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The Maine Central Institute community consists of a multicultural student body from several dozen nations, U.S. states, and New England towns. Apply today to become a part of our growing and thriving community.

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A Comprehensive Curriculum

The MCI curriculum is designed for each individual student to find their own path to success, and is supported by a diverse set of distinctive opportunities for growth and learning. Our academic programs and schedule allow students to access the best courses and offerings for their own unique journey.

Our Academics

Our Diverse Student Population

At MCI, we emphasize respect, honesty, care, safety, and responsibility. These values are evident throughout the campus and in the surrounding community, where the locals are comfortable interacting with people from different backgrounds, interests, and beliefs.

Student Life

A Pre-Professional Ballet School

Bossov Ballet Theatre at MCI is both a performing company and an international pre-professional ballet school. The experience of performing on stage with large casts of older and younger dancers is an invaluable opportunity for aspiring dancers.

Bossov Ballet Theatre

Our Championship-Winning Athletic Programs

Our 20 athletic teams provide opportunities for students to participate in several sports teams throughout the academic year.


Give to MCI Today

Your gift to Maine Central Institute will help provide our students with the tools they need to go to college or trade school, enjoy successful careers, to live with confidence, self-esteem, and to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives.

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Our Award-Winning Visual and Performing Arts

MCI’S visual and performing arts education is taught by highly qualified teachers who partner with community professionals to bring robust instruction and hands-on experience to our students. MCI is known locally and nationally as a premier destination for artistic expression and studies.

Arts at MCI

Current MCI News and Events

Here at MCI there are always a multitude of events and current offerings that are worthy of highlights and recognition. Browse through our News and Events to see what's currently going on here at Maine Central Institute.

News and Events

Welcome to Maine Central Institute

About Us

Maine Central Institute is a private town academy and serves as the secondary school for the towns of Pittsfield, Burnham, and Detroit, Maine. MCI enrollment includes day students from many additional Maine communities, and boarding students from six states and 23 countries. MCI offers accelerated and advanced placement courses in all subjects as well as 20 varsity sports teams and over 30 clubs and activities. The school is known for its award-winning arts programs that include visual, vocal, band, drama, and the world-class Bossov Ballet Theatre, which is a performing company and international pre-professional ballet school with instruction by Natalya Getman, a former member of the Moscow Ballet.

From Our MCI Community


but the first day here I was already having fun with the other international students and creating strong friendships. The dorm parents do a great job of making you feel comfortable and secure.”

Andre Valente De Souza '25


allows my son the opportunity to learn so much about the world around him and himself... As a parent, I couldn’t ask for a better group of people supporting my child’s education.”

Meg Thompson, MCI Parent


is because I wanted to enhance my knowledge and experience a new environment… I have many friends from all over the world, and I’m very glad that I chose MCI for my high school experience because I never feel alone.”

Hien Van Nguyen '23