Neolithic Expert’s Virtual Visit Brings Ancient History to Life


Morgan Park Academy sixth-graders enjoyed a unique resource in their study of ancient history: a virtual lesson from and conversation with archaeologist and Neolithic Revolution expert Chris Kerns. Kerns told students on about his work in archaeology, especially the time he spent in Orkney, Scotland. He also shared why aliens could not have built Stonehenge. Kerns explained the likely ways that Neolithic people brought the stones to Stonehenge and theories about what the area might have been used for. He fielded their questions about his path to becoming an archaeologist, the coolest thing he’s ever found in his field work, and [...]

Neolithic Expert’s Virtual Visit Brings Ancient History to Life2021-11-29T08:46:33-06:00

Welcoming International Students From Across the Globe


Ranked for years among the most diverse private schools in Illinois, Morgan Park Academy’s focus on global studies and community diversity includes the arrival of 13 high school students from across the globe for the 2021-2022 school year. Students from China, France, Italy, Norway, Spain, and Taiwan joined the MPA community this fall — some as four-year students and others on one-year exchange programs — and are living with host families throughout the Beverly and Morgan Park area. “International students and student exchange have a long history at Morgan Park Academy, and we are proud to have so many students from [...]

Welcoming International Students From Across the Globe2021-10-26T12:46:11-05:00

MPA Ranked Among the State’s Top Private Schools


Morgan Park Academy remains the top school in Chicago’s Southland area and one of the best in the state, according to an annual report from the school rankings and reviews website MPA was among 2.5% of schools nationwide to receive an overall grade of A+ and ranked No. 8 among Illinois K-12 private schools and No. 13 among the state’s private high schools. On diversity, long a strong suit, the Academy again earned the highest marks, ranked seventh in the state and in the top 100 nationally among most diverse private high schools. >> GLOBAL FOCUS PUTS MPA AMONG CHICAGO [...]

MPA Ranked Among the State’s Top Private Schools2021-11-29T08:42:23-06:00

Class of 2021 Celebrates College Acceptances & Scholarships


Morgan Park Academy’s graduating seniors had some very exciting options as they made their college decisions this spring. The Class of 2021 earned $4.4 million in merit-based scholarship offers and gained admission at top national universities and liberal arts schools including: University of Chicago Northwestern University Vanderbilt University Washington University in St. Louis University of California, Los Angeles University of California, Berkeley University of Michigan University of Southern California Carnegie Mellon University Howard University Morehouse College Spelman College With scholarship awards still being counted, MPA students have earned an average of $120,000 in merit-based offers, including a four-year full ride at [...]

Class of 2021 Celebrates College Acceptances & Scholarships2021-06-10T10:18:49-05:00

Examining Social Questions Through Statistical Analysis


How does a good night's sleep affect your overall health? Is there a connection between income and religion? Are teenagers who have lost a parent more likely to use marijuana? Morgan Park Academy juniors and seniors in AP Statistics used programming and statistical analysis to examine challenging social questions like these in an extensive research project. Students used the industry-leading SAS software suite to dig into data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, a nationally representative study that has followed more than 20,000 people from adolescence to adulthood over the past 25 years. “The study of statistics [...]

Examining Social Questions Through Statistical Analysis2021-06-01T15:32:49-05:00

Academic Challenge Team Places 3rd in State


Morgan Park Academy’s Academic Challenge team continued its 30-year history of top-level success with a third-place finish at the 2021 state finals, including four individual medals in math and engineering graphics. Competing in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, math, and physics, 14 MPA students combined for 372.6 points, a total that measured up against not only their peers in the unboundaried Division 300, but many larger schools. This is the team’s highest finish since winning the 2012 state championship, as well as the fourth straight year and fifth time in seven years with at least one top-5 individual state [...]

Academic Challenge Team Places 3rd in State2021-04-21T10:31:26-05:00

Eighth-Graders Qualify for History Fair State Finals


Morgan Park Academy’s annual eighth-grade history fair project produced not only a host of outstanding exhibits, but also six qualifiers for the state finals in Springfield. Kaylyn, Lauren, Oriah, Sophia, Walter, and Caitlin will represent MPA at the state level after being recognized by judges at the Chicago Metro History Fair regional competition. The six students joined classmates Teddy, Chase, Madison, and Anna at regionals after being selected as best in class by MPA faculty. Morgan Park Academy eighth-graders participate each year in this popular and challenging competition, researching and presenting a long-form research project. Over three months of work during [...]

Eighth-Graders Qualify for History Fair State Finals2021-04-05T10:57:11-05:00

Meeting the Challenges of COVID-19


From remote learning to safely reopening campus, Morgan Park Academy has adapted and endured during a historic year. They weren’t expecting a pandemic. But when one arrived, Morgan Park Academy faculty and staff were prepared for the unexpected. Faced with the unique challenges posed by COVID-19, they drew on deep reserves of skill and knowledge, creativity, flexibility, and dedication, working together to continue providing an exceptional educational experience for MPA students and families in an unprecedented time. Last March, faculty and staff created a full remote learning experience for 500 students and teachers with a few days’ notice, an emergency provision [...]

Meeting the Challenges of COVID-192021-02-24T12:36:01-06:00

Seniors Choose Early Decision at Top Colleges


Congratulations to three MPA seniors who sewed up their college decisions quickly with early-decision acceptances by some of the nation's top colleges and universities! Charles, Chris, and Sabrina will attend the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the top-ranked entrepreneurship program at Babson College, respectively, continuing a trend that has seen MPA students gain admission at 38 of the nation's top 40 colleges and universities in recent years. Last year, the Class of 2020 earned admission at top schools such as Northwestern, Cornell University, University of Southern California, University of Michigan, Wake Forest University, and New York University; and received $4.7 [...]

Seniors Choose Early Decision at Top Colleges2020-12-22T10:45:19-06:00

Sixth-Graders Connect With Peers for Global Dialogue


MPA sixth-graders joined children from schools across the world on Nov. 17, 2020, for a global dialogue about their shared experience of the pandemic. Five of our students gathered online with more than 150 children from 10 states and India, England, and Mexico, to discuss the following questions: How has the global pandemic impacted you and your school? What about your larger community or city? What are some of the economic, environmental, and ethical issues related to this topic? What can we learn about citizenship and leadership through these experiences and conversations? What is the role you think science plays in [...]

Sixth-Graders Connect With Peers for Global Dialogue2021-02-25T12:26:29-06:00
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