Welcome to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul! With any relocation, there are many moving parts as families transition their lives somewhere new, often on short notice. Finding a welcoming school community is one of the most important factors in a successful relocation.

Mounds Park Academy has become a premier destination for relocating families because of the close knit, warm community and international flair. With 3M, Ecolab, The University of Minnesota, Medtronic, Boston Scientific and many other corporations and nonprofit organizations nearby, MPA is home to numerous Twin Cities transplants from across the United States and around the world.

Relocating families may be unfamiliar with the unique culture at each of the Twin Cities independent schools, and therefore it can be difficult to truly get a sense of which school or schools will offer the best fit for their children. At MPA, relocating families may find that perusing our social media pages helps overcome this sense of unfamiliarity. MPA’s social media provides a sense of our community’s culture of inclusivity and welcoming disposition. From capturing the Homecoming Pep Rally on Facebook, to documenting our annual senior walk on YouTube, to reporting athletics scores via Twitter, to promoting student voice with Instagram takeovers, MPA’s social media tells our story and helps families new to our area understand the warm and diverse environment on our PreK-12 campus.

We look forward to helping your family find the right school community to make your relocation as smooth as possible.


The admission process for relocating families follows the same basic principles as for local families, with accommodations for the family interview, writing assessment and shadow visit made, if necessary. Whenever possible, relocating families are encouraged to visit Mounds Park Academy in person for a shadow visit, family interview, and writing assessment. However, if that is not possible, the family interview and writing assessment may be conducted via Skype and the shadow visit waived.

Families who have just learned of a possible relocation and may have missed the standard admission deadlines should contact the Office of Admission at admission@moundsparkacademy.org or 651-748-5577 about space availability and beginning the application process. The Office of Admission considers late applications from relocating families; however, space may be limited.

Click here to learn about the items required to be considered for admission.

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The Twin Cities are comprised of Saint Paul, the state capital, and Minneapolis, Minnesota's largest city.

The Twin Cities have a rich culture and plenty of activities. They have professional and college sports teams, top companies, and beautiful parks and recreation areas.

The Twin Cities have a strong arts community. The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis offers exceptional performances while the Minneapolis Institute of Art inspires with extraordinary exhibitions and one of the largest art collections in the country. There are two professional orchestras in the Twin Cities, the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

The Twin Cities is home to some the largest companies in the United States, including Target, General Mills, Cargill, and 3M.

The Twin Cities metro area, with a population of more than three million, has many educational, cultural, and economic resources. Diversity in the Twin Cities is growing quickly, as immigrants from Southeast Asia, East Africa and Central America bring their traditions and cultures.

Day and weekend trips from the Twin Cities are easy. Northern Minnesota, full of lakes and forests, is two hours away, Lake Superior, the biggest of the Great Lakes, is four hours away, and Chicago is six hours away.

The Twin Cities have four seasons. Summers are sunny and warm and the many lakes have opportunities for all types of water sports. Fall is cool and festive. Winter is cold and snowy, yet full of activity and winter sports. In the spring, Minnesotans enjoy bike rides, outdoor markets, and baseball games.

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To assist relocating families in their home search, MPA has established a connection with the real estate agents listed below. Each of these professionals is familiar with the needs of relocating families and is an expert on the real estate industry in the East Metro of the Twin Cities. They are well connected to the MPA community and eager to provide your family with outstanding guidance as you relocate to this community.

Dana Ashby, Edina Realty: website | email

Mark Ashby, Edina Realty: website | email

Nanette and Liz Flynn, Edina Realty: website | email

Sarah Kinney, Coldwell Banker Burnet: website | email

Vance Ross, Keller Williams: website | email

Victoria Simmonds, Edina Realty: website | email

Tammy Sinkel, Lakes Sotheby's Realty: website | email

Steve Smillie, Edina Realty: website | email

Michaela Toohey '96 and Philip Wahlberg, Coldwell Banker Burnet: website | email

Krista Wolter, Coldwell Banker Burnet: website | email

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A campus tour is your opportunity to see the heart and soul of MPA. Over the course of your tour, 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.

Tours are offered daily at 8:30 AM or by appointment. Please email or call us to schedule your personal campus tour. We know that relocating families may only be in the Twin Cities for a brief visit prior to moving, and we are happy to accommodate your tight schedule with abbreviated tours or tours on non-school days, if needed.

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The Kim Family relocated to the Twin Cities from Canada in the summer of 2015. "The only thing that went smoothly during our international move was our school choice. Our colleagues at the University of Minnesota recommended MPA. We visited. We fell in love. There's something extra at MPA that's very magical. If it could be defined, it would be replicated elsewhere, but it's not. There's no other school like this." read more