Midland School - Review #4

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Midland School

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School:
Sports and Activities:
Lacrosse, captain Soccer Track and field
College Enrolled:
University of Oregon
Home Town, State:
Garrison, NY

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
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.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I transferred from a traditional boarding school in Massachusetts. This was the most wonderful and life changing experience for me. To be educated out of the "normal" boarding school education. Moving to California and Midland was a life changing experience that I refer to consistently in my life.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I wish I took advantage of all that was offered instead of just trying to get by. Boarding school is a unique opportunity to experience and learn from the people around you. It is not. An experience to be taken for granted
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Midland is a unique school with a wonderful purpose. I loved the small school feel and family oriented life style ..learning how to be self sufficient has been the best life lesson I have ever learned. And I learned that at Midland School
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Grease toast will be a mind numbing experience


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Small class size so you are integral to class discussions. Hands on and creative class instruction. Direct class to life instruction. Personal experiences and group work is pushed just like real life.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Small school mean small teams. You are required to play a sport and will always see play time. It is great to field a team with only one or two subs and you beat a team with 10 subs. Very competitive league and teams. Fields are a little rough but it is part of the school heritage

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Pottery was great

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Hiking and solo camping is a wonderful opportunity

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Living in small cabins with wood stoves. Unique experience . Wood fired showers in the afternoon only????


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Family dining and student waiting and cleaning is wonderful. Breakfast cooked by students, lists of BBQ and family style dining.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
No surrounding town. Limited access to town
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Lots of individual expression and creative outdoor activities. The school promotes hiking and camping and learning about your surroundings.

Daily Schedule:

2:00 PM
1:00 AM
Split wood
2:00 AM
1:00 PM
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Alumni Reviews Review School

Midland School Alumni #1
Class of 1998
5.00 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. . .
Midland School Alumni #2
Class of 1997
5.00 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. . .
Midland School Alumni #3
Class of 1997
5.00 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. . .
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Quick Stats (2023)

  • 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