Maine Central Institute

295 Main Street
Pittsfield, ME 04967
Maine Central Institute is an independent college preparatory day and boarding school founded in 1866.
MCI pledges to provide a rigorous, comprehensive educational program to a multicultural student body with a wide range of abilities and interests.
In a safe and caring atmosphere, students will acquire knowledge, self-esteem, social responsibility, and the critical thinking and communication skills necessary for global citizenship and lifelong learning. In a safe and caring atmosphere, students will acquire knowledge, self-esteem, social responsibility, and the critical thinking and communication skills necessary for global citizenship and lifelong learning.

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Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Maine CentralBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered6-12, PG9-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18661907
Campus Size23 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment400 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1264* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(collared shirt, khaki pants, jacket)
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio9:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1818
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program Cost$5,000
(Summer STEM: $5,000 USD for all 5 weeks for boarding campers - includes all laboratory equipment and supplies, room, board, and weekend project travel. Students are responsible for airfare to/from the United States and visa fee, if applicable. $1,000 USD per week for boarding campers - includes all laboratory equipment and supplies, room, board, and weekend project travel. Students are responsible for airfare to/from the United States and visa fee, if applicable. $250 USD per week for day campers - includes all laboratory equipment and supplies. Does not include travel to and from MCI. Credit: Students will earn a 0.5 academic credit from MCI upon completion of the program. Bossov Ballet Summer: Six-week residential program (includes tuition, room/board and costume fees): $4,500 Six-week non-residential program (includes tuition and costume fees): $2,995)
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$10,000$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1818
CoursesAdvanced Placement Biology with lab, Advanced Placement Calculus AB , Advanced Placement Calculus BC , Advanced Placement Chemistry with lab, Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition, Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Advanced Placement Physics C Electricity and Magnetism, Advanced Placement Physics C Mechanics, Advanced Placement US History and Advanced Placement English Language and Composition , Advancement Placement Statistics, Anatomy Dual Enrollment , AP Art / Advanced Art, AP U.S. Government and Politics, Honors Humanities History IV, Humanities I Honors English, Humanities I Honors History, Humanities II Honors English, Humanities II Honors History , Physiology Dual Enrollment


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1616
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Riflery, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations6023
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Aomori Travelers, Art Club, Aviation Club, Ballroom Dance, Calligraphy Club, Cappies - Theatre Critic Program, Captains Club, CGA Drill Team, Chess Club, Coding Club, Competitive Gaming Club, Creative Writing Club, Drama Club, Fantasy Sports Club, Fleet Volunteer Garden, Futsol Intramural, Gay/Straight Alliance, Generational Connections Club, Kindness Krew, Longboard Club, Math Team, MCI Youth in Government, National Honor Society, Politically Incorrect Debate Club, Public Speaking Club, Quidditch Club, Robotics Team, Ski Club, Speech & Debate Club, Stamp Club, Student Ambassador Organization, TED Talks, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
3D Design, Art and Design Fundamentals, Ballet, Ceramics, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Contemporary A Capella, Digital Music Production, Drama, Festival Theatre Ensemble, Guitar, Instrumental Jazz Ensemble, Intro to Costume, Introduction to Theatre, Masardis, Painting, Piano, Sculpture, Social Theater, Stage & TV Make-up, Studio Foundations I & II, Technical Theatre-Stagecraft, Theatre Arts, Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Esports, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Volleyball Club

School Notes

    Maine Central Institute is a traditional day and boarding program with college preparatory academics and a wide variety of athletics, arts, music, theatre, and on campus clubs and activities. The student body is made of people from all over the world and including many different states of the US. Maine Central Institute Academic highlights: 
  • Flight School (Aviation Program) MCI is excited to partner with Central Maine Aviation and Curtis Air at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport to help our students access the exciting world of aviation. Working with an MCI teacher-guide, students earn a science credit upon completion of the course. In the second semester, students enroll in a course offered by the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA), where they earn a physics credit from MCI as well as three college credit hours from UMA.Upon completion of this course, students who are at least 16 years of age have the option to begin flight training at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport, which is close to the MCI campus. Students in grade 11 can begin training during the summer or they can complete this course in the first term of grade 12. Students who do not wish to participate in flight training can continue their studies with a semester course from during their grade 12 year.
  • Manson Essay: It is a distinguished Junior essay (college-level) requirement originating in the late 1800's. All Juniors spend months researching and writing on a topic of their choice and end the assignment with an oral presentation of their essay in front of their peers. 
  • Senior project: It is a capstone assessment, integrating students' mastery of communication skills, research techniques, public speaking conventions, and organization for independent, self-directed learning. Students devote five weeks to their chosen learning objectives, then present their knowledge and product to peers, family and community members. 
  • Bossov Ballet program: it offers pre-professional syllabus prepares students for a professional ballet career.
  • Academic Support Program (Peer Tutor, Writing Center, Math Tutor and ESL support) Our faculty and student volunteers assist international and domestic students on how to use all of the resources available to them, while also helping them to understand how to prepare for college applications, and standardized testing. The Academic Office is responsible for providing peer tutoring opportunities across the subject areas. The Writing Center is available to students when English may not be their first language. This has become a mandatory part of their schedule as they develop their English language abilities. ESL supports are available during Writing Center, after school, and in the evening.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Sam Cassell - Post Graduate Basketball
    • Caron Butlet - Post Graduate Basketball
    • Lori Celeste - Bossov Ballet Theatre
    • Johanna Reuter - Bossov Ballet Theatre
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