Interlochen Arts Academy

4000 M 137 Hwy
Interlochen, MI 49643
  • Providing an artistic and educational experience like nowhere else, Interlochen Arts Academy offers high school-aged students the chance to work, study and live in an international community of like-minded artists.
  • Surrounded by art and immersed in an atmosphere of collaboration and freedom, students receive supportive attention and dozens of performance, gallery and presentation opportunities.
  • Interlochen provides both college-preparatory academics and intensive artistic training in seven fine arts areas, including comparative arts, creative writing, dance, motion picture arts, music, theatre and visual arts.
  • Academy students from around the world work with accomplished faculty, professional guest artists, and 550 other talented and creative students in the pursuit of taking their art to the next level.
  • Personalized guidance, expert portfolio reviews, and attention to scholarship and grant offerings allow graduates access to selective colleges, universities and conservatories.
  • National awards including YoungArts and Scholastic are achieved by Academy students each year, and Interlochen has produced 46 Presidential Scholars in the Arts, more than any other high school in the country, public or private.
  • Part of Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen Arts Academy is a 2006 recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and was recognized in 2019 as a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

Top 20 Placements

Interlochen Arts Academy is listed among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 318 schools) for:

Definition of Terms
 | 2019 School Data
Interlochen ArtsBoarding School Avg.
School FocusPre-prof. Arts / College-prepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG7-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19621909
Campus Size1200 acres104 acres

Student Body

Enrollment552 students320 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size13 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:61:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered218
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details


Endowment Size$88.5 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Director of AdmissionsKatherine Luellen
Associate Director of AdmissionsColby Carson

School Notes

  • Interlochen Arts Academy accreditations: The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), NAIS, NASM

Profile last updated:

Show me:
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Grades: 9-12, PG | 320 students 1807.5 miles52500 Temecula Road
    IdyllwildCA 92549
    1807.59-12, PG320
  • Grades: 9-12, PG | 284 students 740 miles12 Highland Street
    NatickMA 01760
    7409-12, PG284
  • Grades: 9-12 | 400 students 746 miles2001 Washington Street
    BraintreeMA 02184
  • Grades: 9-12 | 650 students 1856.7 miles582 Columbus Avenue
    ThornwoodNY 10594
  • Grades: 9-12, PG | 578 students 732.1 miles745 Main Street
    FryeburgME 04037
    732.19-12, PG578
Recent Articles
Social media is an essential part of a boarding school's marketing strategy
Parents considering schools should read New York Times columnist Frank Bruni's book about college admissions entitled Where You Go Is Not Who You Will Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania. Much of what he says applies in the private K-12 world.
Readers send dozens of questions via Facebook, Twitter and email. What do they ask? Readers want to know which is the best school in a particular country or region. A close second is figuring out how to pay for a private school education. Here are some readers' questions with my answers.
Featured Schools
Request Information
I am a:
Name of parent:
Student First name:
Student Middle name:
Student Last name:
Student date of birth:
Country of Citizenship:
Student is:
Currently in grade:
Seeking entry for grade:
Target start date:
Name of current school:
School type:
Applying for financial aid?:
Please describe academic, athletic, and extracurricular interests of the student.:

(enter "N/A" if not applicable)