Idyllwild Arts Academy

52500 Temecula Road P.O. Box 38
Idyllwild, CA 92549
Tel: (951) 468-7223
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 308 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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  • Alumni Review #1 1997 University of San Francisco

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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 9-12
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 125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 308 students 295 students
% Students of Color 27% 19%
% International Students 51% 20%
% Students Boarding 95% 68%
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 Less than once a month
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 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 60% 67%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $3 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$58,550 $48,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$38,500 $27,675
% Students on Financial Aid 65% 35%
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No

Admission

Application Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate 65% 57%
Director of AdmissionsTara Sechrest
Associate Director of AdmissionsJara Ruiz-Anchia

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 19 16
CoursesAdvanced 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 24
ExtracurricularsHonor, Non-competetive, Peer, Pre-professional, Student, Tour, Various

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

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is Army and Navy Academy (52.8 miles away)
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  • Carlsbad, CAArmy and Navy Academy
    All-boys 
    2605 Carlsbad Blvd.
    CarlsbadCA 92008
    888.762.2338
    52.8 mi | 320 students | Gr. 7-12
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    ClaremontCA 91711
    (909) 482-5214
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  • Anaheim, CASt. Catherine's Academy
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    AnaheimCA 92805
    714-772-1363
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  • Pasadena, CAExcelsior School
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