We can’t wait to learn more about you. In expressing your interest in Midland, you’ve taken the first step towards becoming an integral part of our close-knit community. Whether you’ve just discovered our school, or have hoped Midland would be in your future for a while, we are thrilled to welcome you into the Midland admissions journey. This page will be your map to the trail ahead; below, you’ll find next steps, application materials, information on Midland, and more. We know choosing the best-fit high school is a big decision for you and your family, and we’re here to help you navigate — and enjoy — the adventure ahead.


As our global landscape continues to shift due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Midland is ready to find creative and flexible ways for our applicants and prospective community members to explore our campus, program, and community. Our priorities — an equitable admissions process and the health and safety of our existing and potential community members — continue to drive our application process decisions. We understand that COVID-19 has interrupted school grading protocols and standardized testing for many students and want to assure you that your application will be reviewed with an understanding of these unusual conditions. As always, we remain dedicated to a holistic and fair admissions process.

To support these goals, we have made a few adaptations to our application process, details of which you can read below. As you embark on this adventure, our office is excited to support you at every step of the way.

To read our most recent COVID-19 update, click here.


  • Watch our video tour and “walk” through our virtual campus tour.
  • Get connected with a current Midland parent to learn more about the Midland community and about the boarding school experience.
  • Attend a remote admissions fair, open house, or reception.


Want to know more? Interested in applying? Request Midland’s Field Guide to Living Your Education to discover more about our school and take the first step in receiving admissions-specific information from our team. We love hearing from you, and can’t wait to share more about this place  you might someday call home! 


We often hear from our families that the moment they knew Midland was the right choice was during their campus visit; standing beneath our historic oaks, visiting classrooms and meeting our community members is the best way to discover if Midland is “right where you want to be.” We’re delighted to offer you the opportunity to experience our campus and community firsthand via an official campus tour. Tours are scheduled on an individual basis; contact our office to set up your visit and learn more about how we are making our campus tours as safe as possible for all involved.

Midland’s long-standing Shadow Day tradition for prospective students is on pause for the time being to prioritize the safety of our visitors and community members. In the meantime, we’d love to connect you with a student, parent, teacher, or administrator who could share their love of Midland with you.

As part of your application process, we ask that you take time to sit down with us for an interview. If you are able to visit campus in person this year, we will be excited to conduct interviews during that visit. If you are unable to visit, we are delighted to arrange interviews via video call.

To arrange an on-campus visit, connect with the Midland community, or schedule your interview, please reach out to the Admissions Office.


Character Skills Snapshot (CSS)
Midland entrusts students with authentic leadership roles, emphasizing individual and collective responsibility. Our application process seeks to deeply understand our applicants’ potential to be positive members of our community. As such, we ask that applicants complete the CSS, a tool that allows students to share information about their character and values with schools in a way that is consistent for all applicants.

While the CSS is not a required part of the application, we highly recommend it as an interesting and (we hope) enjoyable opportunity to highlight your strengths in non-cognitive areas, including initiative, responsibility, resilience, intellectual curiosity, teamwork, social awareness, open-mindedness, and self-control.

Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) or Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)

Because COVID has interrupted standardized testing for many students, Midland does not require a SSAT or ISEE score for the 2021-22 admissions cycle. If you are able to take either of these tests in a safe and positive environment, please do submit your scores. If you are unable to test, please know that your application will not be disadvantaged or penalized in any way. 

Should you be able to take the SSAT or ISEE, you can find more information on registration and test dates at www.ssat.org or www.erblearn.org. If you have any questions about testing accommodations, fee waivers, or testing details, we recommend referencing SSAT’s FAQ page. We only accept test scores directly from SSAT; we do not accept copies from your school or consultant. To prevent delays be sure to list us as a score recipient when you register for your test.

In an effort to assist with new remote testing, please visit Your Guide to the SSAT at Home for helpful information on registering for the SSAT at home, paper-based, and testing via prometric test centers. The Enrollment Management Association has also provided a new helpful FAQ page.

Should it be possible, candidates for grades 11 and 12 can submit their PSAT or SAT scores in place of the SSAT or ISEE.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Midland School requires that all non-native English speakers take the TOEFL in order to demonstrate proficiency in oral and written English, even if you have been studying in an English-speaking country for the last few years. A Special Home Edition of the TOEFL is now available if you are unable to test in a safe and positive shared environment. For more information, please click here.

TOEFL 8802
ISEE 570276


We can’t wait to read your application. Please apply online with the SSAT Standard Application (SAO). Our holistic review process begins in February, so please submit your application and application fee of $50 ($100 for international applicants) no later than February 15.  

Additional Information for Homeschooled Applicants: We are always thrilled to see homeschooled applicants, as the unique, hands-on experience of homeschooling can transfer beautifully into Midland’s educational philosophy. As you fill out your application, we ask that you complete the letter of recommendation portion as outlined and, if available, include an additional 1-2 letters of recommendation from adults (e.g., tutors, coaches) who are not your parents or guardians. If you don’t have a traditional transcript, we ask that you please submit a 1-2 page course description or syllabi that outlines the coursework you have taken for the last two years. Please reach out if you have concerns or questions.


Our Admissions Committee carefully reviews each application and sends letters of decision to applicants on March 10. At this point, we encourage accepted applicants to visit campus again, join us for a shadow day, and continue chatting with the Midland community. We look forward to receiving your reply by April 10.


COVID-19 Update: Ensuring Midland is Accessible to All

Since our founding, Midland has always had a deep commitment to ensuring that our education was available to families of all financial means. This commitment is just as true today as it was in 1932. Thanks to the generosity of our community to our Endowment and Annual Fund and to the fiscal responsibility of our leadership, we are able to meet families where they are to provide their child the opportunity to live their education here at Midland.

We recognize these are challenging economic times, and are committed to ensuring we meet our current and new families’ needs. If you’re interested in learning more about Midland’s Financial Aid options, read below. To fill out a financial aid application, click here. For help ensuring your 2020-21 school year accurately reflects your current financial needs, read our helpful pdf. To discuss financial aid options with a member of our admissions team, send us an email.

At Midland, we believe that a high quality college preparatory education should be accessible to families of all economic means. We are committed to enrolling a talented and diverse student body. While the primary responsibility for financing a student’s education rests with his or her family, Midland uses its own resources to supplement family contributions and offers over one million dollars in need-based financial aid awards annually in the hope that cost will not deter applicants. Aid awards range from several thousand dollars to nearly the full cost of tuition to families from a broad range of income levels.


Tuition for the 2020-21 academic year is $62,100 plus $700 for books & miscellaneous student expenses. International student tuition for the 2020-21 academic year is $66,900 plus $700 for books & miscellaneous student expenses. The additional fee for international students covers medical insurance.


Tuition may be paid in full by June 1 or in ten monthly payments (June – March).


Midland offers need-based financial aid to meet the difference between what a family can afford and the cost of tuition. For the 2019-2020 school year, Midland awarded over $1 million in need-based financial aid to 49% of the student body.

Financial aid is renewable and families are required to apply each year.  If you have any questions regarding financial aid at Midland School, please contact Cierra Ensign, Director of Admission & Financial Aid at censign@midland-school.org or (805) 688-5114 extension 114.



We would be thrilled to discuss Midland with you further. Below, please find some questions and answers about life as a student at Midland.

Is there a dress code?

We expect our students to conform to a dress code best described as “casual.” Clothing should be appropriate, neat, clean and in good repair.

Are there scheduled study hours?

Yes. Students study quietly in their rooms, or the library or a faculty member’s home on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights from 7:30-9:00 pm.

How can I get extra help?

The majority of teaching faculty live on campus at Midland so faculty members are available throughout the day and into the evening to help students.

Is there an athletics program?

Yes, all students are required to participate in an interscholastic sport during two of the three athletic seasons – fall, winter and spring.

Tell me about the advising system.

Each Midland faculty member serves as an advisor to a small number of students and meets with them as needed, to monitor their progress, give audience to their concerns, and guide them through the rigors and challenges, and expectations that go along with being a Midlander. Students are assigned a particular advisor for their first year, and though they may choose another at the end of their first year, most remain with that advisor for their Midland career.

What is a typical day like?

The academic week extends from Monday through Saturday, with faculty and student commitments on Sunday. Within the academic week, time is dedicated to academic instruction, the jobs program, activities and athletics and supervised study hall.

What are the driving directions the Midland School campus?

Midland School is located at 5100 Figueroa Mountain Road in Los Olivos, CA 93441, approximately 5 miles off of California Highway 154. The entrance to Midland is on the right and marked with a modest sign. Upon entering campus, proceed straight across the bridge and park in the spaces marked “Visitor Parking.” The Admission and Financial Aid Office is located in Main House, a two-story red building just off to the right.

Travel time by car is approximately 45 minutes from Santa Barbara, 2.5 hours from Los Angeles, and 5 hours from San Francisco.

What airports are local to Midland?

What are some local lodging options?