Students playing soccerWhat do you love about MPA?
How people are very kind and inclusive. Another thing that I really like about MPA is that the class sizes are very small, so the teachers really get to know you and your personality genuinely well. That makes it easy and comfortable to ask them for help.

How are you encouraged to dream big and do right at MPA?
What encourages me is that the teachers are always supportive. If you have an idea and you tell one of your teachers, they would never make you think that your idea is stupid or not good. They would actually encourage you to try it and help you with it.

If you have attended another school, how has your experience at MPA been different?
One of the things that is different is that there are 10 times more teacher help than at other schools. Because MPA has such small class sizes, the teachers will give you lots more help and you will be able to get all your questions answered.

What would you tell a family considering MPA?
I would tell them that the environment at MPA is super welcoming and nice and that there are great people at the school, so you will be able to make friends very easily.

In what ways has MPA prepared you for life?
Specifically, social studies has taught me that in the real world there are racial problems and that odds are you will be exposed to them and you need to be ready. MPA has also taught me about things people in history have done wrong to cause problems, which are things I’m going to try to avoid.

What do you dream for yourself in 20 years?
I dream that in 20 years I will be able to support myself financially and get into a good college so I can get a well-paying job and basically be anything I want to be.

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your MPA experience?
One thing that I think that’s cool is that MPA has a no-cut sports policy. For me, my main sport is soccer, but most of my close friends play basketball. I would say I’m okay at that sport, but not as good as my friends. If MPA had a cut basketball team, I might not be able to play with all my friends because they would probably make the team and there would be a chance I wouldn’t. Because of MPA’s policy, that’s not something I need to worry about.

Mounds Park Academy, a PreK-12 private school in Saint Paul, is currently accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year. For more information about admission and to schedule your tour, visit We look forward to getting to know your family!

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