About Us

History of HAPA

In August of 2000, Ms. Chris Her-Xiong 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. 

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.

In the fall of 2008, the International Peace Academy (IPA) was created to serve the needs of high school students. Hmong American Peace Academy, Ltd.’s goal was to be Wisconsin’s first organization managing Hmong charter schools for students in grades K-12, which it met in the fall of 2011.

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.


Our Mission

HAPA is building a community of peace builders and life-long learners who are transforming lives and leading the way out of poverty into a prosperous life of service.

Vision for the Future

  • Students are global citizens, peacebuilders, and leaders who act as a bridge between their Southeast Asian culture and mainstream American culture.
  • Hmong American Peace Academy, Ltd. is internationally known as a state-of-the-art model for education in providing services to bilingual and bicultural students and their families, is a resource for meeting the needs of Hmong families and a center for sharing and celebrating Hmong history, culture, and language.
  • Partnerships with the community provide knowledge, skills, and work opportunities in the core areas of medical, law, engineering, business, and humanities.


Core Values

The following core values drive Hmong American Peace Academy, LTD. decision-making at all levels:

Choice and commitment

Students, parents, faculty, staff, and board of directors choose to be committed to the goals of Hmong American Peace Academy and the success of each member of the school community.


Timely student performance data facilitates appropriate direction and intervention.

Hmong culture preservation

Understanding and sharing Hmong history, culture and values empower students to thrive in multicultural America.

High Expectations

Clearly defined expectations of excellence create a culture of achievement for all stakeholders.


Engaging the whole person in a joyful pursuit of learning establishes a desire for life-long service and fulfillment.

Respect for relationships

Meaningful and intentional relationships are a conduit to bring change, hope, and freedom.

Peace education

Gaining skills to solve problems peacefully equips students to build peace at home, at school and in the larger community.


HAPA Main Campus
Grades 6th through 12th
4601 North 84th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53225
Monday – Friday 7:15 am – 2:50 pm
Main Office Phone: 414-383-4944
Main Office Fax: 414-383-4950
Middle School Office Phone:
High School Office Phone:


HAPA Denver Campus
Grades 3rd through 5th
8200 West Denver Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53223
Monday – Friday 7:15 am – 2:20 pm
Main Office Phone: 414-797-2222


HAPA Happy Hill
Grades K4 through 2nd
7171 West Brown Deer Road
Milwaukee, WI 53223
Monday – Friday 7:25 am – 2:40 pm
Main Office Phone: 414-797-0746

HAPA Email: [email protected]