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Mounds Park Academy

Private | PK-12 | 485 students

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Posted April 8, 2014

I recently graduated from MPA and I can proudly say that I wouldn't change anything about my experience there. It's academically challenging, provides a great learning atmosphere and both the faculty and students are incredible. It prepared me for college especially in writing papers. I can honestly say that it is one of the most amazing communities that I've ever witnessed.


Posted November 15, 2013

Mounds Park Academy gave my two children a fabulous education. The teachers are terrific and the lessons are innovative. The students are always engaged because there are so many things to keep them interested.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2013

My daughter received a great education through eighth grade here, and was well prepared to take the most advanced classes at our large public school (including two classes we were told were typically for grades above her). She received straight A's, but complained none of her classes were as challenging as those she had had at MPA as a middle schooler. Needless to say, she returned to MPA the following year where she was immediately welcomed back by peers and teachers, and was once again challenged by rigorous and interesting curriculum in class sizes that allowed personal connection and more grade-heavy assignments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2013

It is no coincidence that our alumni are amazing, successful people, who contribute to their communities and to the broader society in positive, meaningful ways. The Mounds Park community is a rare gem. I am happy to be a part of it, and even happier for my children. Mounds Park helps children realize their potential, academically and beyond. That is exactly what I want for my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2013

My son attended here for pre-k and kindergarten. We were very happy with the pre-k program but everything went downhill after that. Not impressed with some teachers at this school. Many are less than competently dealing with minor behavior issues and discipline. We demonstrated a need for financial aid for his would-have-been third year of attendance but were denied. Quite frankly, this was a blessing because it turned out that our public school has been fantastic. Sure, some kids probably get a great education at MPA, but it isn't any better than what you can find at some public schools and not have to pay ridiculous tuition rates. Save your money for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2012

MPA has been a great place for our two boys to learn and grow. They both have really liked their high school experience - and that alone is huge. In addition to being strong in traditional academics, the school's music, art, and theater programs are outstanding. The leadership promotes and exemplifies a culture of caring. If you were trying to design a really excellent school starting from scratch, MPA is the kind of place you'd create.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2012

Mounds Park Academy is an incredible place to be! The atmosphere of the school is warm and nurturing, with top notch academics. The faculty are exceptionally dedicated and passionate. The small class sizes allow for your student to thrive with as much one on one instruction as possible. I would highly recommend taking a tour of MPA to see for yourself this wonderful place for students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2012

This school is serious about educating the "whole child." It has an excellent arts program all the way from K-12, has strong academics, and puts a lot of emphasis on helping children grow into independent thinkers and leaders. The school is very inclusive of diverse families which is important to us and to our child. They really encourage individuality and respectful self-expression. It's a great place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2012

This school has been an excellent fit for my daughter! It has challenged her academically in a way that her previous school could not. The staff is available to the students and takes a vested interest in each individual. The environment is such that students are more than the athlete, the smartest student, the musician, or the artist. Every student is encouraged to explore all of their interests and talents. It allows them to be the individuals that they are, and encourages them to become leaders.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2012

I am so proud to say that I am an alumni of this amazing school. MPA facilitated the development of my incredible love of learning, wide variety of cultivated interests and deep self of self-worth. It without a doubt laid the foundation for every success that I have had in my life. It wasn't until I got to college that I truly realized how unique it is to have a collection of faculty as passionate about teaching and building strong relationships with their students as we have at MPA. Everything academic is exactly what you would hope to find at a college-prep independent school: the curriculum is challenging and unique, homework bountiful, advanced and honors courses a plenty... but what I now realize sets my experience at MPA apart is the fact that not only does the school strive to develop excellent students, they are even more deeply committed to cultivating excellent human beings. Good, compassionate people. And I think that's worth a lot.


Posted May 17, 2012

I am a student at Mounds Park Academy, and I really really like it. I have gone here since kindergarten, and I have never been bullied, and I've always felt accepted. The teachers are wonderful with maybe two exceptions. There's lots of wonderful field trips to go on, and MPA is like my second home. The lunch is another great thing, it's delicious and healthy too. Honestly, I feel like this school is completely worth the price.


Posted January 1, 2012

We had a great experience there for a while. Teachers (with a few exceptions) don't know how to handle behavior challenges. Think twice if you will need financial aid. You will not be valued, and will be gone as soon as a wait list develops.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

FIRST OUR STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT THE WORLD. THEN THE WORLD LEARNS ABOUT OUR STUDENTS. At Mounds Park Academy we don't just encourage independent thinking, we insist on it. Our job is to help children see the world through their eyes, not ours. For more than 28 years, we've used this approach to nurture a child's curiosity. Because once the joy of learning is instilled, the passion lives on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2010

MPA returned a joy of learning to my children. They are as likely to do more than asked because it was an interesting assignment, as complain about homework. The faculty and staff make an effort to know the students and interact with them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2010

We have been so pleased with MPA! Our children love it there. They pop out of bed every morning and are excited about going. We are always amazed that the teachers have such a full understanding of our children. They really take the time to get to know them and to help them learn by tailoring to the way each individual learns best. Class size is small. Whole child is definitely the emphasis. Art, music, foreign language and drama all regular classes even in lower school. It is amazing because there is no skimping on basics. Our kids seem to be quite ahead of their peers at other schools in basics, but they have all the 'extra' stuff too. Faculty are very committed to excellence and to making the experience great for the students. Children are taught to learn concepts....not memorize and spit things back. Admin. is top notch!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2010

This is one of the best schools in the country! Mounds Park Academy's commitment to educating the whole child is seen in virtually every aspect of the curriculum and is reflected in students (Pre-K through 12) who are bright, well-rounded, curious, imaginative and engaged. My son is an 8th grader who has attended since kindergarten and two main aspects stand out to us. We appreciate MPA's approach to integrated learning, where top-notch teachers in various subjects reinforce common topics from diverse angles. We also love how nearly all of the students, especially in Middle and Upper School, routinely participate in sports, music, drama AND academic clubs. At MPA, it's cool to be smart!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2010

I love the way I am a partner in my son's education with the teachers. He's in Kindergarten and I feel like his teachers get who he is, love his strengths and aren't afraid to talk to me about his weaknesses - or opportunities for growth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2010

We love MPA! I love that when my child walks down the hall, every adult he encounters knows his name, his history, his strengths and his challenges. We started in pre-K and are now in 3rd grade. Every teacher we've worked with - including homeroom and all specialists - takes the extra time to find out what makes my child tick and how to nurture him to be the best learner he can be. They also work with him individually on his self-confidence and social skills. The families at MPA are all very engaged with their child's education and work toward making MPA a strong community. There isn't pressure to volunteer, but there are many opportunities to do so. While I was against sending my child to a private school, I can't imagine sending him anywhere else. MPA is worth every penny!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2010

We were disappointed with our local public school. Although some of the public school teachers were excellent, the school did not have the resources for anything other than the basics. Our son is thriving at Mounds Park Academy. The teachers are exceptional and he has specialists teaching him art, drama, Spanish, physical education. I'm also very pleased with the diversity at this school. He's getting challenging academics in a very supportive environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2010

This is our sixth year at the school and we've seen many positive changes along the way. The faculty and staff are 100% committed to the school's mission of the independent child. The whole child approach engages each of our children to bring out their best in all they attempt. The rigorous academics and learning habits combined with the fine and creative arts offers an enviroment that allows for problem solving that is imaginative and not usual. As our family has moved into each division of the school, we are amazed at the resources provided in the classrooms and to us as parents. The parent community is vibrant and active and allowed to voice concerns to faculty, staff, and administration openly. This network of engaged families provides support throughout the school year and beyond, focusing not only on the support of school events but also on raising children. It's fantastic!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity 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: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Minnesota FoodShare Award (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Dance club: Performance Dance Team
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: French Club and Spanish Club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:10 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:45 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Craig Dodson - Director of Admission
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (651) 777-5574

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Carpool coordination service
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Amnesty international
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cub scouts
  • Dance club: Performance Dance Team
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Equestrian Club
  • Foreign language club: French Club and Spanish Club
  • Girl scouts
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Programming Club
  • Robotics club
  • Ski and Snowboard Club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

Photos

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Who will your child become? An arist? A diplomat? A poet? An engineer? An athlete? Or, perhaps, all of these? Mounds Park Academy was founded on the belief that children need the opportunity to discover and refine their talents, to be challenged in the classroom until they unlock their true potential, and to be led through values-based education to become globally conscious citizens of character. For more than 30 years, MPA has been the place for students to become who they were meant to be.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


7 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
75
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
114

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$13000 - $25000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Malone Scholar Program

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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2051 Larpenteur Ave E
St. Paul, MN 55109
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Phone: (651) 748-5577

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