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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)
· Three years of social studies, including one semester of Midland 101, one year each of World and American history, and a one-semester elective
· 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)
“Midland is – first and foremost – a school. A rigorous college preparatory boarding school. Not a shop school. Not a trade school. Not an adventure school. The fundamental rigor of Midland’s curriculum must never be watered down with trips or projects that don’t put learning at their core. If you build something, learn the science in it. If you explore the property, learn the geology and ecology.”
~ Barry Schuyler ‘41 (1923-2011)
Barry was a Midland student, teacher, trustee, advisor, and benefactor, as well as a guardian of Midland’s soul for over 70 years from the "Kerosene Age" to the "Solar Age."
"I really like the academics at Midland, because I truly feel like I'm learning. It isn't just regurgitation, but actually understanding. I adored math this year and have previously hated it, but making the connection between the math world and the real world was really helpful."
~ Alumna, Class of 2009
Midland's Marine Biology class enjoyed a gorgeous afternoon field trip to the tidepools the richest rocky intertidal area in our region - Montana de Oro State Park, south of Morro Bay. In addition to continuing their studies of invertebrate diversity, the class also surveyed the health of sea stars that are rapidly succumbing to a wasting disease of unknown origin up and down the entire Pacific Coast. On December 1, 2013 the group found ochre stars (Pisaster ochraceous) far more impacted with the disease than bat stars (Patiria miniata). See photos.
Students in Jill Redl's English 12 Honors class explore characters in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in by dressing and acting the parts. See photos from class.
This year's 10th grade chemistry students continued Midland's tradition of studying water quality in our local creek. Using field test kits, they tested the Alamo Pintado Creek at downstream sites in Los Olivos and Solvang, then took part in an overnight backpack on Midland's property to an upstream site at Holly Spring, which feeds Adobe Creek. It has been a dry year, and water levels were so low that students had to test a spring-fed trough rather than the creek itself.