Hmong American Peace Academy
The Hmong American Peace Academy (HAPA) is a charter school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, under the authority of Milwaukee Public Schools. It includes the HAPA K-8 program, and it has an affiliated high school program.
Chris Her-Xiong was a co-founder of the school in 2004. HAPA was established in 2004 for Hmong-American children 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. Enrollment is about 1000 students, of whom 98 percent speak a language other than English.
The school provides its academic instruction in English, while it has its heritage classes in Hmong.
The school has a Saturday academy for enrichment and extra support, an extended day program, after school tutoring.
As of 2013, 87% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch.
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