We are a public, tuition-free, college preparatory charter school serving a diverse population in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of  East Los Angeles. Our mission is to help transform public education so ALL students graduate prepared for collegeleadership, and life.


725 S. Indiana Street, Room 65
Los Angeles, CA 90023

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Phone: (323)-565-3245
Fax: (323) 260-7091

A Message from the Principal

The goal of the Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle school team is to continue to improve our school, community and work hard in making our families partners in their child’s education.   It is my personal mission that all students are culminating from AEO not only ready for the challenges of high school, but ready for the demands of what they will face in  college, leadership and life.  The work of transforming public education and empowering the community is not done alone.  You are an important part in making this a reality for your child, and we eagerly look forward to working with you and your family.  The road to college starts at AEO, and together we can assure that your child will be successful  at Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School.


-Cynthia Ybarra, Principal of Ánimo Ellen Ochoa


Cynthia Ybarra


(323) 565-3245

Area Superintendent

Xochitl Avellan


(323) 565-1600

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

News & Announcements

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August 8, 2018

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Astro News: ÁEO Newsletter, August 2018

July 30, 2018

Downloadable version  Hello AEO Family! My name is Jacqueline Cuevas, and I am excited to introduce myself as your new Parent Coordinator! I wanted to take the time to tell you more about myself, and along with your help my plans for this school year. After graduating from Animo Venice, I attended San Diego State,…

Picture Day on August 31, 2018

July 30, 2018

Ánimo Ellen Ochoa will have Picture Day on August 31, 2018. How to order photos online before Picture Day: Go to http://mylifetouch.com Enter Picture Day ID: MH01814270 Order your perfect package, and don’t worry about returning anything on Picture Day Questions? Please call 1-800-736-4753 We look forward to seeing your smiling faces! Ya llega el…

AEO Students Take College Classes

March 16, 2018

“Every day that we come to school, the adults on campus remind us that education is important, and that it will provide us with a better future,” recalled Jesse Alejo, eighth grader at Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School (AEO). The teachers, staff, and principal at AEO have been steadfast in creating a rigorous, college-going culture…

Join us for our Cultural Diversity Showcase

March 9, 2018

Our Cultural Diversity Event is approaching! Join us on the AEO campus for a showcase, scavenger hunt, snacks, and a raffle. We ask for your kind donations to make this event a success. We need: Chips Popcorn Dessert (cupcakes, cheesecake, flan, etc.) Napkins Plates For questions/donations, please see Ms. Risberg or Ms. Guzman-Lopez Thursday, March…

Newsletter #1

September 7, 2017

Mr. Limon’s Inter-Stellar 7th Grade Mathematicians Download your copy of Mr. Limon’s newsletter here >>

Latest Updates from AEO

  • Middle School After School Programs: the Risk of Cutting Back Expanded Learning
    At Green Dot Public Schools, we view after school programs as an extension of the academic day. Many of our students are entering our schools significantly behind grade level. While we strategically schedule classes to provide appropriate interventions, our after school programs provide middle school and high school students with a space for additional support and academic enrichment. This is why we refer ... read more
    Green Dot Public Schools BlogPublished on 05/05/2017
  • Adventures Outside the Classroom: Green Dot Teens Are Up to the Challenge
    Last month Green Dot Public Schools  students and school staff conquered a one-of-a-kind outdoor adventure that tested their endurance, strength and teamwork. Ánimo Western , Ánimo Phillis Wheatley, Ánimo Jefferson, Ánimo Westside, Ánimo Mae Jemison, Ánimo Ellen Ochoa, Ánimo James B. Taylor and Ánimo Watts successfully tackled the Teen Adventure Challenge (TAC).  The eight Green Dot teams joined hundreds ... read more
    Green Dot Public Schools BlogPublished on 04/13/2017
  • A Year-End Message from Marco Petruzzi – CEO of Green Dot Public Schools National
    With summer in high gear and the 2014–15 school year behind us, I’d like to take a moment to offer a few highlights from Green Dot Public Schools‘ accomplishments over the past 12 months and to thank our team members whose hard work, creative thinking, and commitment to our organization have collectively made such a powerful and positive difference for our students and their communities. First, some numbers. The 2014–15 school year marked our 15th anniversary of operating successful public schools. ... read more
    Green Dot Public Schools BlogPublished on 07/02/2015
  • Let Graduation Season Commence: #GreenDotGrad2015
    Congratulations to the Green Dot Class of 2015! As our students walk graduation stages across Los Angeles and Memphis, many the first in their families to do so, we reflect on the importance of the occasion in their lives. We are incredibly proud of every one of them: their hard work and dedication, and that of their teachers, are an inspiration to us all. Over the years, many have offered their ... read more
    Green Dot Public Schools BlogPublished on 05/29/2015
  • What Does “Ánimo” Mean?
    Of Green Dot’s 22 schools, 17 have the word Ánimo in their name. What does ánimo mean? And why is it so important to Green Dot? Ánimo is a Spanish word that means “encouragement”. It’s not easily translatable. It implies the act of reassuring, inspiring, or cheering someone on to overcome a challenge. Broadly, it means “Don’t give up! You can do it!” But like any complex word, ánimo has more nuanced meanings, too. It denotes courage and persistence. Zest. Mettle. ... read more
    Green Dot Public Schools BlogPublished on 02/13/2015

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Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School

725 S. Indiana St., Rm 65

Los Angeles, CA 90023

Phone: (323) 565-3245

Principal: Cynthia Ybarra