COVID-19 Update: Campus is Closed to Visitors, but the Admissions Office is Open!

Midland School’s campus is temporarily closed to visitors; our students and faculty are preparing to return to campus for in-person classes this fall. Though working from home, Midland’s admissions team is still here to help you along your search for the right school for your family. To read our most recent COVID-19 update, click here.

To learn more about how you can live your education here at Midland:

Though we may not be able to show you around our campus in person, invite you into our classrooms, or share a farm-to-table meal with you in Stillman Hall, Midland’s admissions team is committed to making the discovery experience as easy and accessible as possible. We believe that the best way to know if Midland is “right where you want to be” is by connecting with our community. We’d love to connect you with a student, parent, teacher, or administrator who could share their love of Midland with you.

While Midland’s campus is closed, our Admissions process remains much the same:
Inquire Online to let us know you are interested and set up a time to meet
Apply Online once you’re sure Midland is the right place for your child
Interview (and visit) virtually to complete the final steps of your application.

We are pleased that you have decided to become a candidate for admission to Midland School. Our application process requires prospective students to follow several steps over the course of the admission cycle. All steps necessary to complete the application process are outlined below. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


Indicate your interest in applying to Midland School by contacting the Admission Office or by completing the online Inquiry Form. You will be assigned a login and password for Midland’s online admission application.


All applicants are required to have an interview at Midland. If an applicant is unable to visit Midland due to distance limitations, a telephone or Skype interview can be arranged. Contact the Admission Office to schedule an appointment.


Candidates for grades 9 and 10 must take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). For more information on registration and test dates, please call SSATB in Princeton, NJ at 609-683-4440 or via the web at www.ssat.org. To ensure Midland receives your score report, our SSAT school code is 5074. 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. If you are unable to take the SSAT, we will accept the ISEE. Our ISEE school code is 570276.

SSAT 5074
TOEFL 8802
ISEE 570276


The completed application and the application fee of $50 ($100 for international applicants) must be postmarked by February 15 for the first round of admission decisions.


Letters of decision will be mailed on March 10, and your reply is expected by April 10.


You can apply online here. Please click on the following links to download the supplemental materials for your application.


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.

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