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2265 E 103rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90002
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Phone: (323) 568-4136

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A Message from the Principal

Welcome to Ánimo College Prep Academy! Home of the Bulldogs! I am elated to return to the Jordan campus to serve as the Principal of Ánimo College Prep Academy after serving as a history teacher at Jordan High School from 2005 – 2010. Jordan is truly a special place. It’s the heartbeat of Watts; a place of political and community activism, intellectualism, artistic creativity, athletic talent, humility, camaraderie and unconditional love. Prior to returning to Ánimo College Prep Academy, I served as the Principal of Alain LeRoy Locke College Prep Academy and Ánimo Watts College Prep Academy.

Ánimo College Prep Academy is a Green Dot Charter School located on the newly renovated David Starr Jordan High School LAUSD Campus.  Preparing students for college is our top priority! Our mission is to graduate students who are college ready and accepted to a 4-year university by demonstrating the ability to read, write, discuss and think critically about the world they live in. By the time they graduate, I want students to develop a social justice mindset that seeks to empower the community by advocating for social, economic and political change to improve living conditions in Watts.

As a small charter school in Watts, we pride ourselves in serving as a space where students learn to be curious about the world and learn to question why things are the way they are. We work hard to create a safe and personalized learning environment where students build strong and supporting relationships with teachers and staff.  Throughout their four years, students take a rigorous college prep curriculum that fulfills admission requirements to colleges and universities throughout the United States. Several Advanced Placement (AP) courses are available to help students prepare for college level coursework.

Since our school opened in 2011, many of our students have been accepted to some of the nation’s top colleges and universities including UCLA, UC Berkeley, Occidental, Mount Saint Mary’s, Loyola Marymount University, UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and UC Riverside, just to name a few.


In addition to a rigorous academic environment, our students have several opportunities to be involved in activities outside the classroom such as:


  • The College Track Program
  • The USC Trio and USC Upward Bound Program
  • A UCLA Medical Student Association Club
  • California Interscholastic Federation (C.I.F.) sports
  • A Theatre Arts Production Program
  • Community Volunteer and Leadership Internship Opportunities
  • The Junior Achievement Business Program


I thank you for taking the time to visit our school website. Please consider partnering with me to transform the educational landscape of Watts and the country by volunteering at our school or making a financial contribution to sponsor a classroom library.  Con Ganas, Si Se Puede!




Dr. James R. Marín


News & Announcements

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Ánimo College Preparatory Academy Graduation 2017

ACPA in the News: Teacher and Students Discuss the Election in USA Today

November 23, 2016

The 2016 election has sparked conversations about immigration policy throughout our nation. USA Today published an article examining how educators and students are navigating the current landscape. The article shared instances of intolerance experienced by students and educators at schools across the nation. In the midst of rallies and protests, Green Dot students and educators…

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ACPA Drama Presents “Almost, Maine”

November 3, 2016

ACPA Drama is proud to present it’s fall production of Almost, Maine by John Cariani. Join us December 8, 2016 6:00-8:00pm in the Jordan High School Auditorium. Free admission!  

Ánimo College Preparatory Academy

2265 E 103rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90002

Phone: (323) 568-4136

Principal: James Marin