Idyllwild Arts Academy

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Idyllwild Arts Academy Photo #1 - Krone Library is home to countless resources and study spaces for IAA students as well as the College Counseling Office. Our College Counseling staff work with our students throughout their time at the Academy, helping them prepare for the next step in their artistic journey.
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Idyllwild Arts Academy Photo #1 - Krone Library is home to countless resources and study spaces for IAA students as well as the College Counseling Office. Our College Counseling staff work with our students throughout their time at the Academy, helping them prepare for the next step in their artistic journey.
Idyllwild Arts Academy Photo #2 - Idyllwild Arts Academy is home to 318 students from 35 countries and 26 US states, all devoted to intensive study of the arts. Located 2 hours from Los Angeles, 2 hours from San Diego, and 1 hour from Palm Springs, the Academy is an artistic crossroads for Southern California.
Idyllwild Arts Academy Photo #3 - Idyllwild Arts has five dormitories, each with their own unique culture. Students are housed two to a room, and most dorms feature en-suite bathrooms.
Idyllwild Arts Academy Photo #4 - The Visual Arts at Idyllwild Arts Academy encompasses many things. Our students ground their work in Drawing and Painting, but also explore Sculpture, Ceramics, Printmaking, Graphic Design and Photography.
Idyllwild Arts Academy Photo #5 - The Music Department offers concentrations in Classical Music, Voice and Piano; Jazz Music, Voice and Piano; and Songwriting. Our curriculum combines performance opportunities with music academics and private lessons with some of the top musicians in Southern California.
Idyllwild Arts Academy Photo #6 - Creative Writers have the chance to study fiction, nonfiction, poetry, dramatic writing, and screenwriting in an intimate, workshop-driven department.
Idyllwild Arts Academy Photo #7 - InterArts and Fashion Design offers students the chance to explore and combined multiple art forms or to focus in Fashion Design. Students present their work in two fully choreographed Fashion Shows each year.
Idyllwild Arts Academy Photo #8 - The Film & Digital Media program offers pre-professional training in film, television and new media production. As the industry is undergoing constant change, in both production technology and business practices, the program gives special attention to preparing students for a career that is not entirely predictable. Applying traditional skills to new digital environments and global platforms is the key. The
Idyllwild Arts Academy Photo #9 - The Academy's Dance Department offers students training in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. Students spend many hours in the studio each day, honing their talent with American Ballet Theatre trained faculty.
Idyllwild Arts Academy Photo #10 - Theatre students can choose to focus in Acting, Musical Theatre or Theatre Design and Production while at Idyllwild Arts. With at least 9 performances a year, our students stay busy learning about all aspects of theatre and graduate with resumes that show skill in performance, costume design, lighting, sound, set construction, stage management and directing.
Idyllwild Arts Academy is an internationally acclaimed boarding school (9-12 and PG) offering intensive, specialized arts training along with challenging college preparatory academics to a diverse and gifted student body.
The Academy's 290 students come from dozens of countries to pursue excellence in Music, Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Film & Digital Media, Interdisciplinary Arts, and Fashion Design. Graduates excel in every professional arts field, including broadway, film and television, classical and jazz music, fashion design, dance, and more.

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Idyllwild Arts Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
Yes
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Support offered on an individual basis.
Year Founded
1986
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Cost Notes
Varies according to program
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
290 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
40%
State avg.: 48%
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
95%
Average Class Size
15 students
List of Courses Offered
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
Average SAT score
1100
Average ACT score
27
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
California resident tuition is $54900, domestic boarding tuition is $65091, international boarding tuition is $68432.
% on Financial Aid
65%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$25,000
Acceptance Rate
60%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Tara Sechrest
Admissions Associate
Jara Ruiz-Anchia
Endowment Size
$6 million

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Black Student Union, Gender Equality Club, GSA, National Honor Society, Student Government

Arts and Music Programs:
Coffee House

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Running Club

School Notes

  • Idyllwild Arts Academy is located in Southern California's San Bernardino National Forest, one refreshing mile above sea level. We are two hours from Los Angeles and San Diego and an hour from Palm Springs.
  • Our graduates go on to Juilliard, Brown, Northwestern, Tufts, University of the Arts London, Parsons, Swarthmore, USC, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Rhode Island School of Design, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Carnegie-Mellon, NYU, and other elite institutions.
Profile last updated: 07/21/2021

School Reviews

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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.
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