A new charter school opening in Brooklyn Center aims to preserve Hmong culture. New Millennium Academy charter school, located on Minneapolis' North Side, is moving into a new 82,000-square-foot facility in Brooklyn Center.
"New Millennium has been growing, we are going into our 12th year, and it has been growing ever since," said Amy Erickson, director of teaching and learning for New Millennium Academy.
The new $10 million K-8 facility is set to open on the longtime site of Malmborg's Nursery near the interchange of Hwy. 100 and Brooklyn Boulevard. It currently has 575 students enrolled, but the new facility will have space for 750 students. Many live in the northwest metro.
"Because our school is a Hmong focus, our mission is to work towards high achievement while preserving Hmong culture and literacy, so we are essentially moving closer to a population that we can serve very, very well," said Erickson.
The blueprints include classrooms on all three floors, a music hall, cafeteria, kitchen, gymnasium and administration offices.
"We are looking to be part of the Brooklyn Center community and that's what we are very excited about," said Yee Yang, executive director of New Millennium Academy.
The school will open for the 2016-2017 school year the day after Labor Day, and will take new enrollments through the summer.
Carissa Wyant, Reportingnews@twelve.tv
June 24, 2016