The History of Hmong American Peace Academy, Ltd.
In August of 2000, Ms. Chris Her-Xiong called and challenged the leaders of the Grace Hmong Alliance Church and other Hmong community leaders to come together to create an organization that preserves the Hmong culture and language while helping students become active and knowledgeable citizens in America. With the guidance and technical support from the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University, the Hmong American Peace Academy, Ltd., a non-profit (501c3) organization was established. Currently, the Hmong American Peace Academy, Ltd. manages two public charter schools (Hmong American Peace Academy (K-8) and the International Peace Academy High School).
In 2004, Hmong American Peace Academy (HAPA) opened its doors as a non-instrumentality public charter school of the Milwaukee Public School system, serving more than 200 students from Kindergarten to fifth grade. Each year, another grade level has been added in response to steady demand from the community.
In the fall of 2008, the International Peace Academy (IPA) was created to serve the needs of high school students. It opened its doors in serving the students in grade 9. As the Academy develops within its community, it will be adding a grade level each year until it reaches 12th grade. HAPA, Ltd.’s goal is to be Wisconsin’s first organization managing Hmong charter schools for students in grades K-12, which it expect to meet in the fall of 2011.