PreK-12 Private School
2051 Larpenteur Avenue East
Saint Paul, MN 55109
A child’s educational journey only happens once. The challenge parents face is finding one that is engaging, inspiring, and challenging. At Mounds Park Academy, we offer a path that guides students in the right direction and allows them to follow their successes—and find lessons in failure. Through this, we instill passion for knowledge and equip students to improve our world.
Originals in the Making
At MPA, we embrace every child. We celebrate differences and guide children on journeys to discover who they are truly meant to be. Academics are central, but there’s much more to an MPA education. Athletics, fine arts, and co-curricular activities—children pursue it all here, discovering their own unique and amazing selves.
Academically Challenged & Internally Motivated
MPA offers a rigorous education with purpose in a creative, hands-on, engaging environment that ensures students find joy in learning. Far more meaningful than memorization, children gain deep understanding and the ability to apply their knowledge across multiple disciplines in innovative ways.
Children have opinions, emotions, and ideas. At MPA, we encourage free expression. In fact, we expect it. Respectful discourse and critical thinking prepare young minds for college, careers, and life. When children gain the confidence and courage to challenge status quo, they become equipped to make a positive impact on our world.
MPA is a welcoming community built on shared values. Small classes and a connected community create the best learning environment for all children. At MPA, we know and understand each child, and our teachers and students treat each other with kindness and respect.
Dreamers & Doers
At MPA, we move, we play, we dream, we do. We embrace wonder and creativity. We roll up our sleeves and get dirty. MPA students venture outside, around the corner, and across the world, to explore real-world topics.
We teach students to think independently, communicate effectively, and act with respect and integrity in a diverse community that models intellectual ambition, global responsibility, and the joy of learning.
After years of research, hard work, and a commitment to providing a college-preparatory curriculum focused on educating the whole child, founders Bob Kreischer and Sandy Kreischer Smith witnessed their dream become a reality as the doors of Mounds Park Academy opened in the fall of 1982.
With a group of highly committed parents, administrators, and teachers, slightly more than 100 students began that fall. Soon teams and clubs were formed, friendships were cultivated, and students became active participants in classrooms where the joy of learning and the spirit of community were celebrated each day.
The reputation of this amazing school spread and the student body steadily grew. By 1986, MPA quadrupled its enrollment and celebrated its first graduating class of nine students! Today, MPA has approximately 500 students in PreK through 12th grade, and graduates as many as 65 students each year who then move on to well-respected colleges and universities throughout the United States.
Not only has the student body flourished, but the campus has as well. MPA expanded and enhanced its facilities through the years with the addition of the Lansing Center, a four-court sports center, more than a dozen new Upper School classrooms and science labs, an Upper School student commons, and a state-of-the-art Makerspace. The fall of 2019 brought the new Family Commons and kitchen to the heart of the campus and a new library will follow later in the school year.
From its inception through today, MPA has provided rigorous learning opportunities for students in a nurturing environment, establishing itself as a top-tier college-preparatory school in the Twin Cities.