As the old saying goes, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” 


MVCS got its start when a concerned group of parents expressed a desire to see the Bible integrated into their children’s school experience. With no other Christian school in the Machias area, families such as the Hendersons, Buzas, Dorrs, Carters, and McBrines began the monumental task of establishing a school. Ultimately, these faithful families set the stage for future generations to benefit from the value of a Christian education.


Machias Valley Baptist Church offered its facilities, and the new school opened its doors in September of 1981 to students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Mr. Joseph McBrine was hired as principal, and along with a small faculty and staff, the team began educating their first students.


Like any school, MVCS has gone through peaks and valleys of enrollment. In 1988, the school board made the hard decision to close the high school and focus exclusively on building a Biblical foundation in the lives of elementary age students. In the nineties, the school expanded that vision to include pre-school age children.

MVCS is now located in the Hemmenway Annex Building, located on Court Street in Machias, next to Machias Valley Baptist Church.


MVCS strives to continue the tradition of our founding families. First and foremost, the school is a community of learners, reinforcing the Biblical truths taught by parents and preparing students to excel academically in an ever changing world. MVCS has served hundreds of students over the years in grades K3 though 8th grade. Through almost 30 years of history, the school has earned a reputation for excellent academics, a Christ-centered curriculum, and nurturing, supportive teachers.

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Machias Valley Christian School | (207) 255-6700  | 118 Court Street | Machias, Maine 04654

MVCS is a Christ-centered learning community founded on a Biblical worldview, marked by excellence, and committed to developing the whole student for success in secondary education. We strive to unleash a passion for learning and service where teachers lead by example and train students to positively impact the world.

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