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.
A BUMP IN THE ROAD: NAVIGATING COVID-19
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.
DISCOVER ALL THAT MIDLAND HAS TO OFFER
- 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.
REQUEST A FIELD GUIDE
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!
EXPLORE CAMPUS AND INTERVIEW
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.
SUBMIT YOUR RESULTS
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.
APPLY TO MIDLAND
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.
COMMIT TO THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME
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.