Midland School in Los Olivos, California has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates for consulting services. Midland School provides a unique college preparatory boarding school experience to a diverse student body. Through study and work it teaches the value of a lifetime of learning, self-reliance, simplicity, responsibility to community and the environment, and love for the outdoors.
Paul Squibb, a Kent School alumnus and Harvard graduate, and his wife, Louise, founded Midland School in 1932, believing that the essentials of a good education are a student, a teacher, and an idea. Beyond being a college preparatory boarding school, Midland was created to be a small, rural community that relies on the work of its inhabitants to meet its basic needs. Conceived in the midst of the Depression, these ideals still form the center of the school's philosophy, and every student who earns the privilege to attend Midland will assume not only a great deal of responsibility, but a great tradition of service. In a world of increasing complexity, Midland School's objective is both timely and straightforward--to foster in young people a strong, lively intellect and impeccable character.
A splendid physical setting and the unique opportunities afforded by a twenty-four hour day, seven day week boarding school provide a community in which both students and their teachers live together, bound by the tenets of self-reliance, minimal consumption, and closeness to nature.