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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Sports
    NG
Address
52500 Temecula Drive
Idyllwild, CA 92549
Telephone
(951) 468-7223
Organization Memberships
NAIS, TABS

Applying

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee
$60
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
None

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$38,500
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Boarding (Tuition + Boarding)
$61,600
Received Financial Aid
60%
Average Financial Aid
$25,000
From Idyllwild Arts Academy

The Idyllwild Arts Academy provides pre-professional training in the arts and a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum to a diverse student body of gifted young artists from all over the world.

Idyllwild Arts Academy Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1130
27 responses
Average ACT
28
5 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.8 responses
Poll
88%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
  • Performances by students
    26%
  • International dinner
    23%
  • School trips
    23%
  • All school meetings
    16%
  • Dances
    13%
  • Homecoming
    0%
  • Pep rallies
    0%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
310
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
0%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
6:1
National
16:1
Poll
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.11 responses
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.11 responses
Poll
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.11 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
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Idyllwild Arts Academy Reviews

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IAA invited my son into an academic and artistic community, comprised of faculty, staff and students communicating in a wide variety of languages, reflecting real diversity from around the world and within academic and artistic disciplines. While giving my son clear and rigorous guidance on the fundamentals and the incremental steps required to master any particular academic or artistic competence, he was encouraged to explore and take risks within his studies and projects. He learned and developed confidence in and out of the studio and classroom, through which experiences he developed resilience, when he fell short or erred on his path towards his goals. The administration provided structure and rules, with clear communication and warmth and nuance, as needed. His teachers held him accountable when he needed a check and built an independent path for enriched study in areas when he wanted to reach further.
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Overall, it is a good school. Stronger academics than most arts high school. Very open and concept based curriculums. Humanities teachers are very good! You can choose to take easier classes or you can challenge yourself with honors classes in most subjects. I would say the science department is the weakest.

Arts departments are varied. Dance and theatre are very time consuming and rigorous. Other majors are not as stressful. You have to push yourself to really succeed and get the most out of your education. A lot have changes in faculty has happened the last two years. There are new department heads for theatre, music, inter arts, and film. Theatre has had the hardest time adjusting to the new head. The MT program is not very good anymore and the program emphasizes classical theatre now.

There is a very unbalanced female/male ratio at the school in general. This gives boy advantages for casting in dance and theatre but disadvantages girls. There are not very many attractive straight boys and most of them feel entitled. The hookup culture is a big deal but leads to lots of jealousy and gossip.

Plenty of students smoke/ drink.

Asian students are very divided from the rest of the school.

There are plenty of fun field trips to museums, concerts, plays, shopping, the beach, skiing, and ,theme parks in cities like Los Angeles and San Diego.

Students are very friendly for the most part and very accepting. It is a very liberal campus and you will rarely meet someone who is conservative. Students are unique, hipsters, and very talanted.

Overall I am glad I attended Idyllwild and would recommend it.
There are some great things about IAA and some rather poor things.

The arts programs are great. Student's definitely get great artistic training and make remarkable progress. There is a wonderful, diverse mix of talented students who really encourage each other's creative growth. I think for creative students, IAA is a remarkable place.

The academics are hit and miss. There are some excellent teachers. But there is a lot of turnover, so you never know what you will get from year to year. Rather than developing a clear, focused academic strategy, the administration churns through teachers, hoping the next hire will be adequate.