Mounds Park Academy
5.00 (12 reviews)
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 one, an 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 doMPA 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.
- For 35 years, Mounds Park Academy has engaged students in a rigorous college-preparatory experience that cultivates dreamers and doers. Our academic program is demanding, but not draining, and goes far beyond memorization.
- Students are challenged to apply their understanding to stir the human spirit, stand for justice, and shake the world. This is what we call rigor with purpose and it grounds our students in the radical idea that their identity in the world is not measured by a test score, but by the depth and decency of their impact on the world. MPA students dream big, roll up their sleeves, and take risks to build their creative confidence. They apply the principles of design thinking to collaboratively create real-world solutions. Extraordinary access to the latest technology allows them to transform the wildness of their imagination into inspiration for others.
- Students are encouraged to question the answers and by doing so, they find confidence in their voices and are ready and willing to speak. At MPA, our educational experience is designed to inspire and energize. Students of all ages feel great about school and treat each other with respect. They develop meaningful, collaborative relationships across grade levels. Students are self-directed, internally motivated, and as proud of their own accomplishments as they are of their classmates. Only through this type of positive, supportive community are students able to ultimately discover who they are truly meant to be.
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|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|
|Learning Difference Programs||Yes|
|Learning Programs Supported||Broad Spectrum|
|Total Students||475 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 18%
|Students 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||9 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, Arabic, 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. 1 / Apr. 1 / rolling|
|Tuition Notes||Tuition for Pre-Kindergarten: $15,000 (hot lunch included and before and after school care included) Tuition for Lower School: $22,800 Tuition for Middle School: $24,500 (includes student laptop) Tuition for Upper School: $26,800 (includes student lapt|
|% 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 Skiing, Baseball,|
Basketball, Cross Country,
Ice Hockey, Nordic Skiing,
Tennis, Track and Field,
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||44 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Club or Organization:|
Amnesty International, Chess Club, Debate Team, Destination Imagination, Diversity Club, Environmental Club, Equestrian Club, French Club, Gay/Straght Alliance, Habitat for Humanity, Karate, Lego League, Mad Science, Math Bee, Math Counts, Math Masters, Middle School Dances, Middle School Play, National Honor Society, Panther Club, Peer Leaders, Quiz Bowl, Robotics Team, Science Club, Spanish Club, Speech Team, Spelling Bee, Student Council, Tutors Guild, World Language Contests
Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Choir, Dynamic Cartoons, International Thespian Club, Orchestra, Piano Lessons, Spring Musical, String Lessons, Theatre Club, Winter Show, Yearbook
Recreational Athletic Programs:
Fencing Club, Sailing Club, Snowboarding Clu
- For 35 years, Mounds Park Academy has engaged students in a rigorous college-preparatory experience that cultivates dreamers and doers. Our academic program is demanding, but not draining, and goes far beyond memorization. Students are challenged to apply their understanding to stir the human spirit, stand for justice, and shake the world. This is what we call rigor with purpose and it grounds our students in the radical idea that their identity in the world is not measured by a test score, but by the depth and decency of their impact on the world.
- MPA students dream big, roll up their sleeves, and take risks to build their creative confidence. They apply the principles of design thinking to collaboratively create real-world solutions. Extraordinary access to the latest technology allows them to transform the wildness of their imagination into inspiration for others. Students are encouraged to question the answers and by doing so, they find confidence in their voices and are ready and willing to speak.
- At MPA, our educational experience is designed to inspire and energize. Students of all ages feel great about school and treat each other with respect. They develop meaningful, collaborative relationships across grade levels. Students are self-directed, internally motivated, and as proud of their own accomplishments as they are of their classmates'. Only through this type of positive, supportive community are students able to ultimately discover who they are truly meant to be.
- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Saint PaulGrades: K-12 | 919 students
1712 Randolph Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
- Saint PaulGrades: 9-12 | 1320 students
550 Albert St S
Saint Paul, MN 55116
- Saint PaulGrades: 7-12 | 773 students
2625 Larpenteur Ave E
Saint Paul, MN 55109
- MinneapolisGrades: PK-12 | 1131 students
123 Ottawa Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55422
- Saint PaulGrades: 9-12 | 246 students
2400 Dale Street N
Saint Paul, MN 55113
After seven years at MPA, we couldn't be more satisfied with our experience. Beyond the rigor, beyond the close community, beyond the opportunities, it's really about the type of person our son is being encouraged to be--independent, kind, responsible, wise, creative, and HUMBLE. This is not a community of excess or overly focused on prestige. This is a community that cultivates good people who are encouraged to be themselves and to enjoy the process of learning. Identified gifted, he is not only receiving an appropriate education for his age and intellect, but he's being prepared for a lifetime of fulfillment and happiness. We couldn't be more grateful to be part of the Mounds Park Academy community.
- Posted by Parent - stillwatermom
Our daughter started at MPA in the pre-K class and is now a 10th grader. MPA has been a fabulous school and excellent fit for her (and us!), due to outstanding teachers who appreciate each child individually and create a joyful learning environment. As a family, we have reveled in the "whole child" approach of the school, which is dedicated not only to academics, but in nurturing collaboration, creativity, and character development. At each grade, the teachers have embraced her, nurtured her zest for learning and offered incredibly creative ways to learn. And my daughter has developed very close relationships with teachers who inspire and support her strong extracurricular interests in speech and vocal performance. MPA has a collaborative, not competitive, atmosphere among students in each grade. I think that this may arise from MPAs goal not to stamp out students from one mold, but its approach to celebrating and encouraging each child's various skills, interests and needs.In addition to its thoughtful and creative curriculum, the school also offers a wealth of extracurricular activities - from arts, sports and drama to music, Quiz Bowl and speech/debate . . . . . and students are encouraged and supported to do more than one if interested. For example, my daughter has been able to balance the ski team , debate, drama and speech. The school is also a leader in technology learning, with its iLab and soon-to-be completed Maker Space, as well as robust laptop programs in the Middle School, robotics classes and teams, etc. - all of which are very exciting for the students. Finally, the school leadership is outstanding and the Head of School and division directors are warm, accessible and know the students well! We could not be happier at MPA, and we strongly encourage parents looking for a rigorous and joyful school setting to explore MPA.
- Posted by Parent - Nancy
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 - gem3_
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 - melin
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 - ijgan
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 - chris
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.
- Posted by Parent - wilso
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!
- Posted by Parent - zdick
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 - hatha
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 - summe
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 - Lojor
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 - amie0
January 22, 2018
Depending on their family circumstances, our Presidents received a wide range of primary and secondary schooling.
January 19, 2018
Depending on their family circumstances, our Presidents received a wide range of primary and secondary schooling.
January 19, 2018
A fascinating look at where our first Presidents went to school.