Road Trip! Destination:Colby
MDI Guidance will be hitting the road with students that are interested in Colby College or just want to learn more about selective private liberal arts schools.  We will be leaving from the High School on October 27th at 8:00, attending a presentation on Colby College, Touring the school and eating lunch on campus.  We plan on getting back to MDIHS between 2:30 and 3:00 so any students attending should make arrangements to get home after the buses have left.  To attend you must pick up a permission slip from your guidance counselor.  This trip is open to all, but capped at only 20 students with a priority given to Juniors and Seniors that will be applying to competitive schools.  All students are asked to bring $6.00 that will pay for their all you can eat lunch at Colby's award winning dining hall!

College Essay Workshop-2:30 October 7th 
MDI Guidance will be hosting a College Essay writing workshop lead my Colby Admissions Counselor Marnie Terhune.  Sr's will be able to learn more about writing the Application Essay that best represents their skills, interests and character.  See your guidance counselor if you are interested in attending.

PSAT's are Coming!
October 14th Sophomores and Juniors will be taking the PSAT exam. This test is a paid for by the school in an effort to prepare every student to do their best on the SAT test and improve their test taking skills. Students do their best when they are well rested, fed and have familiarized themselves with test.  Your student can find information and practice opportunities here, or they can swing by guidance for printed material.  If you have any questions about the test please contact your guidance counselor for more information.

Orono College Fair 2015
MDI Guidance will be taking a bus to the University of Maine College Fair on Tuesday, September 29th.  Students will have a chance to meet admission representatives from over 100 colleges and universities.  Students will also be touring the University of Maine and eating lunch on campus  We will be leaving promptly at 7:45 AM and returning by 2:00.  Students must have a signed permission slip to go on the bus prior to  our departure, and students are expected to bring money for lunch.  See Guidance for a permission slip.

Sophomore College Planning Night
The MDI Guidance Department will be hosting a local College Admissions Counselor on Thursday, October 29th at 7:00 in the theater. The presentation is designed to give an overview of the college admissions process as well as recent trends.  The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

College Snap Shot-
Dickinson College-Excellence in Liberal Arts with a focus on the useful!

In the heart of the small town of Carlisle PS, Dickinson's 2,308 full time students enjoy living on a campus that serves as a cultural center, while enjoying a small town atmosphere perched between the battlefields of Gettysburg and 
the simplicity of Amish country. This is a college on the rise that has thoughtfully moved to increase student services and academic rigor while maintaining a focus on global connections and engagement. Students are drawn from 42 states along with international student from 41 different countries.  This global orientation is further reflected by the fact that morthan half of the 
student body studies abroad during their 4 years.  Dickinson provides student housing for all four years in dorms built to a smaller scale then most campuses, with themes that range from world languages, special interests or greek dorms.  Dickinson's academic model encourages students to explore their interests to discover their passion before deciding on a major. Dickinson honors the discovery process, believing that balance and a breadth of knowledge create a stronger foundation for more specialized learning.
Take Aways-This is a school on the rise that has been launching students into grad schools and productive lives with great success.  It does this by working hard to help students discover, celebrate and capitalize on their strengths. 

Why Advantage MDI?

Here is an article that nicely summarizes just why we run and orientation program for Freshmen coming to MDI

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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