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Idyllwild Arts

Idyllwild Arts is a coeducational private boarding special program emphasis school for students in grades 9 through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Rural


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Idyllwild Arts says

"The Idyllwild Arts Academy specializes in pre-professional training in the arts in grades 9-12. We are the only boarding school on the West Coast offering such a comprehensive program in the arts along with a college preparatory academic program." Students major in music, theatre, dance, visual art, creative writing, film or interdisciplinary arts. Academic classes are held Monday-Saturday mornings and arts classes are held from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday afternoons.Upon graduation our students are accepted to Juilliard, Curtis, Oberlin, Peabody, Johns Hopkins, USC, Stanford, Yale, UCLA, San Francisco Conservatory, Chicago Arts Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Michigan and NYU, just to name a few. Idyllwild Arts is located 5300 feet up in the San Jacinto mountains above Palm Springs in the San Bernardino National Forest. We are 2 hours from Los Angeles, 2 hours from San Diego and 1 hour from Palm Springs.We do not have open houses. Students and parents visit at their convenience. However, we do National Audition Tours for the different majors.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation is to promote and advance artistic and cultural development through education in a beautiful, natural environment conducive to positive personal growth.




Grades Cost Term
High School $53,600 Annual

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  (951) 659-2171



Test Scores

1690 Average score for the SAT Composite

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 295
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
9 52
10 79
11 94
12 70

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Student Teacher Ratio 4 : 1
Average Class Size 14
Gender 36% Male / 64% Female
Dress Code Casual
Percent Boarding 95%
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 52%
Multi-racial 9%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Black or African American 1%
Asian 40%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%


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Associations & Memberships

The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

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