Campus and Community
Maine Central Institute's hallmark is its safe, caring and supportive atmosphere. With our multicultural population, we are especially aware that we must take care of each other. Respect, appreciation and concern for one another are fostered in countless ways.
MCI and the town of Pittsfield emulate what life in Maine should be. The state has a long history and tradition of welcoming friends and visitors. Our school and community have worked together to maintain that caring attitude. Many local families have opened their homes to our boarding students through our Host Family Program. Our students feel safe and accepted by this community of about 4,500 people. Day students and residential students have found a unique way of coming together; this is the attitude our state is known for - welcoming, accepting and friendly.
The same tradition of safety and support exists within the MCI family. Every Wednesday, we come together as a school family at our Morning Meeting. This involves every person on campus, including students, faculty, staff, administrators and visitors. Students and student groups present short programs on a country's culture, a project they're involved in, or an issue they need to discuss. We share information, tackle problems, show concern for people in need of support, thank people for jobs well done and celebrate academic and athletic successes among our family members.
As we move through our school day, caring and concern are present in the small classes, where individual attention is given to each student. They can be found in the extra one-on-one faculty help always available to students, in the supervised study halls for residential students and in the monitoring of grades sent home to parents.
Coupled with this academic care is a strong network positioned to support the total student. Residential parents and advisors, the Personal Counseling Office, Wellness Programs, crisis and substance abuse intervention, a Student Assistance Team and a strong harassment policy work together to keep all of our students safe and well.