Tel: (805) 688-5114 Ext. 114
PO Box 8 / 5100 Figueroa Mountain Road
Los Olivos, CA 93441
Midland School, located on a 2,860-acre ranch at the edge of the Los Padres Wilderness, has been the leader of place-based college preparatory education since 1932.
Everything we do-from the courses we choose to teach to how we maintain our campus to the way we feed ourselves-originates from an intentional curriculum that focuses not only on college preparatory classes, but also on leadership, community, and stewardship.Our scale empowers students with authentic leadership opportunities, provides highly personalized learning, and inspires the pursuit of intellectual passions.
At Midland, thirty-eight percent of our students identify as students of color, over half receive generous financial aid to attend, and the depth of our boarding experience facilitates both top-tier college admissions and future success.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Students: 82 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $66,500
  • Acceptance rate: 50%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 15 / rolling

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Class of 1998
5.00
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
5.00
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
5.00
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. . .
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Top Rankings

Midland School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 308 schools) for:

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Attribute
Student Attention
Student Test Scores

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2021 School Data
Midland School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12
9-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1932
1907
Campus Size
2860 acres
125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
82 students
300 students
% Students of Color
35%
25%
% International Students
6%
20%
% Students Boarding
100%
70%
Average SAT Score
1220
* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score
25
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year
No
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Average Class Size
10 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
4:1
7:1
ESL Courses Offered
No
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
70%
70%
Summer Program Offered
No
Yes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$22 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$66,500
$59,900
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
n/a
$33,250
Tuition international students
$71,600
$54,500
% Students on Financial Aid
50%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$43,000
$25,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Feb. 15 / rolling
Jan. 15
Average Percentile SSAT
80%
-
Acceptance Rate
50%
58%
Director of Admissions
Cierra Rickman

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
n/a
17
Courses
Advanced Ceramics, American Studies, Art, Biology, Calculus, English 12, Physics, Spanish 4

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered
7
16

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
12
23
Extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Community Service Club, LGBTQ Club, Prefects, Student Government, Woodworking

Arts and Music Programs:
Choir, Newspaper, Theater

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Gardening, Horseback Riding, Surfing, 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

School Notes

  • Midland`s curriculum merges college preparation with experiential learning. Using the extraordinary resources at hand - 2,860 acres in Santa Barbara County, a near 90-year-old culture of responsibility to community and environment, and a committed faculty - we develop personal agency in our students.  Midland cultivates the belief that it matters what we do, and we actively engage students in their high school journey, both within and outside the classroom.
  • Midland students live their education, from exploring the natural and cultural history of the world beneath our feet in field-based UC-approved science and social science courses in 9th grade, to writing and presenting a senior thesis in 12th grade.  With courses ranging from Algebra 1 to Calculus 3 (some years) and English 9 to British Literature, Midland meets students where they are and challenges them to think critically and problem solve resourcefully.
  • To step into the Rich Arts Building during the academic day or evening and to see students engaged in the creative process of translating observations into 2D and 3D artworks in drawing, painting, ceramics, and metal is to see a school that values craftsmanship and design.  To observe our interdisciplinary World and American Studies classes is to see a school that values discourse and cultural competency. Midland students learn to speak publicly and write fluently, in English and Spanish.
  • To develop lifelong learners, our weekly Experiential Saturday program provides structure and staffing for ungraded 3-hour blocks every week that tap into the passions of faculty and students, including farm, ranch, and outdoor explorations; cultural events and talks through UCSB`s Arts & Lectures program; projects on campus;  health and wellness discussions; and diversity, equity, and inclusion workshops at peer schools.
  • While cultivating a life of the mind, Midland actively builds character, work ethic, and resilience through a daily Jobs program in which every student is not only valued but needed.  Midland is preparation for college and life.
  • Midland School accreditations: WASC, TABS, CAIS, NAIS
Profile last updated: 01/11/2022
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  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $66,500
  • Acceptance rate: 50%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 15 / rolling

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