Mounds Park Academy is a private, tuition-based PreK–12 school in Saint Paul where children experience a rigorous curriculum with purpose and joy.
Small class sizes allow students to go on immersive journeys, led by expert faculty. They feel the soul of the arts, discover the complexity of the sciences, and grow the roots of social responsibility. They grow into brilliant, remarkable people who will stir the human spirit, stand for justice, and shake the world through deep content knowledge and strong character.
The best way to experience MPA is by visiting campus to see our students and teachers in action! We'd love to get to know your entire family!
Attend a Lunch @ MPA Admission Event
Thursday, April 13 • 11 AM–1 PM
RSVP online today!
We offer daily tours on the following schedule:
- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, 9:30–10:30 AM
- Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 1:30–2:30 PM
A campus tour is your opportunity to see the heart and soul of MPA in action—our students and faculty engaged in respectful discourse and joyful learning. Over the course of an hour, we’ll introduce you to the people and show you the spaces that matter most to you. You'll come with questions and leave with a better sense of MPA.
Please email or call us to schedule your tour.
Lunch @ MPA is a truly unique way to see what sets MPA apart from our peers in education. Attendees will tour campus in addition to engaging with students, key administrators, and the leaders of our Upper, Middle, and Lower School divisions.
The remaining Lunch @ MPA dates for 2016–17 include:
- Thursday, April 13, 2017, 11 AM–1 PM
- Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 11 AM–1 PM
Please call or click here to RSVP for a Lunch @ MPA event.
Our most comprehensive method for a prospective student and family to visit MPA, shadow visits offer the student an opportunity to spend nearly a full day with a current student as they move from class to class, lunch, and school activities. Additionally, family interviews and admission assessments and/or writing samples will be scheduled during a shadow visit. These visits are generally reserved for students who have applied for admission.
Shadow Visit Days for 2016–17:
MPA's school day runs from 8:30 AM to 3:10 PM. Shadow visits will be scheduled between 7:45 AM and 4:30 PM with family interviews, assessments, and/or writing samples being scheduled during this time. Please call us to set up your shadow visit.
Kindergarten is a pivotal time in a student’s academic development and a common entry point at Mounds Park Academy. As a result, we offer specific visit and assessment opportunities designed with prospective kindergarten students and their parents in mind.
All applicants for kindergarten must complete a “play visit” during which the student will be observed in a play setting with other prospective and current students and be assessed by a faculty member using the Gesell developmental assessment.
Play visit dates fill quickly—parents are encouraged to RSVP as early as possible. Please call the Office of Admission to schedule your child’s kindergarten play visit.
Weekday play visits are available on Wednesdays from 8:45–10:15 AM on the following remaining dates:
April 5, 2017
April 12, 2017
Early childhood education is a magical time for our young learners. MPA has already hosted its Storytime event for the 2016–17 school year, but many other opportunites exist to visit our campus above!
Literacy is front and center at Mounds Park Academy. In conjunction with our school’s annual Book Festival Week, this event is a wonderful time for you and your child to enjoy books and literacy-related activities with other children and parents, while learning more about MPA. This event features local author, Megan Maynor, who recently released the second book featuring the adventures of Ella and Penguin. Hear about Megan’s journey to become an author, how the idea of the book and sketches of the characters developed, and of course, listen as Megan reads her books. Children will be front and center during story time and will enjoy a fun craft activity related to the books. All attendees are welcome to peruse our Library and Book Festival events.
This event is most appropriate for children ages 2–6 (and their parents) and will include a brief introduction to our prekindergarten and kindergarten programs. Teachers and admission staffers will be on hand to answer questions and snacks will be provided for all attendees.
Office of Admission
We're always adding more events in neighborhoods throughout the Twin Cities. Check back for one near you!
- March 25, 10 AM–4 PM, Greater Stillwater Showcase, Stillwater Area High School
- April 1, 2017, 10 AM–4 PM, Woodbury Area Community Expo, East Ridge High School
- April 8, 2017, 9 AM–1PM, TPT Kids Free Second Saturday
- June 4, 2017, Grand Ole Day, Saint Paul
- June 24, 2017, Pride Festival, Minneapolis
- July 14–16, LumberJack Days, Stillwater
The MPA Previews are structured programs that allow prospective students and parents to get a broad sense of what makes Mounds Park Academy a unique place to learn and grow. You will follow a schedule that allows you to learn more about our unique blend of academics, athletics, and the arts. You will meet the people and discover the place where children of all ages experience a genuine joy for learning, an innovative approach to education in a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, all while surrounded by peers, faculty, and administrators who encourage them to become their best selves.
MPA has already hosted all of its Preview events for the 2016–17 school year, but many other opportunites exist to visit our campus above!
Upon entering campus from Larpenteur Ave, please park in any available space. Enter the building through the South (Lower School) Entrance, which is behind the large flagpole and labeled with the number one.