Student Life

Prepare to be surprised in the best way by life at Idyllwild Arts Academy. Our faculty, staff, and students share the common goal of creating an environment that will help you grow artistically, intellectually, and personally.Your studies will be complemented by a full schedule of social activities—concerts, exhibits, readings, and other cultural events; weekend trips to Los Angeles and San Diego; and exercise at our indoor facilities as well as in our glorious outdoor campus setting.

Student/Parent Handbook
Student Services

The mission of Student Services at Idyllwild Arts Academy is to ensure the health and safety of our community while teaching the importance of time management, interpersonal relationships, and individual accountability. Our residential life curriculum teaches practical skills of healthy living, fosters an environment of cooperation, trustworthiness, and fun, and provides enrichment for personal growth.

Food Service

Food service is provided by SACCO Dining Services. Whenever possible, SACCO caters to specific student needs and student food preferences (e.g., vegetarian, food allergies, etc.). A comment/suggestion box is always available in the dining hall for student comments. Surveys are conducted to assess satisfaction with the food service and to collect ideas for improvement. Students who have dietary or other restrictions for religious reasons should notify the school during the admission process. Meal times are announced and posted during student orientation and whenever changes in the schedule are necessary.

Guidelines which apply to the dining hall to ensure it is a safe and clean place to eat are as follows:

  • All students are expected to be dressed appropriately in the dining hall. Health and safety regulations require that a shirt and shoes be worn in all buildings.
  • Students may have as many helpings as they like but will be served only one portion at a time.
  • When using the salad bar or any shared serving bowl or plate, students must use tongs or forks.
  • Sandwiches or small servings should always be carried on a plate, not in the hand.
  • Trays, cups, glasses, dishes, and silverware may not be removed from the dining hall at any time.
  • Food may not be taken out of the dining hall except at lunchtime when students may take two pieces of fresh fruit.
  • Students must clean up after themselves.

The Bookstore

The campus bookstore sells textbooks, snacks, and personal, school, and art supplies.

Campus Wide Internet Service

Idyllwild Arts has an extensive campus-wide high speed WiFi internet system.

Student I.D. Cards

All students are issued an ID card which must be worn on a lanyard or clipped to their clothes and clearly visible any time they are outside of their dorm.

Mail

Students are able to send outgoing mail from the school, and mail is delivered to their individual mailboxes Monday through Saturday. Postage stamps may be purchased at the campus bookstore.

All student mail should be addressed to:

(Student’s Name)
Dormitory name and room number
Idyllwild Arts Academy
P.O. Box 1758
Idyllwild, CA 92549

United Parcel Service and Federal Express packages should be sent to:

(Student’s Name)
Dormitory name and room number
Idyllwild Arts Academy
52500 Temecula Drive
Idyllwild, CA 92549

UPS and Fed Ex pick up and deliver packages daily. If students need to ship belongings, they may do so in the mail center across the street from Nelson Dining Hall.

Health Services

Student Health Insurance Information

A Health Center Admission Packet is made available to families soon after acceptance. Health Center forms are available on Magnus Student Medical Records.

Magnus Letters

English Magnus Parent Instruction Letter
Simplified Chinese Magnus Letter
Traditional Chinese Magnus Letter
Spanish Magnus Letter
Korean Magnus Letter
French Magnus Letter

A certified medical professional is available for student care 24 hours a day. A Health Center is staffed on campus with daily operating hours from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday and on Saturdays until 1:00 PM. The Health Center is equipped with beds for students to use during open hours. After 5:00 PM, students return to their dormitories where they are looked after by their dorm parents. If a student needs medical attention overnight, he or she will stay in the Health Center with a full-time registered nurse or relief nurse. The “on call” nurse will respond to all emergencies.

A private medical clinic in Idyllwild is minutes away from the school campus. Students will be taken to the clinic by health center personnel if they need to see a physician or nurse practitioner. Appointments can also be arranged for students for specialist care. Please contact the Health Center at extension 2275 to make arrangements if specialized care is required. If an appointment is missed by a student, the parents may be held financially responsible, depending on the practitioner’s missed appointment policy.

Hospital and Emergency Services

Although the closest available emergency care is in Hemet, half an hour away by ambulance, students may be taken to other emergency care facilities, depending on the situation. Ambulance and paramedic services are available locally. Parents will be notified by Health Center staff or Student Services staff whenever an emergency situation arises. In the event of hospitalization, a parent or guardian is required at bedside as soon as possible to assist with student care.

Student Illness Procedure

Any student who is ill must report to a nurse in the Health Center in order to be excused. Students must report in person to have an absence excused, or by phone if they are unable to walk to the Health Center. Medical absences for day students must be reported before noon on the day of the absence.

Students who are excused from class for illness may not participate in school activities until they have received permission from the school nurse. Every effort is made by the nursing staff to work with the student’s arts and academic schedules in order to minimize the amount of time a student is out of class and rehearsal.

Counseling

Counseling is available by school counselors free of charge for any student. The counselor’s offices are located in the Health Center. Students may be self-referred or referred by parents, teachers, dorm parents, advisors, or other students. It is the goal of the counseling staff to provide support and to work with students to identify goals, and help the students work towards those goals. If needed, the counselor will make outside referrals for more specialized treatment support and options.

Counseling office hours are Monday-Friday 9 AM to 4 PM and a school counselor is always available after hours on an on-call basis.

Transportation

The Transportation Department ensures that students are transported safely to and from medical, dental and other appointments, music lessons, performances and activities. A fleet of well-maintained vans is available for this purpose. Parents may also request a school van to transport students home and to nearby airports on the weekends and during vacations. To make a van request, please contact the Student Services Coordinator at extension 2516. On vacation days, transportation each way to and from LAX is provided for a fee of $150.00 per person and each way to and from the Ontario and Palm Springs airports for a fee of $95.00 per person. At all other times, transportation to and from any other destination is provided at $0.85 per mile. If there are extenuating circumstances (unavailable drivers or vans, unavoidable scheduling difficulties or conflicts), public transportation (taxi cab or airport shuttle) may be used and the student will be billed at the taxi or shuttle company’s rate. All student transportation not required by the school, including to/from medical and dental appointments, is billed to student accounts. Transportation is not provided for non-essential trips off campus.

Away Permission

In order for a student to leave school for any reason, parents must give their permission and the reason for the absence to the Student Services Coordinator.

Students will be excused for medical, religious, or family emergency reasons and for school approved auditions. The student will have the opportunity to make up homework missed, although it may be impossible to make up work that was done in class. It is the student’s responsibility to consult the instructor regarding work that was missed. A student may be denied away permission if he or she has not met all academic, arts, dormitory, and disciplinary commitments. Absences due to early departure or late return from school vacations will not be excused.

Parents must contact the Student Services Coordinator by 5:00PM on Thursday in order to request away permission for their child for the weekend. The school always reserves the right to deny permission if it feels that the safety and well-being of a student is in jeopardy (for example, spending the night in a hotel unchaperoned or spending the weekend at a home in which the parents are not present).

Student Activities

Boarders are strongly encouraged to remain at school on the weekends and participate in a variety of activities, all of which are also open to day students. Activities are planned by the Director of Student Life in conjunction with other faculty members and student leaders. Activities on campus include dances, open-microphone coffee houses, movie screenings, pool parties, games and competitions, and open houses in the dorms.
Other activities include trips to museums, concerts, theatre productions, amusement parks, beaches, ski areas, skating rinks, shopping malls, movie theatres, sporting events, and many other cultural and recreational activities. Some trips may include a community service component. All students and parents are invited to suggest possible trip destinations and should do so by contacting the Director of Student Life at ext. 2232. Students who sign up for off-campus trips are charged according to the cost of that event, including transportation, entrance fees, tickets, and other related expenses. In most cases, students should bring pocket money on off-campus trips to cover food and incidentals.

Student Government

Student government helps plan and execute student activities, participates in the evolution of policies, rules, and privileges, and builds leadership skills in students. Representatives are elected from each grade level, each arts major, day students, and international students. All students are welcome to attend and participate in student government meetings.

Prefect Program

Prefects are returning students who have shown leadership potential, dependability, and integrity and have been chosen to work closely with faculty members to govern the dorms and serve as a liaison between the student body and the dorm parents. There is approximately one prefect assigned to every ten students. Prefects attend regular meetings with the dorm parents on their team to discuss all matters related to their dorms. In addition, they work with the Director of Student Life to plan weekend activities both on and off campus.

In Loco Parentis

In connection with its supervisory role, Idyllwild Arts Academy may from time to time be called upon to make decisions, sign documents and otherwise act in the place of a parent or parents (in loco parentis), exercising the rights, duties and responsibilities which would otherwise be exercised by a parent were the parent present at the time.

Dorm Life

The Idyllwild Arts dormitories are designed to provide our students a “home away from home” and a welcoming, comfortable, and friendly environment in which to relax between classes, rehearsals and other student life activities.

Your dorm room is your own personal space that you are encouraged to make comfortable and decorate as you wish to reflect your individual taste. Each dormitory on campus also has a “common” room to enjoy social interaction with your fellow dorm mates.

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.

Dorm Heads & Dorm Parents

Faculty/Dorm Parents reside in or next to the dormitories. They are visible, available, and approachable for students. Dorm parents are responsible for the well-being of residents and the implementation of dormitory policies. Student Prefects assist in dormitory supervision. These older students provide good role modeling, experience, and leadership for the younger students.

Pierson Dorm

Visual Arts Faculty / Dorm Parent
Math and Science Faculty / Dorm Parent
Modern Language Chair - Spanish / Dorm Parent
Orchestra Manager / Music Faculty / Dorm Parent
Admission Counselor / Dorm Parent
ESL Chair / Dorm Parent
Shipping/Receiving Specialist / Dorm Parent
College Counselor / Pierson Dorm Head
Humanities Faculty / Pierson Dorm Head

MacNeal Dorm

Visual Arts Faculty / Dorm Parent
Poet-in-Residence / Dorm Parent
Wellness & Movement Instructor / Life Skills Teacher / Dorm Parent
AEL Intern - Music Faculty / Dorm Parents
Math and Science Faculty / MacNeal Dorm Head

Husch Dorm

Math Faculty / Dorm Parent
Science Faculty / Dorm Parent
Admin Assistant to the Director of Programs / Dorm Parent
Piano Instructor / Dorm Parent
Director of Attendance and Advisory / Husch Dorm Head

Lower Wayne Dorm

Bookstore / Dorm Parent
Humanities & Creative Writing Faculty / Dorm Parent
Dorm Parent
Music Faculty / Lower Wayne Dorm Head
Film & Digital Media Faculty / Dorm Parent
Transportation Driver / Dorm Parent / Childrens Center Visual Arts Faculty

Small Dorms

Math and Science Faculty / Dorm Parent
Visual Arts Faculty / Dorm Parent
ESL Faculty / Dorm Parent
Student Services Coordinator / Dorm Parent
Humanities Faculty / Small Dorms & Spruce Dorm Head
Dorm Life Information

Roommates

All rooms are double-occupancy. Students are assigned roommates at the beginning of the year, with student requests for roommates given careful consideration.

English-speaking students may voluntarily assist newly arriving international students with their English language skills by choosing to be their roommates. We encourage this mutually beneficial situation. Any student wishing to do so should notify the Dean of Students.

Students are encouraged to decorate their room with pictures, posters, plants, and personal objects. In addition, each student receives a phone voice line in his/her room for telephone, fax or computer use. The phone service includes voice message box and call forwarding features.

Privacy

Everyone deserves a certain degree of privacy in his or her living space, and dorm parents strive to respect student privacy by knocking on doors before entering. However, a student’s dorm room is not an inviolable space. The dorms are the property of the school, and school personnel reserve the right to enter student rooms to conduct inspections and repairs. In addition, individual rooms are subject to search and special inspection if faculty suspect that a student is engaged in illegal or illicit activity. For safety reasons, students are not allowed to lock their doors when they are in their rooms, including at night when the students are sleeping. Students may not enter other students’ rooms without the express permission of the residents, and the school strongly urges all students to lock their doors when they leave their rooms for extended periods.

Quiet Hours and Curfew

Quiet hours are maintained campus-wide from 8:00 pm to 7:00 am.. From 8 pm to 10 pm completing homework and other school commitments is the top priority. Once a student completes their homework they can use this protected downtime to rest, relax, or exercise. Dorm and room curfews vary from 8PM to 10PM depending on a student’s grade level.

Sunday through Friday, all lights in the dorm should be turned off by 11 PM. On Saturday nights students are encouraged to use good sense and turn their lights off at a reasonable time.

Dorm Meetings

Dorm meetings are held at least once a week to discuss important information, build community, and implement our health and wellness curriculum. All residents are required to attend these meetings. The meetings may be with the entire dorm or smaller groups led by prefects, dorm parents, or faculty.

Laundry Facilities

Coin-operated washers and dryers are available to students either in or next to their dorm. Students are requested to have a laundry bag, and all clothes should be well marked. Students are expected to keep their clothes neat and clean.

Items to Bring

It should be noted that the Arts Academy is in a mountain environment. Idyllwild has a winter season which includes temperatures below freezing, snow and rain. Temperatures may vary greatly daily. Since storage space is limited, extra clothes should be kept to a minimum.

Every dorm room is furnished with twin extra-long beds, a built-in closet, chairs, and a desk with the dimensions 42″ L x 24″ W x 30″ H.

  • Warm gloves and hat
  • Warm jacket and boots resistant to snow and rain
  • Light jacket or sweater
  • Sweat suit
  • Sweat socks
  • Tennis shoes
  • Shorts and tee shirts
  • Swimming suit
  • Alarm clock
  • Telephone
  • Watch
  • Blankets or quilts (2)
  • Comforter
  • Bedspread
  • Sheets, twin size–extra long (2)
  • Pillows & pillow cases (2)
  • Towels & washcloths
  • Laundry bags
  • Hangers
  • Flashlight
  • Toilet articles
  • Laundry soap
  • Bathroom cleaning supplies
  • One roll of quarters for operating laundry machines
  • Writing materials
  • Study or reading lamp
  • Desk supplies
  • Trunk or box in which student may lock personal possessions
  • Book bag or day pack (1 required)
  • Instruments (music students)
  • TI-83 or TI-84 calculator
  • Dictionary and Thesaurus
  • Laptop computer

Although the Academy maintains a computer lab, students are encouraged to bring their own computers and printers. See Student/Parent Handbook.

Items NOT To Bring

  • Televisions
  • Video gaming systems such as X-Box, Playstaion, ect.
  • Furniture that is too big for one person to carry
  • Torch halogen lamps
  • Skateboards and scooters
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Candles or incense
  • Pets
  • Cordless telephones (due to radio interference)
  • WiFi access points
  • Computer monitors larger than 24 inches
  • Air Conditioners
  • Microwaves
  • Toaster ovens
  • Space Heaters
  • Cooking Appliances (such as hot pots, electric griddles / grills- the only appliance allowed in rooms is a water kettle with an automatic shut off- students may store cooking devices in the common room kitchenette on a limited basis- due to fire safety and hygiene concerns there is no cooking allowed in dorm rooms)

Students' Mailing & Shipping Addresses

Student’s Name
Idyllwild Arts Academy
52500 Temecula Road
P.O. Box 38
Idylwild, CA 92549

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.

Day Students

In order to attend Idyllwild Arts Academy as a day student, we require that the student must reside with an immediate family member who is a full-time resident of Idyllwild.

Communication

Although Day students do not live on campus, we encourage them to participate in all campus activities. We require that they attend school meetings, department meetings, and faculty advisor meetings; this will enable Day Students to stay informed on campus activities. It is the responsibility of the day student to read the announcements which are posted on campus, check their emails and to check their mailboxes in the mail room daily for announcements.

Day Student Policies

Day students may be on campus throughout the day for classes and in the evenings for rehearsals, appropriate library use, or to attend performances or exhibitions. Otherwise, there is to be no visitation after dinner on study nights. Day students are not allowed in dormitories after 7:00 PM, except on Saturdays. On those evenings they may visit until check-in time.

Lockers

Lockers are provided for Day Students and are conveniently located adjacent to the Lewitzky Dance Studio, Birchard, and the Science Complex. Students may not supply their own locks. Locks must be obtained from their day student advisor. Individual lockers are subject to search if illegal or illicit activity is suspected.

Meals

A day student’s tuition includes the mid-day lunch meal only. However, breakfast and dinner meals may be purchased at the dining hall door. In the event that a student is required to stay at school for a mandatory rehearsal or meeting, a dining pass will be provided to the student so that they may have dinner at the dining hall.

Day Student Driving and Parking

The right to operate a car on campus is a privilege granted to day students only. Day students who drive to school must park in the lot below Log Lodge and are not allowed to drive around campus during the school day without permission from the Dean of Students.

Student Services Staff
Dean of Students
Director of Student Life / Director of Art Enterprise Laboratory
Lead Nurse and Health Center Director
Student Counselor
Director of Attendance and Advisory / Husch Dorm Head
Student Services Coordinator / Dorm Parent
Student Services Administrative Assistant
Music Faculty / Lower Wayne Dorm Head
Math and Science Faculty / MacNeal Dorm Head
College Counselor / Pierson Dorm Head
Humanities Faculty / Pierson Dorm Head
Humanities Faculty / Small Dorms & Spruce Dorm Head
Transportation Staff
Transportation Manager
Assistant Transportation Manager
Transportation Driver
Transportation Driver
Transportation Driver
Transportation Driver
Transportation Driver
Transportation Driver
Transportation Driver
Transportation Driver
Transportation Driver / Dorm Parent / Childrens Center Visual Arts Faculty
Tips For Parents

Send Letters!

If you can, send the first letter before your son or daughter leaves home. You might also alert grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers and sisters that the first month away is a good time to keep those funny cards and letters arriving. If you live outside the U.S. be sure to send things air mail and to calculate the slow international mail.

The address for students at Idyllwild Arts Academy is:
P.O. Box 1758
Idyllwild, CA 92549

Making the New Room "My Place"

When packing, be sure your son or daughter includes a favorite poster, stuffed animal, scrapbook, dresser ornaments, choice possession… whatever decorates the room at home. Those bare walls and serviceable furnishings at school need to be converted to the student’s own special place as soon as possible. It is also nice to send along a starter-fund of extra allowance for a few new posters or an inexpensive bedspread. If you are coming to registration it never hurts to be an “interior decorator” for a few hours with your son or daughter.

Allowance

Your son or daughter will probably ask you for extra funds for relatively good reasons… new instrument parts, more canvas for a special painting, soap for the laundry, leotards…. You know how endless the string of requests can be. School supplies, art supplies and toiletries can be charged at the student bookstore.

The school makes a weekly allowance available to boarding students. Most students use their allowance to eat or shop in town on the weekends. We encourage no more than $20 per week; however, parents can set the amount. In addition, many parents give their students credit or debit cards for larger purchases.

It is not advisable to send cash through the mail or store large amounts of cash in dorm rooms.

Auditions

During the first days of orientation almost all students are involved in auditions for class placement levels. These are real auditions. The student must perform for the Theatre faculty, dance for the Dance department, or play for the conductor. We do our best to prepare the students for this experience and to support them if they are disappointed, but audition time is always a time of great stress for students – whether or not they are sure of their abilities.

Auditions occur throughout the year, and it is best to be sensitive to your son or daughter’s casual comment that “I’m auditioning next Saturday for that part in the play.” If he or she gets the part, you will be treated to one of those great delirious and positive phone calls. If he or she does not get the part, you might not get a phone call at all or you might be talking with a severely disappointed son or daughter. Call them if they do not call you, and if they have been disappointed give them your support and encouragement for the next chance. As artists, the students must learn to work through the disappointment of not being cast in the fall theatre production or the spring dance concert. It is a difficult but necessary part of their education.

Travel

The Department of Student Services along with the Transportation Department coordinates travel plans for all students during the fall break, winter break, spring break and end-of-the-year travel days. Parents are asked to observe the travel dates listed on the school calendar. The Transportation Office must have copies of all student itineraries for travel, even those who are being picked up by parents or taking public transportation.

Please convey all plans for travel, including requests for school transportation during vacation periods, to the Student Services Coordinator at 951.659.2171 x2516.

Storage

Students may leave their belongings in storage over the summer for a small fee. Instructions regarding summer storage will be provided by the Director of Student Life during the fourth quarter.

Family Weekend

We encourage you to join us for Family Weekend in October. This event allows you to communicate with us in the most direct way possible about what your child has been doing. It is also a time of class visitations, performances, friendly conferences and get-togethers.

International Parents

At Idyllwild Arts Academy, we are proud that our school is truly global. Slightly less than half of our students are international, and they come to us from dozens of different countries, united by their passion for artistic excellence.

We believe that no other high school in the United States does a better job than we do of preparing young people to find creative ways to meet the opportunities and challenges of an increasingly complex, interconnected global community.

The international parents who send their children to Idyllwild Arts Academy have made a wise choice. However, that choice is also a brave one. Most of our international parents will be separated from their children by great distances. These parents may know little about American education and culture, and, because they live too far away to visit our campus, they cannot learn about them firsthand.

One of the main purposes of my role as Coordinator of International Student Life is to help our international parents understand Idyllwild Arts Academy education specifically, and American education in general. This is particularly helpful for those parents who struggle to understand the English on our website.

If you have a question, please contact me at dstoll@idyllwildarts.org; I promise to do my best to find the answer.

Dr. Donald Stoll
Manager of Communications & International Student Relations
Idyllwild Arts Academy
1.951.659.2171 ext. 2346

International FAQ's

What should my child bring to IAA to be ready for the school year?

See “Dorm Life” above, there you can find useful advice both about what your child should bring, and about what he or she cannot bring.

Can IAA help my child get to and from the airport?

All questions about rides to and from Southern California airports should go to Becky Bomgardner at beckyb@idyllwildarts.org.

What cellphone service provider would be best for my child at Idyllwild?

Although the cellphone service on campus is not good, the best provider might be Verizon.

What if my child decides not to come home during the fall, winter, or spring vacation?

Please ask Becky Bomgardner (beckyb@idyllwildarts.org) if it is possible to arrange for your child to stay in the home of a local, Idyllwild-area family.

How will I know the dates of concerts, plays, or other special school events, in case I want to visit?

Please visit our Idyllwild Arts Calendar.

How can I find out how my child is doing in his or her classes during the semester?

Our Registrar, Lainie Huddleston (elaineh@idyllwildarts.org), can plug you into the edline.net system, enabling you to follow your child’s progress in all of his or her classes.

If my child is not a native English speaker, should he or she study for the TOEFL or for the SAT?

Our lead College Counselor, Don Put (dput@idyllwildarts.org), gives this advice:

“The SAT is designed for native English speakers, so it includes expressions that confuse non-native speakers. For this reason, American colleges, universities, art schools, and conservatories assess international students’ English skills mainly through the TOEFL exam. International students should study for the SAT, especially the math portion. But they should give more time to TOEFL preparation: the TOEFL will replace the SAT’s critical reading and writing sections when colleges evaluate an international student. Because minimum acceptable TOEFL scores are rising, international students must prepare thoroughly for the TOEFL to stay competitive.”

Can the school store my child’s belongings during the summer vacation?

IAA has some room for storage for returning students only, but it is limited. Please contact our Associate Dean of Students, Kevin Sullivan (ksullivan@idyllwildarts.org), well ahead of time to make storage arrangements.

If your child is brand-new to IAA and will start attending for the first time in September, please do not ship his or her belongings to us until after August 20.

What if my child gets sick or injured? Is there a doctor on campus?

Although we do not have a doctor on campus, we are proud of our Health Center and of the abilities of Becky Sandlin (rsandlin@idyllwildarts.org) and Debbie Paris (dparis@idyllwildarts.org), who work there, to look after your child’s health and to answer all of your healthcare-related questions.

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.

Directions

From the Riverside Area thru Hemet:

Route 60 Riverside, towards Beaumont. Right on route 79, 8.3 miles to traffic light. Left onto Ramona Express Way, travel 8 miles to Florida Ave. Left at traffic light onto Route 74. Fifteen miles up mountain to Highway 243 at Mtn. Center. Left onto Route 243, four miles to Idyllwild. Left on Tollgate Road, one mile to campus.

From the Los Angeles Area thru Banning:

Route 10 or 60 East to Banning. Take the 8th St. exit to Route 243 which leads up the mountain 25 miles to Idyllwild. Continue one mile through the village. Right on Tollgate Road one mile to campus.

From the San Diego Area:

  1. Highway 15 north to Temecula. Exit Highway 79 south toward Indio/Palm Desert. Highway 371 Turn (or bear) left onto (Continue towards Indio/Palm Desert). Left at Highway 74, 10 mile to Highway 243. Right four miles to Idyllwild. Left at Tollgate Road. 1 mile to campus.
  2. Route 15 north to Winchester Road. Right on Winchester Road to Route 74; Right on Route 74 to Mtn. Center. Left on Route 243, 4 miles, left on Tollgate Road, 1 mile to campus.

Transportation:

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.

Lodging

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: melissaw@idyllwildarts.org

The 1 bedroom with sleeping loft:
vrbo.com/968530 or airbnb.com/rooms/11770906 

Idyllwild Manor
55350 South Circle Dr.
www.vrbo.com

Idyllwild Vacation Cabins
54380 North Circle Dr. Unit C
(951) 659-5444
www.vacationcabins@live.com

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

Idyllwild Mountain Rentals
54240 North Circle Drive
(951) 659-5349
www.sparkyscabins.com

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

Inns B&B’s & Hotels:

Bluebird Cottage Inn
26620 Saddle Drive
(951) 659-2696
www.bluebirdcottageinn.com

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

Fireside Inn

54540 North Circle Drive
(951) 659-2966
www.thefiresideinn.com

Grand Idyllwild Lodge
54820 Pinecrest Ave.
951-659-2383
www.grandidyllwildlodge.com

Idyllwild Inn
54300 Village Center Drive
1.888.659.2552
www.idyllwildinn.com

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

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

Mile High Country Inn
54605 N Circle Drive
(951) 659-2931
www.milehighcountryinn.com

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

Rainbow Inn
54420 South Circle Dr.
(951) 659-0111
www.rainbow-inn.com

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

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

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

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

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Restaurants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ferro • ferrorestaurant.com • 951-659-0700 • 25840 Cedar Street, Idyllwild, CA 92549

Idyologyidyology.org • 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.