing to step outside his or her comfort zone. 

To be considered for CTV, students are asked to submit a short film explaining or depicting why they want to be a part of CTV.  The movie should be emailed to cdiazzubieta@conchitaespinosa.com, evalls@conchitaespinosa.com, avalhuerdi@conchitaespinosa.com.

Senior Mastery – Conchita Espinosa Youth Dance Ensemble (CEYDE)

Conchita Espinosa Youth Dance Ensemble (CEYDE) is dedicated to enhancing the dance training for CEA's dancers in various dance styles. This program has a junior level and a senior level and aims to help provide students with the tools needed for performance in the professional world. In today's dance world, the dancer must be extremely versatile as this art form continues to develop and, therefore, classes will focus on ballet and modern technique with other styles taught whenever possible. Field trips to performances, workshops, or a combination of both,

in or out of town, are an integral part of the training. Senior CEYDE has the opportunity to take class with guest teachers for various workshops throughout the year and there is also a strong focus on community service to give back wherever we can, in events such as "Moving Day, the annual walk for Parkinson's disease. Our goal is not only to improve technique and offer performance opportunities but also to develop the human inside. Dance cannot be considered an art if it is executed without a soul.

Requirements: Students must have a desire and a passion to pursue dance and the ability to work hard. Students wishing to be a part of the Dance Mastery program must audition at the beginning of the year on all specified days. This allows us to observe which students best fit into the program. Students must be enrolled in ballet in the Conchita Espinosa Conservatory of the Arts. Ballet is the foundation for all other dance forms, and it is imperative that students develop a strong technique, which provides the base to becoming a good artist, and also strengthens the ability to master choreographies that are taught throughout the year. Those that are accepted into the program are expected to commit fully to the program, which includes consistent attendance to all conservatory classes, all rehearsals, workshops, master classes, competitions, and field trips that are scheduled at the beginning of the year. Please note that most of these are NOT in school hours and, therefore, this program does require extra commitment, not just from the students but also the parents. There are also extra costs, including, but not limited to, uniform, field trips, master classes and competitions. The cost can vary for each student, but an approximate cost of main events will be discussed in the first meeting at the beginning of the year. With the help of parents we try to fundraise for as many of the costumes needed as possible. New this year, will be the introduction of "Progressive Ballet Technique" which is a specific body conditioning class, with the use of various, simple equipment. There will be a $35 equipment rental fee charged at the beginning of the year. Students in senior CEYDE also have the opportunity to become members of the Dance Honors Society which requires a 3.0 average, 30 points, that are required through active participation in performances, workshops, field trips and fundraisers, and above all, have good citizenship.

Senior Mastery – Future Teachers

Future Teachers work with Kindergarten – 2nd Grade classrooms helping the classroom teacher with grading and filing students work, creating bulletin boards, and small group and individual tutoring.  As a future teacher you follow in Conchita’s footsteps helping to ignite a love of learning and a desire to make things “mejor, mejor, y mejor.”  Future Teachers are Conchita’s legacy.

Requirements:  Students should love working with young children, be proactive, and be willing to work.  Interview is required. Thursday, September 1.

Senior Mastery – Music Ensemble

Music Ensemble is a Mastery Group for students interested in developing their passion for music. Students should have previous music experience and take at least one hour of private music lessons each week. Moderators in the Music Ensemble work with students on an individual basis to strengthen their technical skills as musicians, as well as participate in ensemble work. The Music Ensemble prepares several performances each year.

Requirements: Audition Required. There will be a $60 fee for use of instruments.

Senior Mastery – STEAM

STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math):  STEAM Mastery strengthens students’ abilities to be creative and flexible problem-solvers.  With STEAM projects, students learn by inventing, creating, and designing and understanding the true meaning of design.  Students will be working with the laws of science (physics and engineering) and math.  Challenges include designing an egg parachute, building a bridge to scale, programming a robot, coding, creating online video games and reverse engineering.

Requirements:  Students are expected to explore different ideas, to recognize failures as opportunities for discovery and to communicate well with others.  Resilience is a key factor to success in this Mastery.  Short essay submission is required.  Why do you want to be a part of STEAM?  There is a $130 equipment fee.

Senior Mastery – Theatre

Theater Mastery is dedicated to nurturing and enhancing a student’s theatrical storytelling abilities.  As a class we study how to create a character by making strong, vibrant choices, and how to tell the story given to us by the playwright in the most dynamic and truthful way.  Students study all aspects of the theater, including stage craft, character development, action and objective scene study, monologue work, and ensemble craft.  Students will perform consistently in class throughout the year and will focus on strengthening their physical, vocal, and emotional instrument.

Students work together in Theater Mastery to build an ensemble and refine their artistic sensibilities and voices as theatrical storytellers.  They work to bring characters to life and tell stories with truth and passion.

Requirements:  Audition required.  Students who would like to take part in Theater Mastery must auditions.   Students will receive a document of “One Minute Monologues.”  Students must pick one and prepare it for their Mastery Audition.  In addition, students in Senior Master must be enrolled in Theater Conservatory here at CEA.  Students in Theater Conservatory will take part in the Spring Mainstage Productions and will be eligible for this year’s trip to California to work with the acclaimed theater group, A Noise Within.  Theater Conservatory includes certain Saturday rehearsals which are scheduled as necessary.

Senior Mastery – Visual Arts

Visual Arts mastery takes a classical approach to teaching drawing and painting.  Students learn how to “see” in a new light.  Drawing becomes an extension of the artist’s eyes.  The ability to “achieve art” is not always given through inheritance; it must also be learned through consistent will and practice.  Visual Arts students have the opportunity to further develop their different passions for art by becoming immensely involved with art media and techniques, inclusive of acrylic painting, drawing 3D sculpture in clay and papier maché.  Students continue to build on

those experiences as they mature in their abilities and interests.  They are able to undertake and feel comfortable with more challenging projects using natural objects found and everyday materials (up-cycling).  Projects require thorough application of knowledge stemming from the weekly school art class discussions, as well as, experience gained in previous years of Art Mastery.  Students will also be able to participate on field trips and/or be able to experience external influences from visits from local artists.  Select students will have the opportunity to present their artwork in several “outside” elaborate exhibitions each year.

Requirements:  Applicants should have a passionate interest in art since they will be expected to spend at least 2 hours per week working in their sketch books at home.  Portfolio submission required.  Choose best one of best works and/or current sketchbook with more than 20 pages completed and submit to Mrs. Vazquez.  Art work should be no larger an 11 x 14.  Please write name and homeroom on the back of artwork and/or sketchbook.


Senior Mastery – Voice Mastery

This program is for those who have been given a special gift of music. If you love singing in the shower, to your friends, or even in the rain, choir is the perfect choice to develop your talents. Our choir sings in different languages and in a variety of musical styles from Mozart to Ringo.  Students spread joy and music with their voices everywhere they travel.

Choir has been a tradition at CEA for over 50 years.  By audition only, CEA Youth Choir has been nationally and internationally recognized for its excellence as a children’s chorale. They perform several times a year in various venues, including performances with the Florida Chamber Orchestra, performances in Puerto Rico and Carnegie Hall and last year taking the highest score in Show Choir competition at Disney. 

Requirements:  Audition – Wednesday, August 30

Senior Mastery – Yearbook

Legado, our yearbook, is devoted to the captured moments that are turned into memories at CEA.  Students work year-round to produce the school yearbook.  Staff members collaborate, lead, advise, teach, train, delegate, and solve problems on a daily basis.  Assigned students are responsible for being present at all CEA functions to take pictures and accurately document all happenings for the yearbook.

Requirements:  An essay detailing reasons and abilities for being a part of the program is required and must be submitted to Ms. Diaz-Zubieta.

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