Mounds Park Academy

2051 Larpenteur Avenue E
Saint Paul, MN 55109-0551
     Tel: (651)777-2555
Grades: PK - 12 | 528 students
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 17 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
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 12
Year Founded 1982

Student Body

Total Students 528 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 26%
State avg.: 19%
Students by Grade Mounds Park Academy Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 70 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 50%
Average Class Size 17 students
Number of AP Courses 4 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average SAT score 1249
Average ACT score 27
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Mar. 1 / rolling
Tuition Notes Tuition for Pre-Kindergarten: $13,900 (hot lunch included) Tuition for Lower School: $19,560 Tuition for Middle School: $20,850 Tuition for Upper School: $22,990 (includes student laptop)
% on Financial Aid 25%
Average Financial Aid Grant $5,000
Acceptance Rate 64%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Craig Dodson


Total Sports Offered 14 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Nordic Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFootball,
GolfIce Hockey,
Nordic SkiingSoccer,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 45 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Amnesty International, Band, Brownies/Girl Scouts, Chess Club, Chinese Club, Choir, Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts, Debate Team, Diversity Club, Environmental Club, Equestrian Club, French Club, Gay/Straght Alliance, Habitat for Humanity, Inkslingers, International Thespian Club, Karate, Lego League, Mad Science, Mad Science, Math Bee, Math Counts, Math Masters, Middle School Play, National Honor Society, Orchestra, Panther Club, Peer Leaders, Piano Lessons, Quiz Bowl, Quiz Bowl, Robotics Team, Science Club, Snowboarding Club, Softball (Little Sluggers), Spanish Club, Speech Team, Spelling Bee, Spring Musical, String Lessons, Student Counsil, Tutors Guild, Winter Show, World Language Contests, Yearbook Band, Chess Club, Chinese Club, Choir, Debate Team, Diversity Club, French Club, Inkslingers, Karate, Lego League, Mad Science, Mad Science, Math Bee, Math Counts, Math Masters, Orchestra, Panther Club, Peer Leaders, Piano Lessons, Quiz Bowl, Quiz Bowl, Robotics Team, Science Club, Spanish Club, Speech Team, Spelling Bee, Spring Musical, String Lessons, Tutors Guild, Winter Show, Yearbook, Amnesty International,
Brownies/Girl Scouts,
Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts,
Environmental Club,
Equestrian Club,
Gay/Straght Alliance,
Habitat for Humanity,
International Thespian Club,
Middle School Play,
National Honor Society,
Snowboarding Club,
Softball (Little Sluggers),
Student Counsil,
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.

Profile last updated: 08/24/2014

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Hill Murray School (1.1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Presentation Of Mary School (0.8 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Presentation Preschool (0.8 miles away)
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School Reviews

1 year ago
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.
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
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.
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
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.
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
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!
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
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.
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
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.
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
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!
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
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.
- Posted by Parent

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