Midland School

Tel: (805)688-5114
Grades: 9-12 | 80 students
Founded in 1932, Midland School is a coeducational college preparatory boarding school for grades 9-12 set on a 2,860 acre property in beautiful Santa Barbara County.
The school combines rigorous academics with intensive immersion in the environment, and maintains a commitment to authentic student leadership, simplicity, self-reliance, and environmental stewardship.

School News

  • Midland Board of Trustees Announces Next Head of School - 11/06/2015 - On November 5th, 2015 the Midland Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Christopher Barnes as our next Head of School, effective July 1, 2016.  Christopher brings with him a strong commitment to Midland's mission, successful leadership experience, and...more
  • Fall Horse Program Field Trip - 11/25/2015 - Fall horseback riders toured four local Arabian horse farms for a Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum sponsored event. They watched horses fly around the arena at world-renown Om El Arabian International. They met a few National Champions at Jade Creek Arabian...more
  • Chickens and Senior Thesis - 11/25/2015 - Students helped Michael '16 move his feathery senior project out to the garden. Michael built a chicken tractor for his 22 chickens that he plans to raise for Midland as a part of his senior thesis. He aims to show how raising chickens for consumption, like we...more
  • Nose to Tail Eating - 11/25/2015 - Last Sunday CHEF PINK aka Crystal DeLongpré and her wife, Courtney Rae DeLongpré, owners of local restaurant Bacon and Brine gave a lecture at Midland entitled NOSE TO TAIL EATING.The DeLongprés discussed how important it is to utilize the whole animal when co...more
  • Cross Country Wins Condor League! - 11/25/2015 - Cross Country is on their way to the CIF tournament! 

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Western States Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
National Association of College Admissions Counselors
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Year Founded 1932

Student Body

Total Students 80 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 20 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 10 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses American Studies, Art, Biology, Calculus, English 12, Physics, Spanish
Average SAT score 1697
Average ACT score 25
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $46,200
Tuition Notes boarding only
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $28,850
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Amy E. Graham
Admissions Associate Cierra Ensign


Total Sports Offered 5 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 10 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Common Ground Service Club, Cooking, Drama, Environmental Advisory Board, Equestrian Program, Garden, Mindfullness & Meditation, Strength and Conditioning, Student Council, Yoga & Pilates Cooking, Drama, Garden, Yoga & Pilates, Common Ground Service Club,
Environmental Advisory Board,
Equestrian Program,
Mindfullness & Meditation,
Strength and Conditioning,
Student Council,

School Notes

Midland School is a community of students, teachers, and families in pursuit of academic excellence and moral lives. We are guided by the following precepts:

  • The essential ingredients of learning are a student, teacher, and an idea.
  • A high quality college preparatory education should be accessible to families of all economic means.
  • A simple, self-reliant lifestyle, close to nature, teaches us to develop our inner resources, to distinguish between needs and wants, and to appreciate life's fundamental joys and challenges.
  • A school community entrusting students with authentic leadership roles, emphasizing individual and collective responsibility, and relying on its own work to meet its basic needs, prepares students to take care of themselves and to serve others.
  • Connection to the environment, through academic education and everyday example, teaches students to be good stewards of the earth.

Profile last updated: 08/17/2015

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