Community of Peace Academy
Community of Peace Academy (CPA) is a chartered public school located in the East Side of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Founded in 1995, this former K-5 school has now grown to be a PreK-12 school with over 700 students. In 2004 CPA earned the National School of Character Award, and is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as one of seven examples of a great school. The school participates in the University of Minnesota's College in the Schools program.
At Community of Peace Academy, their desired outcome is to educate the whole person; mind, body and will; for peace, justice, freedom, compassion, wholeness and fullness of life for all.
The mission of Community of Peace Academy is to be a racially and culturally diverse community of students, parents, and staff, dedicated to creating a peaceful environment in which each person is treated with unconditional positive regard and acceptance. To create such an environment, a non-violent perspective will be intentionally taught and all members of the community will strive to practice a non-violent lifestyle.
Within such an environment, each student will be empowered and inspired to reach his or her full academic, emotional, physical, and spiritual potential. Thus empowered and prepared, Community of Peace graduates will commit themselves to meet the challenges posed by life in the multicultural world of the 21st century with confidence, compassion, intelligence. and a positive regard for all.
Community of Peace Academy serves a diverse population of over 700 students. Within the student body, 60% are Hmong, 30% African American and recent African Immigrants, and 10% Hispanic and European American students. Eighty-seven percent of students qualify for free or reduced-cost meals and 60% are English Language Learners.
The individualized attention each student receives is reflected in the students' and parents' dedication to their Community of Peace Academy education: annual K-12 attendance rates are at 97%.
Points of Pride
•First Green Roof to be completed on a K-12 Facility in the State of Minnesota. •2003 National School of Character. •One of eight charter schools featured in the US Department of Education’s Successful Charter Schools Booklet, 2004. •One of 12 PeaceBuilder Model Sites of 500. •One of 50 of 4000 charter schools named 2007 National Charter School of the Year by the Center for Education Reform. •Professional evaluation completed each year by highly qualified consultants. •Home visits and goal-setting.