Admission Process

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Accepting Applications for Spring and Fall 2024
November 10, 2023 – Priority Deadline – Spring 2024
December 1, 2023 – Early Decision Deadline – Fall 2024
January 15, 2024 – Regular Decision Deadline – Fall 2024
February 1, 2024 – Financial Aid Deadline – Fall 2024


The Idyllwild Arts application process is designed to give you the opportunity to demonstrate your desire to join our collaborative, creative community, discover and develop your own unique voice, and grow as an artist. The process consists of three parts:

Audition or Portfolio

Depending on the selected art major, applicants must either audition, submit a portfolio, or present an essay. For specific details on requirements by major, please refer to the Audition and Portfolio Requirements page.

Additional Requirements

Applicants must also provide the following additional documentation to demonstrate academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and personal qualities. This strengthens the application process, ensuring a good fit for both the student and the institution.

The Artistic Reference form should be completed by a teacher or private instructor who has recently taught the applicant in their chosen arts discipline.

The Academic Reference form should be completed by a recent Academic teacher or instructor.

Applicants must submit transcripts of the past two complete school years. These should be requested directly from the student’s school(s). Idyllwild Arts requires a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Applicants must complete a personal interview, which may be conducted online or in-person during a campus visit.

In order to be considered for admission to Idyllwild Arts Academy, students who are homeschooled must participate in a state recognized homeschooling program. If transcripts are not available through your homeschooling program, please submit the following materials in lieu of transcripts:

  • Documentation of compliance with a state-accredited homeschooling program
  • A comprehensive description of the homeschooling curriculum, outlining coursework and books used
  • Grades for each course taken with a description of grading standards
  • SSAT testing results or those of another standardized test (required for rising 11th and 12th grade students only)
  • Parents must prepare a written statement: What factors played into your decision to homeschool your child? How do you feel your child will perform in an independent school environment both socially and academically?

The following should be submitted along with your application:

  • TOEFL score for international One-Year Seniors and Post-Graduates
  • PSAT, or ACT score for domestic One-Year Seniors and Post-Graduates.
  • Transcripts for all the years you have attended High School
  • 3.0 GPA minimum

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Admission Policy

Idyllwild Arts Academy admits students of any sex, race, religion, color, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or gender identification to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or gender identification in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and financial planning, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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Admission Office
Idyllwild Arts Academy
52500 Temecula Road #38
Idyllwild, CA 92549-0038
(951) 468-7223