Mounds Park Academy

Mounds Park Academy is a PreK-12 independent private school in Saint Paul, Minnesota that has offered a rigorous, college-preparatory experience since 1982. Here, students gain deep, comprehensive content knowledge to prepare them to forever dream big and do right.
Mounds Park Academy is a PreK-12 independent private school in Saint Paul, Minnesota that has offered a rigorous, college-preparatory experience since 1982. Here, students gain deep, comprehensive content knowledge to prepare them to forever dream big and do right.
At MPA, every child is known, understood, and always treated with kindness and respect by peers and teachers alike. Connections are fostered through intentional collaboration at and among grade levels. This results in a confidence that only comes from being a valued, contributing member of a community.
It all begins in the Lower School. MPA considers each child a classroom of onean individual in the making who has a set of gifts and talents unlike any other. Teachers who care deeply take the time to understand what inspires, what engages, and what matters most to each student. Small class sizes allow for this level of individualization.
Middle School brings a gentle push. Students are expected to be increasingly responsible for their own academic journey. This is done with phenomenal support from exceptional teachers. The focus is on prioritization and balance, so students learn to keep a healthy perspective. They love being in the middle because it is here where they are encouraged to discover their passions.
Upper School is demanding, but not draining. The rigorous college-preparatory curriculum is balance and always focused on the application of learning rather than memorization. Whether studying biological processes, constitutional law, or multiple languages, our students connect their deep content knowledge to the world in ways that prepare them to impact it.
We move, we play, we dream, we do—MPA embraces wonder and creativity and never, ever stifles it. We roll up our sleeves and get dirty. We go outside, around the corner, and across the world to explore real world topics. By presenting every single day as wonder-filled, your child will experience the joy of learning that will forever instill curiosity and a passion for knowledge.
Mounds Park Academy is an independent, nondenominational, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades Pre-K through 12.
Founded on academic excellence, MPA is a challenging, experiential, hands-on and nurturing learning environment with strong student-parent-school partnerships.
Because the average class size is 15 students (and a school-wide student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1), teachers and staff members know students on an individual basis.
MPA supports more than 50 extracurricular programs and activities, and all students complete community service and senior performance requirements.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Institute for Independent Education
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD Support Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported broad spectrum
Year Founded 1982

Student Body

Total Students 475 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 19%
Students by Grade Mounds Park Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 70 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 15 students
Number of AP Courses 8 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses AP Biology, Anatomy/Physiology, AP English Language and Composition, AP French Language and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Composition, French IV, V (college level), Honors Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Honors Algebra 3/ Advanced Trigonometry, Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry, Honors Physics,, Honors Precalculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Advanced Topics in Calculus, Linear Algebra, Honors World History, AP World History, Spanish IV, V, VI (college level), Virtual Classroom (Malone Schools Online Network - all college level),
Average SAT score 1250
Average ACT score 28
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(uniforms in Lower School, dress code in Middle and Upper Schools)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 15 / rolling
Tuition Notes Tuition for Pre-Kindergarten: $14,500 (hot lunch included) Tuition for Lower School: $21,250 Tuition for Middle School: $22,750 Tuition for Upper School: $24,950 (includes student laptop)
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $5,000
Admissions Director Craig Dodson
Admissions Associate Angela Gerstner


Total Sports Offered 15 sports
Sports Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Nordic Skiing, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballAlpine SkiingBaseball,
BasketballCross Country,
Ice HockeyNordic Skiing,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 44 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Amnesty International, Band, Chess Club, Choir, Debate Team, Destination Imagination, Diversity Club, Dynamic Cartoons, Environmental Club, Equestrian Club, Fencing Club, French Club, Gay/Straght Alliance, Habitat for Humanity, International Thespian Club, Karate, Lego League, Mad Science, Math Bee, Math Counts, Math Masters, Middle School Dances, Middle School Play, National Honor Society, Orchestra, Panther Club, Peer Leaders, Piano Lessons, Quiz Bowl, Robotics Team, Sailing Club, Science Club, Snowboarding Club, Spanish Club, Speech Team, Spelling Bee, Spring Musical, String Lessons, Student Council, Theatre Club, Tutors Guild, Winter Show, World Language Contests, Yearbook Band, Chess Club, Choir, Debate Team, Diversity Club, Fencing Club, French Club, Karate, Lego League, Mad Science, Math Bee, Math Counts, Math Masters, Orchestra, Panther Club, Peer Leaders, Piano Lessons, Quiz Bowl, Robotics Team, Sailing Club, Science Club, Spanish Club, Speech Team, Spelling Bee, Spring Musical, String Lessons, Theatre Club, Tutors Guild, Winter Show, Yearbook, Amnesty International,
Destination Imagination,
Dynamic Cartoons,
Environmental Club,
Equestrian Club,
Gay/Straght Alliance,
Habitat for Humanity,
International Thespian Club,
Middle School Dances,
Middle School Play,
National Honor Society,
Snowboarding Club,
Student Council,
World Language Contests,

School Notes

  • Mounds Park Academy, founded in 1982, is an independent, PreK through 12, co-educational, college preparatory day school in Saint Paul serving students from throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area. MPA teaches students to think independently, communicate effectively and act with respect and integrity in a diverse community that models intellectual ambition, global responsibility and the joy of learning. From the moment you enter Mounds Park Academy you will quickly discover we've created an environment where intellectual energy and creativity are alive and thriving. Our energy and enthusiasm for learning begins by having students and faculty from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 all under one technologically advanced, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally aware roof. As an independent college preparatory school we have educators who are experts in their field. Our teachers care deeply about the development of the whole child by engaging students through rigorous and challenging coursework, extra-curricular activities, and experiential learning. Our mission is demonstrated by each member of the MPA community every day.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (10 reviews)
5.0  5/17/2016
Mounds Park Academy is not just excellent, it's exceptional. Specialized classes in science, math, music, art, language (Spanish, sign, and braille), and physical education -- and that's just for the kindergarteners. We''re not kidding. The sky is the limit for lower school, middle school, and beyond at MPA. We couldn't be happier to have our child at the school. Worth every penny.
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5.0  5/17/2016
It is difficult to explain the vast differences between MPA and schools in the surrounding areas of the Twin Cities. The superior quality of education, attention to each student's needs and the class offerings are truly unimaginable at any other school in town. There is an electricity flowing through the building that makes all who enter excited to be a part of the MPA community. I will never second guess my decision to send my children to Mounds Park Academy. It is worth every dollar, every sacrifice to pay the tuition.
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5.0  5/17/2016
We chose MPA 6 years ago for our two children when we were moving to Minnesota. After the first week of school and hearing the comments of our children, I said, "That's what school should be." I''ve thought that ever since. With our oldest off to college, she has been well-prepared for the rigor of college work. In addition, she has the confidence and independence to make her mark in the world.
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5.0  5/17/2016
MPA is a great school and community where your child matters. They matter to the teachers, the administrators, the coaches and also to other families. The caring intellectual interaction where he get "real" one-on-one time is priceless. It is our job as parents to raise our children -- in today's world MPA is who you want to partner with. Best school on the East Side of the Cities.
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5.0  1/1/2016
Our son joined the MPA community in 4th grade having come from a public school that we had determined was just not a good fit for him. From the beginning he was accepted and drawn into the community of students and as parents we were also amazed at how the parent community reached out to make sure we felt welcome and involved. Our son graduated from MPA two years ago. Over the course of his education at MPA he turned from a quiet, introverted child into an independent adult. He is able to talk to anyone, displays great self-confidence and has taken control of his future in ways we could not have imagined when we enrolled him so many years ago. When considering an environment for a child's education Mounds Park provides excellent academics. But even more important to us, everything about MPA strives to develop the whole child. Our son is living proof of this. If your shopping for an exceptional environment of caring educators you owe it to yourself to go and visit Mounds Park.
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5.0  12/7/2015
My two daughters joined Mounds Park Academy in August 2014 in Grades 1 and 5 having lived overseas for the previous four years. Although they have only been here just over a year, this has been a wonderful school to transition into. From the outset the other kids and faculty were incredibly welcoming. The small class size has allowed them to have personal attention and continue to stretch to their capabilities. They have had great access to music, theater and arts programs, and have loved to participate in a wide range of sports. I was initially a little concerned about having Elementary, Middle and High school students all together. I thought it might be overwhelming, especially for a 6 year old. Instead, the school does a fabulous job of partnering older and younger kids together so they teach, coach and learn, which really breaks down barriers and builds a community. One additional point - with two working parents, outside of school care has been really important for us, and our girls have enjoyed the Panther club and the extra curricular activities available onsite, such as Karate, Fencing, Piano lessons, Art classes, Robotics and many sports clubs. The summer camps have also been fun. We continue to be incredibly happy with our choice to send our girls to MPA. Simply put, the quality of academics, the culture and the values the school both instills and lives by, just work!
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5.0  10/27/2012
MPA has been a great place for our two boys to learn and grow. We''ve been consistently impressed by the quality of the teachers, and the commitment of the school to providing all students with a well-rounded education within a culture of respect for others. If you were trying to design a really excellent school starting from scratch, MPA is the kind of place you''d create.
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5.0  10/27/2012
We fell in love with Mounds Park Academy the first time we came to tour the school. The dedication and passion of the faculty and staff are truly inspirational. The small class sizes allow for children to be given the most opportunity for one on one learning. The environment is warm and nurturing, yet academically rigorous. It is truly an incredible place to be!
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5.0  10/6/2012
This is an excellent environment for students to grow and learn! The facilities are excellent! There are many opportunities to develop your personal interests and the staff is top notch!
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5.0  10/6/2012
Mounds Park Academy is serious about educating the "whole child." They have a very strong arts program (K-12) as well as consistently strong and creative academics. They value independent thinkers, welcome diverse families, and really focus on helping kids grow as multifaceted people.
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The average private school tuition in Saint Paul, MN is $5,467 for elementary schools and $14,079 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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