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Morgan Park Academy

Private | PK-12 | 440 students

Strong academic preparation and global scholars program
 
 

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $135,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $940.

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 15 ratings
2012:
Based on 11 ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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!!!


Posted 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


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 39% 18%
White 36% 51%
Two or more races 13% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 4%
Hispanic 4% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2012)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
French
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Catherine Raaflaub
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (773) 881-8409

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Performing arts
  • Service learning
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Chess club
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Model UN
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • The Academy is a community dedicated to rigorous academics, independent thinking, living diversity, values-based education, and a nurturing environment. We seek families who embrace these principles and wish to work in partnership with our faculty to educate tomorrow’s leaders. Choosing a school is a decision that will significantly impact your child and his or her success in college and in life. We hope you will consider a Morgan Park Academy education for your child.
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$14000 - $20000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
4 year college - 100%
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2153 W 111th St
Chicago, IL 60643
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Phone: (773) 881-6700

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