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
... Read more recommend taking a tour of MPA to see for yourself this wonderful place for students! Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/12/12
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
... Read more and to our child. They really encourage individuality and respectful self-expression. It's a great place. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/05/12
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
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/04/12
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
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a other on 06/19/12
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.
... Read more The lunch is another great thing, it's delicious and healthy too. Honestly, I feel like this school is completely worth the price. Read less
Posted by a other on 05/17/12
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.
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Posted by a parent on 01/01/12
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
... Read more a child's curiosity. Because once the joy of learning is instilled, the passion lives on. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/12/10
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.
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Posted by a parent on 06/01/10
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
... Read more 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!!!!! Read less
Posted by a parent on 04/18/10
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
... Read more 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! Read less
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Saint Paul schools — Mounds Park Academy is located at 2051 Larpenteur Ave E, Saint Paul MN 55109. 2051 Larpenteur Ave E is in the 55109 ZIP code in Saint Paul, MN Mounds Park Academy is a Private school that serves grade levels PK - 12.
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