Hmong American Peace Academy

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The Hmong American Peace Academy (HAPA) is a charter school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, under the authority of Milwaukee Public Schools.[1] It includes the HAPA K-8 program, and it has an affiliated high school program.[2]

Chris Her-Xiong was a co-founder of the school in 2004.[2] HAPA was established in 2004 for Hmong-American children[3] and other children with southeast Asian heritage. Initially it enrolled students up to fifth grade, but it later extended from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade.[1][4] Enrollment is about 1000 students, of whom 98 percent speak a language other than English.[3]

An affiliated school, the International Peace Academy, is a charter high school.[4]


The school provides its academic instruction in English, while it has its heritage classes in Hmong.[2]


The school has a Saturday academy for enrichment and extra support, an extended day program, after school tutoring.[2]


As of 2013, 87% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Hmong American Peace Academy, Milwaukee Public Schools website, accessed February 11, 2011
  2. ^ a b c d e Pabst, Georgia. "Report shows growth in Hmong community." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. January 6, 2013. Retrieved on March 2, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Sarah Platt, Milwaukee's fastest-growing charter school celebrates new, larger location, Fox6Now website, September 17, 2010
  4. ^ a b The History of Hmong American Peace Academy, Ltd., Hmong American Peace Academy, Ltd. website, accessed February 11, 2011

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