52500 Temecula Road
Idyllwild, CA 92549
Idyllwild Arts Academy Photo #1 - Idyllwild Arts Academy is home to 310 students from 35 countries and 26 US states, all devoted to intensive study of the arts. Located 2 hours from Los Angeles, 2 hours from San Diego, and 1 hour from Palm Springs, the Academy is an artistic crossroads for Southern California.
Idyllwild Arts Academy Photo #1 - Idyllwild Arts Academy is home to 310 students from 35 countries and 26 US states, all devoted to intensive study of the arts. Located 2 hours from Los Angeles, 2 hours from San Diego, and 1 hour from Palm Springs, the Academy is an artistic crossroads for Southern California.
Idyllwild Arts Academy Photo #2 - The Film & Digital Media program offers pre-professional training in film, television and new media production. As the industry is undergoing constant change, in both production technology and business practices, the program gives special attention to preparing students for a career that is not entirely predictable. Applying traditional skills to new digital environments and global platforms is the key.
Idyllwild Arts Academy Photo #3 - Krone Library is home to countless resources and study spaces for IAA students as well as the College Counseling Office. Our College Counseling staff work with our students throughout their time at the Academy, helping them prepare for the next step in their artistic journey.
Idyllwild Arts Academy Photo #4 - The Academy's Dance Department offers students training in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. Students spend many hours in the studio each day, honing their talent with American Ballet Theatre trained faculty.
Idyllwild Arts Academy Photo #5 - There are performance opportunities on and off-campus throughout the school year.
Idyllwild Arts Academy Photo #6 - InterArts and Fashion Design offers students the chance to explore and combined multiple art forms or to focus in Fashion Design. Students present their work in two fully choreographed Fashion Shows each year.
Idyllwild Arts Academy Photo #7 - The Visual Arts at Idyllwild Arts Academy encompasses many things. Our students ground their work in Drawing and Painting, but also explore Sculpture, Ceramics, Printmaking, Graphic Design and Photography.
Idyllwild Arts Academy Photo #8 - Creative Writers have the chance to study fiction, nonfiction, poetry, dramatic writing, and screenwriting in an intimate, workshop-driven department.
Idyllwild Arts Academy Photo #9 - Theatre students can choose to focus in Acting, Musical Theatre or Theatre Design and Production while at Idyllwild Arts. With at least 9 performances a year, our students stay busy learning about all aspects of theatre and graduate with resumes that show skill in performance, costume design, lighting, sound, set construction, stage management and directing.
Idyllwild Arts Academy Photo #10 - The Music Department offers concentrations in Classical Music, Voice and Piano; Jazz Music, Voice and Piano; and Songwriting. Our curriculum combines performance opportunities with music academics and private lessons with some of the top musicians in Southern California.
Idyllwild Arts Academy offers intensive, specialized arts training and challenging college-prep academics to talented young artists from around the world.
On our idyllic mountaintop campus, students learn from a distinguished faculty of working professional artists.Graduates of Idyllwild Arts excel in every professional arts discipline, including Broadway theatre, primetime television, classical and jazz music, motion pictures, graphic design, dance, and more.
Our arts majors include: MUSIC | VISUAL ARTS | THEATRE | CREATIVE WRITING | DANCE | FASHION DESIGN | FILM & DIGITAL MEDIA | INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS Outside of our regular school year, Idyllwild Arts offers summer workshops that include Jazz in the Pines, ESL, Native American Arts, and a full menu of Arts Intensives.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 280 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $65,091
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $30,000
  • Acceptance rate: 65%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Idyllwild Arts Academy ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 298 schools) for:

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2022 School Data
Idyllwild Arts Academy
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12, PG
School Type
ADD/ADHD Support
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Religious Affiliation
Year Founded
Campus Size
205 acres
125 acres

Student Body

280 students
310 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score
* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Classroom Dress Code
No dress code
Average Class Size
15 students
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
ESL Courses Offered
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$6 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(2022-23 Academic Year. Does not include fees.)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(Does not include fees. )
Tuition international students
Summer Program Cost
(Programs for students of all ages. Prices vary based on program and program length. )
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
(Based on merit and/or need.)
Merit Scholarships Offered

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
None / Rolling
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
Director of Admissions
Tara Sechrest
Associate Director of Admissions
Megan Berg

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
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


# Interscholastic Sports Offered


Total Extracurricular Organizations

College Matriculation

Year: 1999 - 2003
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
NYU (Tisch)
University of Michigan
San Francisco Art Institute
Curtis Institute
Rhode Island School of Design

School Notes

  • Idyllwild Arts Academy sits a refreshing mile above sea level in the San Jacinto Mountains, two hours from Los Angeles and San Diego and an hour from Palm Springs.
  • Graduates go on to Juilliard, Brown, University of the Arts London, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Parsons School of Design, USC, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Berklee College of Music, CalArts, Rhode Island School of Design, NYU, Tufts, Swarthmore, and other outstanding colleges.
  • Idyllwild Arts Academy 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 Fairey - Graphic Artist and Designer
    • Neal Beasley - Princess Grace Award Winner - Modern Dance, Trisha Brown Dance Company
    • Orpheo McChord - Percussionist, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros
    • Casey Abrams - American Idol 2011 Finalist
    • Trevor Hall - Recording Artist
    • Marin Ireland - Tony Award Nominated Actress
    • Elora Hardy - Founder of IBUKU in Bali, Indonesia
    • Cristy Candler - Broadway Musical Theater Actress
    • Vesselin Gelev - Associate Concertmaster - London Philharmonic
    • Liang Wang - Principal Oboe - New York Philharmonic
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Idyllwild Arts Academy cost?

Idyllwild Arts Academy's tuition is approximately $65,091 for boarding students and $30,000 for day students.

What is the acceptance rate of Idyllwild Arts Academy?

The acceptance rate of Idyllwild Arts Academy is 65%, which is higher than the boarding school average of 58%.

Who are famous alumni from Idyllwild Arts Academy?

Idyllwild Arts Academy famous alumni include: Shepard Fairey, Neal Beasley, Orpheo McChord, Casey Abrams, Trevor Hall, Marin Ireland, Elora Hardy, Cristy Candler, Vesselin Gelev and Liang Wang.

What sports does Idyllwild Arts Academy offer?

Idyllwild Arts Academy offers 3 interscholastic sports: Ballet, Dance and Tennis.

Does Idyllwild Arts Academy offer a summer program?

Yes, Idyllwild Arts Academy offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.

What is Idyllwild Arts Academy's ranking?
When is the application deadline for Idyllwild Arts Academy?

The application deadline for Idyllwild Arts Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

Alumni Reviews Review School


Class of 2019
Belmont University
Idyllwild Arts has an incredibly unique community of faculty and students. Since the campus and the town of Idyllwild is so isolated, those who live there become very close to each other.. . .

Class of 2018
DePaul University
Living in the incredible town of Idyllwild is a really incredible setting for any aspiring artists around the high school age. It was inspiring to be living in nature while also being close enough to. . .

Class of 2018
The Juilliard School
IAA was a unique institution because it fostered a learning environment centered around the arts. The small faculty-to-student ratio allowed students to connect with professors and be supported in all aspects of their learning. Keeping. . .
Show more reviews (16 reviews)
Submit Review for Idyllwild Arts Academy
Earn $20 by submitting your alumni review!

Recent Articles

Preventing Teen Suicide
December 14, 2022
Preventing Teen Suicide
Teen suicide is the 3rd largest killer of young adults between the ages of 15-24. You and I can prevent it.
Free Boarding Schools
December 10, 2022
Free Boarding Schools
Thinking about sending your child to boarding school but are concerned that you can't afford it? Here are several free boarding schools as well as several schools that offer tuition-free educations for students from qualified families.
Is Your Skill Set Still On Release 3.0?
December 08, 2022
Is Your Skill Set Still On Release 3.0?
If you've been teaching for a while, and find yourself looking for a new position, an updated skill set will help make you competitive in today's job market.

Featured Schools

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 280 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $65,091
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $30,000
  • Acceptance rate: 65%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Request Information

Related School Videos

Quick Links