Maine Central Institute

MCI, an independent grade 9-12 boarding and day school

Founded in 1866, Maine Central Institute (MCI) engages a multicultural student body with diverse abilities and interests in a rigorous and comprehensive college and career preparatory experience.  In a safe and nurturing environment, students develop self-esteem, academic skills, and social responsibility to be thoughtful global citizens and lifelong learners.


MCI offers several courses to prepare students for a changing world. You choose the classes that work for your schedule and meet your academic goals. MCI’s academic and career counselors help you decide which courses are best for you to achieve those goals.

Life @MCI

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. 


At MCI, we believe that athletics is an important part of the educational process and a dynamic lesson in teamwork and personal dedication. We offer a comprehensive athletic program for student-athletes of varying levels of ability, and many of our sports teams have achieved state championships and our players have won recognition for sportsmanship, team spirit, and personal excellence.


MCI's Art Department believes that anyone can understand and apply basic visual art techniques and concepts to create images, express themselves and analyze their own art work, as well as the work of others. Students may also prepare an art portfolio for college or freelance work opportunities.

Early Bird Admissions

Reach your goals at MCI: MCI offers students like you tremendous opportunities in academic excellence, athletic involvement and participation in a wide range of co-curricular opportunities. We want you to develop lifelong friendships here and thrive in our dynamic academic community.


Welcome back to MCI! As an alumni, your support allows MCI to address the changing needs of our students and faculty/staff, facilities and other essential issues.  Find out about ways to give, MCI's recognition societies, and our planned giving opportunity, The Heritage Society. MCI also offers volunteer opportunities for you to help the School continue to provide exceptional learning experiences for our students.

Empowering students and parents to surpass their goals

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Student to Teacher Ratio

MCI faculty offers personalized attention to students every day: we are committed to helping our students reach their goals.


Acre Campus

Our campus comprises classroom buildings, athletic fields, gymnasiums and weight rooms, a leading edge Visual and Performing Arts Education Center, ballet studio, library/technology center, student dormitories, student union, and dining room.


Sports Teams

MCI invites all students to participate in our championship sports teams. We offer football, soccer, field hockey, golf, cross-country, basketball, swimming, wrestling, baseball, softball, tennis, lacrosse, and track, to name a few.


One of the First Schools to Offer ESL

MCI is proud to offer one of Maine’s first ESL programs that we’re constantly refining for optimal student success and future achievement.



High Graduate Placement

Academic counselors work with every MCI senior to develop a solid plan for post-graduation: college or trade school, military or work


MCI's Pre-Professional Ballet: Bossov

MCI is the only school in the U.S. to offer pre-professional ballet training to students, taught by instructors using the Vaganova methology. Our ballet graduates go on to the San Francisco Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, Hungarian National Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, to name a few.

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