SUMMARY HIGHLIGHTS OF HCPA FROM 2004 THRU 2018
Focus on the Success of all Students
All students will learn; there are no shortcuts to success; students, parents, and teachers collaborate to create a culture of achievement and success. NO EXCUSES!
Grants and Awards
Hmong College Prep Academy was identified as a High Quality Charter Schoolby the Minnesota Department of Education. Recent Grants Awards during the past 5-6 years.
NEIT Grant - Successfully implemented the $5 Million National NEIT grant. Sustaining many of the key grant initiatives: weekly professional development, clusters and coaching
Parent Connection Grant, $30K, St. Paul Foundation, R.F. Bigelow Foundation (2017-2018):
- Funding for programming that educated parents on the:
- Benefits of a college education
- College selection process
- Choosing the right college
Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program Grant, $1.1 Million, Minnesota Department of Education (2018-19, 2019-2020):
- Literacy coaching –Grades 6-12
STEM Grant, $75K, Minnesota Department of Education (2018-19):
- Funding for the start-up of additional STEM classes
Academic Achievement - 2017-18
- HCPA K-12 English Learners exceeded the state index average by 2.5% HCPA's K-8 English Learners students exceeded the state index average by 3.7% The index represents the average number of students who reached or exceeded their individual goals.
- HCPA exceeds the state in both the 4 year and 7 year graduation rates.
- HCPA exceeds the state progress score in math.
District Tracked Average Attendance Rates
- 94% of HCPA students consistently attend school (attend school more than 90% of the time they are enrolled).5%of HCPA's K-8 grade students consistently attended school. The State average is 83%.
- HCPA K-8 was recognized as being in the State's top 5% regarding consistent attendance. Graduation Rates, College Acceptance and Scholarships:
District Tracked Overall Graduation Rates*
*HCPA's graduation rate is based on students who are enrolled at any time during their senior year.
To more fully understand the significant achievement of our graduation rates it is important to understand the demographics of the Class of 2018 seniors' parents.
Where were your parents born?
In the US
Outside the US
What is the highest level attained by your parents?
No Formal Education
Attended High School
High School Graduate
Graduated 2-Year Degree
Graduated 4 Year Degree or higher
Extraordinary 2018 results in these important metrics.
- Best graduation rate - ever!
- 97% of our seniors who were enrolled at any time during their senior year graduated from HCPA.
- 83% of our graduates were accepted into college
- 54% of those going to college will be attending a 4 year institution (51% in 2017; 33% in 2016)
- 69% increase over 2017 in the number of students receiving grants or scholarships
Keep in mind HCPA's demographics (82% free/reduced lunch, 28% receiving ELL services and 11% receiving special education services) we continue to outpace traditional public school results.
Strategic Management&Major Initiatives
Pre-School Expansion Approved by MDE
- Chromebooks access for all students. K-5 students have access in their classrooms. All 6-12 grade students are given the opportunity to bring Chromebooks home.
- Internet hotspots for 6-12 grade students who do not have home access to the Internet
- 100% wireless campus
- STEM Labs integrating the areas of engineering, design and computer coding
- Schoology gives students and teachers a platform to collaborate on assignments, share resources and manage grades
Communication and Innovation - Improving Workplace Efficiency
- E-funds - a transaction management service that offers families and staff efficient payment options
- Upgraded Website integrating new branding efforts
- KPAY - streamlining and automating HCPA's human resource management
Continue to Improve Staff Retention Rates
- Reset salaries for teachers and staff
- Create HCPA Career Fairs to find employees who are a match with HCPA
Staff Retention Rates
Total Number of Employees
% of New Employees
Of note: The longitudinal study cited in EdSource.com, “Public School Teacher Attrition and Mobility in the First Five Years,” found that 10 percent of new teachers in 2007-08 didn't return the following year, increasing cumulatively to 12 percent in year three, 15 percent in year four and17 percent in the fifth year
Turnover rates are highest in the South and lowest in the Northeast, where states tend to offer higher pay, support smaller class sizes, and make greater investments in education. Shortages also persist in specific areas: mathematics, science, special education, English language development, and foreign languages andturnover rates are 50% higher in Title I schools, which serve more low-income students.
Turnover rates are also 70% higher for teachers in schools serving the largest concentrations of students of color.-Learning Policy Institute, 2017
Strategic Management (Continued)
Continue to Improve Student and Staff Retention Rates
- Expand number Family Open Houses to find students who are a fit with HCPA
Student Retention Rates
Spr '17-Fall '17
Spr '16-Fall '16
Spr '15-Fall '15
Spr '14-Fall '14
Campus Expansion Oversight
Since its inception, HCPA has undertaken FOUR major expansion projects:
- 2006 - HCPA moved from Minneapolis to its current facility in St. Paul
- 2009 - Enrollment increased to over 550 students in grades 4-12.
- 2010 - HCPA adds grades K – 3.
- 2012 - HCPA doubles school size.
- 2015 - HCPA reaches enrollment capacity, years ahead of plan.
- 2017 - Phase Four expansion begins—elementary school and green space
- 2018 - Phase Four completion enrollment 2,207
Strategic Enrollment Growth
HCPA Annual Enrollment and Year-to-Year Enrollment Increases
Achieved 2022 Phase Four enrollment goals in 2018, four years ahead of schedule
- The District has received the School Finance Award from the Department of Education for 14 consecutive years for outstanding performance in financial accountability.
- There has never been a "material weakness or findings" since the school's first year of operation in 2004
- HCPA was awarded a BB+ rating from Standard and Poor's
Continuing to Meet the Needs of Our Community
Hmong College Prep Academy’s mission is to provide the best integrated, challenging, and well-rounded educational experience to students in grades K-12.
HCPA will accomplish its mission at all grade levels via adhering to its core values:
- The Warrior Way
- Strong Relationships and Connections
- Commitment to Excellence
- College and Career Readiness
- Global Perspective
HCPA graduates will be rich in experiences, culture, knowledge, pride and ready for the challenges of college and beyond. HCPA will accomplish its mission at all grade levels via adhering to its core values.