18. Midland School – $58,600 Yearly Tuition
Midland School in the Central Coast of California is half school and half working farm. For $58,600 a year, students chop wood, tend to livestock, maintain the farm, clean windows, and plant and pick their own food, all in between taking high school-level courses. The students do it all. In fact, Midland School doesn’t even have a janitorial or maintenance staff.
And there’s something else on this 10-acre farm that is very different from every other high school. Once students join Midland, their cellphones are confiscated until the end of their term. And instead of the regular book haul, each student is told to bring an axe, a knife, and a lighter with them to their first day of school.