The art is ok but the academics are weak. Situated on top of the mountain and the teachers living on campus makes for an esoteric and an isolated teaching and coaching style that ills prepares the students for the outside world. The older teachers (who are relatively high in number ) are complacent and
... Read more out of touch with the current reality of student life Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/07/14
I attended the summer camp as an 8th grader. I loved my experience so much that I decided to apply to the school. Glad I did. I am having a great experience and I cannot see myself going to any other school. It is hard work but I am hanging in there. I love all my teachers. The students are SO NICE and
... Read more accepting of who I am. I am so glad to be here. Read less
Posted by a student on 05/01/14
At first - after entering the school - I thought, or realized - it is "The emperor's new clothes" case - but I talked myself into believing that nothing is perfect and kept on staying into second year when I realized that it is actually not only an illusion we have bought into but more of Orwel's Animal
... Read more Farm reality. For those who are not familiar with the work I strongly recommend to read. In short it has to do with farm animals taking over a farm and getting rid of farmers. Pigs voting themselves in governing positions and setting up rules as they go - by and large - self serving rules. Idyllwild so called "art's academy" is a perfect parallel. Plus - one can't for some reason realize this right away -- there is no art education in this school - meaning it is not a part of curriculum - fact about which we have been complaining in public schools - And don't let them fool you about art being incorporated into subjects. It consists of elaborate time consuming projects - involving group collaboration, narrowly outlined by subject teachers involving cuttings and writings which preschoolers would be proud of . Not too amusing after 1/4 of a million you will pay for diploma here. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/24/13
This is my daughter's first year at the academy. However, she has attended the children's program in the summer prior to high school. She states, "this school is awesome". She is a IA major, however, she has the opportunity to switch next year to theatre. This school is giving my daughter a well
... Read more rounded academic experience. She is focused on her academics just as much as her art classes. The teachers and the staff are incredibly warm and supportive! I would encourage any student majoring in the arts, to look into this school! We applied and toured several private schools in and around the Los Angeles area. Idyllwild Arts hands down!!! Read less
Posted by a parent on 02/04/13
I attended Idyllwild arts for my junior and senior years as a Creative Writer and graduated in 2011. I have to say that those were the best two years of my life. I had a lot of amazing artistic opportunities I wouldn't have had otherwise. They encourage exploration between arts, so as a writer I was
... Read more able to take a painting class in the VA department and a screenwriting class in the film department. I disagree with the one-star reviewer. Yes, they will kick you out if you fail all your academic classes; but the focus is definitely on arts, not academics. Many of the academic classes don't even assign homework because they know we are focusing on arts. If you have a performance coming up, most teachers will cut you some slack. Also, a lot of the academic classes integrate art into their curriculum so to make otherwise uninteresting subjects enjoyable. To get your diploma you still need to fulfill California graduation requirements, so of course academic classes are important in that respect. They want to raise well-rounded artists, and teach you not just how to excel at your art but how to survive as an artist in a freelance and business oriented world. I love IAA! Read less
Posted by a student on 09/21/12
Our son is a day student in the Creative Writing program and we couldn t be happier. IAA is a challenging school basically two schools in one (academic and art) and will prepare any motivated kid for college. The curriculum is truly helping him develop his critical thinking skills and passion for
... Read more learning. The creative writing department is great. The kids learn in small classes, share and critique each others' work, read for the school at large, and every year six professional writers stay for a week and conduct workshops. The other departments use the same strategy of hiring experienced faculty and then having working professionals work with the students. We attend shows from all of the departments and it is one of the reasons we don t miss the culture of the big city the caliber of the students work amazes us. Additionally, Idyllwild is a beautiful, friendly community, sitting in a picturesque valley. Ultimately I think the best way to decide if the school is right for you or your child, is to visit. No school is a perfect fit for every student. But if your child is serious about an art form (or two!), it would be worth your while to check out the school. Read less
Posted by a parent on 04/22/12
I am currently a theatre major and attending my first year at Idyllwild Arts. One of my biggest worries about attending an arts school was lack of focus on academics. However, I could not be happier with the education I am attaining from Idyllwild Arts. The difference in learning from the past schools
... Read more I have attended is the focus on concepts. Instead of memorizing dates or formulas, the curriculum concentrates on understanding and comparison. Another surprising quality of Idyllwild is the supportive community. I was concerned on the level of competition present among the students of the same art form. When I arrived at Idyllwild Arts, none of my colleagues were interested in my vocal range or the monologue I was planning to use for my first audition. Members of the Idyllwild Arts were genuinely friendly, helpful, and very welcoming to all the new additions to the community. As for my art form, I have never been more challenged. Not only am I learning information about myself as an actress, but also I have learned so much about my self as a person. Idyllwild is sincerely an environment for positive self-growth. Read less
Posted by a student on 03/31/12
For students fortunate enough to attend such a special school it allows an opportunity to focus on a passion and provide a very unique high school experience in an extraordinary beautiful and inspiring environment. Finding the balance between academics and the art curriculum can be a challenge and if
... Read more a student wishes to excel in both areas it requires a real commitment and strong dedication. However, we feel the school can provide a solid foundation for top colleges (or conservatories or art schools etc.) and hopefully professional opportunities. No situation is a perfect fit for every student and there are many things to consider in such a decision. However, this can be a magical school for fortunate students who wish to take full advantage of what it has to offer. Read less
Posted by a parent on 03/28/12
This school is not perfect by far, but for what it is compared to most alternative private and public art schools, it is exceptional in its preparation for a young artist who has their sights set on a professional career. This school is one that stays very true to the idea of "getting as much out as
... Read more one puts in". If a young artist comes to this school with the drive and talent to push themselves constantly while they're there then they will excel by leaps and bounds. However, without the drive and simply the talent the student will find themselves in a situation that can be boring, irritating, and unrewarding. As far as academics go most teachers are very willing to work with a student with the idea that they are at the school with a passion that outranks excelling academically. As long as there is at least an attempt to get work done on the students part the teachers usually find a way to work around the students schedule to help them complete all of their work, and therefore keep a passable grade. Overall this school has an arts education that gives a myriad of rewards to those who immerse themselves in the environment, and strive day in and day out to perfect their art. Read less
Posted by a student on 12/21/11
The school has an administration that is in need of change. A lot of unfair rules and brutal faculty members have high ranks at the school. The school is more focused on academic perfection rather than artistic learning. The school will cleanse its self of talented art students because of academic performance
... Read more that does not meet the school's ridiculous standards. A lot of students who go to Idyllwild do not plan on going into arts when they graduate, and the parents of these students donate to the school to turn it into a collage prep school that is interested in gearing students to be buisness people. Do not go to this school looking for the next great artist. You will not find such a student at Idyllwild. Read less
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Idyllwild schools — Idyllwild Arts Academy is located at 53500 Temecula Dr, Idyllwild CA 92549. 53500 Temecula Dr is in the 92549 ZIP code in Idyllwild, CA Idyllwild Arts Academy is a Private school that serves grade levels 9 - 12.
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