Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 12/22/2022 - 5:30 PM
Category: Report of the Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation
Type: Action
Subject: 2. Action on Approval of the Renewal of the Non-Instrumentality Charter School Contract for Hmong American Peace Academy, LTD for Hmong American Peace Academy (HAPA)
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
Goal 3
Effective and Efficient Operations
Attachments HAPA Application for Renewal
HAPA Performance Summary
HAPA Recommendation
HAPA Contract
File Attachment:
HAPA Application for Renewal.pdf
HAPA Performance Summary.pdf
HAPA Recommendation.pdf
HAPA Contract.pdf
Background: Hmong American Peace Academy (HAPA) was established as a non-instrumentality charter school beginning with the 2004-2005 school year. The current contract is for up to a maximum of 2,010 full-time-equivalent (FTE) pupils in grades K4 through 12. HAPA has two campuses. HAPA main campus is located at 4601 N. 84th St., which serves grades K4 through 2 and grades 6 through 12. HAPA Denver campus is located at 8202 W. Denver Ave., which serves grades 3 through 5.

HAPA’s mission is to provide students with rigorous academics, character development and Hmong cultural values, preparing them to excel in college, universities and careers. HAPA envisions that students will enjoy college and career success, value Hmong culture and heritage, and exhibit responsible and peaceful leadership in local and global communities.

In May 2022, the Department of Contracted School Services initiated the Charter School Review Process. On August 22, 2022, representatives from HAPA submitted the Charter Renewal Letter of Intent and, on September 22, 2022, HAPA submitted its Charter Renewal Application to seek renewal of its charter school contract.

On November 2, 2022, the Charter School Review Team (Team) conducted a full-day site visit at HAPA. The Team examined the school’s academic, financial and organizational performance and met with school representatives to discuss the data relative to contract compliance and renewal. The Team reviewed additional responses and information provided by the school. The Team also heard testimony of parents and students, and participated in classroom observations.

Based on a thorough review of the evidence provided, the Team recommends a five-year renewal of the non-instrumentality charter school contract with HAPA. This recommendation is based on HAPA consistently demonstrating a sound academic, financial, and organizational performance. HAPA provides a student-centered learning environment rooted in Hmong culture and heritage. The Superintendent has reviewed the performance summary and concurs with the recommendation for contract renewal.

The charter school renewal application, performance summary data, and Team’s recommendation reviewed by the Superintendent are attached to this item.
Fiscal Impact Statement: Adoption of this item alone does not authorize expenditures. Pending contract approval, the funds for the charter school contract will be authorized as a part of the annual budget process.
Implementation and Assessment Plan Upon the Board’s approval, negotiations will begin between the Superintendent’s designee and representatives of HAPA, in consultation with the Board’s designee and the Office of the City Attorney, in anticipation of developing a renewed charter contract to be presented to the Board.
Recommendation: Your Committee recommends that the Board:
1. approve the renewal of a five-year non-instrumentality charter school contract with Hmong American Peace Academy, LTD; and
2. authorize the Superintendent’s designee, in consultation with the Board’s designee and the Office of the City Attorney, to enter into negotiations with representatives of Hmong American Peace Academy, LTD for Hmong American Peace Academy (HAPA) and to draft a renewed non-instrumentality charter school contract to begin with the start of the 2023-2024 school year and end on the last regularly scheduled day of the 2027-2028 school year.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Chief Officer