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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
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Mt. Desert Island High School is a highly rated, public school located in Bar Harbor, ME. It has 531 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 10 to 1. According to state test scores, 47% of students are at least proficient in math and 77% in reading.
Address
1081 Eagle Lake Road
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Telephone
(207) 288-5011
Website

Mt. Desert Island High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
77%
Percent Proficient - Math
47%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1220
110 responses
Average ACT
30
14 responses
AP Enrollment
24%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Rural
Median Household Income
$53,053
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$879
National
$949
Median Home Value
$317,300
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • School Carnival Days
    36%
  • Senior Ex. Festival
    21%
  • Senior Responsibility Day
    14%
  • Spirit Week
    14%
  • Homecoming
    7%
  • Pep rallies
    7%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
531
Free or Reduced Lunch
25%
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.8 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.8 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.8 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
10:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.5%
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
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Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
79%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.14 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.14 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.14 responses
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Mt. Desert Island High School Reviews

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Most of my experience at MDIHS was very good. I was a kid who participated in a lot of activities (swimming, tennis, everything music, etc). The music program, although wonderful for some kids, can be really damaging for others. For those students who don't know how to play music, just want to continue to play, or are extremely gifted, the music program is a truly wonderful place. However, if the student is slightly less gifted than another, they will be ignored. I was one of those students. The favoritism in the music program, and the rest of the school is ridiculous, so although the academics and faculty are wonderful, the favoritism can make MDIHS really hard for students.
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Our school is on an island and pretty small. So, most of the kids you have been with since kindergarten. Sometimes, that is a good thing. Other times, it is not. Our school also lacks a lot of diversity due to the fact that it is in Maine.

Overall, it was a great place to grow up. But now that I am a senior, I am looking forward to leaving Maine for a while and going west for a new adventure.

But it is also go to know that I can always come back to live on MDI.
I'm glad to be able to say that my high school is one of the most welcoming places I have ever been part of. I feel happy to have had this kind of high school experience and opportunity. MDIHS has more benefits than a lot of other schools because of its geographical aspect. Unfortunately I sometimes feel like these opportunities and these benefits are often a key element to stunting the full capacity of students. The more experiences we go through, the more prepared we are to take on the real world. High school, after all, is about preparation for the real world. I do love my school and I am very glad I was enrolled here. But regardless, I think that MDIHS students are only going to reach their full potential when they acknowledge that there are many places that aren't as lenient and that self growth is a key responsibility.