Idyllwild Arts Academy

Tel: (951)659-2171
Grades: 9-12 | 301 students
Idyllwild Arts Academy, a close-knit, working community of students and teachers whose passion for the arts is balanced by a dedication to learning.
Idyllwild offers a disciplined college preparatory program for grades 9-12 and post-graduates—along with world-class training in creative writing, dance, film & video, interdisciplinary arts & fashion design, classical music, jazz, songwriting, theatre, and visual arts.
At Idyllwild, we’re here to educate the whole you—the artist and the scholar.
Our academic curriculum provides a strong college-preparatory program, challenging you to think critically, to creatively blend your intellectual and artistic perspectives, and to discover a passion for life-long learning.
As a result, our graduates are well prepared to enter the leading colleges and universities.

School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Western States Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
National Association of College Admissions Counselors
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Year Founded 1986

Student Body

Total Students 301 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Idyllwild Arts Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 75 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 15 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses Advanced Honors Biology, Honors Acting Seminar, Honors American Literature, Honors Calculus, Honors Calculus II, Honors Counterpoint, Honors French IV, Honors French V, Honors Government & Economics, Honors Literature of Western Thought, Honors Physics, Honors Pre-Calculus, Honors Spanish IV, Honors Spanish V, Honors Technical Theatre Seminar, Honors US History,
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $57,400
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Tara Sechrest
Admissions Associate Jara Ruiz-Anchia


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 8 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Coffee House, GSA, Gender Equality Club, National Honors Society, Running Club, Russian Club, Spanish Club, Student Government Coffee House, GSA, Running Club, Russian Club, Spanish Club, Gender Equality Club,
National Honors Society,
Student Government,

School Notes:

  • 300 students
  • 26 states
  • 27 countries
  • Majors in Classical Music, Jazz Music, Songwriting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Acting, Theatre Design & Production, Film, Creative Writing, InterArts, Fashion Design, and Visual Arts
  • $6M in Financial Aid awarded annually

Profile last updated: 05/26/2015

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Morning Sky School (4.7 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Morning Sky School (4.7 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Precious Blood Catholic School (5.9 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Mountain Center
    Morning Sky School
    All-boys  | Special Education School
    Grades: 5-12 | 20 students
    4.7 miles
    Po Box 379 29375 Hwy 243
    Mountain Center, CA 92561
  • Banning
    Grades: PK-8 | 169 students
    5.9 miles
    Po Box 458
    Banning, CA 92220
  • Hemet
    Grades: K-8
    9.6 miles
    45252 E. Florida Ave.
    Hemet, CA 92544
  • San Jacinto
    St Jude School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: KG-4 | 21 students
    10.6 miles
    Po Box 730
    San Jacinto, CA 92581
  • Hemet
    Hemet Adventist Christian School
    (Seventh-Day Adventist)
    Grades: K-8 | 37 students
    11 miles
    26312 Hemet St
    Hemet, CA 92544

School Reviews

I am currently a theatre major and attending my first year at Idyllwild Arts. I also considered attending both Walnut Hill and Interlochen Arts Academy, and while both schools are exemplary, Idyllwild just seemed right. One of my biggest worries about attending an arts school was lack of focus on academics. However, I could not be happier with the education I am attaining from Idyllwild Arts. The difference in learning from the past schools I have attended is the focus on concepts. Instead of memorizing dates or formulas, the curriculum concentrates on understanding and comparison. Another surprising quality of Idyllwild is the supportive community. I was concerned on the level of competition present among the students of the same art form. When I arrived at Idyllwild Arts, none of my colleagues were interested in my vocal range or the monologue I was planning to use for my first audition. Members of the Idyllwild Arts were genuinely friendly, helpful, and very welcoming to all the new additions to the community. As for my art form, I have never been more challenged. Not only am I learning information about myself as an actress, but also I have learned so much about my self as a person. Idyllwild is sincerely an environment for positive self-growth. With the great diversity of students and faculty and countless opportunities, Idyllwild has given me more than I could ever ask for. I am incredibly grateful to attend this amazing school.
- Posted by Student/Alumni, 04/09/12

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