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

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 >>

Picture Day on September 1, 2017

August 30, 2017

Ánimo Ellen Ochoa will have Picture Day on September 1, 2017. Order photos online by: Go to http://mylifetouch.com Enter Picture Day ID: MH01777370 Decide which package you want We look forward to seeing your smiling faces!

2017 Graduation Photos

Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School Graduation 2017

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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