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Number of Students

300 (50% international)

SAT Average


Accepting Students in Grades

9-12 PG

Idyllwild Arts Academy

Private Boarding School – Idyllwild , California

One of the premiere Arts-focused private boarding schools in the USA, Idyllwild Arts Academy is surrounded by national forest in southern California. The close-knit community of students and teachers has a passion for the arts, balanced by a dedication to academic learning. The academy offers a strong college preparatory program for students in grades 9-12, along with world-class training in creative writing, dance, filand digital media, interdisciplinary arts, music, theater and visual arts.

Located in California’s stunning San Jacinto Mountains, the 200-acre campus facilities include performance spaces, art studios, art galleries, a library and an open-air theater.There’s also a swimming pool, tennis courts, a fitness center, basketball courts, a writing resource center, an observatory and a bookstore.

Idyllwild Arts Academy provides pre-professional training to gifted young artists. Each student focuses on one of the following art forms: music, theater, film and digital media,
creative writing, dance, visual art and interarts/fashion design. After classes, students are able to join extracurricular activities, but the school has no organized athletics program.

Extracurricular Activities
On weekends, students often go into the village of Idyllwild. A popular tourist attraction, Idyllwild offers a variety of restaurants, specialty shops, antique stores, and art galleries, as well as a movie theatre. Weekend trips to Los Angeles, San Diego or Palm Springs for shopping, museums, plays, opera, concerts, or to visit theme parks such as Universal Studios or Disneyland, afford students an opportunity to get off "the hill" once in a while. The Academy's mountain location offers students a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities such as hiking, rock climbing and cross-country skiing.

Idyllwild is nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains. Set among tall pines, sweet smelling cedars and legendary rocks. The town has kept its "small town" atmosphere. Locally owned shops and restaurants are all you will find here. Idyllwild has perfect day hikes for the quick weekend hike, as well as the high country for the longer "over night" hiking journeys. Rock Climbing is another favorite past time in which to enjoy Idyllwild. With many boulders and the legendary Tahquitz and Suicide Rocks, Idyllwild attracts beginners as well as seasoned professionals.

Awards and Accomplishments
The high school’s Art in Society program has been recognized with distinction in the area of Global Arts, Action, and Social Entrepreneurship. Idyllwild graduates are sought after
by some of the top conservatories and universities around the world.

Dormitories and Student Life
Students live in on-campus dormitories where each student has one roommate. Most
rooms have private bathrooms and each building, which houses between 30 to 80 students,
has three to five house parents.

Academic Admission Requirements
All applicants must submit an application along with a completed audition/portfolio for the arts program of their choice. Foreign students are required to submit TOEFL or SLEP English score. The school offers ESL (English as Secondary Language) for students who are talented but have weaker English ability.

Located two hours southeast of Los Angeles. 

Area population: 3,874
Town website: Town of Idyllwild

Estimated Fall Start: Late August
Estimated Fall End: Mid-December
Estimated Spring Start: Mid-January
Estimated Spring End: Late May

School Facts

Year Founded


Student Population


Number of Students

300 (50% international)

Accepting Students in Grades

9-12 PG

Teacher/Student Ratio


Average Class Size


ESL Programs


IB Programs


Offer Diploma


School Uniform


Campus Size

205 Acres

Religious Affiliation


SAT Average


Foreign Languages

  • French
  • Spanish

University Acceptance Rate



  • Acting
  • Acting Shakespeare
  • Aesthetics
  • Animation
  • Art Fundamentals
  • Art History
  • Ballet
  • Ceramics
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Computer Graphics
  • Cinematography
  • Costume Design
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Fashion
  • Fashion Design
  • Dance History
  • Digital Photography
  • Drawing
  • Film Scoring
  • Film Studies
  • Filmmaking
  • Jazz Combo Honors
  • Jazz Dance
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Jazz Theory and Improvisation
  • Modern Dance
  • Music
  • Music Fundamentals
  • Performances
  • Photography
  • Music History
  • Music Theater
  • Music Theory
  • Painting
  • Piano
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry
  • Publications
  • Screenwriting
  • Sculpture
  • Shakespeare
  • Songwriting
  • Theater
  • Theater History
  • Visual Arts
  • Writing

Extracurricular Activities & Clubs

  • Anime
  • Environmental
  • Fitness
  • Running
  • Student Government
  • Yoga

School Location

Partial List of College and University Acceptances

American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Art Institute of Chicago, Berklee College of Music, Boston University, Brown University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Liverpool
Institute of the Performing Arts (UK), Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, New York University (NYU), Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), San Francisco Art Institute, The Julliard School, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (UK), University of California - Santa Barbara, University of California - Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, Parsons - New School for Design, Pratt Institute

Closest International and Local Airports: Palm Springs International Airport, CA
For Details Visit Website: Idyllwild Arts Academy

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