Idyllwild Arts

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Basic Information

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

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Additional Information

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

The Idyllwild Arts Academy is home to 300 students from 35 countries and 27 states, all devoted to intensive study of the arts. Located in the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains 2 hours from Los Angeles, 2 hours from San Diego, and one hour from Palm Springs, the Academy is an artistic crossroads for Southern California.

School Size: 320
Classroom Size: 15
Student/Teacher Ratio: 5:1

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 and also the following graduation requirements, which satisfy the University of California’s admission requirements.

Percentage of Graduating Class: All of our seniors graduate
Camp Programs: Yes
School Clubs:

National Honor Society, Running Club, Mandarin Club, Environmental Club, Art in Society, Creative Technology, Astronomy Club, Peer Ears, Book Club, LGBTQ, Women's Empowerment, Black Student Union, and more.

Notable Graduates:

Trevor Hall, Shepard Fairey, Neal Beasley, Nate Lowman, Marin Ireland, Liang Wang, Graham Dechter, Elora Hardy, Casey Abrams

Parking Spaces/Availability:

Boarding students cannot have a car

Admissions Requirements:

Online application
2 years of transcripts
2 letters of recommendation-1 artistic and 1 academic 
Audition or Portfolio 

Mission Statement:

Changing lives through the transformative power of art.

School History:

The history of Idyllwild Arts is a rich tapestry that has been woven by many benevolent patrons, passionate educators, and dedicated visionaries during its seven-decades.

Incorporated as an arts education institution in 1946 by an inspired group of stellar benefactors, Idyllwild Arts was envisioned to provide a secluded place where people of all backgrounds could come together to experience the arts.

The principal founders were Dr. Max and Mrs. Beatrice Krone who assembled a small but prominent group of pioneers -- Dr. Robert Kingsley and William Hartshorn, both professors at the University of Southern California, as well as Alfred Wallenstein, conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the time.

The concept was simple: establish an educational arts institution "for the purpose of promoting and advancing artistic and cultural development primarily for the advancement of instruction in music and the arts."

Thus the Idyllwild Arts Foundation was born and since its inception, Idyllwild Arts has more than fulfilled the legacy of these pioneers.

Notes/School Information:

Idyllwild Arts Academy is home to 320 students from dozens of different countries and U.S. states, all devoted to intensive study of the arts. Located in the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains, two hours from Los Angeles, two hours from San Diego, and a refreshing hour above the heat of Palm Springs, the Academy is an artistic crossroads for Southern California.