Mounds Park Academy is a college preparatory school that maintains a standard of academic excellence. The school will admit those students who show ability to master the curriculum, who evidence enthusiasm for learning, who can contribute to the student body with unique talents, and who support the mission of MPA. Students, parents and the school must have a mutuality of interests in the program and environment offered by the school. The following guidelines are taken into consideration when reviewing candidates.
COMPLETED APPLICATION MATERIALS
Candidates will be considered for admission after completion and submission of the application form and application fee, all supporting documents including prior school records, test scores, recommendation forms, and a personal interview, visit, and assessment.
EVIDENCE OF ACADEMIC POTENTIAL
Mounds Park Academy requires supporting materials in order to assess an applicant's likely success at MPA. This evidence includes prior school records (including grades and standardized test scores), teacher recommendation forms, and an evaluated campus visit. Individually administered intelligence tests are not routinely required, though individual readiness assessments are administered by MPA for Lower School admission. Middle and Upper School students must complete a writing sample.
Mounds Park Academy recognizes that intellectual ability alone does not necessarily determine academic success. Interest in MPA and its curriculum as well as motivation to attend may often be the determining factors of a student’s performance. Accordingly, the admission committee will be considering recommendation forms and the student’s own statements as evidence of intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm for learning.
Mounds Park Academy believes the learning environment for a child is most conducive to success when there is a three-way partnership with the student, his or her family, and the school. The requirements of a college preparatory curriculum are demanding and students in such a program deserve the strong emotional support, understanding, and encouragement of their parents. In addition, families should actively participate in their child's education (e.g., attending scheduled conferences with faculty and other school meetings affecting their child's educational, developmental and/or emotional growth). The admission committee will review recommendation forms as well as responses to interview questions to determine the history and extent of family involvement.
MULTICULTURALISM AND DIVERSITY
Mounds Park Academy actively seeks multiculturalism and diversity within its community, including the student body. MPA does not discriminate in admission or retention of students on the grounds of sex, creed, age, race, disability, marital status, affectional orientation, color, national origin, religion, status with regard to public assistance or any other protected class status defined by local, state or federal law.
When there are more qualified applicants than openings, and when choices must be made between applicants with similar basic qualifications, consideration will first be given to children of MPA staff and alumni, siblings of current students, and students with ethnic diversity. Attention is given regarding the gender balance in each grade when appropriate.