Facts and Figures
Since 1873, Morgan Park Academy has nurtured independent thinkers and tomorrow’s leaders. To prepare students for the dynamic world ahead, we apply a global lens to our curriculum and present our community as a model for living diversity in a meaningful way.
Morgan Park Academy is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and accredited by the Independent School Association of the Central States and has been rated one of the best private schools in Chicago Magazine and "Top Ten High Schools in the Chicago Area" by the Chicago Sun-Times.
The student body is rich in diversity and provides unparalleled cultural experiences.
Although a community school, students commute from an extensive range of areas such as downtown Chicago, several Chicago neighborhoods including Hyde Park, Beverly and Bridgeport, suburbs including Flossmoor, Orland Park, Orland Park, Palos communities, Oak Brook, Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, Frankfort, Lemont and northwest Indiana. We represent more than 80 different zip codes.
The Academy offers a rigorous, liberal arts, college preparatory curriculum which promotes the development of individual talents and creativity through a carefully sequenced and integrated curriculum.
Graduation Requirements: The minimum major course credits required are 24. Of this number, 22 must be as follows: 4 credits in, English; 3 credits in Mathematics; 3 credits in History and Social Sciences; 3.5 credits in Science and Technology; 3 credits in World Languages; 2 credits in Fine Arts; 1.5 credits in Physical Education/Health; and 0.5 credit in College and Career Studies. Students are strongly encouraged to earn four credits in the five major academic disciplines. All students are required each year to carry five major courses, most juniors and seniors take six.
As most courses are offered at three distinct levels, college preparatory, honors and Advanced Placement, students can customize their academic schedule to meet their individual abilities and interest levels.
Along with a rigorous academic program and strong co-curricular and athletic offerings, a number of unique opportunities exist for students to learn beyond the traditional classroom setting.
The Global Scholars Program is a leadership program that emphasizes cultural education and exchange, service and environmental sustainability. The program applies a global lens to curricular and co-curricular activities, allowing students to increase their participation in activities to become Global Learners in Lower School, Global Explorers in Middle School and achieve the Global Leader designation by graduation.
Project Week is an opportunity for students and faculty to learn outside the classroom. Held in the second semester, Project Week courses fall into four categories: cultural education and literacy, personal commitment projects, sustainability courses, and curricular connections. Past projects include college visits, agricultural engineer, conservation in Chicago, Chicago architecture, Spanish and French language exchange, cultural trips to Europe, Africa and South America, and domestic trips to participate in Habitat for Humanity, to name a few. In the past 5 years, our students have traveled to 15 countries.
Two service-learning days are held during the school year in which students and faculty participate in a variety of community service events. Each student must complete 40 hours of volunteer time throughout their high school career. Our students in PK-12 have performed more than 10,750 hours of community service.
Faculty and Administration
67.5 percent of the school’s academic faculty members hold master’s degrees or higher.
Average class sizes range from 12-15 students, allowing for a mutual respect between teachers and students, which encourages a free exchange and expression of thoughts and ideas. The dynamics between teachers and students are unmatched among similar institutions.
100% of MPA graduates are admitted to and choose to attend four-year colleges and universities.
Teams of Academy students compete in the Worldwide Youth for Science and Engineering (WYSE) Competition and have captured 1st through 4th place in state since 1997.
The Class of 2017 has an average ACT Composite Score of 32, compared to the national and state average of 21.*
In the athletic arena, this year, of our ten Varsity Boys’ and Girls’ sports teams, nine students were all conference players, two were state qualifiers, and MPA won one regional championship.
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
In 2010, 58 sophomore, junior and senior students took 117 exams in the following areas: biology, calculus, chemistry, computer science, English, French language, Spanish language, Spanish literature, statistics, studio art drawing and design, and US History. Academy students may take an AP class as early as sophomore year.
78% of MPA’s AP students in the classes of 2017 and 2018 earned a score of 3 or above in 2016.
Facing one the most historically challenging years in college acceptance, Academy students fared incredibly well. The class of 2010 submitted 269 applications for admission, an average of 7 applications per student, culminating in acceptances at over 100 exclusive national universities and liberal arts colleges. Like the class itself, the schools to which our students were accepted represent a dazzling and diverse array of talents, curricular interests and academic excellence.
The class of 2010 has been identified as being highly desired scholars, earning, on average, $79,000 per student over their 4-year college career in scholarship offerings.
Over the last ten years, the schools to which Academy graduates have been accepted include Ivy-League schools, top national universities, the best public institutions in the country, as well as the most highly regarded historically African-American colleges and universities. Colleges and universities at which Academy graduates have been accepted include: Colgate University, Columbia University, Georgetown University, Northwestern University, Purdue University, Marquette University, Loyola University, Middlebury College, College of William and Mary, Boston College, Boston University, DePaul University, Florida Institute of Technology, Grinnell College, Knox College, Northern Illinois University, Rhodes College, St. John’s University, Stonehill College, Syracuse College, George Washington University, University of Miami, University of the Southern California, Washington University at St. Louis, New York University, Stanford University, Yale University, Princeton University, Brown University, and many others.
Clubs and Organizations
To balance the academics, there are over 35 clubs and organizations at Morgan Park Academy including Student Council, Youth and Government, Model United Nations, Service Club, Drama Club, Chorus, Band, French and Spanish Clubs, Newspaper, Yearbook, Mock Trial, Literary Magazine, and other ambassador and leadership organizations. The performing arts program stages two, full-length productions each year.
Morgan Park Academy is a member of the Independent School League and plays a regular season with member schools consisting of both home and away games.
The Upper School fields 14 athletic teams in soccer, tennis, volleyball, basketball, softball, baseball, and golf.
*ACT Composite Score is calculated from the top 20% of the class