Midland School

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Basic Information

Address: 5100 Figueroa Mountain Road
Phone Number: 8056885114
President: Christopher Barnes
School Type: Small school with 100% boarding, experiential & outdoor learning combined with college preparatory curriculum

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Additional Information

Founded: 1932
Ages/Grades: Grades 9-12
School Setting:

Set on 2,860 acres of ranch land in the Santa Ynez Valley in California

School Size: 80
Classroom Size: 10
Student/Teacher Ratio: 4:1


Financial Aid:



English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Spanish Language, Farm & Garden, Horse & Ranch, Outdoor Leadership, Arts


College preparatory & experiential learning set on 2,860 acres of land

Percentage of Graduating Class: 100
Addmission Process:

Standard Application Online due Feb 15th for priority consideration and financial assistance applications. TOEFL required for international applicants. Test-optional.

Computer Capabilities:

Students must bring a Chromebook

School Championships:

Sports offered - Soccer, Cross-County, Volleyball, Basketball

School Clubs:

Horsemanship, Writing Group, Midland Mirror (school newspaper), Farm & Garden, Maintenance, Circus, Student Council

Parking Spaces/Availability:

Boarding school, not applicable

Uniform Guidelines:

No uniform, casual dress code. Formal nights on Thursdays.

Admissions Requirements:
  • Standard Appication Online
    • Essays by student & parent/guardian
    • Letters of reference
    • Transcripts
    • Creative response
    • Midland-specific supplement 
    • Student interview (can be done in person or via Zoom)
    • TOEFL for international students 
Mission Statement:

Midland School provides a unique college preparatory boarding school experience to a diverse student body. Through study and work, it teaches the value of a lifetime of learning, self-reliance, simplicity, responsibility to community and the environment, and a love for the outdoors.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

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

  • The essential ingredients of learning are a student, a 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.
School History:

When Paul and Louise Squibb -- excited to start a school founded on the values of uncluttered lives, hard work, and character -- found a ranch for rent in California's "midlands" between Los Angeles and San Francisco, they knew they had found the perfect location for their school. In 1932, Midland opened its doors for the first time, turning a beautiful ranch into an innovative school that still is a leader in experiential and place-based education.

Social Networks:

WeChat ID: Midland_School_CA

Additional Information:

On campus tours & shadow days booked via email to admissions@midland-school.org.

Virtual tours can be booked for international or far away families.