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Accelerated English Program (ESL Support)

Idyllwild Arts Academy’s Accelerated English Program (AEP) enables students whose first language is not English to meet the academic requirements for graduation, as outlined by the Student-Parent Handbook and prescribed by the University of California Admissions Standards. AEP offers multiple levels of instruction. Its rigorous and supportive model, in an immersive environment, develops proficiency in oral and written English. All core AEP classes include listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar. Small class sizes facilitate individual attention by teachers committed to increasing intercultural understanding as well as language proficiency.

New international students must take our own comprehensive English-skills test (usually given during a Skype interview) to determine their appropriate starting levels in English. During the first week of class, teachers observe and evaluate each student to make sure this starting level is correct. Teachers then monitor each student’s progress with a broad range of continuous-assessment tools and an end-of-semester level check. Progress to the next level of English instruction is determined by the student’s arts and academic teachers’ recommendations, as well as by class performance.

ESL & Arts Summer Intensive (4-weeks)

Combine English, art, theatre, dance, and nature in this immersive English and Arts experience. Immerse yourself in an English-speaking environment with a small group of students from around the world. Explore a variety of visual and performing arts while meeting teenagers from other countries and cultures. Speak, play, interact, and make art together in a natural and enjoyable way. Develop core language skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking, as well as artistic skills to help you pursue your artistic passions. Work as a team with our experienced, enthusiastic teachers and progress, improve your confidence, and nurture your creative, playful spirit.


Idyllwild Arts Campus – Located in the beautiful mountains of Southern California


Sunday, July 3, 2022 – Arrival (Registration 11am-4pm)
Saturday, July 30, 2022 – Departure (Travel Day)


$8,500 (Tuition, Room, and Board)

Registration opens in December 20, 2021

Please contact Leah Bosworth, or our Admissions team with any questions: or

This Intensive Four-Week ESL & Arts Program:

  • For ages 14-17. Beginning and Intermediate English
  • Emphasizes academic language skills AND basic interpersonal communication
  • Uses both academics and arts to increase proficiency in the four main language skill areas – listening, speaking, reading, and writing
  • Helps students foster relationships with teachers and ambassadors** who can provide social and linguistic support during the program and beyond
  • Builds confidence and comfort with verbal communication and articulation
  • Is taught by experienced Idyllwild Arts Academy AEP faculty
  • Promotes seamless transition to the regular Academy year
  • Provides thorough assessment to ensure correct English level placement
  • Improves chances of success and promotion to subsequent levels
  • Includes room-study hours to encourage good study habits before the Academy year begins
  • Includes “summer camp” experience of on-site activities and off-site excursions

**students/adults who speak English at the Advanced level or above

Accelerated English Program (AEP) Faculty

Leah Bosworth

Chair of AEP
Director, ESL & Arts Summer Intensive

Leah Bosworth has worked as an ESL Instructor and Dorm Parent at Idyllwild Arts Academy since 2012. She is currently the Chair of the ESL Department. In addition to her current position, Leah has taught in Northern Cyprus, Morocco, the UK, and Turkey. Leah has a BSc. from Plymouth University, UK, and holds a ‘Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages’ as well as a ‘Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults’. Her academic interests include course design, writing support, and promoting autonomous learners. Leah is the co-editor and co-author of the publication ‘A Practical Guide to English Language Curriculum Development in an Academic Context: Creating, Vitalizing, and Evaluating’, published by Black Swan in 2013. She has also presented papers at various conferences around the world, including Turkey, the UK, Northern Cyprus, Oman, and most recently Austin, Texas.

Kelly Kent-Stoll

AEP Faculty

Kelly Kent-Stoll is a full-time ESL teacher and resident dorm parent at Idyllwild Arts Academy, having previously done extensive work as a private tutor. She holds a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from California State University, Los Angeles. During three different summers she has done volunteer development work in the East African nation of Tanzania. She loves music, cooking, fashion, and almost everything about her Pomeranian puppy, Charlie (and she swiftly forgives the things she does not love).

Daniel Orozco

AEP Faculty

Daniel is the Spanish teacher for Idyllwild Arts Academy and brings his most recent teaching experience from working with charter schools in San Jacinto, CA. Daniel has lived in Spain and Italy, working with youth in summer camps and language immersion programs, and is fluent in Spanish, English, Italian, and Galician. Daniel also has experience as a freelance reporter and is excited to share his unique combination of experience. He is an avid fan of soccer, and has played internationally.

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