HAPA provides students with rigorous academics, character development, and Hmong cultural values, preparing them to excel in colleges, universities and careers.
HAPA students enjoy college and career success, value Hmong cultural heritage, and exhibit responsible and peaceful leadership in local and global communities.
In August of 2000, Ms. Chris Her-Xiong challenged 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 others, the Hmong American Peace Academy, Ltd., a non-profit (501c3) organization was established. In 2004, Hmong American Peace Academy (HAPA) opened its doors as a non- instrumentality public charter school of the Milwaukee Public School system and as the first Hmong Charter School in Wisconsin.
The Milwaukee Hmong community worked together to bring HAPA to life and is committed to growing the school to serve every Hmong child in the community. Student enrollment has grown from 200 in 2004 to now serving over 1,800 students and is recognized as one of Milwaukee’s highest performing schools.
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