Visit Campus

Join us for an Admission Event in January!

MPA is unlike any other school in the Twin Cities and the best way to get to know us is by visiting campus. Please join us for one of these events in January. Each one will offer you opportunities to meet our exceptional faculty, students, and families.

Lower School Preview & Pajamarama Concert
Thursday, January 26 • 5–7:15 PM • entering PreK–4
Dinner, crafts, Disney-themed orchestra concert, storytime, and more ... in your jammies!

Middle School & Upper School Preview
Sunday, January 29
1:30–4 PM • entering 5–12
Campus tour, panel discussions, and time to explore what interests you most!

Please RSVP today! We’d love to get to know your family!

Mounds Park Academy is a PreK–12 private school in Saint Paul that offers every child an individualized journey to reveal who he or she is truly meant to be. A freethinker. A free spirit. A risk taker. A right maker. A dreamer and a doer. Academic rigor and college preparation at MPA goes far deeper than memorization. Students are challenged to apply their understanding to stir the human spirit, stand for justice, and shake the world.

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.

The remaining MPA Preview dates for 2016–17 include:

  • Thursday, January 26, 2017, 5–7:15 PM (Grades PreK–4)
  • Sunday, January 29, 2017, 1:30–4 PM (Grades 5–12)

Please call or click here to RSVP for an MPA Preview.

Office of Admission

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.

Office of Admission

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:

  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 11 AM–1 PM
  • Wednesday, 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.

Office of Admission

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.

Office of Admission

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.

Kindergarten Assessment

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:
February 1, 2017
February 15, 2017
March 8, 2017
March 15, 2017
April 5, 2017
April 12, 2017

Office of Admission

Early childhood education is a magical time for our young learners. We are excited to offer the following events designed specifically with our little people and their parents in mind.

Story Time @ MPA

  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 9–10:30 AM

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!

  • January 21, 2017, 10 AM–3 PM, Friends of Ramsey County Library Kindergarten Library Card Day at Roseville Public Library
  • January 21, 2017, 10 AM–12 PM, Summit Hill MOMS Club Preschool Fair at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
  • February 20, 2017, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM, Wishing Tree Play Cafe MPA Takeover, White Bear Lake
  • 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


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.