Graduation Requirements

Ánimo Leadership Graduation Requirements

History/Social Science 3 years
English 4 years
Mathematics 4 years
Laboratory Science 3 years
Spanish 3 years
Visual & Performing Arts 1 year
College Preparatory  Electives 3 years
Green Dot Electives 2.5 years
Physical Education 1 year
TOTAL CREDITS: 260 credits


  • Apply to at least 3 post-secondary institutions
  • Apply to at least 3 scholarships
  • Complete Student Community Service (40 hours)
  • Pass Senior Exit Presentation
  • Complete at least 260 credits and obtain C's or better in A-G classes

Commencement Requirements

High school students must meet the following requirements with a C or higher to earn a diploma and graduate:

  • Complete all course requirements and have the minimum number of credit units, including 160 Core Academic Courses (UC/CSU A-G courses) and 80 Green Dot electives for a total of at least 240 credit units:
Subject Credit Units
A History/Social Science 30
B English 40
C Mathematics 30
D Science 20
E Language Other Than English 20
F Visual and Performing Arts 10
G College Prep Elective 10
- Green Dot Electives 80


  • Every student must show proof that he or she completed 3 university applications. Students must bring proof of acceptance or denial. Incomplete applications will not be accepted! Acceptable forms for proof of application include: college correspondence via letter, e-mail, or online printout indicating acceptance or denial of admissions.
  • Students must complete 40 community service hours before graduation. These hours are to be turned into advisory teachers before the end of the school year.
  • Students must serve all detentions and suspensions and clear all other disciplinary obligations.
  • Students/parents must pay all financial debts owed to the school.


Students will be recognized as Distinguished Graduates if they meet the following additional requirements:

  • Fulfill the recommended A-G requirements, which require the following additional credit units:
Subject Additional
Credit Units
C Mathematics 10
D Science 10
E Language Other Than English 10


  • Complete an additional 20 community service hours before graduation.
  • Complete at least one UC/CSU transferable course with a "C" or above grade, or earn a passing grade (3 or above) on at least one Advanced Placement (AP) Exam.
  • Finish high school with a weighted GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Academic & College Resources

Testing Resources

The following pages contain information on each test, practice questions, and other resources:

The College Application Process

1. Plan for college beginning in 9th grade

The University of Southern California's "Preparing for College Guide" offers detailed descriptions of what students need to do at each grade level to be a competitive applicant. The CSU Planning Guide offers similar recommendations.

2. Check admission requirements

The California State University requirements and the University of California A-G requirements should guide the courses that you take in high school. Green Dot high schools use the A-G requirements as graduation requirements, so most students on track to graduate will complete the required coursework.

3. Develop a list of colleges to apply to

Helpful resources to guide your college search include:

  • is the state's official website that provides information about higher education in California for students and parents.
  • CSU Mentor is designed to help students and their families learn about the California State University (CSU) system and has information on planning for college, applying to college, and financial aid.
  • is a search enginge for colleges in California.
  • U.S. News College Rankings provides a list of the top colleges.
  • The Princeton Review is a search engine that allows you to set the parameter (your interests, majors, public or private school, size, etc.) and then gives you a list of schools that fit your profile.
  • My College Options is a search engine that matches your interests with colleges that fit those interests.
  • provides prospective students with a virutal tour of hundreds of college campuses. It is a great way to get a feel for the campus that might be too far away for a weekend drive.
  • Black Excel has college information for African American students.
  • Art Institutes International is an association of some of the top private Art schools in the country, with links to all of them.
  • Colleges That Change Lives is a non-profit that helps students expand their college search process beyond ratings and rankings.
  • Landmark College is designed to help those with ADHD and learning disabilities get their associate's degree and gain the tools to advance their education to a four-year school.
4. Complete your college application

After you have decided where you want to apply, you need to complete the applications:

If you need to submit copies of your transcript, you can request them electronically. Instructions for using the service can be found here.

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Financing College

Don't let the high cost of college discourage you or your child. Numerous sources of financial aid can help you afford even the most expensive schools. In fact, nearly half of all college students receive some financial aid. The key is to start saving and researching now. Consider the types of college your child might attend (public, private, urban, rural), the requirements of your potential major (books, supplies), and living costs (housing, transportation, food). Estimate your child's financial needs, and begin saving money each month. Many banks offer special college savings accounts.

Financial Aid

You and your child can apply for several types of aid from federal and state agencies, private foundations, and colleges.

Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation and should be the first stop for students seeking financial aid. By completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), students are considered for federal student aid. Many other financial aid programs require that students first fill out the FAFSA (including Cal Grants). To fill out the FAFSA, you will also need to complete the application for a Federal Student Aid PIN.

The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) is the principal state agency responsible for administering financial aid programs for students attending California colleges and universities. Students can apply for the Cal Grant program and several other financial aid programs through the CSAC website.

Undocumented students who are eligible for AB 540 are now eligible to receive financial aid from the State of California. To apply for California State aid, AB 540 students must complete the California Dream Act Application and the Cal Grant GPA Verification process. More information on AB540. Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) also provides college information and scholarships for undocumented students.

LA Cash for College provides free assistance to Los Angeles students and familes applying for federal and state financial aid. Visit their website to find out more about the workshops and other services they offer.

Many colleges and universities also provide financial aid to their students. You should ask each college on your list what their financial aid policies are and what it takes to apply for financial aid. Many colleges will require that you fill out the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE before applying for financial aid.


Scholarships are awarded to students based on several criteria. Your child can receive a scholarship for academics, athletics, community service, and many other endeavors. is a great Web site to search for scholarship opportunities. Your child can fill out an online profile and the website will match their profile with potential scholarships. The Minority Scholarship Search allows students to search for scholarships that are open to students of their race. Other organizations that offer college scholarships include:

Policies and Forms

Ánimo Leadership Policies & Forms
Uniform Policy
Students are to concentrate on uniform compliance and safety. The regulations listed below are to be observed by all students at all times.

Belts: It must be a standard width belt, and it must be properly worn at waist level. Belts may be webbed, braided or leather. Belts and belt buckles may not have logos, studs, chains or initials.

Footwear: Dress shoes or tennis shoes. All footwear must have closed toes and closed heels.  No house shoes, slippers, or sandals of any kind are allowed. Students will refrain from wearing high heeled shoes, stilettos, platforms or wedges over 3 inches.

Headwear: No hats, bandanas, wave caps, or visors are allowed on campus. Students may not wear their hoods in class. Students may wear ribbons, rubber bands, barrettes, or headbands. No sweatbands are allowed on your wrists or your head.

Jackets/Coats/Sweatshirts: Must be all navy blue with NO writing, emblems or logos of any kind except that of Ánimo Leadership Charter High School.

Pants/Shorts: Only trouser-style khaki pants/shorts are to be worn. Trousers are to be worn at least ankle length but not touching the ground. The hem must not be frayed or ripped and sweat pants are not allowed. It is not permissible to cut the leg seam. Shorts must reach the top of the knee in length (and/or below the student’s finger tips with hands at their side). Pants and shorts must be worn at the waist, NOT at the hip. All shorts, pants, skits, etc. should NOT be too tight nor too baggy.

Shirts: Only polo style navy blue with the school logo. The only approved logo or name is that of Ánimo Leadership Charter High School. All shirts must be tucked in at all times during school hours. When both hands are raised, the shirt must be long enough to remain tucked. All undershirts must be white or navy blue and must be worn under the shirt, not over the shirt.

Skirts/Skorts: Khaki skirts/skorts must be the appropriate size and must fall just above the student’ s kneecaps, (and/or below the student’s finger tips with hands at their side). All shorts, pants, skits, etc. should NOT be too tight nor too baggy.

Tights/Leggings: Only solid beige, black or white tights/leggings may be worn under skirts of the appropriate length. Leggings may NOT be worn as pants.

Sweaters/Sweatshirts: V-neck pullover, crew-neck pullover or cardigan in solid navy blue may be worn. All sweaters must be worn with a uniform shirt underneath.

Free Dress Days

The Principal authorizes and approves all Free Dress Days. They may reflect a particular holiday and/or theme; however, the following guidelines are to be observed on all Free Dress Days:

  • Students are permitted to wear casual pants, including clean and un-torn jeans with no holes
  • Clothing must not reveal undergarments
  • Students are permitted to wear t-shirts, sweatshirts or other casual shirts/blouses provided they are modest (not exposing chest, midriff or shoulders) and do not make reference to inappropriate items such as: drugs, alcoholic beverages, offensive activities or sexually explicit, “Double meaning” t-shirts are not permitted
  • Students may wear casual slacks, skirts, shorts and skorts and appropriate blouses.
  • Skirts and skorts are not permitted if they are shorter than the uniform skirts and skorts.
  • Sandals are not permitted for students
  • Neither boys nor girls are permitted to wear caps, bandanas, beanies, head covers or hats.
  • Any student, who has doubt about what to wear, should simply not wear it and bring your uniform

Formal Dress

Make sure the attire you wear for formal dress is business/interview appropriate. No tight/short skirts, shirts or stiletto heels. If you are dressed inappropriately you will be given a loner to wear the rest of the day. You may not call home to get a change of clothes.

Clothing for Dances

The Free Dress Day guidelines are to be followed for all informal dances.  For formal dances, appropriate clothing is required. Formal dresses must be mid-thigh or longer. Clothing must not reveal undergarments. Slits anywhere on the dress cannot be higher than the thumbs when hands are kept at the side. Formal attire includes: suits, dress pants and blazers/jackets.  A long sleeve collared dress shirt with a tie must at least be worn. Dress pants must be long. No cut-offs, shorts, or sweat suits. If a student is not dressed in appropriate formal dance attire, the student will be sent home and/or parents will be called to pick up student. No refunds will be given.

Physical Education Uniform

All students taking physical education courses are required to “dress” for physical education every day in the proper PE uniform. A supervised changing area with separate areas for males and females will be available. The physical education uniform is only to be worn for P.E. Students will be required to change back into the school uniform when the class ends each day.

Uniform Violation

Violations of the above Uniform Requirements must not result suspension.  Green Dot recommends that its schools follow these steps upon a violation:

    1. provide a loaner uniform, if available;
    2. notify parents; then
    3.  a school-based consequence (students should only be removed from classroom for egregious violations).
Electronics Policy
 All electronic devices must be off and out of sight during the school day, except for lunch.

Devices may not be used during passing periods or inside of classrooms.


•Cell phones must be off (not on low, silent, or vibrate) and out of sight (not on your lap, hanging out of clothing or on a chair)

•Cell phones must not be used in lieu of a watch; Checking the time or using the calculator on a cell phone violates the “off and out of sight” rule

•Receiving a phone call or text message violates the “off and out of site” rule

•Lending an electronic device to a friend does not exempt the device from confiscation

•Parents may call the main office at 323-565-4420 to speak to their students for important purposes. Similarly, students may come to the main office if they need to call home. Communication with a parent on a cell phone during the school day (other than lunch) violates the Electronic Devices Policy.

Violation 1 - Parent Phone Call/Warning Log: Electronic device turned into the Administrator’s office and is returned to the student at the end of the school day after an explanation of school rules. Parent or guardian is also called to inform them of the issue. One lunch detention (20 minutes) may be assigned.

Violation 2 – Parent Meeting at School Site/Log #2: Electronic device will be returned to a parent or guardian after an explanation of school rules at the end of the school day. Two lunch detentions (40 minutes) will be assigned to student.

Violation 3 - Parent Conference/Log #3: Parents will need to come in for a parent conference or parents shadow and review of school rules/procedures. Phone will be returned to a parent at the end of the day. Three lunch detentions (60 minutes) will be assigned to the student.

Lost or Stolen Devices:
Ánimo Leadership advises students and parents to leave all valuable belongings at home. As such, ALCHS will not be responsible for any lost or stolen electronic devices, nor will it devote time and resources to investigating lost or stolen devices.


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Ánimo Leadership Charter High School

11044 S Freeman Ave
Inglewood, CA 90304

Phone: (323) 565-4420

Fax: (323) 565-4421

Principal: Catherine Perez-Morales