Academics & ESL

Idyllwild Arts Academy

Academics

Pablo Picasso, who revolutionized twentieth-century art, once said this about his work:

What do you think an artist is? An imbecile who has only eyes if he’s a painter. . . ? On the contrary, he’s at the same time a political being, constantly alive to heartrending, fiery, or happy events, to which he responds in every way.

At Idyllwild we agree that the best art is made by people who are well informed about the world. We offer first-class academics because we think the best education happens when imagination is valued and where creativity is recognized as a path to open minded thinking and critical analysis.

Idyllwild Arts students grow to understand that creative passion enriches our lives wherever we live them: in dialogue with fellow artists, with a patient, in the courtroom, in government service—even in the deceptively simple interaction with one’s own children.

More specifically, the Academy’s graduation requirements prepare students for any institution of higher learning of their choice. Honors levels are offered in all subjects in order to offer a competitive college preparatory curriculum and to challenge students to push beyond minimal academic expectations.

Typical Course Loads for Grade Levels:

The ESL Department, offers a comprehensive ESL curriculum that ranges from beginning foundational course to advanced level courses.
The goal of the ESL department is to fully prepare students for mainstream courses and higher education beyond the high school. For more information about ESL courses, please direct your questions to ESL Department Chair, Leah Bosworth (lbosworth@idyllwildarts.org)

Freshman Course Load:

  • English 9
  • World Language (French or Spanish–students are placed according to their level at their previous school )
  • World Cultures
  • Math (students are placed according to their level at their previous school)
  • Movement and Wellness (PE)–Life Skills once a week

Sophomore Course Load:

  • English 10 (Honors offered)
  • World Language (French or Spanish–students are placed according to their level at their previous school)
  • Modern World History (Honors offered)
  • Biology
  • Math (students are placed according to their level at their previous school)
  • Movement and Wellness (PE)–Life Skills once a week

Junior Course Load:

  • English 11 (Honors offered)
  • U.S. History (Honors offered)
  • World Language (It is recommended that students continue in French or Spanish beyond Level II)
  • Math (Students are encouraged to continue beyond Algebra II)
  • Chemistry (Honors offered) or Physics (Honors offered)
  • Life Skills (once a week) to prepare for college

Senior Course Load

(four academic courses recommended in senior year)

  • English Elective (one per semester)
  • U.S. Government and Economics (one semester)/Social Science (one semester)
  • Science (students encouraged to take a third year of a lab science: Advanced Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
  • Students are encouraged to continue in Math–Pre-Calculus (Honors), Calculus I or II (Honors), or Statistics
  • Life Skills (once a week) working on college applications

Course Enrollment

Each spring returning students register for academic classes for the next academic year. Sequential courses and Honors courses are recommended by the students’ current teachers and additional elective courses are chosen by students to complete their programs. Current parents or students may contact the Academy during the summer if there is a need to change course selections.

New students should read the curriculum guide carefully and complete the Pre-registration Form. New students may be given placement tests in math and foreign language during student orientation to determine placement in required or sequential courses.

During his or her admission process, every international student is given an English-skills assessment supervised by the Chair of our English as a Second Language Department. The assessment, which takes place on Skype or during the student’s campus visit, ensures correct placement in Beginning ESL, Intermediate ESL, Advanced ESL, or mainstream courses.

Graduation Requirements

Because the Academy teaches grades nine through twelve and some post-graduates, individual programs ranging from one to four years in length may be created. A student’s course of study consists of the arts classes needed for his or her chosen discipline and also the following graduation requirements, which satisfy the University of California’s admission requirements.

English: Four years

History/Social Studies: Three years (World History, U.S. History, Government and Economics/Social Science)

Foreign Language: Two years (consecutive years in the same language)

Mathematics: Three years (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)

Science: Two years (Biology and either Chemistry or Physics)

Physical Education: Two years

All academic courses are full-year (two-semester) courses counting for .5 credit per semester, unless otherwise specified.

Another admission requirement of the University of California is one year of Visual and Performing Arts. An Idyllwild student’s course of study in his or her chosen arts discipline will greatly exceed this UC requirement.

Testing

Sophomores and juniors are required to take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test) in October and juniors the SAT I (Scholastic Assessment Test) in May. Seniors take the SAT I in October and are encouraged to take the SAT II (previously known as Achievement Tests) in December.

All International students whose native language is not English are also required to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) in both their junior and senior years.

ACTs are available and are offered several times throughout the fall, as noted on the school calendar.

Students interested in taking Advanced Placement exams may register for the tests offered in May.

A Typical Day

The Academy operates on a 15-week semester. Although most academic courses are year-long, individual departments do offer semester courses for those whose programs permit. The daily schedule consists of morning academic classes and afternoon arts classes.

A typical day begins with breakfast from 7:15 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., followed by academics until 1:00 p.m., then lunch followed by arts classes until 6:30 p.m. Dinner from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. is followed by rehearsals or performances from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and study/quiet hours from 8:50 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Students must be in their dorms by 10:00 p.m. with lights out by 10:30 p.m.

Mathematics

Building a Strong Mathematical Foundation

IAA’s Mathematics Department teaches a sequence of courses from Algebra through the second year of Calculus. Core math classes required for graduation and university admission are Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II.

Our math teachers focus on group work and practical problem-solving. Careful sequencing of courses means that a student needs to master the material in one course before moving on to the next.

The program satisfies the new National Standards of Mathematics required by the state of California.

Math Faculty
Math/Science Chair and Math/Science Faculty
Math and Science Faculty / Dorm Parent
Math Faculty / Dorm Parent
PT Math Faculty
Science

Unlocking Mysteries of the Natural World

Our Science Department prepares students to take part in an increasingly complex technological society. Our hands-on courses–approved by the University of California–teach scientific literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.

Science Faculty
Math/Science Chair and Math/Science Faculty
Math and Science Faculty / Dorm Parent
Science Faculty / Dorm Parent
Humanities

Educating the Citizen-Artist

The Humanities classroom provides the groundwork for an education of the citizen-artist, a person who expands the diversity of civic discourse, re-imagines the creative arts, and succeeds in any profession in the 21st century. To this end, humanities faculty support students as they cultivate the primary skills of communication, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and community-engagement. Corresponding to this skill development, students also engage content and process personal choices in relation to the grade-level values of empathy, respect, responsibility, and integrity. Thus, the department prepares students to engage thoughtfully in the global marketplace, the public square, and the interdependent creative work-space of the 21st century.

Humanities Grade-Level Values

9th Grade History/English: Empathy

To encourage understanding of oneself and others; to foster an appreciation of unique identities; and to develop the capacity to imagine one’s own experiences within a complex world.

10th Grade History/English: ​Respect

To perceive distinct political, economic, religious, and aesthetic viewpoints; to critically question ideas in order to better understand these viewpoints; and to navigate qualitative differences between viewpoints over time.

11th Grade History/English: ​Responsibility

To inspire a commitment to a cause and other people; to engage critically the gravity of consequences; and to nurture a mindful independence within a diverse community.

12th Grade History/English: ​Integrity

To recognize an accumulated body of knowledge and creative expertise of one’s own and of others; to measure the contemporary value of one’s work in a complex world; and to present one’s distinct interpretations of their work in the world to a public audience.

Humanities Faculty
Humanities Chair
Humanities Faculty
Humanities Faculty
Humanities & Creative Writing Faculty / Dorm Parent
Humanities Faculty / MacNeal Dorm Head
Humanities Faculty / Pierson Dorm Head
Humanities Faculty / Dorm Parent
Modern Languages

Many curricula changes and classroom changes are happening for the 2017-2018 school year!

The Modern Language Department offers five levels of study in Spanish and French. We are hoping to offer a basic conversational Chinese (Mandarin) in the spring, and only as an elective credit. Students who already have met their basic foreign language requirements are eligible to take such class.

Basic Requirements:

For the student who is interested in fulfilling his/her high school foreign language credits for graduation, and reach beginning proficiency, students need to take Level 1 and Level 2 (one year each) of either Spanish or French. Two years total requirement in the same language are needed per California State Law.

Further Study:

For those students who want to further and deepen their foreign language skills and reach intermediate to advanced proficiency, the following courses are offered in both Spanish and French languages:

Honors Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5 with AP support per individual student request

In levels 3, 4, and 5 we encourage interdisciplinary collaboration across departments to augment the basic foreign language curriculum. Departmental collaborations have occurred with the Visual Arts, Art History and Theater Arts Departments. More collaboration with the Music and Dance departments will occur within the year.

The Modern Language Department is enacting 21st century teaching strategies:

The Department underscores the four basic skills needed in the learning of a foreign language. Using Blended Model pedagogy, the classroom will be divided into structural pods with collaborative centers to facilitate writing, reading, listening and conversational skills. The focus will be on TPRS (storytelling –oral performance), exposure to cultural expressions of the francophone and Hispanic world, and listening comprehension audio/visual programs. Weekly participation during dinner time on Mondays with “Platicas” (in Spanish) and Tuesdays with “Cercle de Français” (in French) open to any student, staff and community member is encouraged. Students will be in charge of presenting any type of news in the target language. We are also sponsoring trips to France and Spain during Spring Breaks. Our mission is to encourage students to develop habits of mind that will foster personal transformation, spark critical thinking, and embrace an awareness of social justice with compassion and understanding in the world.

Modern Languages Faculty
Modern Language Faculty - French
Foreign Language Assistant Teacher
English as a Second Language (ESL)

Our ESL program immerses international students in an all-English classroom environment. Whether in Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced courses, class size is limited so that teachers can give individual attention to every student.

The ESL Department strongly encourages an English-only policy in all IAA academic and arts classes. It’s obvious that talking only in English will speed up one’s learning of the language— but it will also show respect for the many IAA community members who understand no language except for English!

International students who welcome the English-only idea will mix more easily with IAA’s wider student population. And, in time, they will gain enough confidence in English to make them comfortable with American academic and artistic culture.

The grade and ESL levels of new international students are determined by our own comprehensive English-skills test (usually given during a Skype interview), supervised by the ESL Department Chair. A student must earn an average grade of at least C- (70%) in each ESL class before moving up to the next ESL level.

Our ESL students satisfy all graduation requirements, as prescribed by the University of California Admissions Standards and outlined in our Student-Parent Handbook.

ESL Faculty
ESL Chair
ESL Faculty / Dorm Parent
ESL Faculty
ESL Faculty
ESL Faculty
ESL Summer Intensive Program

WHERE:

Idyllwild Arts Campus – Located in the beautiful mountains of Southern California

WHEN:

Sunday, July 8, 2018 – Arrival (Registration 11am-4pm)
Saturday, August 18, 2018 – Departure (Travel Day)

COST:

$10,500 (Tuition, Room, and Board)
*Does not include the required health insurance coverage which will be purchased for your child through the Idyllwild Arts Health Center.

Registration opens in November 1, 2017

Please contact Leah Bosworth with questions:
lbosworth@idyllwildarts.org

This Rigorous Six-Week English Program:

  • Emphasizes academic language skills AND basic interpersonal communication
  • Increases proficiency in academics and the TOEFL exam
  • Builds confidence and comfort with the English language
  • Is taught by experienced and engaging Idyllwild Arts Academy ESL faculty
  • Includes proctored study hours daily

Enjoy fun weekly off-campus trips to Southern California’s best museums, theaters, amusement parks, beaches, shopping malls and more!

ESL Brochure
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
General Weekly Schedule

2018 ESL Summer Intensive Faculty

Jeni Sponseller

Jeni Sponseller is the director of the Idyllwild Arts ESL Summer Intensive. With a passion for second language learning, she has been teaching ESL at the academy for eleven years. Previously, she taught in Taiwan, Korea, and the UK. She will teach Beginning and Intermediate Grammar classes this summer. Her passions include reading, dancing, listening to podcasts, and traveling.

Harry Trantham

Harry Trantham began his teaching career 24 years ago in Linz, Austria. Since that time, he has taught in New York City, Philadelphia, South Carolina, and California. He has a B.A. in German Literature and International Studies from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from the City College of New York. He is currently a member of the ESL Department during the academic year. He will be teaching Beginning and Intermediate Literature and leading some Explore classes and trips summer. In his free time, he loves to hike, travel, and cook.

Kelly Kent-Stoll

Since graduating with Honors as a History major from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Kelly Kent-Stoll has worked extensively as a private tutor. In 2019, she expects to receive her Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language, from California State University, Los Angeles. She loves cooking, singing and playing the guitar, walking her dogs, and organic gardening, as well as international travel, having twice volunteered in East Africa. She will be teaching some of the Explore classes and Beginning Composition this summer and acting as a dorm parent.

Anson Musselman

Anson Musselman has taught graduate-level IELTS and TOEFL preparation classes and has worked for several universities in Turkey and the US. Before embarking on his teaching career, Anson worked for BBC News, Washington, UCLA International Institute, and did freelance video and audio production, which included several biographical documentaries and ESL audio podcasts. Anson is a native of California and has been teaching ESL since 2010. He will be teaching intermediate composition this summer.

Intermester

The January “Intermester” program is inserted between the semesters, replacing the first week of the second semester and allowing time for the exploration of subjects and projects that can’t be worked into our semesters. Our teachers create curriculum around topics that interest them and that let students step outside their arts major or their standard academic program. A writer might take hip-hop, a musician might take beginning drawing, a film-maker might act on the stage, and so on. These things take place during our normal academic morning time, while the afternoons are time for specialized arts training within a major through guest masterclasses and special projects. So Intermester gives our already creative students a chance to stretch themselves even further.

Support Systems

For any challenge a student may experience at Idyllwild Arts, we have a staff or faculty member ready to help.

Advising

The role of the advisor is to provide support and guidance in all areas of boarding school life; review grade reports and check on classroom progress as needed; communicate with the advisees and their families regarding class work and review progress within the major. Advisors meet with their advisees at least once a week.

Resource Center

The Resource Center is staffed by a full-time faculty member who provides individual and small group tutoring for students needing extra support in their academic courses. A student may be assigned to the Resource Center on a regular basis by the Dean of Academics or may drop in on occasion for extra help.

Faculty Office Hours

Each academic faculty member holds regularly scheduled office hours Monday through Thursday during the X-block from 10:55-11:35 a.m. Students are encouraged to seek assistance from their teachers as needed. Attendance may be mandated for any student who is struggling or needs extra help to make up missing work.

SAT Review

A few weeks before the spring administration of the SATs, all juniors have the opportunity to attend a seminar dealing with the upcoming College Board examinations. The review courses familiarize students with the exam format and content. There is no SAT prep before the fall test date. Due to IAA’s late school start students who feel they require more preparation are recommended to attend summer SAT prep courses. Students may also use the SAT preparation computer program in the Computer Lab.

College Counseling

The College Counselors works directly with each senior and his/her parents. In conjunction with the faculty, they facilitate the college admission process by providing guidance in choosing appropriate colleges and/or conservatories. They also aid in obtaining and completing application materials. In addition, the arts faculty provide direction in the students’ preparation of auditions and portfolios.

Library

The 9,700 square-foot Krone Library is the school’s research facility, housing a computer center, an extensive music library and listening room, and special collections in art, dance and theatre. In addition, there are many books written especially for ESL students. The library subscribes to foreign newspapers upon request. There is a listening lab with a collection of records, discs, and tapes for students’ daily use, and faculty and students have access to eight file cabinets of music. Also, photocopiers are located in the library for both faculty and student use.

The librarian and her assistants staff the library from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday with somewhat reduced hours on the weekends.

If students need additional research material, they may use the library’s interlibrary loan service to borrow materials from California libraries that are members of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) California Resource Sharing Network (XPRS).

Practice Rooms & Studios

Practice rooms and studios are available for student use.

Scholastic Honors

National Honor Society

Idyllwild Arts Academy is pleased be affiliated with the prestigious National Honors Society. This is an exciting opportunity for current and prospective students to showcase their achievements in the areas of scholarship, leadership, community service, and character development. Induction ceremonies take place at the beginning of each semester.

Idyllwild Arts Chapter Adviser: Kim Henderson

Faculty Council: Karin Obermeier, Bonnie Carpenter, Maygen Sandrini, Merria Iaccino

Idyllwild Arts students interested in becoming members of NHS should read the NHS Membership Criteria below, then complete the activity and character evaluations and submit all materials by the deadline for consideration.

NHS Membership Criteria
NHS Activity Form
Character Evaluations

Deans' List and Honor Roll

At the end of each semester, the faculty recognizes significant scholastic achievement among the students by publishing a Deans’ List and Honor Roll. These lists are designed to identify, praise and encourage those students who have worked diligently and distinguished themselves with noteworthy scholastic records.

Students are named to the Deans’ List for outstanding scholastic performance. To qualify, students must attain a grade point average of at least 3.7 (on a 4.0 scale) with no grades below B- in all their courses, both arts and academics.

Students are named to the Honor Roll for excellent scholastic performance. To qualify, students must attain a grade point average of at least 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale) with no more than one grade below B- in any course and no grades below C- in all their courses, both arts and academics.

College Counseling

In keeping with the mission of Idyllwild Arts Academy, the College Counseling office helps students discover their aspirations as artists, scholars, and individuals.

Our students are creative in their educational pursuits, and we value that approach in the search for a college, conservatory, or university. The college application process is a means of self discovery that begins long before filling out an application; from day one, we encourage students to reflect on their strengths, interests, talents, and personalities while exploring the options for their future.

The College Counselors meet frequently with students in a variety of forums. Individual meetings with a counselor are essential; additionally, students attend group meetings, seminars, presentations, and workshops that offer support during the college application process. Within their arts major, students also take a Senior Seminar, which provides instruction and feedback for portfolios and auditions. Faculty members help students to coordinate and plan audition tapes, travel, and schedules. Each year, our Theatre department seniors travel with faculty to the Chicago Unified Auditions; the Visual Arts and InterArts departments travel to Portfolio Days; and students in all departments regularly attend competitions, lectures, and showcases that present them with opportunities at the next level.

While many are singularly focused on the results of the college application process, we emphasize the importance of the process. We begin our program during freshman year, introducing students to the notion of self-awareness and self-advocacy. Ninth grade students should begin thinking about what they want and need from their education. In the sophomore year, students explore new opportunities to add depth to their educational experience. By the time students reach their junior year, we expect them to research schools, prepare for standardized testing, and challenge themselves in their studies.

As seniors prepare their college applications, we work with them in a supportive, caring, realistic manner. Our team includes our outstanding faculty, whose knowledge of particular programs and instructors can provide invaluable insight. Most importantly, we guide students as they make their first step into adulthood; as a culmination of their positive personal growth, seniors should articulate who they are and what they stand for. This awareness will serve our students well as they commence their postsecondary education. When it’s time to leave the mountain, Idyllwild Arts graduates offer colleges and the world their unique perspective and individuality.

Counselors & Support Staff
Director of College Counseling
College Counselor / Pierson Dorm Head
SAT Review

In February, IAA offers a three-day intensive SAT preparation class, taught by Perspective Educational Services. This makes students familiar with the exam format and content and teaches test-taking strategies. For more SAT review, we recommend summer SAT prep courses and the College Board’s email program, which sends daily practice questions.

Standardized Testing

IAA offers the SAT, ACT, PSAT, and AP tests on campus. Our test-center coordinator, Sabrina Bowles, works with all aspects of testing. Please address your standardized testing questions to her at sstrickland@idyllwildarts.org.

College Acceptances for the Idyllwild Arts Academy Class of 2018

105 Idyllwild Arts students were accepted to 131 colleges, and will attend the colleges listed in bold.
The numbers in parenthesis indicate the number accepted per school.

Adelphi University

American Musical and Dramatic Academy (3)

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (4)

Arizona State University

Art Center College of Design (5)

Arts University Bournemouth

Bard College(2)

Belmont University

Berklee College of Music (16)

Boston Conservatory (3)

Boston University

Bowling Green University

Brown University

Bucknell University

California College of the Arts (6)

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) (8)

California Lutheran University

California State University, Fullerton

California State University, Long Beach (2)

California State University, Northridge

Carnegie Mellon University (2)

Case Western Reserve University

Chapman University

Columbia College, Chicago (4)

Columbia College, Hollywood (2)

Columbus College of Art and Design

Cornish College of the Arts (8)

DePaul University (2)

DePauw University

Dominican University

Drexel University (2)

Eastman School of Music

Elon University

Emerson College (2)

Escuela de Madrid

Fordham University / The Ailey School

George Mason University (5)

Hofstra University (2)

Howard University (2)

Indiana University (6)

Istituto Marangoni

Johns Hopkins University

The Juilliard School (3)

Lawrence University

Long Island University (2)

Longy School of Music

Loyola University New Orleans

Manhattan School of Music (6)

Martha Graham School

Maryland Institute College of Art (7)

Marymount Manhattan College (3)

McDaniel College

Miami University

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Molloy College

Montclair State University

Muhlenberg College

The New School of Jazz (3)

The New School, Mannes School of Music (2)

The New School, Parsons School of Design (9)

New England Conservatory (2)

New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts

New York Film Academy

New York University (3)

Northern Illinois University

Northwestern University

Oberlin Conservatory (2)

Oklahoma City University

Oregon Ballet Theatre

Otis College of Art and Design (2)

Pace University (3)

Pacific Northwest Ballet

Pacific Northwest College of Art

Peabody Institute (4)

Pitzer College

Point Park University

Pratt Institute (9)

Purchase College, SUNY (3)

Purdue University

Rhode Island School of Design (4)

Ringling College of Art and Design (5)

Royal College of Music

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts (3)

San Diego State University

San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco Conservatory of Music (3)

San Jose State University

Sarah Lawrence College (2)

Savannah College of Art and Design (5)

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (9)

School of Visual Arts (13)

Southern Methodist University

St. Mary’s College

Stonehill College

Syracuse University

Temple University (3)

Texas Christian University

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Tulane University

Tufts University

University of Arizona (5)

University of the Arts

University of the Arts, London: Central Saint Martins (5)

University of the Arts, London: London College of Fashion

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Irvine (2)

University of California, Los Angeles (2)

University of California, Riverside

University of California, San Diego (2)

University of California, Santa Barbara (4)

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music

University of Colorado Boulder (2)

University of Colorado Denver

University of Hawaii

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

University of Iowa

University of LaVerne (3)

University of Miami (5)

University of Michigan

University of Monterrey

University of Oklahoma

University of Oregon

University of Redlands

University of Rochester

University of Southern California

University of Utah (4)

Virginia Commonwealth University

Viterbo University

Youngstown State University

Grades

Edline (www.edline.net) is our web-based grade reporting system which links to Easy Grade Pro, the electronic grade book that teachers use for course grading and attendance. All students and parents receive log-in codes and have access to the student’s Edline account. Grades, comments, and attendance are posted regularly and uploaded in real time and can be accessed 24 hours a day. Also, both parent and student email addresses should be linked to this account so that teachers can email directly through Edline with important updates. The Edline account is valid and active throughout the student’s years of attendance at Idyllwild Arts Academy and does not need to be reactivated each year. Log in passwords also do not change from year to year.

Due to the accessibility of grade information throughout the school year on Edline, we do not mail grade reports home except at the end of the spring semester. It is therefore expected that all students and parents regularly check Edline to monitor progress. If parents have questions about grades in Edline, we encourage parents to first discuss with the student and then directly contact the teacher and/or the advisor if you have questions.

Please contact Elaine Huddleston, the Registrar, elaineh@idyllwildarts.org if you lose/forget your login password or have questions regarding how to use Edline.

Transcripts

Transcripts are generated upon request for students applying to post-secondary schools, summer programs, and other schools requiring grade and enrollment documentation. Please email Elaine Huddleston, Registrar, elaineh@idyllwildarts.org to request a transcript. Please provide a full address and to whose attention the transcript should be sent.