Welcome! The Middle School at Mounds Park Academy is a dynamic, welcoming, and stimulating place where students are appreciated for who they are while concurrently being challenged to take risks in a safe environment. The Middle School faculty understand that some of the most dramatic social, physical, emotional, and intellectual changes of a person’s life take place during early adolescence, and use research-based best practices to meet the developmental needs of all learners. We help students figure out who they are as they simultaneously seek independence and reassurance by pushing them to think critically and abstractly, collaborate with peers, and learn from mistakes. Lifelong skills, including resiliency, time management, curiosity, creativity, teamwork, and ethics, are interwoven throughout the curriculum, and annual assessments of these areas guide practice.
Academics in the Middle School are rigorous, and our comprehensive college-preparatory curriculum empowers students to discover and express their learning along many avenues. Teachers draw upon Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences to foster a whole child experience, utilize interdisciplinary programming to connect and reinforce skills, and continuously engage students through hands-on work. Students receive individualized support through a comprehensive advisory system, small class sizes, academic and social counseling services, and skills-building seminar courses.
A hallmark feature of the MPA Middle School is the sense of family and community that permeates everything we do. Students want to be here; they love to learn, they seek to do well, and they celebrate one another’s accomplishments. Students form lifelong friendships while doing service to the school and broader community, embarking on field trips, and participating in athletics and activities.
In closing, I want you to know that the Middle School faculty cares deeply about their students, serving as mentors, confidants, and advocates, and communicate regularly with parents so that they serve as active partners in their student’s education. I invite you to visit Middle School at MPA to see how in the middle is a marvelous place to be.
Middle School Director