Idyllwild Arts

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Basic Information

Address: 52500 Temecula Road, PO Box 38, Idyllwild, CA 92549
County: Riverside
Phone Number: 9516592171
President: Pamela Jordan
School Type: Residential/Day Arts High School

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Additional Information

Founded: 1986
Ages/Grades: 9-12, PG
School Setting:

Idyllwild Arts Academy is home to 290 students from over 30 countries and many U.S. states, all devoted to intensive study of the arts. The Academy is located in Southern California’s breathtaking San Jacinto Mountains, two hours from Los Angeles, two hours from San Diego, and one hour above the heat of Palm Springs.

School Size: 290
Classroom Size: 15
Student/Teacher Ratio: 5:1

$65,091; International: $68,432; Domestic Day Tuition: $30,000; International Day Tuition: $35,000

Financial Aid:

Available to both domestic and international students


Dance, Film & Digital Media, Creative Writing, InterArts, Fashion Design, Theatre, Visual Arts, Classical Music, Jazz, Voice, Songwriting


A student’s course of study consists of the arts classes needed for their chosen discipline, as well as academic classes that satisfy the University of California’s admission requirements.

Percentage of Graduating Class: All of our seniors graduate and all who choose to apply to college find acceptance by at least one institution
Camp Programs: Yes
School Clubs:

National Honor Society, Environmental Club, Art in Society, Peer Ears, Black Student Union, and many more

Notable Graduates/Alumni:

Shepard Fairey, Neal Beasley, Nate Lowman, Marin Ireland, Liang Wang, Graham Dechter, Elora Hardy, Casey Abrams, Clay Alexander, Jassen Todorov, Moni Simeonov, Trevor Hall

Parking Spaces/Availability:

Boarding students cannot have a car

Admissions Deadline: Rolling
Mission Statement:

Changing lives through the transformative power of art.

School History: At its founding in 1946, Idyllwild Arts was envisioned as a secluded place where people of all backgrounds could come together from around the world to share their passion for the arts. Teachers during the first decade of the existence of Idyllwild Arts included Ansel Adams, Merce Cunningham, Bella Lewitzky, Lucille Clifton, Meredith Willson, and Pete Seeger.
Notes/School Information:

Idyllwild Arts is devoted to training "citizen artists" who use their artistic abilities to promote the public good