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Main Preparatory Academy's Mission

Main Preparatory Academy, serving grades K-5, is dedicated to improving the lives of its students by providing authentic learning experiences in a collaborative, nurturing environment that will build a foundation for students success in school, at future work, and in life.

To achieve the mission, our school will integrate current learning technologies into the classroom, offer authentic learning experiences that are respectful of how children learn best, and offer a schedule and support activities that enable each student to achieve to his or her potential. We want our students to leave the School with the skills and abilities necessary to achieve academic excellence, personal growth, and success as lifelong learners. This mission requires the support of the faculty, staff, families, and community in order to encourage and empower students to be responsible and valued citizens.

"Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be."  -Rita Pierson

Local Professional Development Committee Meeting Dates

Local Professional Development Committee Meeting Dates

Meetings start at 4:00 PM and are conducted over a conference call for all K8 Schools in the Cambridge Education Group Consortium.

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  • August 1 - New Teacher PD: (CLE); 11 (CIN); 15 (CBUS/SFLD); 21 (AKR);
  • September 7
  • October 5
  • November 2
  • December 7
  • January 4
  • February 1
  • March 1
  • April 5
  • May 3
  • June 7
  • July 5
  • August 1

Additional meetings may be called as deemed necessary by the Chair of the Committee. Questions and comments should be directed to Maureen Businger, Chair of Cambridge LPDC, at

3rd annual Fathers Walk

Main Preparatory Academy students – and their fathers and father figures – recently participated in the school’s third annual Fathers Walk. 

The school’s director, Nikita Tidwell, recognizes the importance of parental involvement and sees the Fathers Walk event as a great way to engage fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers and other men who play an important role in students’ lives.

“Lots of our students live in single-parent homes,” Tidwell explains. “And in many families, the moms are the true heads of household that keep the ships afloat. The kids are so excited when their fathers and father figures engage in school activities!”

The event encourages students and their fathers and father figures to walk to school and enjoy breakfast together. This year’s activities included a scavenger hunt that served as the perfect opportunity for students to show off the building and it's newly renovated floor that was previously damaged by fire.

And it’s not just students that enjoy Main Prep’s Fathers Walk, which is part of a national initiative. “The dads especially enjoyed the scavenger hunt – it allowed them to spend more time with the kids and to see some of their work,” Tidwell said.

Dads and father figures who participated engaged with many of the kids, helping to ensure a good opportunity for all students, including those whose family members did not participate. “Everyone hung out together,“ Tidwell said.  “One of our students walked his sister to school that day.”

Click here to see photos from the event!