Founded in 1932, Midland School makes education real by doing the work of taking care of campus and community alongside rigorous college preparatory academics at a small, rustic boarding school in the foothills of a national forest in Santa Barbara County. Midland’s strong environmental ethic is cultivated through exploring and knowing the natural world around us, growing our food, chopping our wood, and drawing electricity from student-installed solar panels. Midland puts boundaries on screen time and digital entertainment in order to model and cultivate meaningful human connection. At the same time, Midland students are challenged academically, attain digital literacy, engage in experiential learning every week, and complete a senior thesis as a graduation requirement. A Midland education builds character, develops a work ethic, and cultivates authentic student leadership - all things that develop our inner resources and sense of self - by working as a community to take care of our place.
A Midland graduate must fulfill the following graduation requirements (19 academic credits):
• Four years of English
• Three years of mathematics (including Algebra II and Geometry)
• Two years of history, including one year of U.S. and one year of world history
• Two years of laboratory sciences (including Chemistry & Biology)
• Three years of a foreign language
• One year in the visual or performing arts
• At least two elective courses (one elective consisting of a social studies elective)
• One year of Midland 101 (if entered as a freshman)
• Senior thesis; a year long research project that results in a scholarly paper and project (if applicable).
Athletics: Midland School is a member of the Condor League which includes independent boarding and day schools in the tri-county area. Interscholastic sports offered by Midland include volleyball, soccer, basketball, cross-country, and softball. Midland also offers an Equestrian Program featuring Western and English riding and horse care. Students may also choose from Organic Gardening, Yoga/Pilates, Outdoor Leadership, or Campus Maintenance as non-competitive options. Through the athletics program, Midland strives to teach the values of good sportsmanship and the rewards of team effort.
A Cappella Group, Art Club, Choral Music, Drama Club, String Ensemble, Theater, Ceramics, Metals & Jewelry, Representational Drawing, Introduction to Painting, Advanced Art
Baseball, Basketball, Cross-Country Running, Soccer, Volleyball
Camping, Horseback Riding, Yoga, Garden, Outdoor Leadership
"Midland prepares its students not only academically for college, but also gives us the life lessons necessary to live with a roommate, in a college community, and in the world. Midland has involved and caring teachers, which makes it really helpful when it comes to college recommendations. Our college counselor is especially devoted to helping students get into colleges that are the best individual fits. All in all, Midland is a very nurturing and helpful environment for a process that can be very stressful.” ~Midland Senior
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