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.
  • Midland Featured in Independent School Magazine - 11/12/2014 - We are pleased to share  Putting the 'I' in Science in the Fall 2014 issue of Independent School written by Lise Goddard, Midland's Associate Director of Studies.
    Lise and Director of Studies, Laurie Munger, will present this work at the NAIS Conference in Bo...more
  • Geology Field Trip to Mono Lake - 11/12/2014 - The Geology class took their annual trip to Mono Lake early in October. Laurie Munger's large class, this year accompanied by Don Redl, explored a dramatic cross-section of California.  From Midland, the group drove across the southern end of the Central Valle...more
  • Round-Up 2014 - 11/12/2014 - Midland welcomed many families to campus to connect with teachers, advisors, and other families.  Parents attended Saturday morning classes, watched well-played volleyball games, and enjoyed live bluegrass music and a square dance in the evening.  Many camped ...more
  • Rich Arts Building Remodel - 11/12/2014 - The Kay Rich Arts Building benefited from substantial upgrades and improvements inside and outside this summer, thanks to a generous grant from the Elizabeth Bixby Janeway Foundation, who funded the building's original construction in 1969. 
  • Weather Station on Serpentine Mountain - 11/12/2014 - Midland recently acquired a solar powered professional-grade weather station which, after installation on Thursday October 30 (the day before our first rain of the season) by Jeff Goddard and Junior Graham Mills, is now automatically recording data from the to...more
  • Trip to Sequoia National Park - 11/12/2014 - During the final weekend of September, Derek Harwell '88, Director of Outdoor Programs, set out with five students for a backpacking trip to Sequoia National Park. The plan was to backpack into the Table Lands and meet up with Midland resident and alpine lake ...more
  • Physics Field Trip to JPL - 11/12/2014 - Midland Physics students took a trip to Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on Tuesday to tour their facilities and get a sense for some of the many applications of physics.  The group toured a museum of spacecraft designed and built on site and then obs...more

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 20%
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade Midland School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 20 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 67%
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 47%
Average Financial Aid Grant $28,850
Acceptance Rate 60%
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

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Dunn School (0.1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is The Family School (0.1 miles away)
The nearest preschool is The Family School (0.1 miles away)
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