Details overview

Hours 08:30 AM - 03:10 PM
School leader Craig Dodson - Director of Admission
Transportation options Yes
Preschool capacity 20


Basic school information

Dress code Dress code
Schedule Block scheduling
Day or Boarding offered Day school
Type of school College preparatory
Coed/Single-gender Coed

Academic focus and philosophy

Educational philosophy and approach to learning MPA fosters a spirit of innovation that fuels creative thinking and brings joy to learning. The curriculum is individualized and challenging, but not overly competitive. Our teachers emphasize collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, and deep understanding over rote memorization, creating active and engaging learning opportunities with real-world applications. MPA prepares students for college, and more importantly, for life. We guide them to forever dream big and do right.
Academic themes / Areas of focus General - school does not emphasize one particular subject


Visual Arts
including: Drawing / Sketching
including: Instrumental and theory music lessons
AP Classes
including: Calculus AB
including: French
Music Band
Chamber music
Choir / Chorus
Instrumental and theory music lessons
Jazz band
Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing & written arts Creative writing
Career and Tech programs None
Media arts Technical design and production
Visual arts Ceramics
Drawing / Sketching
World languages taught Arabic
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered None
AP classes offered Biology
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
English Language and Composition
French Language and Culture
Spanish Language and Culture
World History


including: Library
Facilities Art room
College / career center
Computer lab
Garden / Greenhouse
Industrial shop
Music room
Parent involvement center
Performance stage
Science lab
Sports Fields
Extra learning resources Acceleration
Differentiated learning programs
College preparation resources College/career counseling
College prep programs/courses during the year
College information sessions/fairs
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
Special education program details Special education services are provided by District 622 at the closest public school site for students who qualify. Students at Mounds Park Academy may qualify for a support plan if a current professional assessment report, in its entirety including a diagnosis and recommendations, is on file. Support plans are created to provide information for teachers and accommodations for students based on the information in the assessment report, MPA’s guidelines, and family input.
Special education programs Inclusive classroom
English Language Learner program details We offer a full-year ESL class to international students and English language learners in their 1st year in the Upper School. This class provides coursework help and individualized English lessons to facilitate fluency. In years 2-4, students receive additional help with essays/projects and college applications. The ESL teacher also provides emotional support during the transition to a new country, helping students find extracurriculars, and explaining cultural nuances.
English Language Learner programs Integrated group classrooms

Early childhood program

Early childhood program offered Yes
Type of center In-school
Early childhood starting age 4 years old
Certified and/or licensed Yes
Accredited Yes
Days open Monday
Requirements for attending Students must be fully potty trained. Must have all age-appropriate immunizations required by the law OR a notarized waiver if parent(s) oppose all immunizations or a particular vaccine.
Payment schedule Monthly
Financial aid options None
Preschool meals offered Morning Snack
Social emotional skills development Staff model positive behavior is modeled to the children. Staff provide the appropriate vocabulary to help students use words solve problems. Students are also encouraged to be proud of who they are. At MPA, it is okay to make mistakes, that is how we learn. We instill self-confidence in students and let them know how important they are. In addition, we teach children to use manners. We are a family, and we take care of each other.
Math skills development We have calendar time every morning. We do number recognition activities and count using 1-to1 correspondence. We make simple patterns as a class and students extend patterns made by the teacher. We are always working on sorting by color, size, or other attributes. We play dice games, Go Fish, board games, and do measuring activities.
Speech development We provide new vocabulary and encourage children to use their words. Small classes mean that each student is speaking all the time.
Reading skills development We read to the children multiple times a day, play rhyme games, sing the alphabet, put together alphabet puzzles, go to the library, tell stories, make books, write in journals, provide books in our classroom library, clap out syllables, retell stories with flannel board pieces, do letter recognition and letter sounds, teach the difference between fiction and non-fiction books, allow plenty of time for students to read books.
Typical day and activities Schedule: circle and choice time, snack, music, read aloud, science, phy ed., library, recess, lunch, read aloud, nap/quiet activity time, finish projects, read aloud, favorite part of the day discussion Activities: Number/letter activities, sensory table, playing in the loft, office or kitchen, playing firefighters, playing school, making books, magna tiles, puzzles, small group work, journaling, Play-doh, painting, cutting, gluing, dancing, singing, cooking, science experiments, show and tell
Required credentials for lead staff Bachelor's degree
% of early learning staff that holds a credential or certification 76%-100%
Maximum number of infants per adult 0
Maximum number of toddlers per adult 0
Maximum number of 2 year olds per adult 0
Maximum number of 3 year olds per adult 0
Maximum number of 4 year olds per adult 0
Maximum number of kindergartners per adult 0
Maximum number of school-age children per adult 0

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Student diversity

  This school State average
White 72% 73%
Black 11% 9%
Two or more races 7% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 6%
Hispanic 4% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: See notes


Girls Sports
including: Golf
Boys Sports
including: Swimming
including: Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
Girls sports Basketball
Cross country
Ice hockey
PE classes
Boys sports Baseball
Cross country
Ice hockey
PE classes
Clubs Amnesty International
Chess club
Cooking club
Community service
Drama club
Forensics club
Game club
Habitat for Humanity
Homework help / Study buddy club
Lesbian, gay, transgender club
Literary magazine
Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
Math club
National Honor Society (NHS)
Recycling club
Robotics club
Science club
Sewing / knitting club
Student council / government
Student newspaper
Foreign language and culture club
Extended care / Extended programs Before
Before school start time 07:00 AM
After school end time 06:00 PM


Parent involvement Attend parent nights
Chaperone school trips
Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
Join PTO / PTA
Monitor the playground
Organize cultural events
Organize fundraising events
Present special topics during curricular units
Serve on school improvement team or governance council
Volunteer in the classroom
Volunteer time after school
Parent involvement details MPA teachers take great care to understand and appreciate every child and every family. While frequent communication is sent home via folders or electronically (based on the child’s age), personal outreach is also done on a regular basis. Families can count on hearing from their child’s teacher(s) not only when challenges arise, but also when successes are celebrated and goals are reached. Parents are considered the foremost expert and their feedback is constantly sought and appreciated.
Approach to addressing and preventing bullying Lower School faculty carefully CHAMP (Character Happens at Mounds Park) in Lower School. PreK - fourth grade students come together monthly to learn about traits including friendship, cooperation, respect, inclusiveness and integrity. In Middle School, character education is woven into every facet of a student’s day through the Mind Person Action (MPA) Program. We believe that informal, ongoing messaging, practice, and reinforcement are critical, and use common language in our work.


Community service award Minnesota FoodShare Award
Year received 2012


including: Nurse
Staff Assistant principal
College counselor
ELL / ESL Coordinator
Librarian / media specialist
School counselor
School psychologist
World languages spoken by staff French
Staff details MPA is under the leadership of accomplished and innovative educator Dr. Bill Hudson. Dr. Hudson has more than 20 years of teaching and educational administration experience. "I’m truly honored to serve as Head of School. MPA is a remarkable place, with an incredible mission. While we may share many characteristics of other independent schools, we have a unique mission that lives deep within each teacher and staff member and manifests itself in the lives our students and successful alumni."


Transportation details Mounds Park Academy currently contracts for three bus routes. They serve the following areas: North Oaks, Roseville/Falcon Heights, and St. Paul. These routes are planned by MPA and our contracting bus company. Students can ride either round-trip or one-way. The annual fee for this bus service varies year to year.
Transportation options Buses / vans provided for students
Partnerships with local resources and organizations No


Application/ enrollment process details The admission process consists of an application, assessment, and recommendations. The process looks deeply at each child, both as a student and as a person, to determine if MPA is a good fit. Tuition at MPA ranges from $14,500 at the PreK level to $24,950 at the Upper School level. For families who qualify, up to 50 percent financial aid is available in the Lower School and Middle School and up to 75 percent in the Upper School.
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Application requirements Application
Application fee
Type of application deadline One deadline
Application deadline 04/15/2017
Application fee amount $50
Application fee waivers available? Yes
Tuition range (low) $14,500
Tuition range (high) $24,950
For the year 2016-2017
Financial aid offered School-based aid
Financial aid type (misc.) Malone Scholar Program
Vouchers accepted No
# of applications received 114
For the year 2014-2015
# of students accepted 75
For the year 2014-2015


Student diversity NCES, 2011-2012