Midland School

5.00 5 1 (4 reviews)
PO Box 8
Los Olivos, CA 93441
Tel: 805-688-5114
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 85 students
  • Founded in 1932, Midland School provides a challenging college preparatory boarding high school experience to ninety students on a 2,860 acre working ranch in Los Olivos, California.
  • Through study and work it teaches the value of a lifetime of learning, self-reliance, simplicity, responsibility to community and the environment, and a love for the outdoors.
  • Midland graduates are independent, self-directed scholars who possess a breadth of knowledge and skills to assure future academic success and meaningful contributions to society.

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  • Class of 1998
    5 Stars   1/18/2017
    Stanford University
    Midland's philosophy is "needs not wants." And the community lives that philosophy every day. For four years, I lived in a wood cabin (heated only if I made a fire in our room's. . .

  • Class of 1997
    5 Stars   1/18/2017
    Lehigh University
    Few schools empower you the way Midland does. The school's experiential learning coupled with its student run maintenance program gives students the skill set to pursue and build their own projects. For instance. . .

  • Class of 1997
    5 Stars   1/18/2017
    Smith College
    Midland is an incredibly unique educational opportunity. What sets it apart are the values of self-reliance and the relationship with the land. The emphasis placed on experiential learning and leadership really grow out of the. . .

  • Class of 1980
    5 Stars   11/5/2016
    University of Oregon
    Small school that teaches one the basic of life. From collecting wood to heat your shelter to mathematical equations to solve the economic world problems. A unique education.. . .

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Midland School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 11-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1932 1910
Campus Size 2860 acres 120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 85 students 298 students
% Students of Color
20%
20%
% International Students
15%
20%
% Students Boarding
100%
70%
Average SAT Score 1697 * National Avg. »View
Average ACT score 25 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes No
Frequency of Saturday Classes Weekly Weekly
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 10 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:4 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 5 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
67%
70%
Summer Program Offered No Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $16 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$49,200 $51,250
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
n/a $27,800
Tuition international students $52,900 $47,400
% Students on Financial Aid
48%
35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $30,000 $21,275
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline Feb. 15 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 80% -
Acceptance Rate
60%
56%
Director of AdmissionsTim Weir
Associate Director of AdmissionsCierra Ensign

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 5 16
CoursesAdvanced Ceramics, American Studies, Art, Biology, Calculus, English 12, Physics, Spanish 4

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 5 14
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 10 23
ExtracurricularsCommon, Cooking Club, Drama Club, Environmental, Equestrian Club, Farm and Forest, Library, Outdoor, Student, Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: 2010 - 2015 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of California, Santa Cruz 4
Hendrix College 3
Kenyon College 3
Drew University 2
Earlham College 2
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 2
Guilford College 2
Hampshire College 2
University of California, Berkeley 2
University of Southern California 2
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Midland uses its 2,860-acre campus academically and recreationally, and the school believes that a life lived close to nature is instructive and enriching.
  • Simplicity: One of Midland`s guiding tenets is that the essential ingredients of learning are a student, a teacher, and an idea. In and out of the classroom, Midland students learn how to distinguish between needs and wants, and how to appreciate life's fundamental joys and challenges.
  • Self-Reliance: In a ten-acre organic garden, the school grows much of its own produce. To help run the school and maintain the grounds, Midland entrusts students with daily jobs. And older students have authentic leadership roles, which emphasize individual and collective responsibility.
  • Community: Midland School is a diverse community of students and teachers in pursuit of academic excellence and moral lives.
  • School accreditations: WASC, TABS, CAIS, NAIS
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