Maine Central Institute

295 Main St, Pittsfield, ME 04967

Established by Rev. Oren Cheney, who had founded Bates College six years prior, MCI conducts a rigorous educational program for students of varying ability levels and interests. The school requires four years of math and science study, and its humanities curriculum integrates history, literature, art and music. Pupils may take Advanced Placement courses in grades 11 and 12, and honors classes are also part of the curriculum. The senior project, a graduation requirement, encourages students to explore areas of interest in detail prior to delivering formal presentations. MCI's English as a Second Language program serves the university-bound international student, while the Personalized Learning Program offers content tutoring and yearlong instructional support for those requiring extra help in the classroom. The Bossov Ballet, headed by dancer Andrei Bossov, formerly of Russia's Kirov Ballet, is in residence at the school. Boys and girls may also take part in highly regarded vocal and instrumental jazz ensembles; approximately one-third of MCI's students participate in music, while many others are involved in drama and the visual arts. MCI's annual, three-day winter carnival is an enduring tradition.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory, General Academic
Grade RangeBoarding and Day — Coed Grades 9-PG
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address295 Main St, Pittsfield, ME 04967
Telephone207-487-3355
Fax207-487-3512
Year Established1866
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorChristopher J. Hopkins
Applications DueRolling
Total Enrollment450
Boarding Students140
Day Students310
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