Idyllwild Arts Academy

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Idyllwild Arts Academy
52500 Temecula Road


TypePrivate, day and boarding
Specialist arts school
Opened1986 (current school)
PresidentPamela Jordan
DeanJustin Barrett (Students)
Marianne Kent-Stoll (Academics)
Head of schoolPamela Jordan
Grades9–12, Post-Graduate
Enrollment311 (2015[1])
Campus size205 acres (83 ha)
Campus typeRural, San Jacinto Mountains
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
AffiliationsThe Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

Idyllwild Arts Academy is a private school located in Idyllwild, in the San Jacinto Mountains and San Bernardino National Forest, within western Riverside County, California.

It offers a college preparatory program for grades 9–12 and post-graduates, with training in music, theater, dance, visual art, creative writing, film, and interdisciplinary arts. An audition or portfolio is required for admission.

The Academy is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

It was the first independent boarding high school for the arts in the western United States.

Notable alumni[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

In the television series The Fosters the character Brandon Foster attends a summer program in piano composition at Idyllwild.

Author Justin Cronin confirmed on Twitter that Idyllwild Arts Academy eventually becomes the community called First Colony in his book The Passage as humanity tries to survive one hundred years into a vampire apocalypse. [18]


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  7. ^ Gross, Julie. "William Shatner tours the Frazier Museum and brings a 200lb bronze friend". Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  8. ^ Independent Ear, The. "Heard Evan Christopher Yet?". Open Sky Jazz. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  9. ^ Christopher, Evan. "About Evan Christopher". Clarinet Road. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  10. ^ Wesson, Gail. "Idyllwild: Artist Shepard Fairey shares inspiration behind work". The Press Enterprise. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  11. ^ "Shepard Fairey - The Giant: The Definitive Obey Giant Site". The Giant. Retrieved 2013-09-02.
  12. ^ QAmbassador. "Los Angelenos". Retrieved 4 October 2012.
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  14. ^ Rizzo, Frank. "Reasons to Admire Marin Ireland". The Courant. Retrieved 7 June 2009.
  15. ^ Kelly, Cynthia. "A Birthday Tune for Idyllwild Arts". LA Times. Retrieved 18 January 1997. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  16. ^ Wakin, Daniel J. "Pilgrim With an Oboe, Citizen of the World". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 April 2007.
  17. ^ Wilson, Mara. "Brushes with Greatness". Retrieved 10 March 2013.
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Coordinates: 33°44′06″N 116°44′54″W / 33.73498°N 116.74847°W / 33.73498; -116.74847