Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion2023-12-18T10:28:52-06:00

Morgan Park Academy maintains one of the most diverse and inclusive school communities in Chicago through a commitment to not only diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic background, but also an inclusive culture that ensures that all students, families, faculty, and staff feel like welcome and valued members of our community.

Ranked for years among the most diverse private schools in Illinois, we strive daily to provide an environment in which all students feel supported intellectually and academically and feel a sense of belonging. Faculty and students work together for thoughtfulness, respect, and academic excellence.

MPA faculty strive to serve the needs of all students, regardless of background or identity. Our inclusive approach builds upon teachers’ basic instinct to ensure that all students can participate fully in the learning process, while expanding perspectives through stimulating discussion and new approaches to traditional and contemporary issues.

As an independent school, we are driven and inspired daily by our mission, which includes preparing the global leaders of tomorrow to make a positive difference in the world.

In a school community that intentionally reflects Chicago’s diversity, we embrace the differences that make each other unique. Preparing the global leaders of tomorrow means developing in students a cultural fluency that is the hallmark of a true 21st century leader, enabling them to be comfortable in their own skin and beyond their borders.

The diversity reflects our changing world and gives our students amazing opportunities to learn about and appreciate the culture of other people and their history. Beyond food, flags and festivals, MPA students learn to see the world’s challenges through a global lens and develop a mindset to break down intangible barriers.

“I was grateful for how diverse our campus truly was. I could express who I am and what my culture means to me because I knew the MPA community would be excited to celebrate it.”

— Riddhi ’13

More to Explore

Meet Our Teachers — Dr. Heng Zhao

Dr. Heng Zhao has played a leading role in the evolution of Morgan Park Academy’s global studies program since 2013. A dynamic and much-loved teacher of Mandarin language and Chinese culture in the Upper School and Middle School, she also has directed our Upper School global studies program, including Project Week, since 2016.

Global Week 2023

One key part of Morgan Park Academy's global curriculum is a school-wide Global Week each March. Upper School and Middle School students and teachers come together outside the classroom to share a broader range of learning experiences focused on language and culture, service, and sustainability. Lower School students explore the world's countries and cultures closer to home.

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