MPA Handbook

Welcome to the Mounds Park Academy Handbook. Here you will find information, policies and guidelines with which students and parents should be familiar in order to have the best possible experience at MPA. Browse through the sections or use the search tool to find a specific topic. Changes to the MPA Handbook will be noted by the date listed below each entry. Please check back before the start of each school year to make sure you are up to date with the latest Handbook policies. Thank you for your cooperation!

PreK-12 Information

Mounds Park Academy aspires to create a pleasant and challenging school environment for its students – an environment where sensitivity, respect for others, and hard work are valued. As a college preparatory school, Mounds Park Academy intends to thoroughly prepare its students for further education, encouraging them to strive for excellence, yet paying attention to their individual needs. It is hoped that the atmosphere of the school will encourage students to enjoy a variety of activities and experiences and take pride in the quality education at Mounds Park Academy.

Lower School

This section of the handbook is organized to provide additional information specific to grades PreK-4. Please read over and keep as a reference. If you have further questions, please call the Lower School Office at 651-777-2555.

Principles of Good Practice for Lower School

Elementary education emphasizes the development of the whole child, providing for each child’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs. Elementary programs are developmentally appropriate, in that they are based on an understanding of general patterns of growth in the early years as well as children’s individual development.

  • Elementary educators, and all personnel who interact with young children, have appropriate training, understanding, and knowledge regarding the developmental characteristics of this age group.
  • Elementary educators recognize that play is the work of young children.
  • Elementary educators build on the child’s natural curiosity to promote a love of learning.
  • Elementary educators prepare the environment so that children learn through active exploration and discovery.
  • Elementary educators recognize the importance of outdoor play and provide appropriate time and equipment.
  • Elementary educators design programs that develop the large and small motor skills of young children.
  • Elementary educators engage parents as partners in understanding the unique characteristics and needs of young children.
  • Elementary educators, in observing and interpreting children’s behavior, use bias-free assessment tools based on developmental norms.
  • Elementary educators promote equity and justice by creating a community that fosters respect, understanding, and an appreciation of differences.

Middle School

The Middle School at MPA 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.

This handbook is designed to help students, parents, and guardians become familiar with the MPA Middle School policies and procedures, and to provide some general information that will be useful throughout the school year.

MPA Mission
We teach students to think independently, communicate effectively, and act with respect and integrity in a diverse community that models intellectual ambition, global responsibility, and the joy of learning.

What We Value

  • Students who are involved and engaged in their own education
  • An atmosphere of open discourse and academic rigor
  • A balance of academics, arts, and athletics
  • Experiential learning led by exceptional faculty
  • Mutual respect and meaningful service
  • Technology as an integral part of learning
  • A school-wide spirit of innovation

Middle School Responsibility Code
Middle School students are expected to comply with the following expectations contained in the MPA Code of Ethics: 

  • Cares for the physical environment
  • Does a fair share of community work
  • Displays self-control (i.e. interruptions and hallway behavior controlled)
  • Displays humor, diligence, fairness, kindness, honesty, and courtesy
  • Develops self-esteem through positive interactions with others
  • Avoids physical and verbal aggression
  • Listens carefully to others


School Song

Our voices raised within these walls 
are loyal, brave, and true; 
we stand together proud and strong, 
our flag of white and blue. 
The spirit that we share with all, 
will never cease to be; 
and mem'ries cherished will not fade, 
Mounds Park Academy!

The Mounds Park Academy Administration may introduce new rules and procedures, or modify existing ones, and reserves the right to interpretation.



  • Imaginative: Generates unique ideas, synthesizes information in new ways
  • Original: Thinks outside the box, expands on others’ ideas


  • Intrinsically Motivated: Pursues opportunities for independent learning
  • Loves to Learn: Eager to explore new things, asks questions to deepen own understanding


  • Resilient: Optimistic, able to cope effectively, sees setbacks as temporary
  • Demonstrates Grit: Tenacious, sustains effort despite obstacles



  • Risk-Taker: Embraces challenges, open to new things
  • Brave: Willing to do what’s right, even if unpopular; is an advocate


  • Thoughtful: Recognizes and shows genuine appreciation for others, thankful
  • Kind: Generous of heart, humble


  • Ethical: Recognizes right from wrong and acts accordingly
  • Honest: Truthful, takes ownership of words, feelings, and actions



  • Team Player: Inclusive, cooperative, helpful
  • Good Citizen: Recognizes needs of others and the greater good


  • Active Listener: Seeks to understand, mirrors body language, attentive
  • Articulate: Shares ideas clearly, thoughtful and positive contributor


  • Empathetic: Accepts and values others, forgiving
  • Considerate: Mindful, polite, patient, assumes positive intent

Upper School

This section of the handbook includes information specific to Upper School life. Parents and students are reminded to read the K-12 section of this handbook for other information that also applies to Upper School students.