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Imagine a high school that has perfected the art of arts education. It's Idyllwild Arts Academy, a close-knit, working community of students and teachers whose passion for the arts is balanced by a dedication to learning. Idyllwild Arts offers a disciplined college preparatory program for grades 9-12 and post-graduates—along with world-class training in creative writing, dance, film & video, interdisciplinary arts, music, theatre and visual art.


  • IdyllwildA R T S ACA D E M Y

  • You dream about the life you want. You know you can make it happen someday.

    Now imagine a school where you can live that life, a place where you can reach

    the heights youre dreaming aboutnow. If this is your dream, then Idyllwild

    Arts Academy is your dream come true. Imagine living, working and study-

    ing in a community of people like yourselfa community powered by talent,

    driven by dreams, a community of students and teachers who are passionate

    about the arts. That is the Idyllwild Arts Academy, the only arts-based board-

    ing school on the West Coast, and one of only three independent boarding

    high schools (grades 9-12) for the arts in the United States. At Idyllwild, the

    arts infuse and inform all aspects of your life and learning, whether you are

    deep in rehearsals, immersed in a project, learning French in preparation for

    a trip to France or exploring advanced concepts in math. We look at the world

    as you do, through the eyes of an artist. That is what we mean by an arts-

    based education. We are dreamers here, but serious ones. The work is hard.

    We offer you a rigorous college-preparatory education as well as world-class

    training and opportunities in the fine and performing artsthe possibilities

    are boundless.

    We are dreamers here, but serious ones.

  • Throughout the day, we challenge you to think critically and search deeply for connections.

    We are here to educate the whole you. In fact, although we divide the school day between

    academic courses (which begin at 8:00 and run until 1:00) and specific arts training (which

    varies by discipline and occupies the afternoon and, often, the evening), we make no

    distinction in our approach to education between you as an academic student and you as

    an arts major.

    At Idyllwild, you are simply yourself, and you will find the artists perspective as pervasive

    in your academic courses as in your arts training. In the words of one of our academic

    department heads, We see artists as the prime movers of our culture, and we work hard to

    impart that belief to our students.

    Throughout the day, we challenge you to think critically and search deeply for connections.

    The intellectual environment is similar to collegewe encourage you to work hard and to

    be responsible for your choices. Youll find your teachers supportive and eager to help you

    work independently. Because our academic curriculum includes the traditional sequence

    of English, history, math, science, foreign language and physical education courses, you will

    graduate ready to enter top colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. If you

    are an international student, our English as a Second Language (ESL) program will prepare

    you for higher education in the United States.

    A R T S & A C A D E M I C S

  • You will also be prepared to compete for admission to world-class conservatories, art schools and professional companies.

    Our arts program provides demanding pre-professional training in dance, music, visual art, theatre, moving pictures,

    and creative writing. You can major in any of these disciplines or combine your interests as an Interdisciplinary Arts major.

    While the curriculum varies according to discipline, the work required by each department reflects our commitment to

    training the whole artist. Your teachers at Idyllwild are professionals who will work closely with you to help you develop

    the skill, discipline and knowledge to mature as an artist. As one arts teacher remarked, Students reach plateaus at

    Idyllwild, but we dont let them stay there.

    Whatever your passion, we will challenge you to work to your highest level of achievement and share with you pride in

    your accomplishments.

  • Think of yourself here as an apprentice in the writers craft,

    striving to master the intricacies of giving voice, style and

    form to imagination and emotion. It is difficult, painstaking

    and exhilarating work. You will learn to read closely, think

    critically and practice disciplined revision.



  • In workshops you will develop the writing and

    language skills to explore a variety of literary

    genres and the vocabulary to offer intelligent,

    supportive feedback to your fellow writers.

    We will encourage your creative powers and

    prepare you for the demands of competitive

    college writing programs.

    C R E AT I V E W R I T I N G

  • Faculty members are professional writers and teachers who will work closely

    with you as you hone your craft and experience the process of literary creation.

    Together, you can design independent study projects focused on your particular

    interests. Specialized literature courses, focusing on analytical skills and the

    study of technique, complement the writing workshops because we want you

    to understand the relationship between meaning and an authors choice of

    narrative style, point of view, structure and characterization. Masterclasses

    by guest artists such as international bestselling author Brady Udall and

    Colorado Prize for Poets winner G.C. Waldrep provide insight into the writing

    life, while workshops with faculty and writers-in-residence allow you to study

    a wide variety of genres in depth, from poetry and fiction to playwriting and

    screenwriting. Students studying playwriting collaborate with the Theatre

    Department for a staged reading of their work.

    All students regularly give public readings, submit work to important writing

    contests for high school students as well as print and online journals, and apply

    for summer program scholarships. Other professional experiences, such as off

    campus events and funding opportunities, are pursued.

    ...from poetry and fiction to playwriting and screenwriting.

  • As a young dancer, youve been

    dreaming about your future. When

    you arrive at Idyllwild, you will find

    your vision enlarging to embrace new

    opportunities. Our job is not simply

    to train you as a dancer, but to help

    you discover your natural role in the

    world of professional dance. Free to

    focus on and experiment with dance,

    many of our dance majors reshape

    their childhood dreams.


  • Rigorously trained ballet students may blossom in

    jazz or modern dance. Students once intent on lives as

    performers sometimes discover that they were born

    to choreograph. Whatever direction your dream takes

    you, as an Idyllwild dancer, you will have the technical

    and artistic versatility to succeed. Our curriculum

    concentrates on both technical expertise and artistic

    expression. At the core is ballet, which provides an

    appreciation of beauty, the joy of movement and

    an awareness of the human body as a finely tuned

    instrument. You will prepare for the stage by working

    daily on the artistic aspects of theatrical dancing: style

    and projection, phrasing and musicality. By applying

    the laws of physics to the principles of classical ballet,

    we help you acquire healthy and efficient movement

    habits. You will then apply these skills to the other

    dance techniques you will study every week, such as

    modern and jazz. Through the classwork in modern

    dance, you will learn to use weight, gravity, space and

    D A N C E

  • Whatever direction your dream takes you... you will have the technical and artistic versatility to succeed.

    momentumall natural sources for movementas

    the basis for technical ability and choreographic

    creativity. With its emphasis on the articulation of the

    torso and pelvis, modern dance training will help you

    develop the strong and supple body necessary for a

    long career.

    Our schedule also includes classes in dance composi-

    tion, anatomy, body conditioning, tap, dance history,

    music for dancers and dance appreciation. As part of

    our injury prevention program, you will be evaluated

    individually once a year by a kinesiology consultant,

    and you will learn the best ways to accelerate your

    progress in terms of strength and flexibility.

    All of our dance majors participate in the master

    classes offered throughout the school year by visiting

    guest teachers. Our proximity to Los Angeles and San

    Diego gives us easy access to performances by the

    worlds most renowned dance organizations.

  • ARTSInterdisciplinaryAs an Interdisciplinary Arts major at Idyllwild, collaboration and exploration

    in two or more disciplines of your choosing, will be your primary approach.

  • The goal of the Interdisciplinary Arts major at Idyllwild Arts Academy is the cultiva-

    tion of a community of thoughtful, creative and aware artists who are versatile,

    accomplished and articulate. The program is designed to provide a wide variety

    of experiences and training in two or more disciplines of the students choosing.

    In addition to the core Interdisciplinary Arts curriculum, students schedules are

    tailored to their individual interests, encompassing intensive training in at least

    two areas of the arts.

    I N T E R D I S C I P L I N A R Y A R T S

  • Students enrolled in the Interdisciplinary

    Arts program study the relationship