Idyllwild Arts Academy

52500 Temecula Road P.O. Box 38,
Idyllwild, CA 92549
Tel: (951) 468-7223
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 301 students
The Idyllwild Arts Academy provides pre-professional training in the arts and a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum to a diverse student body of gifted young artists from all over the world.
The Academy is a co-educational boarding and day school school for approximately 300 students in grades 9-12 who pursue excellence in Music, Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Moving Pictures, InterArts and Fashion Design. 

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Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
Idyllwild Arts Boarding School Avg.
School Focus Pre-prof. Arts / College-prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 7-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1986 1909
Campus Size 206 acres acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 301 students 298 students
% Students of Color 27%% 19%
% International Students 51%% 20%
% Students Boarding 95%% 67%
Average SAT Score 1518 * National Avg. »View
Average ACT score 21 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes No
Frequency of Saturday Classes Less than once a month Weekly
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 13 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:5 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 19 15
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 60%% 66%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $3 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$57,400 $47,790
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$38,400 $26,400
% Students on Financial Aid 65%% 35%
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline Dec. 31 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate 65%% 57%
Director of Admissions Tara Sechrest  
Associate Director of Admissions Jara Ruiz-Anchia  

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 19 15
Advanced Honors Biology Honors Acting Seminar (Theatre Majors)
Honors American Literature Honors Calculus
Honors Calculus II Honors Chemistry
Honors Classics in Western Literature Honors Counterpoint (Music Majors)
Honors French Honors Gov & Econ
Honors History of Western Civ Honors Literature of Western Thought
Honors Physics Honors Pre-Calculus
Honors Spanish Honors Technical Theatre Seminar (Theatre Majors)
Honors U.S. History

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 7 25
ExtracurricularsHonor Council, Non-competetive hiking, running, biking, etc., Peer Counseling, Pre-professional training in creative writing, dance, filmmaking, interdisciplinary arts, music, theatre and visual art, Student Government, Tour Guide Program, Various Student Lead Clubs

College Matriculation

Year: 1999-2003 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Juilliard 16
USC 16
NYU (Tisch) 10
University of Michigan 10
San Francisco Art Institute 8
Curtis Institute 6
Rhode Island School of Design 6
Eastman 5
Emerson 3
Stanford 3
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes:

  • The Arts Academy is located 5300 feet up in the mountains above Palm Springs in the San Bernardino National Forest. We are 2 hours from Los Angeles, 2 hours from San Diego and 1 hour from Palm Springs.
    Academic classes are held Monday-Friday mornings and arts classes are held from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Upon graduation our students are accepted to Juilliard, Curtis, Oberlin, Peabody, Johns Hopkins, USC, Stanford, Yale, UCLA, San Francisco Conservatory, Chicago Arts Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Michigan and NYU, just to name a few.

  • School accreditations: WASC, Western Boarding School Association (WBSA), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), NETWORK of Performing and Visual Art Schools, Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB), California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), Counci
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Shepard Fairy - Graphic Artist and Designer
    • Neal Beasley - Princess Grace Award Winner - Modern Dance, Trisha Brown Dance Company
    • Liang Wang - Principal Oboe - New York Philharmonic
    • Casey Abrams - American Idol 2011 Finalist
    • Trevor Hall - Recording Artist
    • Marin Ireland - Tony Award Nominated Actress
    • Elora Hardy - Creative Director, Ibuku
    • Nate Lowman - Contemporary Artist
    • Vesselin Gelev - Associate Concertmaster - London Philharmonic
    • Bei Zhu - Co-Concertmistress - Hong Kong Philharmonic

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