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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

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, students will 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, Ánimo College Prep Academy serves 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

Please consider partnering with us 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!


News & Announcements

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Ánimo College Preparatory Academy Graduation 2017

A Field Trip to Empower Young Women of Color

February 15, 2018

This past fall, 100 young women of color from Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School, Ánimo South Los Angeles Charter High School (ASLA), Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School, Ánimo City of Champions Charter High School, Ánimo College Preparatory Academy , and Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy took a trip to the University of Southern California for…

Cultivating Professional Habits With Our Second Generation of Green Dot Interns

August 2, 2017

This summer, new faces are not only roaming the halls of the Green Dot Public Schools home office, but also the halls of a few community partners, like architecture and design firm Perkins + Will, arc-Experiential Education, and education non-profit Iridecent. Our second annual cohort of interns, made up of Green Dot juniors from seven different schools,…

Vladovic Honors Ánimo College Preparatory Academy For Community Connection

June 28, 2017

Students and families from Ánimo College Preparatory Academy (ACPA) and David Starr Jordan High School, who share the campus in Watts, felt a need to uplift and unite the community around Jordan. So in order to kick off the school year, ACPA history teacher Yeccenia Alaniz and principal Dr. James R. Marín hosted a community…

Five Green Dot Teachers Honored as Heroes of Education

May 3, 2017

This spring Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) District 7 Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic honored educators from over 150 schools in his district at the Heroes in Education Award Ceremony. These educators were honored for their achievements in creating opportunities for student success, and making their schools and communities a better place for the families…

And the Fifth Annual Golden Dot Award Winners Are…

March 27, 2017

On March 18, 2017, eight Golden Dot Awards were given to staff who exemplify Green Dot Public Schools’ Core Values. The Golden Dot Awards highlighted educators and staff who demonstrate exceptional teaching, school leadership and support for our schools. The night’s awardees were selected from our more than 1,300 inspiring teachers, staff and administrators who serve…

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!  

Becoming a #GreenDotGrad to make College Dreams Come True

July 8, 2016

Green Dot Public Schools experienced many thrills during our graduation ceremonies in June, including when Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard delivered the keynote address to graduates from Ánimo Ralph Bunch Charter High School. But the biggest thrill of all is the success of our thousands graduating seniors. And this year, there were plenty of thrills, beginning with…

Best Teacher Gifts – as Decided by Teachers

December 10, 2015

Finding the perfect gift for the teacher in your life can be tough. What do you get the person who is helping to shape your child’s life? What would begin to show your appreciation? We wanted to help and so we took the guess work out by asking Green Dot Public Schools‘ teachers directly: What…

Green Dot Student and Teacher Celebrated at White House

July 30, 2015

  Two members of Green Dot’s community were among those honored last week in separate ceremonies at the White House. Fairley Alum Attends Michelle Obama Education Summit  Bettie Elston, a 2015 graduate from Green Dot’s Fairley High School in Memphis, was invited to the “Beating the Odds” summit as part of Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative.…

Ánimo College Preparatory Academy

2265 E 103rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90002

Phone: (323) 568-4136