About Idyllwild Arts Academy

"At Idyllwild Arts Academy, we stretch young people as far as we possibly can, and they learn how good that feels. Then they want to keep stretching for the rest of their lives, in order to reach for every kind of excellence." Dr. Doug Ashcraft, Head of School

Study at the world-class Idyllwild Arts Academy

With its roots stretching back almost 60 years, Idyllwild Arts has always provided a place for people of all backgrounds to come together to experience and study the arts. Originally functioning as a summer program, the Idyllwild Arts Academy, a boarding high school for the arts that runs from September through May, opened its doors in 1986. Comprising 205 acres of land overlooking picturesque pine forests and mountains, the academy’s proximity to Los Angeles and San Diego makes it an even more attractive location for students to and develop practical arts skills as well as excelling academically.

A place for arts students to shine

Idyllwild Arts Academy has been dedicated to providing the ideal environment for artists in every artistic discipline to seriously pursue their artistic passions. Having started with just 72 students, the academy now draws 300 students from approximately 30 countries each year. The artistic disciplines covered include:

  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Dance
  • Visual arts
  • Creative writing
  • Moving pictures
  • Inter-arts/fashion design

Exceptional teaching at the Idyllwild Summer Arts Program

The Summer Program at Idyllwild provides arts instruction and experiences of the highest caliber to a student population of all ages and abilities. Workshops range from one to eight weeks, attracting nearly 2,000 children, youth, adults and families each year. Intensive practical instruction is available across all the visual and performing arts, from sculpture to creative writing. The Summer Program offers a popular Native American Arts program, which has featured artists such as Maria Martinez, Lucy Lewis, Fred Kabotie, Michael Kabotie, Juan Quezada and Bertha Stevens.