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 Online

See all our open-admission online Auxiliary Programs for Teens & Kids and Adults.
Academy applicants qualify for free workshops!
Join us for workshops that enhance any school curriculum or art practice, and connect with artists and performers from around the world who share your passion.

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. 

We are determined to find ways to inspire your artistic and creative spirit, particularly in these challenging times. Check out idyllwildarts.org/summeronline to see a complete list of our 2020 Online Workshops.

It is with profound disappointment and sadness that Idyllwild Arts is canceling all on-site 2020 Summer Program workshops and activities. Working under advisement from the Idyllwild Arts administration and leadership, we have made this difficult decision out of concern for the health and safety of our students and faculty as well as the Idyllwild community.

We look forward to reimagining alternate Summer Program options and announcing those as they become available.

We will continue to monitor public health information and direction from the CDC, and will not gather on campus until we determine it is safe to do so.

If you have registered for the 2020 Summer Program, you will have received two emails on April 6, 2020, with further details. Please refer to those messages as they will answer many or all of your questions.

We are determined to find ways to inspire your artistic and creative spirit, particularly in these challenging times. We are identifying workshops that we might be able to deliver online, at a satellite location or as an Auxiliary Program here on campus during fall, winter or spring.

Because of the extraordinary circumstances, the Idyllwild Arts Board of Trustees has agreed to offer registered students a full refund, which includes fees previously designated as non-refundable.

As a non-profit organization, Idyllwild Arts relies on tuition and generous donations to support our mission — Changing lives through the transformative power of art. If you are able to help, you may choose to donate the $50 application fee, 3% credit card service fee, or any amount you choose to support Idyllwild Arts during this difficult time.

To make a donation, request a refund, or rollover a payment to next year, please complete the 2020 Cancellation Options form on your CampInTouch account.

  1. To access the form, log in to your CampInTouch account.
  2. Go to the Forms & Documents tab .
  3. Select the 2020 Cancellation Options form, clicking on the gray computer icon to open the form.

If you have trouble accessing your CampInTouch account or have questions as you fill out the form, please email us at summer@idyllwildarts.org for assistance. We will begin processing refund requests on April 20, and will continue until all refunds are completed (ideally by the end of May).

Theatre and Dance classes originally offered on campus through the end of May have been moved online. Instructor Dimyana Pelev has developed an online version of her Theatre Workshop. Dance instructor Ellen Rosa-Taylor will offer video lessons for enrolled Dance students. For students taking music lessons, we are not able to offer online lessons, but would instead like to extend an invitation to join our Dance or Theatre Workshop free of charge.