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Mt Desert Island High School

Public | 9-12 | 529 students


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Posted October 2, 2012

A truly excellent public high school; its quality would definitely match some private high schools. The arts programs are fantastic, the teachers are generally highly-regarded, and it manages to get students into some pretty great colleges. I'd say the only significant drawback would be the guidance department-if you or your child wishes to go a school other than the University of Maine, be prepared to do a lot of the work yourself. Other than, though, I give it high marks.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 22, 2011

From day 1 i was encouraged by the teachers here to quit school they told me school just wasn't for me they also talked four of my friends into quitting school diplomas are only for non-troubled students at MDI
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 22, 2010

Drugs are a huge problem at this school. The school administrators refuse to deal with the drug problem. Drug dogs are not allowed so the kids can feel that the staff trust them. Be care full sending children here
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 20, 2010

MDI High School is an excellent school. The school has a strong leadership as far a teachers and the principal staff very strong and love the children that go to the school. The academic program that is offered is wonderful, there is so much for the young adults to do.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 26, 2009

While this school certainly offers many courses and I was able to graduate and enter the college of my choice, its bias, as well as lack of discipline make it hard for many students. Though MDIHS boasts high college acceptance rates, check out how many students drop out during or after their first year at college. It is a high number.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 28, 2008

Really fantastic! MDIHS has unparalleled faculty resources that know both how to teach and how to connect with the student body. The Music/Theatre/Visual Arts program is incredible, without doubt one of the best in Maine. High achieving students get very good treatment at MDI, with a good variety of AP's to choose from and knowledgeable instructors. I'm a current senior and the last four years have been great, no regrets.
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 6, 2008

MDI HS is one of the very best high schools in Maine. The breadth of programs is at least as good as you'd find in city schools of twice the size. The facilities are good and the teaching staff is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 2, 2005

I used to live in Southwest Harbor and I went to MDIHS, best place ever. I had to move due to coast guard and am now in a city school, which I find to be very different. MDIHS had one on one teachings, and here not so much. I find the teachers at mdihs were the best around. I've been to 17 schools, and mdihs was the best!
—Submitted by a former student

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Critical Reading

The state average for Critical Reading was 49% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Science was 41% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Writing was 43% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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In 2012-2013 Maine used the Maine High School Assessment (MHSA) to test students in grade 11 in critical reading, math, writing and science. The results reported show how well students are mastering state standards, specific skills defined by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 94% 92%
Black 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hispanic 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1081 Eagle Lake Rd
Mount Desert, ME 04660
Phone: (207) 288-5011


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