Midland School

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 (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Enrollment: 82 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $69,700
  • Acceptance rate: 40%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Midland School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 289 schools) for:

Student Attention
Student Test Scores

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
Midland School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
School Type
Religious Affiliation
Year Founded
Campus Size
2860 acres
130 acres

Student Body

82 students
310 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score
* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Classroom Dress Code
Average Class Size
10 students
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
ESL Courses Offered
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$22 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
Merit Scholarships Offered

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Feb. 15 / rolling
Jan. 15
Average Percentile SSAT
Acceptance Rate
Director of Admissions
Cierra Rickman

AP / Advanced Courses

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


# Interscholastic Sports Offered


Total Extracurricular Organizations
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
Hendrix College
Kenyon College
Drew University
Earlham College
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Guilford College
Hampshire College
University of California, Berkeley
University of Southern California

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
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Midland School cost?
Midland School's tuition is approximately $69,700 for boarding students.
What schools are Midland School often compared to?
Midland Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like Cate School, Dunn School by visitors of our site.
What is the acceptance rate of Midland School?
The acceptance rate of Midland School is 40%, which is lower than the boarding school average of 60%.
What sports does Midland School offer?
Midland School offers 7 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Equestrian, Soccer, Surf Team and Volleyball.
What is Midland School's ranking?
Midland School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for High percentage of boarding students, Low student:teacher ratio and High SSAT scores.
When is the application deadline for Midland School?
The application deadline for Midland School is Feb. 15 / rolling (applications are due on Feb. 15 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

Alumni Reviews Review School


Class of 1997
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
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 1998
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. . .
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Enrollment: 82 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $69,700
  • Acceptance rate: 40%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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