The August 28th post could not have said things better. We are very happy with the school.
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Posted by a parent on 09/03/12
Here are my suggestions for making MPA a better school. 1) MPA should have full time Deans of the Lower, Middle and High school whose sole jobs are to provide leadership rather than having teachers serving in a a dual capacity. 2) The school needs to better define and explain the vision of the school
... Read more to parents rather than assuming everyone understands the vision. 3) The school needs to better define what type of students and families they intend to serve and what academic outcomes they would like the students to achieve. Currently, the lower school is not diverse, currently serving mostly African American kids. The school recognizes that this will be a problem attracting kids from different backgrounds. To lower the number of African American families at the school, some teachers and administrators seem to be deliberately unresponsive to the concerns of African American families, hoping that many of them will not return, as a means of achieving better diversity.This is not a sensible way to run a school. 5) Finally, technology needs to introduced in the early grades starting in the lower school. MPA is a good school, but is short of being a great school. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/08/12
I love the Academy! I chose to pay my tuition each year because I believed that my child was getting a well-rounded education. Show me a school where the students get P.E. classes every day, art & music classes twice a week, & foreign language classes 4 times a week, all with content-specialist teachers,
... Read more not their homeroom teachers. I didn't want my child to go to my neighborhood gifted school, because I don't believe that test scores & tons of homework are everything. I want a child who is truly well-rounded, can think creatively, & can get along with others who don't have the same cultural or economic background. My child has attended this school for years. Is it perfect? No. No school is. However, I believe it is worth every penny. The teachers in the Lower School are very nurturing & know how to differentiate learning for each child. Having a small class size of about 15 to 18 is priceless. The free co-curricular classes after school are exciting & give me more for my money. My child even begs to go to the Academy's summer camp, which has even more fun choices. My opinion? It's the perfect place for my child, even if I don't always get my way. My child will graduate from there! Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/07/12
MPA is a jewel in the Morgan Park/Beverly area. We are so grateful for this caliber of education! I believe there was a Chicago Magazine article about the school. From our perspective, we don't know of a single student who did not get into the college of their choice. Bottom line, isn't that really
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Posted by a parent on 07/27/12
It looks like some disillusioned parents have been posting on the site after leaving the school. MPA is a great school with dedicated teachers. I don't always agree with all the decisions from the administration, yet I understand the need to make changes sometimes. To respond to one of the reviewer,
... Read more there is a new Parents Associations which resulted in the merger of the mothers and fathers clubs. I strongly support the merger and believe it will make an even stronger and inclusive parent community. To respond to another reviewer, 8th graders got a wonderful end of the year party hosted by the Mothers Club. Diversity is part of school, just watch the video the created for their fundraiser. As for graduation being outside, well after the major thunderstorm in June 2011, it seems pretty obvious that having inside would be a dryer option. I was at commencement this year and I was blown away by the quality of the class of 2012 and envy the bright future that awaits them. It's funny how these review sites become forums to rant. MPA is a great school and it has 140 years of excellence in education to prove it. Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/20/12
I don t understand how anyone could say Morgan Park Academy is a great school, unless they have no other schools to use for comparison. MPA has a complete lack of diversity, antiquated classroom technology, an uninspiring teaching staff, and a weak administration. Academically, it is not on level
... Read more with other schools (even public schools) in the community. The one positive that I can say is that it has/had a strong parent community, though from what I understand, they are getting rid of the parents clubs in the Fall of 2012-2013 school year. Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/02/12
I am sure that most parents want to see results. Logically, that is why so many parents make the sacrifice to send their child to such an expensive school. It is not about "paying into an opportunity", it is about getting your (17-23 grand a year) money worth. I believe a child who has spent years
... Read more at MPA should be able to test into any school. If a parent decides to stay and pay...fine. But if a parent decides to leave-let's say after eighth grade- that child should be able to test into a top Chicago high school with no problem. You can pay less at neighboring schools and your child will be just as happy and testing way above average. I will be paying at one of those neighboring schools in the fall. I agree with the parent who posted that MPA is not a five star school. Not even close. Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/02/12
MPA is an excellent school with teachers that are dedicated to children. MPA's curriculm is designed to encourage children to be critical thinkers and lifelong learners. Paying tuition at any range doesn't guarantee test scores or acceptance into a classical or gifted program. Those programs are designed
... Read more for children that are actually "gifted" . You don't learn or teach "gifted". Or for children who that learn at a faster paces, like a "classical" school. Which is why education at MPA should not be used as a baraometer for acceptance into these schools. Learning faster doesn't mean learning better. My children ( in the lower school) love MPA and are thriving and as parents we understand, value and appreciate a quality experience! If you are looking a school where your children will have a nuturing educational experience, then consider MPA. However, if you are interested in paying into an opportunity for your kids to test into another school then MPA is not the best choice for you. Read less
Posted by a parent on 06/15/12
This school has a host of problems it seems unwilling to face: ineffective administrators, inferior foreign language classes, huge financial problems and a culture of meanness that prevails among the students. If you think a few tall trees, crumbling brick buildings and staggering tuition costs make
... Read more a good school, then perhaps this is the place for you. But bear in mind, it is NOT culturally diverse. Your child will need a thick skin to withstand the bullying and meanness that goes on here everyday, especially in the middle school and high school. As recently as a year ago, the school had no formal policy on bullying. Bearing in mind that over 30% of the student body is children of school employees, one can see why behavior that would result in expulsion from other schools is openly tolerated here. A Former Parent Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/28/12
Morgan Park Academy appeared to be the best of both worlds. Convenient, lovely campus, parent involvement and small class size. Buttered upon closer examination, MPA is falling short of my expectations for the cost of tuition. The curriculum appears average and can be found in classical, magnet and gifted
... Read more public schools. I thought it had an edge with its global studies program, but language academies in the public schools are also offering 7th graders exchange programs to China, Barcelona and Paris. MPA exposes this teaching the whole child philosophy, but I constantly have to correct negative behavior picked up from other students. After recent visits to several open houses at other private and some exceptional public schools, MPA must step up its game with more cutting edge technology, along with more offerings and enrichment partnerships with the larger Chicago academic and cultural community. Lastly, while the majority of MPA students are college bound, very few attend the Ivy League. The target institutions appear to be middle of the road, small liberal arts colleges based on a review of recent graduating class list of college placements. Read less
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Chicago schools — Morgan Park Academy is located at 2153 W 111th St, Chicago IL 60643. 2153 W 111th St is in the Morgan Park neighborhood and 60643 ZIP code in Chicago, IL Morgan Park Academy is a Private school that serves grade levels PK - 12.
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