My son is a senior this year and transferring to MPA was worth the investment. He is visiting colleges which I thought he would never want to do. I am so proud of how he has matured. He seemed to have developed a great relationship with Mr. Drahazol in upper school and Mr. Malcolm in middle school. Being a single mother positive male role models are hard to find. Thank you for filling in the gap
I am a grandparent and have watched my two grandchildren flourish since being at MPA. My daughter speaks highly of the teachers and administration who work hard to support the things the kids care about i.e, sports and theater while providing a nurturing educational environment. If there is one thing I would say needs improvement is parent involvement. I attended the back to school picnic, sports events, Christmas decoration, and almost every event the Parents Association sponsors and there are the same handful of parents at these events. Maybe the parent complaining above may have had a better experience if she had been in partnership with her child's teachers
My daughter came to MPA in 3rd grade. She was bullied and came home daily feeling depressed, unheard and unsupported. Despite several discussions with the teachers, no solution could address this very serious problem within this school. I didn't want to change schools because I was too amazed at the pretty campus and the low student:teacher ratio. However, while I thought the diversity would have a good influence on my child, it had the opposite effect. My child became angry, bitter and ultimately became what she faced everyday- a bully- and she was ultimately expelled from the school because as the Dean expressed, "MPA faculty and staff don't have the emotional skills to appropriately handle students." While they do have a counselor for the children, my child told me she didn't trust the current one they had because she seemed to gossip about the children to the other teachers instead of trying to help. Not mention, while the student population is diverse, most, if not all, of the teachers are white and without the "emotional skills" to healthily teach diverse populations. My child was able to go to a public school and SOAR! She is on the honor roll, in several school activities, high test scores and is possibly starting a debate team in her school. I was initially heartbroken and terrified about my child going to public school (and having to pay over $10k/ yr for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade and of course I didn't get refunded anything after they kicked my child out of school). However, it was the best thing that could have ever happened to her. MPA, while some teachers are truly special, as a whole, has much room for improvement. Do not be fooled by the campus appearance!
I do applaud the Dean for being honest about her school's weaknesses. How she dismissed my child was quite unprofessional but I figure if you are able to be honest about your weaknesses, that the best start to getting better.
I am a student (class of 2018) at MPA and overall it's great. Academically, it's suitable it goes at a nice but strong pace. Teachers, almost everyone here is great, I don't know much about the lower school since I came to MPA in my 7th grade but all the teachers I have had are great, especially Mr. Malcolm who is the 7th grade science teacher, the passionate person about MPA and teacher you will ever meet and Mr. Radulescu who is the perfect math teacher, he explains in depth and always makes sure no student is ever falling behind, his door is almost always open if you need help. Sports, I won't lie if you're looking to win in sports don't go for it, but if you're looking to build connections and gain new schools sports are the best. I went into freshman year, never played soccer in my life, and I learned all the basics I needed before the season actually started and since then I have been working and fine tuning them, I also play tennis, made it to the varsity as first single, also as a freshman. Sports here are great for new skill sets and learning fast.
I see that parents here are talking about horrible the teachers and how parents don't talk to each other, that's a lie and I don't know how they have come up with this stuff. MPA is a tight net of interaction, if you're a parent and want some help go to the activities like Academy day and go to the sports games, you'll be surprised of how much can talk, if the experience is when you're picking up your kid the reason could be they want to go home because they just got off of work and are tired, nothing against you as being "new" or something, people are tired. And if your kids are having trouble because of their peers then I'm sorry but at MPA you usually find those few people that become life long friends. If your son's or daughter's peers seem weird or treating them differently and they're in the lower or lower middle school then they're just awkward and it'll get better. MPA is a good school, there's here and there little things that bug me but it's a personal preference like the small nature of the class of 20xx, I like bigger schools but that's personal preference.
If you're thinking of sending your kid here, do it it's a great school, I wish I could say more but I'm running out of room. ~Diego
My daughters have had a wonderful experience. My eldest is now in college and feels so well prepared with all the experiences she had in high school from the critique she had on her projects and papers to the out of the classroom experiences she had around the world. So happy I chose this school for the education of my children.