Midland School

  • 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 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 Students88 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
20%
State avg.: 43%
Students by GradeMidland School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers20 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
67%
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
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$52,900
Tuition Notesboarding only
% on Financial Aid
49%
Average Financial Aid Grant$30,000
Acceptance Rate
60%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorTim Weir
Admissions AssociateCierra Ensign
Endowment Size17 million

Sports

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

Extracurriculars

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.
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The average acceptance rate in Santa Barbara County, CA is 71% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).