About MPA Summer Camp

Founded in 1873, Morgan Park Academy is a coeducational, college preparatory, independent day school dedicated to preparing students to pursue the highest levels of educational excellence with an emphasis on independent thinking and scholarship.We reflect a wide array of diversity and apply a global lens to curriculum to prepare students to act as leaders in the dynamic world of the future. We also expect students to live up to the highest standards of human values.

Our track record shows that Morgan Park Academy students consistently achieve success in college and embrace leadership roles throughout their lives. Our highly motivated faculty is complemented by a stimulating, time-tested curriculum. We have some of the smallest class sizes among the top schools in Illinois.

The strengths of Morgan Park Academy according to a survey of our parents and students are:

  • Small class sizes.
  • Commitment to learning.
  • Diversity of student community.
  • Individual attention students receive.
  • A fully-integrated academic program.
  • Friendly atmosphere.

Morgan Park Academy provides an engaging, personal learning experience for students from pre-k through 12th grade.

Summer Camp General Information

  • Before-care is available from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and after-care is available from 3-6 p.m.
  • Three two-week sessions are available
  • A non- refundable deposit of $150 is required at time of registration



A request for refund must be submitted in writing and sent via email, or mail prior to June 1. The balance, less any cancellation fee, will be returned in the method it was received. Camper balances must be paid in full by the start of the session and registrations occurring after the session starts require full payment at the time of registration. Refunds will not be given after June 1. Requests for refunds for the Before Care and After Care program must be submitted in writing at least one business day prior to the beginning of the session. Refunds for Before and After Care will not be given if a request is made after the session has begun.

Send requests via email to jperry@morganparkacademy.org by June 1.


If MPA Summer Camp experiences inclement weather (excessive heat, rain, hail, etc.), campers will remain indoors for their activities. If there is extreme weather during pick up time (2:55 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.) , students will wait in their designated building. We asked that family wait in the outdoor pavilion and a staff member will instruct families as to the location of their camper.

Minimum Enrollment

Required minimum enrollment numbers apply to all programs and classes. MPA Summer Camp reserves the right to cancel or combine classes or programs if the minimum number of registrants is not met. Some classes also have maximum enrollment numbers. Early registration is always recommended.

Accident/Illness Policy

Please do not send your child to camp if he/she feels ill. Parents are advised to keep their camper(s) at home if any of the symptoms below are applicable:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea or abdominal cramps
  • Head Lice
  • Unidentifiable or contagious rashes
  • Eye, ear, or throat infections that inhibit “normal” play
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Any known or suspected communicable disease
  • Persistent headaches

Any camper with the above signs and symptoms will be directed to our summer camp office and the parent/guardian will be notified immediately. If a parent/guardian is not available, a phone call will be made to the emergency contact person. If the emergency contact person is not available, the child will be kept comfortable until someone is reached. In case of serious injuries/illnesses (concussions, broken bones, severe cuts, internal trauma, spike in temperature, etc.), “911” will be called, followed by the parent/guardian.

Following an illness, campers will be re-admitted to the program when they are symptom free for 24 hours without medication and/or campers have a note from a physician stating that they have received treatment and are no longer contagious.

Note: We do not have a nurse on staff during the summer. If a camper is sick, parents will be notified to pick up their child.

Administering Medication

MPA Summer Camp is prohibited by law from administering or distributing any medication without a physician’s order. In order to distribute medication to your camper, MPA Summer Camp must have a completed and signed Over-The-Counter Medication Form and/or a Prescribed Medication Permission Form on file. MPA Summer Camp CANNOT accept telephone permission to administer medication to campers. All medication must be provided in its original container and will be administered by MPA’s office staff.

Lunch and Snacks

Lunch will not be provided. If campers bring their own lunch it will be kept at room temperature. Refrigeration and/or heating are not available. We ask that campers bring a water bottle. Many water fountains are available on campus for refill.


Morning drop-off begins at 8:20 a.m. All campers may be dropped off on 112th or on 111th Street. Parents may not park in the faculty parking lot. We recommend that parents park on 112th, then walk with their campers to join their classes. Campers arriving before 8:20 a.m. must be registered in the Before Care Program, which begins at 7:30 a.m.


Afternoon pick-up begins at 3:00 p.m. (Junior Day campers registered for the half-day option will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m.). All campers should be picked up from the Junior Day classroom, unless otherwise designated. All other students will remain with their counselor/teacher outside with their group, facing 112th Street, until they are picked up after school. Campers who are not picked up by 3:10 will be registered as a daily drop-in to the After Care program and must be signed out by a parent or guardian. After Care Daily drop-in charges will be applied after 3:10 p.m. and must be paid upon sign out.

The first day of each session at dismissal, campers will be assigned a permanent spot for pick-up for the duration of summer camp. If your child is allowed to walk home independently, we will need a letter in writing stating your permission.

ABC Morning Drop-Off & Afternoon Pick-up

The Before and After Care Program will meet in the ABC room in the lower level of Alumni Hall (located off of 112th Street, parallel to the playground, with the maroon awning). Morning care runs from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Afternoon Care goes from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Students will be provided a snack, recess, and time to do crafts or play. Parents must pick up children directly from the ABC room in Alumni Hall and must sign them out.

In respect for the After Care staff, we ask that parents make every effort to pick up children on time.

Please note there is a late charge of $3.00 for each minute after 6:00 P.M. Any accrued late charges must be paid each Friday of the program.

Early Dismissal

Please notify the MPA Summer Camp Office via email, phone, or note of any camper who needs to leave camp before their normal dismissal time. The notification should include the date, camper’s name, time of dismissal, and the name of the person picking up the camper. Campers leaving early can be picked up from the MPA Summer Camp Office and must be signed out.

Behavior Policy

Campers are expected to treat each other with dignity, to be polite and courteous to peers and adults alike, to care for all property and grounds, and to help preserve a clean, well maintained, and safe camp environment. MPA Summer Camp reserves the right to dismiss anyone from camp who behaves inappropriately. Any camper who exhibits behavior that interferes with instruction and/or teaching, learning, enrichment, or pleasure of other campers and staff, will be dismissed from that program without refund. Repeated or severe violations will forfeit the option of re-enrollment.