Midland School

5.00 5 1 (4 reviews)
Tel: 805-688-5114
PO Box 8
Los Olivos, CA 93441
  • 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 
2017 School Data
Midland SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19321910
Campus Size2860 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment87 students300 students
% Students of Color
20%
20%
% International Students
13%
20%
% Students Boarding
100%
66%
Average SAT Score1697* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score25*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesYesNo
Frequency of Saturday ClassesWeeklyWeekly
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size10 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:41:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered516
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
67%
70%
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Finances

Endowment Size$16 million$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$52,900$52,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
n/a$28,270
Tuition international students$56,800$47,000
% Students on Financial Aid
48%
36%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$30,000$22,410
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineFeb. 15 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Average Percentile SSAT80%-
Acceptance Rate
50%
57%
Director of AdmissionsTim Weir
Associate Director of AdmissionsCierra Ensign

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered516
CoursesAdvanced Ceramics, American Studies, Art, Biology, Calculus, English 12, Physics, Spanish 4

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered614
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations923
ExtracurricularsCommon, Cooking Club, Drama Club, Environmental, Farm and Forest, Library, Outdoor, Student, Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: 2010 - 201510 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of California, Santa Cruz4
Hendrix College3
Kenyon College3
Drew University2
Earlham College2
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University2
Guilford College2
Hampshire College2
University of California, Berkeley2
University of Southern California2
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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