Tahquitz Peak

Spend the Fall Semester in the mountains in Idyllwild, California. Study online with a cohort of 60 students while living in a walkable 130 converted boarding school surrounded by the San Jacinto Wilderness Area in the San Bernardino National Forest. Join a community of likeminded students who want to get the most out of Fall '21.
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Idyllwild, California
Community Size
60
Feels like
Long summer nights give way to crisp autumn mountain days
Sounds like
The wind whistling through ancient bristlecone pine bows
Smells like
The smell of fresh cut grass on the field or woodsmoke from the fire pit
Tastes like
Burgers from the Mile High Cafe or three meals a day in the dining hall

Looks like

Tahquitz Peak
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What else should I know?

This fall, live in Idyllwild, California, a small mountain town that sits perched above Los Angeles and Palm Springs. This campus is a converted boarding school with hiking and mountain bike trails that lead into the San Bernardino National Forest. It feels like a walkable village within a village, just a 10 minutes up the road from the charming town of Idyllwild. There's nothing else like it in Southern California.

Native land acknowledgement

Our Tahquitz Peak campus sits on traditional Cahuilla lands.


Facilities

A meticulously maintained lodge serves as the dining hall and central common space on a campus that has an indoor basketball court, climbing wall, a dozen classrooms, an auditorium, weight room, louges, and more. Outdoor covered picnic tables provide an unbelievable study setting while the weather is warm, and the lodge fireplace is a cozy place to enjoy the shorter days in November and December.

Accommodations

We'll take over dormitories at the south end of campus, nearby trails lead directly to National Forest trails where quick walks, afternoon climbs, or morning mountain bike rides beckon. Each room has its own window and storage for personal items. Restrooms are centrally located and shared common spaces that will be cleaned and sanitized each week. Students must provide their own twin-size bed linens and bath towels. Two students will live in each room, sharing common bathrooms down the hallway.

What to expect from a semester at APB

This fall, join a group of motivated, thoughtful students who want to transform a great place to live into a great place to study. Studying online can be hard, but over the last year, we've pioneered a style of community that marries a deep commitment to one another with the flexibility to pursue each individual's academic, personal, and professional goals. You can think of APB as the best dorm that's ever existed full of engaged and community-minded students.

This semester, we'll form a wonderful, nurturing community, co-create the activities and events to keep campus alive, and learn to climb, mountain bike, and camp — all without taking a semester off from school.

This campus is perfectly located to learn bouldering, alpine climbing, mountain biking, or camping skills.

The area

Southern California is a wonderland and provides an unbelievable home for a semester. Check out San Diego to get a taste of the Pacific or enjoy a weekend in Joshua Tree National Park.


Climate

Sunny with highs that range from 81° F in September to 55° F in December, and lows from 49° F to 29° F. Idyllwild has mild but real seasons.

Recreation

  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Disc golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Zipline and Climbing Wall
  • Whitewater
  • Basketball
  • Stargazing
  • Volleyball
  • Hiking
  • Outdoor Rock Climbing

Recreation

  • Mountain Biking
  • Trail Running
  • Hiking
  • Basketball
  • Camping
  • Rock Climbing (Indoor and Outdoor)
  • Cross Country
  • Skiing
  • Stargazing (and telescope observatory)

Recreation

  • Mountain Biking
  • Trail Running
  • Hiking
  • Swimming/Scuba
  • Camping
  • 100m Zip Line
  • World Class Bouldering and Alpine Climbing
  • Basketball
  • Stargazing
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Disc Golf

Recreation

  • Mountain Biking
  • Climbing
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Wine Tasting and Local Food
  • Low Ropes Course
  • Basketball
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Camping
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