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!
President & CEO, Green Dot Public Schools California
Dr. Cristina de Jesus
News & Announcements
2017 Graduation Photos
‘Banksy’ by Beatrice Caballero This piece was part of the Ánimo Voices Writing Competition, which invited students to write about innovators, upstanders, visionaries, or rebels that have made a difference in their local or broader communities. The competition was an opportunity to motivate, recognize, and celebrate our strong student voices and writing skills. Banksy by…
Why This Artist Knew She Belonged in the Classroom “My favorite thing ‘till the day I die will be when a student enters my class at the beginning of the year and says ‘I can’t do it, I’m just not good at this,’” reflected Stephanie Lowe, Ánimo College Preparatory Academy (ACPA) art teacher. “Despite this…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…