PSAT's October 11th!
The College Board's PSAT will be administered for free to all Sophomore and Junior students on October 11th.  Though the number one purpose of this test is to practice test taking skills for the SAT test, it is also used to measure student progress by the state, and it is sometimes used to identify students that qualify for future scholarships and programs that call for a high level of achievement.  The PSAT is a challenging test that calls for students to put forth a sustained problem solving effort, so it should not be taken lightly.  Students that would like to prepare for the test or learn more about how the test works  can find that information here to get some free practice and access to lessons on different parts of the test.  It is also important for students that plan to do their best work to get a good nights sleep and a healthy breakfast the morning of testing.

Senior Meetings!
Whatever your plans are for next year, all Seniors should set up a meeting with Guidance to set goals and create a plan for reaching your post graduation goals.

How to write Common App Essays this year! Here is some nuts and bolts information on improving you College Application Essay for this year.  If you are looking for specific information for school specific essays you can start your search here.

Mindset Video

We have had requests for access to the Mindset Video that all students watched as part of the kickoff to the new year.  It can be found here.

Questions about Advantage MDI?

MDIHS Guidance will be offering Advantage MDI on June 21nd, 22rd, and 23th from 8:30-11:30 for all registered Freshmen.  There will be three busy days of team building and orientation activities designed to create friendships and give students the skills and exposure to the school that will help them make a smooth transition.  Students must register to participate, and are expected to attend all three days.  If you have questions about why we offer this program please click here, or check the article at the bottom of this page.  Registration forms are available in the left column under the "Freshman" pull down menu, or here. 

Junior College Night-MDIHS Guidance will be hosting a meeting for all interested juniors and their parents regarding the college search and planning process. This meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 28th at 6:00 in the Auditorium. This is the first meeting for Juniors who want to learn more about the college process. 

Mitchell Scholarship Information-

The Mitchell Institute awards scholarships each year to graduating seniors from Maine’s public high schools as they pursue higher education. The 2017 recipients of the Mitchell Scholarship, representing 133 high schools from every community in Maine, each will receive a scholarship award for $9,000 to be paid out in four equal installments of $2,250.  In an effort to help as many Maine students as possible to attain higher education, the Mitchell Institute provides scholarships for Maine students planning to attend colleges both in- and out-of-state. If the link in the title does not work try cutting and pasting:

Hancock County Technical Center- Interested in starting a career, or developing skills that will help you make more while pursuing your college or service plans?  HCTC might be the right choice for you.  If you missed the presentation or would like to review it, it can be watched here.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office now.

Junior College Night

Did you miss the presentation?  The 50 families that attended gave it great reviews, so we have this link to the presentation for your use and in case you want to review some of the finer points.  Special thanks to John Champoli for his insightful and informative presentation.  If you have any further questions, you can contact your guidance counselor or John at

Planning for the Future

It is never to early to plan for success!.  If you want to get started on planning for the future, or just need to refine your plan you might want to check out this slideshow, and talk with your guidance counselor.

SAT Preparation for Juniors-MDI Guidance will be offering two sessions of SAT Preparation for Juniors interested in doing their best on this Springs SAT testing.  There will be two sessions on Monday and Thursday nights with one class starting at 2:30 , and the other scheduled for later in the day.  If you are interested in participating in this program please contact Mary Wallace at the MDIHS Guidance Office.

Looking for Help Navigating the Online World?

Two movies that you might find helpful are Cyberbully, and A Girl Like Her.  Both are available through Netflix, and can also be found at other sites.  Over the past few years, I have found that most of the students that commit acts of cyberbullying or traditional bullying aren't fully aware of the impact of their acts and words.  "I was just kidding" or Everybody says that!" or "she/he doesn't mind" seem to be driving or enabling students to damage other students.  These movies touch on the gray areas of cyber and social behavior that can make a huge positive or negative difference in a student's school experience.  If you haven't had this talk, or need to freshen guidelines up for the new year.  A family viewing might be a great tool for getting the conversation going.  For a entertaining and instructional option you might choose this presentation  or this presentation by Robert Hackenson Jr., a guest speaker we had a the school last year.

Host Families Wanted!

Several exchange students are interested in coming to the Mount Desert area for the 2016-2017 high school year and we need assistance in finding them good homes and families.   Exchange students come here to learn about life in America, and they enrich our learning environment with their cultural and global perspectives.   All kinds of families - kids, no kids, empty nesters, single parents, and so on. The main requirement is kindness and a willingness to learn about a foreign culture. Families who welcome a student will not only gain a new member, but will also learn about the world, its many values, traditions, languages, food, and more.

Our students have the appropriate visa, medical insurance and pay for all of their own expenses, with the exception of food and utilities. Students are between the ages of 15-18. They are arriving in August and are on a 10 month program. A family may act as a welcome family and bring the student into your community for a part of their experience as well.   If you are interested please contact Mark Carignan at, or Virgina Doss at CIEE  For more information on CIEE you can read here

This Year's Academic Calendar Available Here!

Social Media Safety/Bullying Prevention Presentations-

April 12th's Presentation by Robert Hackenson, Jr. can be viewed by these links:

Questions About Standards Based Grading?

If you would like to know more about standards based grading, but haven't been able to attend any of the information nights, you can see Mrs. Keblinsky's presentation here.

The Truth About Anxiety

Struggling with anxiety is a daily battle for many students, and almost all students and adults suffer from periods of anxiety during their lives.  Hannah Edgecomb, a talented Senior here at MDI recently made an insightful presentation for the MDIHS Faculty.  We have attached that presentation here for any students or parents that would like to know more on the topic.  Please contact a counselor if you would like to know more. 

Get Ready for Your SAT Test!
Here is a golden opportunity for you If you are wondering what the new reformulated SAT test will be like. Khan Academy is offering free lessons and practice tests for students that want to improve their scores.  Students need to set up an account, or can log in here using Facebook or Google information.   Success favors a prepared mind.

Junior Planning News-
If you missed Jr. College Planning Night, you can use the link below to kick start your own post secondary planning.  Here is the powerpoint that was presented.

Senior Financial Aid Night-
For parents that missed this years financial aid night

How Will Standards Impact MDI Graduates Applying to College?
To better answer a questions from last night's College 101 presentation we wanted to provide the following links for your use and edification. First we wanted to share the link to Julie Keblinski's Proficiency Based Education Pages.  These pages can be accessed thought the Academics Tab on the school's home page, and can provide answers on systems that we have created to teach, evaluate and report on our standards.  Two research summaries that address the issue of standards and how colleges are using them and other information in admissions decisions are here and here.

Decision Time!

With April upon us many of our Seniors are struggling to decide what college to attend.  Here are a couple of resources that might help.

Video: How To Decide on a College

Article: Why Attend Accepted Students Days?

Article: How to Appeal a Financial Aid Award

Info Graphic How to Interpret a Financial Award Letter

Why Advantage MDI?

Here is an article that nicely summarizes just why we run and orientation program for Freshmen coming to MDI. Why a students first year in high school can be the most important here, and three tips for parents here.

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Graduation Requirements

Students must complete twenty-three (23) credits in grades 9-12. These expectations are in compliance with the  Maine State Law, Chapter 207-A, Sub Chapter III and local requirements, which exceed these standards.   Students must earn at least the stated number of credits in the  following areas:

4 English 

3 Social Studies

3 Math 

3 Science

1 Physical Education

.5 Health (.5 required during 9th/10th)

1 Fine Arts

1 Life Skills (Business, Family Education or Technology)

    Students must demonstrate achievement of the Learning Results by  “ meeting standards” on portfolio tasks, which are part of their course work.  The portfolio tasks consist of essential knowledge and skills that all MDIHS graduates must have.

    Students must design and produce a Senior Exhibition to demonstrate depth and knowledge about a particular subject.

Students must complete 20 hours of Community Service.

School Code

MDIHS CEEB Code: 200683

The Mount Desert Island Guidance Department is open from 7:30- 3:00 everyday. If no one is available to answer your call, please feel free to leave a message or send an email. You call will be returned as soon as possible. If you have a student emergency and are unable to reach us, please contact the Dean of Students (Ian Braun) at 288-5011 ext. 3350.

Michele Gurtler, Director of Guidance A-K

Megan (Lane) Rowell, Guidance L-Z

Mark Carignan, Freshmen Guidance

Mary Wallace, Administrative Assistant