The remainder of the 2019-2020 school year will be completed with online instruction. Both arts and academic classes are being offered online to ensure student engagement in Idyllwild Arts Academy’s unparallelled dual-curricular program that has earned it‘s ranking as the best high school for the arts in the United States.

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 or 951-468-7223, or Summer Program registration at 951-659-2171 x2360.

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. 

Summer Program workshops are still several months away, and we are determining the best path forward to delivering a Summer Program that will inspire your artistic spirit.

Idyllwild Arts is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), American Camp Association (ACA) and Summer Programs and Auxiliary Revenue Collaborative (SPARC).

While no changes have been announced for the Summer Program, we have heeded advice from CDC guidelines and strengthened health and safety policies for campus.

For more information, please read our most recent newsletter, listed on this page.

The latest update for Summer Programs was sent via email on Thursday, April 2, 2020 and can also be found on this webpage as a PDF for your convenience.

The next update for Summer Programs will be available no later than Friday, April 10, 2020. 

Updates are scheduled to deliver at least every two weeks.

On April 2, the Riverside County Health Department ordered schools to remain closed through June 19, 2020, so we can confirm that no on-site Auxiliary programs will take place this spring. We will announce alternate plans and options for the Theatre, Dance and Music Auxiliary Programs soon.

We know many of you have registered your children, grandchildren or yourselves for Summer Program workshops. Summer Program is still several months away, and we are determining the best path forward to delivering opportunities that will inspire your artistic spirit.

If Idyllwild Arts cancels a class, we will issue you a full refund. See the official policy below.

Cancellation of class by IAF Before Class is Scheduled to Begin: If IAF cancels a class before that class is scheduled to begin, all tuition and boarding fees for that class are refundable in full. If the student was enrolled for other classes during the same session that were not canceled, the $50 application fee will not be refunded.

Here are relevant points that may address your specific concerns:

  • Due to the recent health crisis, we are adapting our cancellation and refund policy to allow you to cancel up to 45 days before the program begins and receive a full refund with the exception of the $50 application fee and a 3% service fee. 
  • If a student is unable to attend based on travel restrictions (ie, travel VISA denied, airplanes grounded, etc.), we will award a full refund, minus the application and transaction fees.