Midland School

Midland School Photo #1 - Small class sizes, a student body under 100, and rigorous curricula make for a compelling academic experience. Students connect with their teachers, their peers, and the world.
Midland School Photo #2 - Marine Biology exploring nearby tide pools on a class field trip.
Midland School Photo #3 - Midland's 9-acre certified organic garden currently provides 80% of the produce consumed in our dining hall.
Midland School Photo #4 - Midland's Western Horsemanship Program offers both beginning and experienced riders the chance to trail ride our 2,860 acres of property.
Midland School Photo #5 - Environments that foster learning both inside and outside the classroom: Algebra I in Glass House.
Midland School Photo #6 - Our students backpacking into the Los Padres Wilderness.
Midland School Photo #7 - A member of our sophomore class installing our 13th 3-kW solar array on campus during Midland's annual Experiential Week.
Midland School Photo #8 - Midland sets the bar high for education and life beyond Midland. The transformational experience of applying to college, while serving Midland's purpose of college preparation, ultimately helps prepare students for life. Because Midland is a small school, every student receives the time and assistance necessary from our college counselor to meet his or her college goals.
Midland School Photo #9 - Midland's students plant, cultivate, harvest, wash, and deliver organic produce from our 10 acre garden to the kitchen, learning what it takes to grow their own food by tracing their hard work from the farm to the table.
Midland School Photo #10 - Students in Metals & Jewelry class prepping wax forms to cast in silver and bronze. Additional electives in the visual arts include Representational Drawing, Introduction to Painting, Beginning & Advanced Ceramics, and Advanced Art.
  • 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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
National Association of College Admissions Counselors
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Year Founded1932

Student Body

Total Students89 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade Midland School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers20 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size10 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAmerican Studies, Art, Biology, Calculus, English 12, Physics, Spanish
Average SAT score1220
Average ACT score25
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$66,900
Tuition Notesboarding only
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$42,800
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorCierra Ensign
Admissions AssociateLydia Felty
Endowment Size$17 million


Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.10 extracurriculars

Club or Organization:
Common Ground Service Club, Cooking, Drama, Environmental Advisory Board, Student Council

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Equestrian Program, Mindfullness & Meditation, Strength and Conditioning, Yoga & Pilates

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.

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