A Message To Our Visitors


Idyllwild Arts Academy’s unmatched dual-curricular program now includes online classes to accommodate international students who may be unable to get to the U.S. But domestic and international students who can get here will receive in-person instruction from a faculty excited to see their students again, while being cared for by a Student Services staff eager to keep them safe and happy.

The first-class care provided by Student Services will include testing and health screening upon arrival, daily health screening, additional testing four days after arrival, and more. Once all students have spent two weeks on campus under the strictest precautions, they will be grouped into “families” in their dorms, enabling them to exercise fewer precautions within these groups. Outside their designated groups, students will be free to socialize with anyone on campus as long as they observe our precautions. These could change as circumstances around the coronavirus change, but precautions are likely to include physical distancing and face covering.


The following professionals making up the Idyllwild Arts Medical Advisory Group will subject the precautions to ongoing review in order to make sure that they change or remain the same as needed:

Wasef Y. Atiya, MD, Hemet Valley Medical Center (lead)
Brenda Scherlis, NP, Idyllwild Health Center
Richard Goldberg, MD, Emergency Medicine (retired)
Mark LaMont, Paramedic, Chief, Idyllwild Fire
Emily White, RN, Idyllwild Arts School Nurse
Don Lamp, RN, Idyllwild Arts Health Center Director

To connect with Admission counselors who have found creative online ways to communicate their passion for our Academy and Summer Program, please contact Tara Sechrest at tsechrest@idyllwildarts.org or 951-468-7223, or Summer Program registration at 951-659-2171 x2360.

Summer & Auxiliary Programs

We are thrilled to announce that we will be offering in-person workshops on our beautiful Idyllwild campus this summer! We will be offering fewer workshops due to the new safety limitations on gatherings, but will continue our tradition of offering the highest caliber programs and intensives for the experience of a lifetime. We will be offering Teen, Adult and Native American Arts workshops this summer. 

Register now for our on-site Summer 2021 Teen Programs and our online Spring Auxiliary Programs

More information for on-site Summer 2021 Adult Arts Center programs will be announced soon.

The November 7th SAT at Idyllwild Arts has been cancelled. We will not be hosting the SAT this fall.

The CDC recommends the following:

We have assembled a Crisis Management Team composed of Senior Leadership and selected board members including Board Chair Jeff Dvorak. The team is considering scenarios in the event of a lengthy school closure, including conducting and supporting online learning, Spring and Summer recruitment strategies, and the conditions that would prompt implementing these various contingencies. When it is appropriate, they also will consider the viability of Summer Program, though currently all summer scheduling remains in place.

Regular communications have been shared with the Board of Trustees. 

Custodial Services is following CDC recommendations for Facility Cleaning and Disinfecting. As frequently as is practical, additional time has been scheduled for common areas to be detailed and sanitized. Hard surface disinfection includes: 

  • Handrails     
  • Door knobs/handles
  • Sinks Faucets
  • Light Switches
  • Equipment Controls
  • Vending Machines
  • Copier/phone control buttons/keyboards and mice
  • Window sills and countertops 
  • Cabinet and file drawer knobs/handles
  • More than 100 new sanitized gel dispensers will be installed in all classrooms, studios and other buildings currently without sanitizer.   

Our custodial team meets daily to strategize on efforts that will be most effective in our community. Basic preventions, including the use of hand gels and Personal Protective Equipment, have already been implemented. Currently, suppliers are experiencing a backlog and rationing for hand sanitizer. We will procure these materials as quickly as possible.

We have arranged to have high-traffic carpet areas such as dorm hallways, classrooms and offices steam-cleaned over spring break. New signage is being placed in all common bathrooms (70) reminding the community to wash hands before leaving the room.

Arts as well as academic online classes will be offered to continue student engagement in IAA’s unique dual-curricular, accredited programs.

Idyllwild Arts Academy is following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Riverside County Health Department, the California State Health Department, and other health officials, and is basing our decisions on information received from those agencies. 

Yes, there will be on-site Summer Programs in Summer 2021. Click here for a letter from the president with more information: 

2021 Summer Programs Update from Pamela Jordan, President

2021 Summer Programs Announcement Letter & Teen Programs FAQ

The current health crisis is ever-changing and best practices for safety are constantly evolving. At this time, we anticipate the following processes to help keep students safe. Guidance from state and local authorities will determine actual policies in Summer 2021. 

We ask that students start exercising increased precautions (stay at home as much as possible, wear masks in public spaces, increased hygiene practices) two weeks before arriving on campus, and to continue to exercise as many precautions as possible while traveling to Idyllwild. Other safety regulations include:

  • Requiring students to provide COVID test results before arrival to campus. 
  • Holding smaller classes in well ventilated or outdoor spaces. 
  • Only two students per dorm room.
  • Staggering Dining Hall meal times to accommodate smaller groups of students at a time. 
  • Daily Health Symptom screenings.
  • Social distancing rules and wearing masks at all times on campus.

Students who do not follow all health and safety guidelines will be subject to school discipline, up to and including being immediately dismissed from the program and sent home.

Due to the stringent safety measures and staffing requirements to protect students on campus from COVID-19, we will not be offering children’s programs or Family Week in Summer 2021. We are offering programs for students 12 years old and older, as this will allow us to present the safest program possible to students.