Mounds Park Academy wholeheartedly embraces diversity and welcomes students from around the world.

In keeping with our commitment to global education and a diverse student body, we warmly invite international students to apply to Middle School (grades 7-8) and Upper School (grades 9-12) at Mounds Park Academy, a top ranked private school in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Our community is welcoming, safe, and inclusive. Our academic program is demanding, but not draining, and goes far beyond memorization. Students are challenged to apply their understanding to stir the human spirit, stand for justice, and shake the world. MPA is a secular school with no religious affiliation. We are, however, built on shared values such as open discourse, academic rigor, experiential learning, and mutual respect. Please take a moment to review our Middle School curriculum and Upper School curriculum.

MPA is located in the Twin Cities, the 16th largest metropolitan area in the United States, within the State of Minnesota. This is known to be a progressive region of the country and a place that is home to students, families, employees and companies from around the globe. At MPA, we have built a globally-minded community and we are currently home to students born in 16 different countries and many families who have spent significant time living abroad.

Our faculty, students, parents, coaches, host parents, and school community as a whole value the opportunity to learn about new cultures and gain fresh perspectives. Many serve as warm and welcoming host families for our international students. Living with a host family allows students to immerse themselves in the US culture and be nurtured by caring adults. Through living with a host family and attending MPA, international students at MPA will advance their global perspective and critical thinking, gain deeper fluency in English, and have help navigating an academically rigorous, college preparatory education.

All international students must have a good command of English. MPA does offer an advanced language and culture support class for all incoming students (click here for a course description and then click "courses offered"). However, a strong mastery of English is necessary to be an active, successful student in all classes and activities.

Please Note: For admission purposes, you are an international student if you are not a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or refugee, and you are on a temporary visa or require a visa to study in the United States. If you are a U.S. Citizen living overseas or have dual citizenship and plan on enrolling at MPA, you should apply using the traditional application.

We are delighted that you are interested in attending MPA and look forward to getting to know you better!

Natalie Waters Seum
Director of Admission and Communication


International Student Matriculation

Bard College
Carnegie Mellon University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Northeastern University
The Ohio State University
Pennsylvania State University

Purdue University*
Queens College of Charlotte
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rutgers University
School of Visual Arts
Smith College*
University of California - Davis

University of California - San Diego*
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin - Madison

An asterisk (*) indicates matriculation of more than one student. See the full student matriculation list here.

MPA has welcomed students and families from these countries!

South Korea
Hong Kong
Great Britain
New Zealand