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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!


Area Superintendent

Gordon Gibbings

(323) 565-1600

President & CEO, Green Dot Public Schools California
Dr. Cristina de Jesus

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!  

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

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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.…

Celebrating 15 Years of Possibility

December 17, 2014

Fifteen years ago, in 1999, the world was a different place. Austin Powers was a hit at the movies. Britney Spears was an unavoidable presence on the radio. The Euro debuted in Europe, while in the US, the Dow climbed past 11,000. Apple released its colorful “clamshell” iBook. Y2K was on the horizon. And in…

Ánimo College Preparatory Academy

2265 E 103rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90002

Phone: (323) 568-4136