About Hmong American Peace Academy
HAPA is a college and career preparatory K4-12th Public Charter School Committed to excellence in education.
History of HAPA
In 2004, Hmong American Peace Academy, Ltd. opened as the first Hmong Charter School in Wisconsin to respond to the struggle of Milwaukee Hmong families in maintaining the bond with their children necessary to teach basic values, exert discipline and express their love for them.
The Hmong Culture
The Hmong people are a minority ethnic group who originated in China as early as the third century. Â With the rise of communism, the Hmong were forced to conform to Chinese customs.
Vision For Success
We believe that by overcoming adversity we are able to better preserve our cultural identity, while earning personal accomplishments and cultural honors along the way.
We plan to add an early childhood center, adult education center and Hmong culture and research center, as well as a social service center to meet the needs of the refugee population.
Hmong American Peace Academy provides students with rigorous academics, character development, and Hmong cultural values, preparing them to excel in colleges, universities and careers. Read more
We look forward to working with community organizations and individuals interested in sharing our vision.
Volunteering is one way the community helps build our academic and enrichment programs.
Tutor and mentor, lead afterschool enrichment programs and clubs or serve as a committee member.
We invite the greater community and individual to help create a world class educational center in Milwaukee.
Sponsor learning opportunities such as student trips that help to build cultural knowledge
Chris Her-Xiong was the first Hmong bilingual teacher employed by the Milwaukee Public Schools. She is Founder, Executive Director and Principal of Hmong American Peace Academy, Ltd., with more than 20 years of experience in the educational and business fields.
Ms. Chris Her-Xiong, Executive Director/Principal