Middle School students are expected to abide by and support MPA’s Code of Ethics and the Middle School Responsibility Code. When choices are made that lack care and consideration for those in the MPA community, the Middle School Director, a teacher, and/or staff member will respectfully talk with the student about the behavior and provide an opportunity for accountability, learning, and restoration. Depending on the nature of the offense and the disciplinary history of the student, the following interventions may be implemented:  

  • Behavior Probation: The Middle School Director periodically reviews individual student behavior, considering number of office referrals, suspensions, chronic tardiness, etc. Based on such information, if a student’s behavior is deemed unsatisfactory, that student may be placed on probation for the following quarter. The Middle School Director will then meet with the student and his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) to clarify concerns and note what must be done to improve. Two unsatisfactory quarters in one school year or four unsatisfactory quarters in two consecutive years may result in that student not being invited back for the next school year.  
  • Conference with Parent(s) / Guardian(s): The student may be required to attend a conference with the Middle School Director, a parent/guardian, and teacher (if applicable).  
  • Detention: Students receive detention for minor disciplinary infractions. Students are assigned to serve detention on a specific day. Failure to report on time on the assigned day may result in additional detention time. Detention takes priority over club meetings and student council. Detention takes place from 11:20 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Students spend the first half of detention in a quiet classroom, and the remainder of the time eating lunch under faculty supervision.  
  • Dismissal from Class: If a student is dismissed from a class because of disruptive or disrespectful behavior, the student must report to the Middle School Office and meet with the Middle School Director, who will determine appropriate consequences. Dismissal from Mounds Park Academy Students may be dismissed for serious offenses, violation of probationary status, and/or repeated disciplinary infractions.  
  • Suspension: Students involved in repeated or serious disciplinary infractions, such as fighting, theft, or vandalism, may be suspended, in-school or out-of-school. Half credit will be given for daily work or quizzes given during the time of the suspension. A full letter grade reduction will be made for tests, major projects, and papers held or due during a student’s suspension. A student who is suspended may not participate in any after school events or activities during the period of the suspension.

Last Updated: August 26, 2019