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Idyllwild Arts Academy is an arts-focused private boarding school in the United States, offering intensive, specialized 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 forested, 205-acre campus in Southern California’s San Jacinto Mountains, campus facilities include a $6 million concert hall, performance spaces, art studios, and galleries. Students also have access to a fitness center, a basketball court, a writing resource center, a library, and a bookstore.

Instead of an organized athletics program, Idyllwild Arts Academy provides recreational facilities for students’ athletic development. State regulations in California can cause some restrictions for international students playing Varsity-level sports at their school. Please contact us for details.
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 alumni include American Idol finalist Casey Abrams, Tony-nominated actress Marin Ireland, and the New York Philharmonic principal oboist Liang Wang. states that Idyllwild Arts Academy is the Best Private High School for the Arts in America.

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

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School Information

14 - 18

Ballet - Pointe Dance, Jazz Dance, Fashion Design, Directing, Cinematography, Screenwriting, Film Production, Film Editing, Film Post Production, Acting, Musical Theater, Theater - Design and Production, Dance for Theater, Theater Directing, Art History, Art, Ceramics, Computer Art, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Animation, Digital Photography and Design, Screen Printing, Drama Production, Fiction Writing, Dance

French, Spanish

Anime Club, Environmental, Fitness Club, Student Government, Running Club, Yoga Club, Literary Magazine

Multiple Year, Spring Semester, Fall Semester, Fall Year