Planning activities into the student’s academic experience helps students connect to the world around them. Sports teach team work and cooperation among many additional skills. After school clubs, field trips, and extracurricular experiences help students see the new dimensions learning can take. As the students engage in the various activities, they find that learning contributes to every area of life.
A variety of activities at the high school level are offered with new sports and club activities hosted at the school three times a year. Tutoring opportunities are also available for those who need the extra support or for those who appreciate having a staff member nearby to help with the translation of homework questions.
Additional family activities take place throughout the year in which all members of the family can participate. Field trips, including the annual Washington D.C. trip provide students with first hand experience in the areas of their study and exploration. Hmong American Peace Academy strongly encourages students to live well-rounded lives by balancing their rigorous education with refreshing and talent cultivating activities.
Club activities meet after school on Mondays or Thursdays and are supervised by HAPA staff members. Club participation requires transportation arrangements on the part of the student and parental permission.
HAPA is in the process of developing activities and after school programming for the high school students. To date, students have participated in choir, yearbook, open gym, The Financial Challenge Bowl, drama, knitting, and Hmong dance in addition to participating in after school study groups. Future plans include activities that build academic, social and practical skills.
Other activities are focused around college and career preparedness with HAPA hosting a college fair each year. Additionally, students visit local universities to learn about college readiness and career options. Many students choose to participate in weekend pre-college programs, summer college and work programs.
HAPA provides athletic opportunities to all students in grades 6th through 12th. Students have the option of joining girls’ or boys’ basketball, volleyball, soccer, and/or flag football. Both our boys’ and girls’ basketball, flag football, and volleyball teams have competed with other charter and private school teams in the community. As the school looks forward to expanding, students will have even more opportunities. Athletic participation requires transportation arrangements on the part of the student and parental permission.
HAPA occasionally has Open Gym from 2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. for students in middle and high school. Students may participate in Open Gym with parental permission and an understanding of the following expectations:
Students will need to complete a permission slip to participate in Open Gym.