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...
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
this is a pretty good school, the teachers are encouraging and the work ethic is tremendous.
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.
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.
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