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DESCRIPTIONImagine 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
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
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
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