Idyllwild Arts Academy

Boarding Arts High School

Accepting Applications for Fall 2020

Fall Priority Application Deadline: January 15, 2020


Brown, Cornell, Juilliard, Northwestern, NYU, Rhode Island School of Design, Swarthmore, Tufts, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and more–why have these elite colleges accepted 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 graduates from Idyllwild Arts Academy?

Because Idyllwild Arts’ innovative and challenging double curriculum of arts and academics produces creative thinkers who can adapt to any college environment (and thrive in any professional environment!).

And because colleges care about geographic diversity. As education expert Dave Bergman notes (Link), “colleges will almost always favor the applicant coming from a more distant or exotic locale” because she “brings a unique background and perspective to campus.”

Welcome to Your Life-Changing Experience in the Arts

Your lifetime adventure in the arts begins at Idyllwild Arts Academy, one of the most prestigious arts schools in the world and only one of three such institutions in the United States. We encourage you to take the first step in fulfilling your artistic dreams.

At Idyllwild Arts Academy you’ll join talented young artists from around the world who, just like yourself, are setting off on an exciting journey to pursue serious study in Dance, Film, Music, Theatre, Visual Art, Creative Writing, InterArts and Fashion Design.

Here you will find your arts education enhanced by renowned teachers who are working professionals in their respective fields. While your artistic potential blossoms, you will also gain a college preparatory academic education. As a result, Idyllwild Arts Academy students receive a rich and diverse education in both arts and academics. We have helped our graduates continue their arts education at the top universities and conservatories in the world.

See Yourself Here

We welcome you to peruse our website to learn more about our school and the exciting opportunities that await you. Our mission is to bring together talented artists from many different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds and provide a place for them to flourish and grow both artistically and academically.

If the arts are your passion, then this is where you belong. As you become more familiar with Idyllwild Arts Academy, we are sure you will begin to see yourself here.

We invite you for a campus visit during which you will have the opportunity to meet our staff, get to know our students and faculty, participate in classes, see the campus and audition or interview with our department chairs. Through your personal visit to Idyllwild Arts Academy, you will discover an exciting place to pursue your dreams. We look forward to meeting you!

Admission Process

We are delighted that you have taken the first step on your journey to a lifetime in art by applying to Idyllwild Arts. We have streamlined the application process to make it easy and convenient for you.

The application process includes the following steps which are requirements to be considered for admission to Idyllwild Arts Academy:

1) Complete the Admission Online Application (We accept the SAO – Standard Application Online)

a) Submit a Student Essay – “Why do you want to attend Idyllwild Arts Academy? How will you benefit from an Idyllwild Arts education?” (250 words minimum) – Mandatory for Creative Writing, Dance, Music and Theatre Applicants. Not Mandatory for InterArts/Fashion Design, Film & Digital Media or Visual Arts.

b) Confidential Parent Questionnaire: This questionnaire must be completed by a parent or guardian.

c) Application Fee: A $60.00 non-refundable application fee is required of all U.S. applicants; a $100.00 non-refundable application fee is required of all International applicants. (There is an additional $50.00 charge for those who do not apply online.)

2) Artistic Reference: The Artistic Reference form should be completed by a teacher or private instructor who has recently taught the applicant in his/her chosen arts discipline. Download Arts Reference Form

3) Academic Reference: The Academic Reference form should be completed by a recent teacher of a major academic subject. Counselors and principals who have not taught the applicant are asked not to submit an academic reference but are welcome to submit additional letters of recommendation. Download Academic Reference Form

4) School Transcripts: Transcripts (record of grades) are required and should be requested directly from the student’s school(s). Unofficial copies may be submitted for initial review.

5) Audition or Portfolio Presentation: As a requirement for admission, students must audition, present a departmental essay or portfolio relevant to his/her art discipline. Please refer to the Audition and Portfolio Requirements.

6) Admission Interview: A personal interview is required of all international students. Interviews may be conducted on campus, through Skype or during an audition tour.

* We accept the SSAT

Home Schooling Requirements

The Idyllwild Arts Academy recognizes a family’s right to choose home schooling as an option for their children. In order to be considered for admission to the Arts Academy, students who are home schooled must participate in a state recognized home schooling program and submit the following materials in lieu of high school transcripts as well as have a parent answer the questions below:

  • Documentation of compliance with a state accredited home schooling program
  • A comprehensive description of the home schooling curriculum, outlining coursework and books used
  • Grades for each course taken with a description of grading standards
  • SSAT testing results or those of another standardized test

Please answer the following questions: What factors played into your decision to home school your child? How do you feel your child will perform in an independent school environment both socially and academically?

Admission Policy

Idyllwild Arts Academy admits students of any sex, race, religion, color, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or gender identification to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or gender identification in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and financial planning, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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Financial Supplement (Tuition and Fees)
Financial Aid Application (Parent’s Guide and Forms)

Contact Admission Office

If you already have an application, please mail the completed application materials to:

Admission Office
Idyllwild Arts Academy

52500 Temecula Road
P. O. Box 38
Idyllwild, CA 92549-0038

Direct Line: 951.468.7223
Fax: 951.659.3168

Audition / Portfolio Requirements

All applicants must satisfy the following audition requirements according to his/her arts discipline. We highly encourage all students and their families to schedule an on-site visit after the application is submitted to become familiar with our campus and participate in a live audition/interview.

Please take a few minutes to fill out the following survey to help our counselors better understand your college expectations. Junior Life Skills Survey

The following should be submitted along with your application:

  1. TOEFL score for international One-Year Seniors and Post-Graduates
  2. SAT, PSAT, or ACT score for domestic One-Year Seniors and Post-Graduates. If you are unable to submit an SAT score, please indicate your plan for taking the SAT
  3. Transcripts for all the years you have attended secondary school
  4. 3.0 GPA minimum

If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call the admission office at: 951.468.7223

Creative Writing

The Creative Writing major encourages the creative powers of young writers, teaches skills and techniques, introduces the discipline of close reading and practical criticism, and prepares students for college and the many paths a professional writing life may take. Creative Writing majors study literary history, learn to think critically, and experience literary creation and revision firsthand.

Candidates must submit a portfolio that includes several representative writing samples. The portfolio must include some poetry and fiction, but may also include work from other genres such as nonfiction and dramatic writing. The submission should be 10-20 pages total. Applicants are evaluated on overall academic achievement as well as writing skills and experience. Due to the large amount of reading required, applicants should have a high level of reading comprehension.

For specific questions regarding the Creative Writing Admission Process, please contact:
Christy Wilke at 951.468.7223 or


The Dance major is designed to provide students with the technical and artistic versatility required to advance in the professional dance world. Ballet plays a crucial role in the education a Dance major receives with a focus on classical technique emphasizing healthy movement habits. Dancers are also required to take modern and jazz dance each year they are enrolled in the program. The Dance Department puts on two main stage productions as well as studio works throughout the year, including student choreography.

Candidates for the Dance major are encouraged to audition on campus or during an audition tour. If a live audition is not possible, candidates must submit an American format DVD or provide an online audition on a site such as YouTube containing the following:

Ballet – 4 minutes maximum
Combinations should be shown on 1 side only
Barre work: plies, tendu in 5th, ronds de jambe a terre and en l’air, Grande Battement.
Center work: Adagio with développé, en dehor and en dedan pirouette, sauté in first position, grande allegro
Pointe work (if applicable:) Relevé in 5th position, Echappé, Retiré, Bourrée

Contemporary – 1 minute of contemporary classwork or a contemporary solo

Optional – Classical Ballet variation

Students should include a 5 x 7 photo taken in first arabesque.

For Specific questions regarding the Dance admission process contact:
Marcus Wynn at 951.659.2171 x2344 or

Fashion Design

Your examples of artwork must include:

  • Creative personal artwork in any artform, although Visual Art is preferred.
  • Three to five design sketches.
  • At least one original design. This could be a garment you have made or something you have designed that someone else made for you. Examples could include street wear and/or any design of yours that has ever been on stage: costuming, fashion, school mascot, something for an event, etc.

For Specific questions regarding the Fashion Design admission process contact:
Christy at 951.659.2171 x 2223 or

Film & Digital Media

The Idyllwild Arts Film & Digital Media Department’s conviction that storytelling is crucial to successful filmmaking determines our requirements for application materials.*

Therefore all Film & Digital Media applicants must submit:

    • A 2 to 4 page essay about a life-changing moment. Tell us a story about something that happened to you or something you witnessed that had a profound impact on your life.
    • Creative writing samples or works of art that you have produced in the last year. The writing sample may be in any format, including screenplay, play, short story, poem, or even stream of consciousness. The art work may be in any medium, including film, video, photography, performance piece, painting, sculpture, a creative website, a creative Instagram account. . . anything that helps us know more about you as an artist. Submit as many samples as you like.
    • A short video introducing yourself. Record a 3 to 5 minute monologue or narrative (starring yourself!) on the topic, “Why I Want to be a Filmmaker.” Tell us in a creative and fun way why you are motivated to be a filmmaker. Tell us imaginatively who you are.

*The Film & Digital Media Department cannot accept beginning English speakers.

For specific questions regarding the Film & Digital Media admission process, please contact:
Jara Ruiz-Anchia at 951.659.2171 x2347 or


1) Please tell us which Pathway you would like to follow: Fashion Design, Design, Storytelling, Performance Practice OR Digital Communication.

2) Essay: Why InterArts? Please use these questions to structure your essay (3 paragraphs)

  • What attracts you to the InterArts Department?
  • Which Pathway would you like to follow and why?
  • Which Art forms do you find most interesting?
  • What experience do you have in those Art forms?
  • Explain your point of view as an artist, (Fashion Designer / Designer / Storyteller / Performer / Digital Communicator) along with your main artistic influences.
  • The InterArts Department  grows and changes depending on the strengths and interests of its students: what do you think YOU would like to contribute to the department?

3) Submit 5 – 10 examples of work in at least 2 different art forms. This work should reflect your chosen pathway as much as possible. No matter what, you should always submit your best work. All work must be original.

For Specific questions regarding the InterArts admission process contact:
Christy Wilke at 951.468.7223 or


The Music Department prepares talented musicians for successful professional careers. The faculty auditions serious and talented young classical, songwriting and jazz musicians from around the world. Private instruction is offered by the finest teachers and performers in Southern California. Instrumentalists participate in orchestra and small ensembles; pianists study piano literature, keyboard skills, accompanying and ensemble playing. Jazz students work on improvising and playing in combos while developing their own style. Guitarists can participate in jazz ensembles. Singers study diction, ensemble singing, and the history of the art song and opera. Songwriters study both performance and business aspects of their field. All students meet and hear guest artists perform and participate in master classes.

Candidates for the Music major are encouraged to send an online submission containing the specific requirements below. Online submissions should be YouTube links if possible. A live, on-campus, audition may be scheduled.

Classical Piano:

Three prepared pieces representing contrasting styles from the standard repertoire. All works must be performed from memory.

Classical Orchestral Instruments:

2-3 prepared pieces representing contrasting styles. For auditions on campus, you may choose to bring your own pianist, but it is not required. Please note a pianist will not be provided for auditions.


2-3 original songs with words in English and 1 cover song (performed instrumentally and sung to show arranging/interpreting skills). Lyrics should be included with audition submissions.

Jazz Piano and Instrument:

Three prepared pieces from memory: a blues, a standard and a jazz standard. Students are asked to demonstrate knowledge of scales, inversions and chords. Demonstration of improvisational skills highly recommended.


Three selections, all must be from memory.

The first must be one art song or aria from the Classical repertoire list below, which illustrates the student’s range:

  • A selection from the book “24 Italian Songs and Arias”
  • A selection from the “First Book of Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone/Bass”
  • Händel
  • Mozart
  • Schubert

The second selection may be Classical or Jazz. If Jazz, it must be from the following list below:

  • Autumn Leaves
  • My Funny Valentine
  • Girl from Ipanema
  • Night and Day
  • My One and Only Love
  • It Could Happen to You
  • Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)
  • Alice In Wonderland
  • Bye Bye Blackbird
  • Route 66

The third selection is the student’s choice, from Classical, Jazz, or Musical Theatre standard repertoire. It should be in a contrasting style and/or language from the other two selections.

The audition video must include the piano part, and/or a backing track. If the student wishes to audition on campus, they may bring their own pianist and/or backing track. We will not provide a pianist or Jazz combo for a live audition.

The Idyllwild Arts Academy’s Voice Program takes an innovative and unique approach to healthy singing, while being rooted in providing fundamental training for young vocalists in both Classical and Popular styles. Voice students receive private lessons in both Classical and Jazz technique, and are provided opportunities to perform in a variety of singing styles, both as soloists and as ensemble members. Vocalists at Idyllwild Arts learn exceptional versatility, healthy technique, well-rounded musicianship, improvisation skills, and gain an ability to explore a multitude of career options.

For auditions we are interested in seeing the applicant’s level of accomplishment and musical knowledge.
For live auditions students may be asked to perform any technical studies they are working on and major and minor scales. Students may also be asked to sight-read and demonstrate their knowledge of music theory. In addition to the above skills, jazz students are asked to improvise at the highest level they are able.

For specific questions regarding the Classical Music and Voice admission process, please contact:
Tara Sechrest at 951.659.2171 x2345 or

For specific questions regarding the Songwriting and Jazz admission process, please contact:
Christy Wilke at 951.659.2171 x2223 or


The Theatre major offers concentrated pre-professional training. Training is Stanislavsky based and incorporates self-use techniques to guide students toward greater self-awareness and knowledge of the potentials of their own resources. The program offers disciplined training as exemplified in conservatory theatre training programs on the college level. Students declare an area of concentration in acting, musical theatre or theatrical design/technical theatre at the time of admission (or in their junior year). The curriculum includes classes in acting, mask characterization, Shakespeare, stage combat, stage movement, music fundamentals for musical theatre, acting for the camera, improvisation, scenery and costume design, stage management, musical theatre repertory, voice and diction, lighting and sound fundamentals, class voice and drafting for the theatre.

We strongly recommend that candidates audition during their campus visit. If a live audition is not possible, students must submit an American format DVD or provide an online audition on a site such as YouTube containing the following:

Acting or Musical Theatre: Two prepared monologues from memory of no more than two minutes each. One must be a Shakespearean verse monologue and one must be a monologue from a play written after 1900. Applicants must also sing sixteen bars of a song a capella.

Theatre and Production Design: Applicants must interview with the design faculty and/or submit a portfolio for review.

For Specific questions regarding the Theatre admission process contact:
Marcus Wynn at 951.659.2171 x2344 or

Visual Arts

Applicants to the Visual Arts Department must submit at least 15 pieces that give a clear picture of who they are as an artist. All submissions must be the applicant’s original work.

Images of artwork should be submitted as part of the student’s online application. In addition to 2D requirements listed below, applicants may also include painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, animation, architecture, printmaking, mural work, graphic art, creative technology and video art.

Your portfolio must include:

  1. Two tonal drawings (including lights, darks, and shadows) of objects from direct observation using vine charcoal (not from photographs)
  2. Two line drawings of buildings from direct observation, using a fiber tipped pen (not from photographs)
  3. Two three-minute line drawings of a full human figure from direct observation, using a fiber tipped pen (not from photographs)
  4. Two tonal drawings of a full human figure in graphite (taking however long the applicant wishes)
  5. At least seven other works, in any medium, that show your individual artistic vision.

*Please do not submit original artwork. 

Brief responses to each of the following:

  1. What do you think your role as an artist is in today’s world?
  2. What do you want to achieve both artistically and personally at Idyllwild Arts Academy?
  3. Describe some of your previous experiences in Visual Arts: courses, personal projects, summer programs, or other kinds of art (for example: music, film, theatre) that interest you.

Each portfolio piece must include a title and/or a description of the type of project, a description of the materials, and the size and date.

Helpful tips for a successful portfolio:

  • Images of pieces must be lit adequately and evenly.
  • Images of pieces must be photographed “straight on”
  • Drawings must be flat and clean, and the page must fill the whole screen (no torn edges)
  • Images must be clear and in focus
  • Suggested format: in a Word document, PowerPoint, or similar format, include only one image per page with the information beneath each image

For specific questions regarding the Visual Arts admission process, please contact:
Jara Ruiz-Anchia at 951.659.2171 x2347 or

Tuition / Scholarships / Financial Aid

Idyllwild Arts Academy is committed to supporting arts education for students from a wide variety of backgrounds, regardless of a family’s ability to pay the full tuition amount. We believe it is vital to a student’s current and future success to be surrounded by a culturally and socio-economically diverse student body. This gives our students a well-rounded foundation for the rest of their lives. We therefore encourage every family interested in an Idyllwild Arts education to apply.

To view more information about Merit and Native American Scholarships please scroll down the page.

How to apply for need-based scholarships

Every year, Idyllwild Arts Academy uses the Independent School Management’s FAST (Scholarship for School Tuition) program to produce an unbiased analysis of your family’s financial need. FAST uses the information you give us to estimate what your family can contribute toward tuition. FAST decides neither whether you will receive scholarships nor how much you will receive; FAST merely helps Idyllwild Arts Academy achieve its goal of making fair and reasonable decisions about scholarships.

The scholarship evaluation takes into account more than just a family’s net income. We also evaluate a combination of many different factors in a family’s ability to afford to provide their child with a world-class arts education at Idyllwild Arts. We realize each and every family’s situation is unique.

Priority review application deadline is February 1.

Start your financial aid application here.

For more information

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) or contact the Admission and Scholarship Office at:

Jara Ruiz-Anchia
1.951.659.2171 x2347

Frequently Asked Questions About Need-Based Scholarships

Who can apply for scholarships?

Any family may apply. Determining your family’s contribution toward your child’s education at Idyllwild Arts Academy is complex, and many factors are taken into consideration. Income is only one component used in the process of determining scholarship awards. If you think you will need some assistance in paying for your child’s education at the Academy, don’t hesitate to apply for a scholarship.

What does the scholarship award cover?

The scholarship award is applied toward tuition, room, and board. Additional fees (private lessons, department fees, incidental account, books, spending money) are not covered by the scholarship award.

When should we apply?

Since a decision on your request for a scholarship cannot be made until all the required documents are received, it is important to begin the process early and to complete it by the stated deadlines.

How does the Scholarship Committee determine if we qualify for scholarships?

The Scholarship Committee uses four criteria to determine if a family qualifies for scholarships and the amount of that aid. The first criterion is family need, indicated by the summary sent to the Academy Admission Office by FAST. We use this summary to determine your initial qualification. Your statement of need, also known as the Parent Letter, is also reviewed to obtain further information regarding your family’s financial situation. (For international families, information is obtained through your bank statements, monthly income, and documentation of property value that you include in FAST.) The second criterion is the artistic ability of the student, determined by the admission audition and letters of recommendation. The third criterion is the artistic need of the school. In an arts school, there are certain artistic requirements that must be fulfilled in order to meet the needs of the individual arts departments. The fourth criterion is the academic standing of the student based on transcripts and letters of recommendation. These needs are taken into consideration in determining the scholarship amount a family may be awarded.

When will we be notified of the Scholarship Committee’s decision?

Families who have completed the student admission application and FAST will be notified about an award amount if and when they are sent an acceptance email and contract.

Does the Scholarship Committee consider special circumstances when making a decision?

The Committee will consider special circumstances as long as a request is made in writing and the circumstances are well documented. Requests and documentation must be on file before the Committee makes a decision.

Is the scholarship award a loan?

No. The scholarship award is not a loan and does not need to be repaid.

Is there an in-house payment plan available for the remaining balance of tuition and fees?

Yes. When a family receives an acceptance they will have payment plan options to select from on their contract.

Is the admission decision affected by our request for scholarships?

No. The Admission Committee does not know which students are applying for scholarships. Your scholarship information is kept confidential and is reviewed only by the Scholarship Committee.

If we receive scholarships this year, will we automatically receive scholarships next year?

It is the philosophy of the Idyllwild Arts Academy to continue scholarship support for returning students who qualify. The criteria for qualification include family need and the continued academic, artistic, and social growth of the student.

Merit Scholarships

Idyllwild Arts Academy is pleased to offer a number of merit scholarships to Academy applicants. Please see details below.

General Merit Scholarships

All applicants are automatically considered for these awards once they complete their applications. No additional materials are required. Scholarships are awarded to applicants after a holistic review by the Admission Committee and are awarded based on the strength of the student’s complete application.
Idyllwild Arts offers a limited number of merit scholarships at three levels:

  • Art Chair’s Award – $5,000
  • Deans’ Award – $10,000
  • Presidential Award – $15,000

The Elora Hardy Global Scholar Award – $25,000

Each year this scholarship, inspired by the creative works of Elora Hardy ’99, is awarded to an incoming Idyllwild Arts student who reflects the global artistic vision of Idyllwild Arts.
Application Instructions: To apply for the Global Scholar Award, the student should submit an additional essay of 500 words that describes their experience of multiculturalism and how it has shaped their development as a student, artist, and person.

Please email the essay to Tara Sechrest, Vice President, Enrollment Management & Strategic Partnerships, at: by February 1.

Departmental Merit Scholarships $1,000 – $30,000

Each of our limited Departmental Scholarships is worth between $1,000 and $25,000. Departmental Scholarships are awarded on the strength of the student’s audition or portfolio. All students applying to these concentrations are automatically considered for these awards. No additional application is required.

  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Music – Classical Violin
  • Music – Classical Viola
  • Music – Classical Cello
  • Music – Classical Bass
  • Music – Classical Flute
  • Music – Classical French Horn
  • Music – Classical Bassoon
  • Music – Classical Percussion
  • Music – Jazz Drums
  • Music – Jazz Bass
Native American Scholarships

Idyllwild Arts Academy is committed to supporting Native American students.

Please contact Tara Sechrest, Vice President, Enrollment Management & Strategic Partnerships, at with any questions about scholarship eligibility for Native American students.

Native American Scholarship Information
2020-2021 Cost of Attendance

Boarding Tuition:
– International: $68,432
– Domestic: $65,091

Day Tuition:

2020-2021 Spring Tuition:
– Boarding: $34,000
– Day: $19,000

Financial Supplement 2020-2021

Apply for need-based scholarships:

Start your financial aid application here.

Tuition Insurance

Idyllwild Arts Academy is pleased to participate in TuitionNet, an insurance program designed to protect the investment you make in your child’s education.


Frequently Asked Questions

How competitive is the admission process?

We accept two thirds of our applicants. The students who apply are usually the students who are meant to be here.

Is the Arts Academy only for students who plan to be professional artists?

No. We have an equal focus in academics. We have students who want to be professional artists, doctors, lawyers, teachers, etc.

What kind of academic opportunities are available?

We offer college preparatory academics with weighted honors courses, as well as onsite ACT, SAT and AP exams.

Where do Idyllwild Arts students go to college?

Our graduates are sought out by the top universities and colleges across the nation and abroad. They go on to places like Juilliard, Oberlin, Cooper Union, RISD, MICA, NYU, USC and UCLA.

Does IAA consider my academic grades when making a decision on my acceptance?

Yes. A 3.0 or above is desirable.

Does IAA require any testing?

All international applicants are interviewed by our faculty on Skype or in person to determine English level.

What is dorm life like?

We do our best to provide a family-like atmosphere in our dorms. There is close interaction between students and dorm parents, fostering an atmosphere of care and mutual understanding.

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How safe is the campus?

Extremely safe. It is located on the outskirts of the town of Idyllwild, where the population of less than four thousand includes many artists and very little crime. The campus has a security staff and all the dorms have security alarms.

Are there organized sports teams or opportunities for exercise?

Our students’ busy double schedules leave no time for organized sports, but Physical Education and dance classes and running club offer plenty of chances to exercise. Students also have opportunities for yoga, mounting biking, hiking, etc.

What kinds of health services are available to students?

A certified medical professional is available for student care twenty-four hours a day. The campus Health Center is staffed daily.

What do students do on the weekends?

Activities are organized for every weekend. These can include attending concerts in Los Angeles, student performances on campus, school dances, visits to Disneyland, etc.

What is the average class size?

The average class size is fifteen, allowing our teachers to give individual attention to every student.

How many students attend IAA?

We can accommodate slightly more than three hundred students.

What is the daily schedule like?

The daily schedule consists of morning academic classes and afternoon arts classes. A typical day begins with breakfast from 7:15 to 8, followed by academics until 1 pm, then lunch, followed by arts classes from 2 to 6:30. Dinner from 6 to 7 is followed by rehearsals or performances from 7 to 10 and quiet study time from 8:50 to 10. Students must be in their dorms by 10, with lights out by 10:30.

Do students receive help with the college search and application process?

Our team of college counselors work with students beginning in their 9th grade Life Skills course, and continuing through graduation. They offer assistance on the college search, application process, essay revision, testing, and financial aid. Representatives from top colleges and conservatories regularly visit campus for events such as our fall College Fair, a spring College Panel, and master classes. Arts Department Chairs, faculty, and our staff work together to help students research and gain admission to programs best suited for their interests.

Does the Academy offer Advanced Placement courses?

Our students do not have enough time in their busy schedule to take AP classes. However, we do offer weighted honors courses and AP exams.

Can I have a double major?

No. However, you could major in InterArts, which allows you to study more than one art discipline.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. More than sixty percent of our students receive financial aid, which totals over $5 million every year.

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Are merit scholarships available?

Idyllwild Arts Academy offers merit-based awards on a competitive basis to incoming students. These scholarships, among the highest honors given to Idyllwild Arts Academy’s students, are renewable through four years, subject to outstanding artistic and academic achievement as well as satisfactory behavior.

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Events & Performances

Idyllwild Arts invites you to any of the following events. Please let us know if you are interested in attending, email or call 951.468.7223

Meet the Team
Associate Director of Admission & Financial Aid
Vice President, Enrollment Management & Strategic Partnerships
Manager of Communications & International Student Relations
Administrative Assistant to Admission
Assistant Director of Admission
Data & Communication Specialist
Admission Counselor
2016-2018 College Acceptances

Adelphi University
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Mills College
Minneapolis College of Art & Design
Molloy College, CAP21 Conservatory
Montana State University
Montclair State University
Muhlenberg College
New England Conservatory
New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts
New York Film Academy
New York University, Steinhardt School
New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
Northern Arizona University
Northern Illinois University
Northwestern University
Norwich University of the Arts
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Occidental College
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma State University
Oregon Ballet Theatre
Oregon College of Art & Craft
Otis College of Art & Design
Otterbein University
Pace University
Pacific Northwest Ballet
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Paris College of Art
Pitzer College
Point Park University
Pratt Institute
Purchase College, SUNY
Purdue University
Reed College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island School of Design
Rider University
Ringling College of Art & Design
Ripon College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Roosevelt University, Chicago College of Performing Arts
Royal College of Music
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts
San Diego State University
San Francisco Art Institute
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
San Francisco State University
San Jose State University
Santa Clara University
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art & Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of Visual Arts
Sewanee: The University of the South
Southern Methodist University,
Meadows School of the Arts
Spelman College
St. John’s College
St. Mary’s College
St. Olaf College
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stonehill College
Stony Brook University, SUNY
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
Temple University
Texas Christian University
Texas State University
The American Academy of Dramatic Arts
The American University of Rome
The Cooper Union
The Glasgow School of Art
The Juilliard School
The New School of Jazz
The New School, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
The New School, Mannes School of Music
The New School, Parsons School of Design
The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University
The University of the Arts
Thomas College
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
Tufts University
Tulane University
University of Arizona
University of British Columbia
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Cincinnati,
College-Conservatory of Music
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Colorado, Denver
University of Hartford, Hartt School of Music
University of Hawaii
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of La Verne
University of Miami
University of Miami, Frost School of Music
University of Michigan,
School of Music, Theater & Dance
University of Minnesota
University of Monterrey
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon
University of Pittsburgh
University of Puget Sound
University of Redlands
University of Rochester
University of Southern California,
Roski School of Art & Design
University of Southern California,
School of Cinematic Arts
University of Southern California,
School of Dramatic Arts
University of Southern California,
Thornton School of Music
University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music
University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins
University of the Arts London, Chelsea College of Arts
University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion
University of Utah, College of Fine Arts
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
Virginia Commonwealth University
Viterbo University
Wagner College
Washington College
Webster University, Leiden
Western Washington University
Woodbury University
York University
Youngstown State University

The Village of Idyllwild

Located at an elevation of over 5,000 feet on the western slopes of Southern California’s San Jacinto Mountains, the village of Idyllwild is renowned for its cultural and arts environment, as well as its stunning natural beauty. Set amid towering alpine forests, majestic mountains, and tranquil meadows, Idyllwild is an historic town that has long had a reputation as an arts mecca.

Idyllwild offers a peaceful and remote setting from urban distractions, although it is located just 2 hours by car from Los Angeles or San Diego. Students can take advantage of Idyllwild’s broad choice of recreational activities on campus, or by visiting the nearby town of Idyllwild, with its restaurants, specialty shops, and art galleries.

The Idyllwild Arts campus is located only 2 miles from the center of town.


Set your GPS to 52500 Temecula Road, Idyllwild, CA 92549

From Los Angeles International Airport:

Head East on I-105 from S Sepulveda Blvd. Continue on I-105 E. Take I-10 E to CA-243 S/S 8th St in Banning. Take exit 100 from I-10 E. Follow CA-243 S to 52500 Temecula Rd.

From San Diego International Airport:

Head North on I-15, CA-79 S, CA-371 E and CA-74 W to Tollgate Rd in Idyllwild-Pine Cove. Continue on Tollgate Rd to 52500 Temecula Rd.

From Palm Springs International Airport:

Take N Farrell Dr and E Racquet Club Rd to CA-111 N/N Palm Canyon Dr. Follow CA-111 N, I-10 W and CA-243 S to Tollgate Rd in Idyllwild-Pine Cove. Continue on Tollgate to 52500 Temecula Rd.

From Ontario:

Get on I-10 E. Follow I-10 E to CA-243 S/S 8th St in Banning. Take exit 100 from I-10 E. Follow CA-243 S to 52500 Temecula Rd.

From Hemet:

Head east on CA-74 E/W Florida Ave toward N State St. Continue on CA-243 N to 52500 Temecula Rd.


There is no public transportation to or within Idyllwild. Transportation is available via campus vans from Ontario International Airport or Palm Springs Regional Airport and Idyllwild. Arrangements must be made in advance.


Vacation Rentals:

If you want an amazing place to stay in Idyllwild, our very own design teacher of 16 years, Melissa Wilson, has designed three homes to meet all of your different needs. These homes are all upscale, newly remodeled and all have 5 star reviews. It is extremely important to Melissa that you always get 5 star treatment. The links are below or you can email her directly with any questions you may have:

The 1 bedroom with sleeping loft: or 

Idyllwild Manor
55350 South Circle Dr.

Idyllwild Vacation Cabins
54380 North Circle Dr. Unit C
(951) 659-5444

Idyllwild Vacation Rentals
54280 North Circle Dr.
(951) 659-5015

Sunset Acres – 2 bedroom, plus loft
53397 Linger Lane
Idyllwild, CA
Sunset Acres – Airbnb
Sunset Acres – Vrbo

Idyllwild Mountain Rentals
54240 North Circle Drive
(951) 659-5349

New Spirit Vacation Homes
54325 North Circle Drive #102
(909) 910-5005 or (951) 659-3100

Inns B&B’s & Hotels:

Bluebird Cottage Inn
26620 Saddle Drive
(951) 659-2696

Creekstone Inn
54950 Pine Crest Ave.
(951) 659-3342

Fireside Inn

54540 North Circle Drive
(951) 659-2966

Grand Idyllwild Lodge
54820 Pinecrest Ave.

Idyllwild Inn
54300 Village Center Drive

Knotty Pine Cabins
54340 Pine Crest Ave.
(951) 659-2933

Manzanita Cabins
54100 Lower Pinecrest Ave.
(951) 659-3151

Mile High Country Inn
54605 N Circle Drive
(951) 659-2931

Quiet Creek Inn
26345 Delano Dr.
1-800-450-1516, (951) 468-4208

Rainbow Inn
54420 South Circle Dr.
(951) 659-0111

Silver Pines Lodge
25955 Cedar St.
(951) 659-4335

Strawberry Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast
Banning-Idyllwild Panoramic Hwy
(951) 659-3202

Thousand Trails
24400 Canyon Trail Dr.
(951) 659-4097

Woodland Park Manor
55350 South Circle Dr.
1-877-659-2657, (951)659-2657

Campus Map


Café Aroma • • 951-659-5212 • 54750 North Circle Drive, Idyllwild CA 92549

Restaurant Gastrognome • • 951-659-5055 • 54381 Ridgeview Drive, Idyllwild CA 92549

Higher Grounds Coffee House & Roaster • • 951-659-1379 • 54245 North Circle Drive, Idyllwild, CA

Idyll Awhile Wine Shoppe Bistro • • 951-659-9463 • 54254 North Circle Drive, Idyllwild, CA 92549

La Casita Mexican Restaurant • • 951-659-6038 • 54650 North Circle Drive, Idyllwild CA

Lumber Mill Bar & Grill • • 951-659-0315 • 25985 Hwy. 243, Idyllwild CA 92549• 951-659-2008 • 26600 Hwy 243, Idyllwild CA 92549

Mile High • 951-659-2008 • 26600 Hwy 243, Idyllwild CA 92549

The Red • 951-659-4063 • 54220 North Circle Drive, Idyllwild CA 92549

Ferro • • 951-659-0700 • 25840 Cedar Street, Idyllwild, CA 92549 • 951-659-5962 • 54905 North Circle Drive, Idyllwild, CA 92549

Idyllwild Bake Shop & Brew • 951-659-4145 • 54200 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549

Tommy’s Kitchen • 951-468-4222 • 54700 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549

Fratello’s Ristorante & Pizzeria • (951) 659-3900 • 54295 Ridgeview Drive, Idyllwild, CA 92549

Things to do in Idyllwild

Idyllwild has earned the distinction of becoming one of the 100 Best Small Art Towns in America. (As designated in the book of the same name by John Villani, A John Muir publication). The town features over 15 galleries representing the work of more than 200 artists. Idyllwild is filled with unique gift and antique shops, boutiques, galleries, and wide variety of dining options.

There are hundreds of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails for all levels from gentle strolls to strenuous trails leading to the meadows and peaks that tower above the village. Fishing is also available within 20 minutes at Lake Fulmor and Lake Hemet.

Transportation Services

Please note that Idyllwild does not have transportation services readily available in the Idyllwild area. If you have a car service drive you to Idyllwild, please make sure you pre-arrange for the car service to take you off the mountain. In some cases, you will need to have the car wait for you for the duration of your visit.

Transportation options listed are informational only, and not an endorsement of those companies and services.

Palm Springs Airport area transportation service:

Shuttle Me Five Star

Cardiff Limousine & Transportation
or 1-760-568-1403

VIP Express Transportation

Ontario International Airport area transportation service:

Super Shuttle

Ontario Limo & Sedan Services

Ontario Uber Service

Ride N’ Relax

Los Angeles International Airport area transportation service:

Super Shuttle

LA Private Car Service

Ride N’ Relax

MGCLS Car Service

Contact Admission Office
Admission General Contact Form 2019

Admission Office
Idyllwild Arts Academy

52500 Temecula Road
P. O. Box 38
Idyllwild, CA 92549-0038

Direct Line: 951.468.7223
Fax: 951.659.3168