HAPA stands for Hmong American Peace Academy which includes all of our preschool, elementary, middle school, and high school programs. HAPA is an innovative school based on an integrated triangular learning framework. Hmong heritage including the language, culture, and history components act as one side of the triangle. Side two of the triangle is a strong standards-based curriculum. The third side of the triangle is a community peace program known as Peacebuilders. Together, these programs form a powerful framework for educating students in a transformational way.
Students not only learn who they are beginning with their cultural roots, they also learn how to succeed where they are in place and time. Furthermore, students develop positive attitudes toward themselves and others so that they can function in the community as peaceful citizens. There is a lot more to HAPA than what the framework reveals. HAPA also develops students beyond their time in the classroom through field experiences, afterschool programs, community partnerships that build on classroom learning, and family participation in Saturday events. HAPA’s motto in the community is “Come build peace with us.”
HAPA is a career and college preparatory school that opened its doors in the fall of 2008 with its first class of freshman. Since then each year the school has added one grade level. In 2012, HAPA had its very first graduating senior class.
The Academy offers a unique environment. The coursework is geared toward preparing all students for college entry and success. Class sizes are small allowing students to receive the individual feedback necessary for academic growth. Electives are channeled into a career study that gives the student advanced experience in a professional field of study.
Mentorship is also provided to assist students in reaching college entry expectations. Students are encouraged to take advantage of precollege programming offered at local and state Universities throughout the school year and summer months. High standards, small class sizes, channeled electives, mentorship, and pre-college opportunities all consolidate to produce well-prepared graduates who can meet the challenges of postsecondary schooling.