A Message To Our Visitors


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 Niche.com‘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 tsechrest@idyllwildarts.org or 951-468-7223, or Summer Program registration at 951-659-2171 x2360.

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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.