The Idyllwild Arts Academy, located in the San Jacinto Mountains of California an hour’s drive from Palm Springs, is a boarding school for high school students who aspire to careers in the visual or performing arts. Idyllwild was founded in 1946 by Max and Beatrice Krone.

The co-ed, private and nonsectarian facility is situated on 205 acres of pine forest. Idyllwild enrolls 300 students from 25 countries. It also operates a summer arts program. The academy combines a curriculum of core academic subjects with intensive arts instruction in such disciplines as music, theater, visual arts, creative writing, motion pictures and fashion design.

Tuition for boarding and instruction is $55,200 for two 15-week semesters. Financial aid is available. The application process requires an audition or submission of a portfolio.