The Soma FamilyThe Soma Family lives in North Oaks, MN, and have a first grade daughter.

What do you love about MPA?

We love that character education is as much a part of the curriculum as traditional learning, from PreK through Grade 12. MPA has a clear mission and seems to base all of its decisions on that mission. The academics are top notch but learning feels effortless because my child is having so much fun and feels supported in the classroom.

What initially attracted you to MPA? Do your same needs/desires hold true today?

We were attracted by how friendly and welcoming the MPA community is. From the first day we interviewed, it felt like home. I have always had the feeling that if I had a problem or concern, I could express that freely and that it would be openly received.

How is your child encouraged to dream big and do right at MPA?

I like that many projects are tied to service. It makes service to others feel like a normal part of life, not something a person does once or twice a year. It gives the education a bigger meaning and I can see that Zora is motivated to do her best because of the impact on others.

What would you tell another family considering MPA?

It’s a no-brainer for us: Dedicated teachers, strong leadership, great academic reputation, and a large array of extra-curricular opportunities.

In what ways has MPA prepared your child for life in the 21st century? What are the key attributes, skills, and content that you find most valuable?

By encouraging and teaching free-thinking and open-mindedness in a very intentional way. I like that students are given great latitude to solve problems instead of only teaching traditional, prescribed ways of doing things. The turn of the century has been marked by seismic shifts in technology and business grown out of the ideas of people who think outside the box. MPA is a place where creativity is sewn like seeds in a garden, and as a parent I’m always amazed at what pops out of that soil.

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your MPA experience?

We love it.

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