Morgan Park Academy ranks No. 6 among K-12 private schools in Illinois and No. 10 among the state’s private high schools, according to a report from the rankings and reviews website

The 2019 report ranks schools based on a combination of data from the U.S. Department of Education and more than 60 million school reviews and parent and student surveys.

MPA received an overall grade of A+ and ranked in the top 10 percent of all private K-12 schools and private high schools in the nation.


On diversity, long a strong suit, the Academy again earned the highest marks, ranked No. 2 in the state and in the top 50 nationally among most diverse private high schools.

“Statistics and rankings aren’t everything,” Head of School Mercedes Z. Sheppard said. “As an independent school, our mission focuses first on educating the whole child and preparing our students to be independent thinkers and and global leaders.

“But certainly, it’s wonderful for our amazing teachers and our school community as a whole to receive this outside validation, and especially, to see such positive feedback from MPA families.”

More information on the report’s methodology is available here.