"Strong academic preparation and global scholars program"
Students enrolled 440
Hours 8:15 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Dr. Catherine Raaflaub
Transportation options Yes
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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2153 W 111th St
Chicago, IL 60643

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4 stars
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August 12, 2014
Morgan Park Academy Sunday's posting by a parent who was very critical of the recent decisions and changes made at the Academy prompted me to respond. How long will we continue to play Monday morning quarterback? We have more people tearing down than building up. There are only two camps - part of the problem or part of the solution. Negative intentions are clear even when we wrap them in pseudo compliments. Getting involved allow one to see the big picture and then can you to work with the program instead of tearing it down. We must do better - be less critical and opinionated and more hands on.

- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2014
The school has improved a bit since the former head of school left. but the trustees did not do their job. They were charged with finding the best head of school. They did not look and chose the Finance Director. She has no educational experience. Add to that former trustees who chose the previous head of school and then left after there were many disasters have now come back. No good can come of this. When a school is run by PC standards the school and children suffer. Its not the school it used to be or should be.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2014
With every life experience nothing is perfect. With that said, you can add parental involvement plus school involvement to equals a successful growing being. Without both, failure is inevitable.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2013
Morgan Park Academy has been wonderful for my three children, who started in the lower school this past year. Compared to the public schools we were at previously, I feel like they have finally found their true selves, are supported 100% by very loving and dedicated teachers and have made a terrific set of peer friends. The older kids are supportive of the younger kids - it feels like a great big family! We couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
Big things are happening for the better at MPA. I think the administrative changes are long overdue but will address these concerns. I just hope the Board will get the teachers back! We had the greatest, most committed, creative educators, and although I have not had enough time to get to know the newly-hired educators, who may be wonderful . . . I really must the old teachers! I hope the Board is listening. I would also love to know when the Board meets, so parents can communicate. The principals are great, but the leadership failed.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
The school is no longer as it use to be and anyone that says that its a solid school must live in the neighborhood and are VERY limited with the choices of schools. Why have so many teachers left? Why is upper school full of exchange students? The only reason that someone would rate the school so high is because they have no other choice of schools. If you have other choices please do so. It's not worth the money at all. Since the new head of school has been there around 35 staff members have left.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
MPA has been so wonderful for my eighth-grade son, and the staff have been so kind to him. He feels so far away from the difficulties at his previous school because of the healing that has taken place at MPA. Someone he knew slightly at his old school has started at MPA this year. The boys got together this summer to talk about MPA and how it is a different place. I overheard part of the conversation, and more the tone of enthusiasm my son had, in talking about his teachers and the students, and the cool and quirky things they do. I saw in this other boy the same look my son had 2 years ago, and I know he'll feel differently after a little time at MPA. We are so grateful for the generosity of the school and its board that makes it possible for him to be there.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
The school is solid with a strong academic program. I know that our child is in the Upper School and the enrollment there is higher then last year. Our child likes the challenging curriculum that is in place. For us this is the best place to send our child.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
The school is not where near 4 stars. My previous review was removed. Too many teachers and families have left. Test scores have declined sharply. A school that at one time made people feel welcome no longer does that. They don't want to hear the truth about the school. Please ask to see the test scores from 5 years ago to now they have changed greatly. This is not a great place for learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
We are new to the school and we are very happy so far. My son's teacher is so nice and warm. We felt welcomed from the start. Her classroom is beautiful and my son loves it. I have also been very impressed with the Parents Association. The coffee and the picnic were great.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
Awesome education. Morgan Park Academy is the best private, non-religious school in Chicago. My daughter graduated from MPA last spring and is now at a fantastic university.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
Thank you MPA for providing an absolutely awesome Project Week for our 12th-grade son! He toured England and Scotland and loved his experience!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
My family is new at MPA. I do not have enough room to post all of the accolades due MPA. My granddaughter is a freshman. From the moment we visited MPA, we knew we had found education heaven. The courteousness and helpfulness of every employee we've intereacted with, the excellence of and autonomy given the Parents Association, the ability to have uninhibited access to the teachers, the mind-blowing global studies/project week initiatives, the teaching methods used in conjunction with the students interests to encourage success in the classroom, we are ecstatic!!!! As a grandmother, I have sent three children to private schools. MPA exceeds them all in its uniqueness and mission to prepare successful GLOBAL-educated/minded adults. I continually sing MPA praises whenever people ask my granddaughter what high school she attends. Other schools' students could benefit if they took on key MPA principles and practices. I know my granddaughter is in the right place! Not only are we making preparations for our grandson to attend MPA next year; we have decided that our granddaughter who is due to be born next month will be a future MPA student. Thank you, MPA!

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2013
To the previous poster: Really, after 7 school days you have determined that the new faculty are "equally as good or better" than the tenured faculty that they replaced? I do not have a child in the upper schoiol, but I have heard from many parents how disappointed they and their students are that so many of the much respected teachers are gone. Why has there been such a major turn-over of faculty and staff in the last few years?

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
I am just glad that my child graduated. It used to be a nice and quaint, but it's lost its way. There is nothing wrong with remaining steadfast to the principles with which the school was founded. My daughter is a fourth generatin in Morgan Park/Beverly and I am glad that she experienced the MPA Way that I remembered as a student there myself. Nothing wrong with a little East Coast Prep Class on the south side!

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2013
So far we are thrilled with new teachers that have started in the high school, top rate individuals that bring new and exciting ideas to the classroom. Yes some long tenured and beloved teachers left but I think there are equally as good or better teachers that have replaced them. It certainly feels fresher and the kids are excited to have them. My daughter is very happy. The high school has also grown in every grade bringing great new students from all over the city and suburbs too. I can't complain about a place that knows my children well and pushes them to succeed. The teachers care about their success almost as much as I do or at least make the kids feel that way!

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
Do not send you child to Morgan Park Academy. There is only 1 good teacher out of all of them. The buildings are falling apart, yet they won't use any money to fix them. The administration is absolutely horrible and has no concern for the students, just money. Many students agree that they wish they went elsewhere. They only stayed because of their friends. I highly advise to send you child somewhere else.

- submitted by a teacher
August 24, 2013
We went back and forth about our decision to send our son to MPA, and I am so glad we did. At his former school, where we also paid tuition, when he had an issue - academically, socially or emotionally - we were pretty much on our own. Phone calls rarely got returned, if ever. At MPA, we get follow up phone calls almost immediately from the dean, and she knows my son, and cares about him. The school has arranged for him to take accelerated, high-school Math classes in the middle school. We are very pleased with our decision, and certainly pleased with our happy kid.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2012
MPA is the best school ever! From its diverse student body to the amazing student-teacher relationships. This is my second year and its really fun. It has a much more diverse student body than the other popular private schools such as Parker and Latin. The academics are great! I have straight A's and on high honor roll! The small class sizes are a huge plus. In the whole sixth grade there is 29 kids. There are no cliques because everyone is each others friends. The athletics program is great and offers many sports. Same with leadership with the NJHS in middle school. There are many clubs and organizations you can join. Service is a big part of MPA and is done by all students. BEST SCHOOL EVER!!!

- submitted by a community member
December 13, 2012
I wonder what school these parents giving reviews are talking about. It is certainly not my experience. I am so disheartened with my MPA parent-child experience that I am on the verge of yanking my child out any minute. I initially drank the water about the well-rounded atmosphere and all the bells and whistles of daily PE and foreign language. Wonderful. Unfortunately, as a parent I have had to address so much teasing, and bullying among other inappropriate student behavior as well as a laxadasical attitude among the deans until I have concluded that it is not worth it. It seems they are letting anybody in with a checkbook. Sure, kids will be kids and no school is perfect. Got it.. But this is unacceptable. Yes, I have raised the points several times with staff and faculty, but I get more of mish-mash about how they are addressing the whole child and isn't this a great place? But where's the action and follow up behind dealing with the problems? Lastly and really the last straw, we have discovered that my child lacks the foundation to succeed in his current class. The whole point of being there is to have the academic foundation to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2012
An excellent school with students, teachers and parents who care. The diversity of the school is not merely about ethnic diversity. The school reflects diversity in many areas: socio-economic background, religions, cultures and languages. This is a school that where my children know that diversity is not about the color of their skin. For parents looking to classify kids and families in one of two categories, black or white, MPA may not be for them. I love that my children are getting an education that includes all the core subjects plus art, music, physical education and world languages. This is a school that is not stuck on stereotypes about diversity and does a better job than many schools in teaching children to be accepting and understanding of others. MPA is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2012
Here are my suggestions for making MPA a better school. 1) MPA should have full time Deans of the Lower, Middle and High school whose sole jobs are to provide leadership rather than having teachers serving in a a dual capacity. 2) The school needs to better define and explain the vision of the school to parents rather than assuming everyone understands the vision. 3) The school needs to better define what type of students and families they intend to serve and what academic outcomes they would like the students to achieve. Currently, the lower school is not diverse, currently serving mostly African American kids. The school recognizes that this will be a problem attracting kids from different backgrounds. To lower the number of African American families at the school, some teachers and administrators seem to be deliberately unresponsive to the concerns of African American families, hoping that many of them will not return, as a means of achieving better diversity.This is not a sensible way to run a school. 5) Finally, technology needs to introduced in the early grades starting in the lower school. MPA is a good school, but is short of being a great school.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2012
I love the Academy! I chose to pay my tuition each year because I believed that my child was getting a well-rounded education. Show me a school where the students get P.E. classes every day, art & music classes twice a week, & foreign language classes 4 times a week, all with content-specialist teachers, not their homeroom teachers. I didn't want my child to go to my neighborhood gifted school, because I don't believe that test scores & tons of homework are everything. I want a child who is truly well-rounded, can think creatively, & can get along with others who don't have the same cultural or economic background. My child has attended this school for years. Is it perfect? No. No school is. However, I believe it is worth every penny. The teachers in the Lower School are very nurturing & know how to differentiate learning for each child. Having a small class size of about 15 to 18 is priceless. The free co-curricular classes after school are exciting & give me more for my money. My child even begs to go to the Academy's summer camp, which has even more fun choices. My opinion? It's the perfect place for my child, even if I don't always get my way. My child will graduate from there!

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2012
MPA is a jewel in the Morgan Park/Beverly area. We are so grateful for this caliber of education! I believe there was a Chicago Magazine article about the school. From our perspective, we don't know of a single student who did not get into the college of their choice. Bottom line, isn't that really what we want for our children?

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2012
It looks like some disillusioned parents have been posting on the site after leaving the school. MPA is a great school with dedicated teachers. I don't always agree with all the decisions from the administration, yet I understand the need to make changes sometimes. To respond to one of the reviewer, there is a new Parents Associations which resulted in the merger of the mothers and fathers clubs. I strongly support the merger and believe it will make an even stronger and inclusive parent community. To respond to another reviewer, 8th graders got a wonderful end of the year party hosted by the Mothers Club. Diversity is part of school, just watch the video the created for their fundraiser. As for graduation being outside, well after the major thunderstorm in June 2011, it seems pretty obvious that having inside would be a dryer option. I was at commencement this year and I was blown away by the quality of the class of 2012 and envy the bright future that awaits them. It's funny how these review sites become forums to rant. MPA is a great school and it has 140 years of excellence in education to prove it.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2012
I am sure that most parents want to see results. Logically, that is why so many parents make the sacrifice to send their child to such an expensive school. It is not about "paying into an opportunity", it is about getting your (17-23 grand a year) money worth. I believe a child who has spent years at MPA should be able to test into any school. If a parent decides to stay and pay...fine. But if a parent decides to leave-let's say after eighth grade- that child should be able to test into a top Chicago high school with no problem. You can pay less at neighboring schools and your child will be just as happy and testing way above average. I will be paying at one of those neighboring schools in the fall. I agree with the parent who posted that MPA is not a five star school. Not even close.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2012
I don t understand how anyone could say Morgan Park Academy is a great school, unless they have no other schools to use for comparison. MPA has a complete lack of diversity, antiquated classroom technology, an uninspiring teaching staff, and a weak administration. Academically, it is not on level with other schools (even public schools) in the community. The one positive that I can say is that it has/had a strong parent community, though from what I understand, they are getting rid of the parents clubs in the Fall of 2012-2013 school year.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2012
MPA is an excellent school with teachers that are dedicated to children. MPA's curriculm is designed to encourage children to be critical thinkers and lifelong learners. Paying tuition at any range doesn't guarantee test scores or acceptance into a classical or gifted program. Those programs are designed for children that are actually "gifted" . You don't learn or teach "gifted". Or for children who that learn at a faster paces, like a "classical" school. Which is why education at MPA should not be used as a baraometer for acceptance into these schools. Learning faster doesn't mean learning better. My children ( in the lower school) love MPA and are thriving and as parents we understand, value and appreciate a quality experience! If you are looking a school where your children will have a nuturing educational experience, then consider MPA. However, if you are interested in paying into an opportunity for your kids to test into another school then MPA is not the best choice for you.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2012
This school has a host of problems it seems unwilling to face: ineffective administrators, inferior foreign language classes, huge financial problems and a culture of meanness that prevails among the students. If you think a few tall trees, crumbling brick buildings and staggering tuition costs make a good school, then perhaps this is the place for you. But bear in mind, it is NOT culturally diverse. Your child will need a thick skin to withstand the bullying and meanness that goes on here everyday, especially in the middle school and high school. As recently as a year ago, the school had no formal policy on bullying. Bearing in mind that over 30% of the student body is children of school employees, one can see why behavior that would result in expulsion from other schools is openly tolerated here. A Former Parent

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2011
I think that choosing a school for you and your children is a very personal choice. We all have different ideas of what is important for our children and what we find to be valuable. I have two children at Morgan Park Academy and have been very happy. There is no such thing as a perfect school. I love reading the entries about the test scores of preschoolers and questioning if it is your child or the school. Maybe it is you? I am an a veteran teacher with a PHD in Early Childhood Education. Age-appropriate education is what is important. The Lower School is a wonderful and nurturing environment. The teachers are warm and open. My children have scored very well on the Stanford Achievement Test, well above grade level. The children are kind and the teachers are supportive and do not tolerate being mean or bullying. This is a place that feels like an extension of home and your children will do very well in all other areas of life. I notice that my kids are confident and comfortable with adults and children alike. This is a wonderful place to send your children if having a kind, thoughtful, bright, and creative child is important to you, then this is your school!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2011
Well, my kids took the tests for openings in the Chicago Public Schools for three straight years, and did not score high enough. With all the money I pay for MPA, I was hoping for a wide arrangement of skills. I don't want them to teach to the test, but what are they teaching? The curriculum seems too easy, and we have to teach the kids at home. Diversity: The majority of grades K-3 is African American. That's not diversity (despite the fact that such students must feel comfortable there, which is a plus). I think that many kids who otherwise might have gone here are now getting into gifted schools. Why wouldn't you if you could? The tuition is not worth it, and beside, in literature about the high school's Projects Week, what they don't tell you is that those student s who went to Central America and Europe and Africa are paying for those trips themselves. They make it sound like the school takes care of that

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2010
My children attend MPA. This school is the best. The teachers are the most caring, kind teachers I have ever met. THE MPA way help to instill a strong ethical core in every student. The acdemics are amazing. Each child is encouraged and challenged to atttain their full potential . The arts program is great... art, music, drama are all awesome. THe PE teachers a re great. I an so glad both of my kids have the opportunity to attend this outstanding school

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
My three children attend MPA and have done so for the past four school years. We love it! It is incredibly diverse both racially and socio-economically, and kids come from all over the area, including as far as Indiana and downtown. Most of the faculty have been at the school for years, if not decades, and are entirely committed to teaching. Most of them work 60-80 hour weeks! My mother was a principal of a grammar school in Chicago for many years -- she is amazed by the faculty commitment and the level of education here. The very small class sizes (in the middle school 3-13 students per class), the faculty and parent commitment, the excellent curriculum, and the diversity of the student body makes this the best school available for my kids.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2010
As a long time parent, I have seen many things that made me question spending hard earned dollars here. The pros - small class sizes, high parental involvement and beautiful campus. The cons - very limited class offerings, lack of commitment to all foreign languages, bullying tactics of some faculty members. Each year students have relayed stories of being asked by staff where they were planning on going to high school and when they responded they were told they would not be successful. Poor scheduling results in students having to choose between an english class and foreign language. There is a new head of school but most of the old guard is still there, apparently as a buffer. Unfortunately, that means the same problems remain. Big donors still rule the roost for the most part - especially if you make nice with faculty/staff members.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 26, 2010
My son was attending a small private south side school and we were very disappointed. He is in his second year at MPA and we are thrilled. He is involved in after school activities and thriving academically, we really could not ask for better results. We are planning on keeping him there through high school.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2010
One step onto the campus and any lover of education will immediately sense that something spectacular happens here. My son has attended since Jr. Preschool (Age 3) where he started learning both Spanish and French. Academics are so strong here, but that's not the whole story. There's the arts, music, chess .... and physical education every day! And, his best friends don't look like him because diversity isn't a program here, it is life. The new leadership has made strong changes in the right direction to keep moving forward. But truthfully, the faculty is so strong that they carried last year beautifully. Perhaps the most important point about this school was said to me by a student, 'Here it is cool to be smart.' Wow. Who doesn't want their kid to feel that way? No longer the choice between achieving and fitting in. I'll pay for that any day.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2009
Excellent school in all respects. Academically. Socially. Very diverse. I would recommend this school to any parent.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
My son attended MPA preschool from Jan-Jun 09. I was a bit disappointed with our experience. I struggled with the lack of communication.This was exacerbated by his being in the the before & after care program. Rarely was anything sent home & unless I called or walked into the classroom I had little knowledge of what was going on from day to day. There's a new head of school as of 2009-2010. I was looking forward to being a part of the changes that I thought she might facilitate. Yet through another breakdown in & lack of communication, my son's space was given to another child. He was put on a wait list which I didn't learn until 2 wks before school began! I think the school has potential but we won't be returning when the Wwait is over. I think we deserved more for what we paid.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2009
Staff and faculty cuts have reduced the workforce significantly, which means that the school is messy, has a morale problem, and hardly any course offerings at the upper level. Good faculty are still let go, so be warned that many of your child's teachers won't be the ones to rock the boat. Still quite strong at the lower levels, however. Some bully parents, as the writer below said, have undue influence.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2009
This has to be one of the best college prep. schools in the country. Go and visit MPA. Small enough to be nurturing, large enough to provide foreign exchange programs. It will change your child's life forever...

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 21, 2008
I am a parent and have three students currrently attending Morgan Park Academy. My oldest daughter graduated from high school and now attends George Washington University on a full scholarship. The strengths are the strong academic standards and the rigorous curriculum. The teachers are truly committed to the students. The school is in transition and leadership with vision is lacking. It appears the board is moving in the right direction in finding that leadership. My husban and I had very little social issues with my teenage daughter because the parents are very involved in the rearing of their children. We have cell numbers and always make a safe haven for the children to study and socialize. Overall with four kids in the school at one point with out any financial assistance the value for the dollar is greatl

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2008
I currently go here i kind of dont like it but like two teachers are the best mr. ferguson and ms.boswell some of the teachers can be kind of mean but the friends i make are awesome.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 17, 2008
MPA is an outstanding school. The most impressive thing has been the culture of respect for self and others the school has nutured. The student body is quite diverse and few schools can match the quality of the personal interaction among students across racial, ethnic and gender lines. The academics are strong, but you don't have to be a top 'SAT' scorer to find your place, and I like that. I have two kids attending and they have dramatically divergent interests, but both feel great about the school. I have some concern about the quality of the teachers. Not all have been at the level one would expect at the price of the tuition. But many of the teachers are great. Finally, the athletic program is much better than the reviewers here seem to credit. But I think the question of high tuition to value is legit.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2008
Very good teachers K-5...Some weak teachers 6-8...Teachers are very slow to communicate when children are having problems in the classroom...Campus is old...very little technology based learning...small classrooms...good sports program...if you are not on the inside watch out... price for value not that great.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2008
This is a great school with dedicated faculty and staff. My two daughters went on to garner two Masters degrees and are very happy and successful. The proof is in the pudding. My two daughters attended from pre 1st through 12th grade and loved every minute of it. They are both educators now.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2008
This is a good school. But, for the cost associated with the education I was not impressed. I am a former teacher and had to supplement a great deal of my child's education. She has attended MPA for the last 2 years. The teacher to student ratio is great . . . definately a plus. However, some of the Beverly insider parents can be bullies . . so it is obvious to see where some of the children get it from. We decided not to return next year. As an U of C Lab alum myself, I just did not like the underlying social tone of the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2008
First of all, the school is not in financial trouble, a few cut backs, but there were no pay cuts for our teachers or staff members. Were that information came from I don't know. I have been a parent at MPA for over 10 years. My children have had a positive and enriching experience at this school. When it comes to bullies, every school has there own. If the problem of bullying gets that bad then the parent should have addressed the principal and/or the headmaster. To leave a school because of bullies, well then you should have home schooled her. There is a reason that the school have been here for over 125 years. We must be doing something right. We are a top ten school in the Chicago area, and have 100% of our seniors going to college every . I would highly recommend this school for you child.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2008
Disregard the hype. The school is in such financial trouble that the teachers had to take a pay cut this year. The principal of the higher school seems to have issues with the majority of the students--unless you are the son or daughter of a high roller. Those students frequently get away with whatever they please (Ask my daughter, who was on the wrong side of the mean girls). Academically, it is a decent school, but that does not equal the tuition. No facilities to speak of, though some teachers and coaches are outstanding. Decent athletics, but if you are not a big wig, learn to ride the bench. We couldn't justify this any longer; our daughter is at a new school and is no longer bullied.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2008
I went here and I absolutely loved it. If you miss one day at this school, you're pretty much missing a lot of fun. I'm challenged enough, and the teachers are very polite and nice. Pick this school!

- submitted by a student
January 16, 2008
I became the board president at MPA after I put two daughters through the school because this is one great school. It is true that many buildings are old, but we have updated the classrooms, built new science and language labs and completely remodeled the gym. We place students in the most highly regarded colleges, but we also try to find the right school for each student. Parents who felt that they were not give information on finances or that shool leadership was unwilling to listen to them must have missed the yearly board/community meetings held for just these purposes. I am an insider, but the staff counseled my family about AP programs that my children should not take, as well as those they should. Every child I know participates in extra-curricular actities. MPA's students are diverse, yet very close knit. Don't miss this gem of a shool.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2007
A great school, the academics are excellent. Strong science and history classes with a good fine arts program. The sports teams are solid for a small school with a limited talent pool to pull from. The athletic fields are superior to what schools like Latin and U-High have (city parks). The gym situation should be improved with a remodeled gym and hopefully a new gym to be built soon. The Upper School Principal can be meddling, but just go over his head the headmaster is a fair individual. The faculty is caring, professional and very knowledgeable. They are good role models for the students. I would recommend this school with high marks.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2007
Morgan Park Academmy is a really good school. It is definetly not bad. It is good. Send your children there for a good education. It is really good. ~Kyle

- submitted by a student
February 05, 2007
Don't believe the hype! Overrated, over-priced. Nice landscaping, but old buildings are barely acceptable (cramped halls, classrooms). Any good public school has more to offer with regard to facilities, expanded and up-to-date curriculum, activities, and vision regarding current school social issues and policy. The overall caliber of faculty and, in particular, the high school principal, can't compete with staff of public or other private schools, and there is no leadership at higher levels willing to listen to parents or make needed changes. Definitely not world class environment--trying to hold on to past. High level of parental involvement for functions, but not sought for substantive input.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2006
Excellent counseling department especially in the Middle School

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2006
Great Looking Campus, but the building is not maintained. With an older building you have to look at many factors so you can keep it's integrity while updating it for the future without adding horrendous looking cosmetic cover-ups. The faculty that I have been in contact with cares about each student as though they were the parent! The extra-curricular activities are practically non existent! The mother and fathers clubs are good, but instead of being involved with the academics and possibly being monitors of those non-existent extra-curricular activities, they are more concerned about raising money, which is definitely relevant, but should not be their main focus. The curriculum is very good, work ethic is tremendous, but there are very few electives offered. You do not receive a true accounting of the financial aspects of the school. If you know how the money is spent, you could better justify the high tution costs.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2006
My son attended MPA for 4 years of high school. It's outstanding! When he graduated he was more than prepared for college. The academics here are challenging, and made my son an analytical thinker and enhanced his creative writing skills. I was especially impressed with the Creative Writing and English instructors. He entered the university with several credits due to taking advanced placement classes here. The school has a remarkable fine art program; he was involved in the chorus and 3 theater projects. They even let him perform his first original screenplay there - a one-act play. Parents are very involved at MPA, and the administrators encourage and appreciate that. I am so happy that my son attended MPA. He received a scholarship and financial aid. Everyone at MPA works diligently to make sure your child has the best quality education, and is a well rounded student.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
April 22, 2006
this is a pretty good school, the teachers are encouraging and the work ethic is tremendous.

- submitted by a administrator
April 12, 2006
The academics are good and students are well prepared for college; I think it may be over rated for the price you are asked to pay. Small classrooms, and there is individual attention to each student. Atheletics are not strong if this is important to you.

- submitted by a former student
March 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2006
In terms of private schools on the south side of chicago, it is probably one of the best. The teachers overall are very caring and the atmosphere is one of a small knit family. There are a core group of very engaged parents that if you know them will provide you with valuable insite into the inner workings of the school. The academics in the middle and upper schools are probably better than in the lower school. However, there are challanges as with any school. The faculty and staff are 95% white whereas the student body is about 40% black; the inside of the facilitites are very dated and are not designed for todays classsrooms; there is no parent group like a 'PTA'; and no annual update concerning the financial and non-financial aspects of the school.

- submitted by a staff
December 26, 2005
A phenomenal school located on the far southside of Chicago. It is an independent school for PreK-12th grade school. A rigorous college prep school with a wide variety of activities and programs for students.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2005
great school, I really loved the teachers and the staff

- submitted by a former student
October 25, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
July 09, 2005
This school was a huge disappointment. The cirriculum is adaquate but they offer very few electives compared to most schools. Students are not nurtured but disciplined like the military. Seldom does a student get admitted into an ivy league school. Overall, not a good value for the money.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2005
My child is in 9th grade at MPA and will not be returning next year. Good points- the quality of the English and Science classes. Not so good points- other classes provide adequate subject matter coverage but not enough to justify paying thousands in tuition. Extracurricular activities (outside of sports)are limited and don't meet in the afternoon like in most schools. The campus is deserted after 3:30 p.m. Parent involvement, outside of chaperoning, isn't encouraged. The vision of the leadership seems limited. Sure,some kids get into selective colleges but past that MPA doesn't seem to show interest in improving their program for kids at all ability levels.Every kid admitted tests at least 1 or more years above grade level but kids with straight As and tests scores at 99th percentile seem to fit in and do the best. The school has been a disappointment for the money spent.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2005
I was excited when my child was accepted into MPA. But not anymore. The teachers are ok but not really worth tuition dollars. The classrooms are small and cramped. There are not many opportunities for unique programs unless you are good in science and math. The band doesn't even participate in competitions.My biggest disappointment has been with the leadership. Let the buyer beware !

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2004
The school has a lot to offer, but also has many shortcomings. It is a beautiful-Ivy school like campus. It is small and personable. It has some wonderful educators. But.....for every wonderful educator there is a mediocre educator. There are a portion of extremely intelligent students and then there are the average, but wealthy, students. If you happen to be one of the very wealthy, you guarantee your child receives the top-notch educator. Otherwise, your child gets an average, at-best, educator. My child had the highest average in one of her classes, but when it came time to pick the next year's classes, my child didn't get the honors opportunity. But a child in her class, who scored well below her (but very wealthy family) was enrolled in the honors class. Only obvious if you keep track of your child and his classmates averages.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2004
MPA is a decent school. But it is not a great school relative to dozens of other private and public schools in Chicago proper, and in the Chicago South area at large. The parent who wants to lead you to believe that 'Everyone goes to Harvard!' is typical of the delusionary attitude that pervades the school's administration and parents. The fact is that some of the High School students go to selective schools and many don't, just like at most decent schools. However at most of those schools, parents aren't dishing out the tuition you pay at MPA, and they are typically more satisfied with the education. It is also a fact that the Elementary and Middle School do not necessarily prepare graduating students well for transfer to other schools. Ask the parents and students who have been at MPA and have moved on to bigger and better things.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2004
My daughter has gone here for 3 years and we are now putting our son into this school. First of all, the campus is amazing. Secondly, I think the principals (there is one each for lower, middle, and upper) are always available for one on one conversations. While they do not over-react to any comments, it is clear that they follow up and appreciate your input. It's more like an extended family thah like a school and I am impressed at how much the teacher, even the ones who have never had my daughter, know about her strengths and skills -- let alone know her name. However, the key thing you will notice is just how impressive the students themselves are. They are smart and interested. Just start a conversation with one of them and you will want your child to be a part of this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
I am a student of Morgan Park Academy (MPA) and I have been for quite some time. I have seen dramatic changes over the years due in part to a drastic change in administration. For the most part these changes have been for the worst and I no longer enjoy my time spent at the school. It is most certainly true that the attention and opportunities given to you as a student reflect your financial status and essentially what you or your parents have to offer the school. The administration and faculty are guilty of hoosing favorites, and my classmates and I have watched these favorites slack off, causing others to pick up the slack and receive zero in return. Instead, those same students are constantly praised for their efforts, while the truly gifted and honest students continue to go on unnoticed. I am disgusted at what MPA has become and even more appalled at what the favorites continue to get away with, whether it is blatant cheating, the intimidation and manipulation of other students, or the constant lies. I urge those of you considering MPA to rethink this choice.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2003
Morgan Park Academy is a world class school. It sends most of its students to harvard! I highly recomend it.

- submitted by a community member
September 11, 2003
I took my child out of this school after 7 years for the following reasons: 1. Parents were not at all encouraged to ask questions of teachers, to find out about curriculum, learning standards, discuss test scores, or otherwise determine whether their individual child was meeting their potential; across the board teachers would generalize my child's progress with comments like: 'She is doing fine.' Specific progress was always shied away from. 2. Teachers were late in reporting problems with assignments. 3. Opportunities for extracurriculars were very limited. The level of the sports teams and coaching was mediocre. Small school yielded limited talent. 4. Economic status or whether your child is a son or daughter of a staff member is very much a key ingredient in whether you and your child are valued. 4. Parental participation is limited. This school was unwilling to discuss any possible shortcomings with parents at large. Don't get me wrong, the education provided was good, my daughter thrived there, but it was not a good value. My daughter's public school education now offers her a broader combination of courses and extracurriculars and is equal to or better.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
This is a great school! I can not say enough about the staff the buildings and the education. It was the best decision I have ever made!

- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2003
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Morgan Park Academy
2153 W 111th St, Chicago, IL  60643
(773) 881-6700
Last modified Morgan Park Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Morgan Park Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 78 reviews. Top