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 specializes in pre-professional training in the arts in grades 9-12.
We are the only boarding school on the West Coast offering a comprehensive program in the arts along with a college preparatory academic program."

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  • Alumni Review #1 1997 University of San Francisco

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Definition of Terms 
2013 School Data
Idyllwild Arts Boarding School Avg.
School Focus Pre-prof. Arts / College-prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 8-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1986 1907
Campus Size 206 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 301 students 300 students
% Students of Color 22% 18%
% International Students 49% 20%
% Students Boarding 95% 67%
Average SAT Score 1690 * National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Acadmics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes No
Frequency of Saturday Classes Weekly Weekly
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 13 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:5 1:7
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 60% 65%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $3 million $14 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$55,200 $47,200
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$37,000 $26,300
% Students on Financial Aid 62% 35%
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline None / 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 Zac Hewitt  

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered n/a 15
Advanced Biology Advanced Placement Theory (Music Majors)
Honors Acting Seminar (Theatre Majors) Honors American Literature
Honors Calculus Honors Calculus II
Honors Counterpoint (Music Majors) Honors French
Honors Literature of Western Thought Honors Physics
Honors Pre-Calculus Honors Spanish
Honors Technical Theatre Seminar (Theatre Majors) Honors U.S. Government
Honors U.S. History

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 7 24
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 Idyllwild Arts Academy specializes in pre-professional training in the arts in grades 9-12. We are the only boarding school on the West Coast offering such a comprehensive program in the arts along with a college preparatory academic program.

  • Students major in music, theatre, dance, visual art, creative writing, moving pictures or interdisciplinary arts.
  • Academic classes are held Monday-Saturday mornings and arts classes are held from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday afternoons.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We do not have open houses. Students and parents visit at their convenience. However, we do National Audition Tours for the different majors. Please call for more information.

  • 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 - Sole Print Designer for Donna Karan
    • Cristy Candler - Broadway Musical Theater Actress
    • Vesselin Gelev - Associate Concertmaster - London Philharmonic
    • Bei Zhu - Co-Concertmistress - Hong Kong Philharmonic

Nearby Schools:

The nearest school is Army and Navy Academy (54.6 miles away)
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  • CarlsbadArmy and Navy Academy
    All-boys 
    2605 Carlsbad Blvd.
    CarlsbadCA92008
    888.762.2338
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  • ClaremontThe Webb Schools
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    ClaremontCA91711
    (909) 482-5214
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  • AnaheimSt. Catherine's Academy
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    215 N. Harbor Blvd.
    AnaheimCA92805
    714-772-1363
    68.4 mi | 150 students | Gr. K-8
  • San MarinoSouthwestern Academy
    2800 Monterey Road
    San MarinoCA91108
    (626) 799-5010 ext.
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  • PasadenaExcelsior School
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