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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 12, 2020 – Arrival (Registration 11am-4pm)
Saturday, August 8, 2020 – Departure (Travel Day)


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

Registration opens in November 1, 2019

Please contact Leah Bosworth or Harry Trantham with 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
Co-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.

Harry Trantham

AEP Faculty
Co-Director, ESL & Arts Summer Intensive

Harry Trantham began his teaching career 24 years ago in Linz, Austria. Since that time, he has taught in New York City, Philadelphia, South Carolina, and California. He has a B.A. in German Literature and International Studies from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from the City College of New York. He is currently a member of the ESL Department during the academic year. He will be teaching Beginning and Intermediate Literature and leading some Explore classes and trips summer. In his free time, he loves to hike, travel, and cook.

Maygen Sandrini

AEP Faculty

Maygen Sandrini has been part of the AEP Department since 2013. She is a longtime resident of Idyllwild who grew up watching students perform at Idyllwild Arts Academy never imagining she would one day teach at that school. Before coming to IAA, she tried an assortment of jobs and studied many things including literature, music composition and classical vocal performance at both UC Santa Cruz and The University of Redlands before realizing her true love is teaching. Along with a dual bachelors degree in music and literature, she has an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside.

Kelly Kent-Stoll

AEP Faculty

Since graduating with Honors as a History major from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Kelly Kent-Stoll has worked extensively as a private tutor. In 2019, she expects to receive her Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language, from California State University, Los Angeles. She loves cooking, singing and playing the guitar, walking her dogs, and organic gardening, as well as international travel, having twice volunteered in East Africa. She will be teaching some of the Explore classes and Beginning Composition this summer and acting as a dorm parent.

Kirsten Miller

AEP Faculty

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