Idyllwild Arts Academy

Tel: (951)659-2171
Grades: 9 - 12 | 292 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, music, 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—as they often do.

School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades 9 - 12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Year Founded 1986

Student Body

Total Students 292 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 46%
State avg.: 41%
Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 75 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 95%
Average Class Size 15 students

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $53,600
Tuition Notes Compete for your chance at over 6,000,000 dollars in scholarship!
Admissions Director Marek Pramuka
Admissions Associate Tara Sechrest

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Community Christian School (11.6 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is St. Jude School (10.6 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Temple Isaiah's Early Childhood Center (11.3 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • San Jacinto St. Jude School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Po Box 730
    San Jacinto , CA , 92581
    (951)487-8822
    (Roman Catholic)
    10.6  mi  |  33  students  |  Gr.  K-6
  • Hemet Hemet KinderCare
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    42111 E. Florida Avenue
    Hemet , CA , 92544
    (951)927-8194
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    10.7  mi  |  74  students  |  Gr.  NS-PK
  • Hemet
    Hemet Adventist Christian School
    (Seventh-Day Adventist)
    26312 Hemet St
    Hemet , CA , 92544
    (951)927-3972
    (Seventh-Day Adventist)
    11  mi  |  28  students  |  Gr.  K-9
  • Palm Springs Temple Isaiah's Early Childhood Center
    Early Childhood / Day Cares (Jewish)
    332 W Alejo Road
    Palm Springs , CA , 92262
    (760)322-9657
    Early Childhood / Day Cares (Jewish)
    11.3  mi  |  16  students  |  Gr.  PK-K
  • Hemet Community Christian School
    (Christian)
    41762 E. Stetson Avenue
    Hemet , CA , 92544
    (951)929-2135
    (Christian)
    11.6  mi  |  228  students  |  Gr.  PK-8

School Reviews

  • Recommended April 09, 2012 - 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

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