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Idyllwild Arts Academy

Established: 1986

School Facts

  • Number of Students
  • Student Population
    CoEd - School for both genders
  • Accommodation
    Boarding accommodation
  • Religious Affiliation
    Not religious
  • Program Length Available
    Multiple Year, Spring Semester, Fall Semester, Fall Year

School Description

Idyllwild Arts Academy is a well-renowned, arts-focused private boarding school in the United States. The academy offers prestigious training in creative writing, dance, fashion design, film and digital media, interdisciplinary arts, music, theater, and visual arts. Idyllwild graduates are sought after by some of the top conservatories and universities around the world.

Located on a 200-acre campus in California’s San Jacinto Mountains, campus facilities include a brand new concert hall, performance spaces, art studios, galleries, and an open-air theater. Students also have access to a swimming pool, tennis courts, a fitness center, basketball courts, a writing resource center, an observatory, and a bookstore.

Instead of an organized athletics program, Idyllwild Arts Academy provides recreational facilities for students’ athletic development. Idyllwild focuses on pre-professional training to gifted young artists. Idyllwild Arts Academy is one of the most recognized names in secondary art education. Students develop as professional artists in the field of their choice under the guidance of accomplished and distinguished instructors.

Idyllwild Arts Academy is ranked #1 by as the best High School for the Arts in America. Idyllwild alumni include American Idol finalist Casey Abrams, Tony-nominated actress Marin Ireland, and the New York Philharmonic principal oboist Liang Wang.

Students share a bedroom with one roommate in recently renovated on-campus dormitories. Housing options include a gender-inclusive dorm and an upperclassman honors dorm.

Visit School Site: Idyllwild Arts Academy
Visit City Site: Idyllwild, California

Awards and Accomplishments Of School #1 High School for the Arts in America

School News

Idyllwild Arts Academy was named as's #1 High School for the Arts in America for 2019!

Famous Alumni

1) Angelina Burnett – Writer and Producer, Hannibal, 2) Elora Hardy – Founder and Designer of Ibuku Bamboo Designs, 3) Liang Wang - New York Philharmonic principal oboe, 4) Marin Ireland - Tony Award nominee, 5) Nate Lowman - contemporary artist, 6) Vesselin Gelev - violinist, Deputy Chief of London Symphony 7) Trevor Hall - Singer/Songwriter

  • 9, 10, 11, 12, PG Grades at School
  • 205 acres Campus Size
  • 50% Percentage of International Students
Diploma Year Offered?
Student Population
CoEd - School for both genders
SAT Average
ACT Average
English as Second Language (ESL) Support Available
Speciality Programs
The Art in Society Program offers a Distinction in Global Arts, Action, and Social Entrepreneurship.
Ballet, Basketball, Cross Country Running, Football, Tennis, Volleyball
Acting, Aesthetics, Anatomy and Kinesiology, Animation, Art - Foundations, Ceramics, Cinematography, Computer Graphics, Critical Thought, Dance Composition, Dance for Theater, Dance History, Digital Photography and Design, Directing, Drawing, Fashion Illustration, Fiction and Poetry, Film Editing, Film History, Film Post Production, Film Production, Film Scoring, Film Studies, Jazz Dance, Literature and the Writer, Modern Dance, Music Fundamentals for Dancers, Musical Theater, Painting, Performing Shakespeare, Photography, Photography for Filmmakers, Playwriting, Pointe Class, Screen Printing, Screenwriting, Sculpture, Stage Combat, Tap, Theater Directing, Theater History, Theater Production
Indoor Ensemble, Jazz Band, Jazz Theory, Music History, Music Theory, Piano, Song creation, Song Literature, Sound Design
Chinese, French, Sign Language, Spanish
Clubs and Extracurricular
Anime Club, Environmental, Fitness Club, Literary Magazine, Running Club, Student Government, Yoga Club
Accepting Students in Grades
Ages Accepted
Other - Eligibility Requirements?
App deadline Jan 15, Notification: March 10, Idyllwild Arts ESL Assessment via Skype More difficult for 12th grade, does not accept Spring semester students for 12th grade

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