Choosing Morgan Park Academy
Welcome to MPA! We are the South Side's small-scale independent school for real learning, with down-to-earth students who learn best when they see how their learning can go beyond the boundaries of classroom, campus, neighborhood, and even city to influence the wider world.
What's Real About MPA?
Small, discussion-based classes
With an average class size of fewer than 15 students, we encourage full-voiced participation and safe intellectual risk-taking, giving every student the opportunity to speak up and stand out.
Approachable, relatable teachers
Our teachers invite dialogue, infuse relevance into lessons, and forge meaningful connections with students because they know real learning takes real relationships.
A spacious, self-contained campus quad
Our inward-facing quad, ringed by ivied brick buildings, creates outdoor space for study and play, along with opportunities for regular interaction.
An experiential curriculum
All students learn best when they apply concepts to real life. So we’ve designed our curriculum to take students outside the classroom to explore and experiment.
A perspective-widening, global focus
We show our students the world. Scores of MPA students travel abroad each year, and on campus we interpret events and ideas in their larger, global context, challenging students to step outside their comfort zones and their zip codes.
Ambitious, hard-working classmates
We foster camaraderie more than competition, and MPA students infuse a contagious passion into serious academic studies and extracurricular activities.
A trusting, respectful school culture
Our faculty members model what they teach: respect, consideration, honesty, and empathy. Together, our community listens to one another and acts with integrity.
Imaginative, disciplined arts
We set students free to discover their own voices and talents through writing, music, and the visual and dramatic arts. Creative outlets improve academic focus and success.
Competitive, inclusive athletics
MPA athletes bring discipline, determination, and good sportsmanship to each competition and learn teamwork and leadership along the way.
Thorough, thoughtful college counseling
The MPA experience readies students for advanced college coursework and also teaches them how to identify the type of college right for them.
Adriana Mourgelas, Director of Admissions
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