What do you love about MPA?
The balanced, supportive, and flexible environment at MPA resonates with our own philosophies as educators and parents and has given us a unified sense of purpose—education not only for our child, but for our family. When your child is happy and getting a great education, nothing else matters. We are so grateful for the opportunity to call MPA home and consider it a true privilege.

How is your child encouraged to dream big and do right at MPA?
William is consistently challenged to think critically and meaningfully about current social and political issues.  His evolving knowledge, character, and emotional intelligence will equate with self-empowerment and increased opportunity.

If your child has attended another school, how has your experience at MPA been different?
Aside from the obvious benefits of small class sizes and individualized attention, MPA’s supportive and collegial atmosphere among students and faculty is exceptional.

What would you tell another parent considering MPA?
The only thing that went smoothly during our international move was our school choice. Our colleagues at the University 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.

In what ways has MPA prepared your child for life in the 21st century?
Our son is increasingly able to articulate intelligent, unique viewpoints. He has a better sense of current issues and has developed greater self-discipline. He is being taught how to cope with the challenge, but not be stressed out. And the teachers’ focus is not just on academic learning—they are really helping William learn how to be an even better human being and discover the unique qualities that will set him apart. We also appreciate how everyone respects diversity and people are accepted for who they are. This is critical for life success.

What do you hope for your child in 20 years?
Things are going great for William right now, but for us, it is about the long-term. Life is a long journey, and MPA is helping William build a solid foundation for his future. We only hope that he is happy, engaged, and passionate about what he is doing in 20 years, and that he continues to progress and develop educationally, vocationally, and personally.

Mounds Park Academy, a PreK-12 private school in Saint Paul, is currently accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. For more information about admission and to schedule your tour, visit moundsparkacademy.org/admission. We look forward to getting to know your family!

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