Clubs & Activities

Student Clubs

Students and teachers have organized a number of different clubs at the school:

ClubTeacher Advisor

Student Leadership


ARC After-School Programs

Summer & Enrichment Opportunities
The College Corner

The College Corner

Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School is dedicated to the individual success of each of its students. To this end, the school makes every available resource available for your child's pursuit of a higher education.  Check out our new College Corner to begin your child's path to a college degree!

The College Corner is broken down into three sections: College Knowledge, College Preparation, and College Affordability.

College Knowledge

When your children are going through the college application process, they are going to encounter a lot of terms which may seem a bit imposing.  Below is a breakdown of some of the most commonly used terms.

  • Undergraduate: An undergraduate is someone studying for his/her bachelor’s degree.
  • Bachelor’s (Baccalaureate) Degree: The bachelor's degree is the first degree awarded after high school.
    • Bachelor’s of Arts: A degree with a focus in one of the Liberal Arts.
    • Bachelor’s of Science: A degree with a focus in one of the sciences.
  • Unit/Credit: A credit relative to the amount of hours of class time per week.  These are needed to graduate.

To get a degree, your student must attend a system of higher education, most commonly referred to as "college."  In California, there are 4 systems of education.  These are UC’s (Universities of California), CSU’s (California State Universities), Privates (Private College and Universities), and Community Colleges.  

The first of these are UC's.  UC’s-UC’s, which are short for University of California are public research universities.  There are 9 UC’s available for undergraduates: UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Davis, UC, Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, UC, Santa Cruz, UC Riverside, and UC Merced.  There is also one UC which is solely for Med School: UC San Francisco.  These are all located in or near the cities of their respective names.  UC’s are known for training students for professions which require research. 

Secondly, there are CSU’s.  CSU’s and its other appellation “Cal State’s,” are short for California State Universities.  There are 23 Cal States in total in a number of cities across California.  These include Cal State LA, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Long Beach, Humboldt State University, and the Cal Poly’s (Pomona and San Luis Obispo).  Like the UC’s, the CSU’s are also four year universities. 

Third, there are private universities and colleges, unlike UC’s and Cal states, do not typically receive state funding.  Private institutions are often some of the best in the world (such as Stanford, Yale, Harvard, and the rest of the Ivy leagues) however, they are often more expensive.  Since they are not public schools, they are typically more expensive.  Fortunately, most private universities and colleges offer a lot of scholarships.  Please see the "College Affordability" section below for more information.

Finally, there are Community Colleges.  Community Colleges are entirely state funded and serve as a low cost way of earning a certification, an associate’s degree, or to get your general education classes in order to transfer to a four year institution.  Many universities keep spots in their incoming classes reserved specifically for Community College transfers.

There are a lot of benefits of getting a higher education.  For example, it is proven that the higher education a person has, the more that person typically earns.  This is because higher paying jobs require people with particular skill sets, ones they gain through education.  Please see the graph below for the official statistics.



College Preparation


College Affordability

At Ánimo Ellen Ochoa, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to go to college.  In fact, every child, if he or she works hard enough, can be accepted into college and can afford college.  This is because every child has the opportunity to apply and receive Financial Aid.

Financial aid is money that is given, paid or loaned to you to help pay for college.

Financial Aid can be: Grants Scholarships, Work-Study, and Loans.  The following will be broken down into sections with details on each type of financial aid.

Grants: Free money from the government that does not have to be paid back.

You apply for government grants by submitting the FAFSA which stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

    • Submitting the FAFSA is FREE!

After Submitting the FAFSA, you can qualify for two types of federal aid.  The first is the Federal Pell grant (which is given by the federal government) and the second is the California grant (which is given by the state of California).  The amount given by these grants vary depending on your family’s specific financial need and the student’s grades.  Therefore, the better the student does is school the more money for college the government will give you!

Scholarships: Free money awarded to students for academic achievement or many other special talents.  

Scholarships are usually merit-based awards given to exemplary students.  They are typically need-based and are designed to benefit certain demographics.  For example, there are scholarships created to specifically help Latino students.  The amount rewarded varies depending on the specific scholarship but it can range from a couple hundred dollars to twenty thousand dollars.

Work-study: Salary for students to work part-time during the school year.  This allows them to add money to their financial aid package to help pay for their schooling.  In short, it is student employment where you can earn money to pay for your college cost

    • This is not a full-time job!  This is part-time so you can concentrate on studying.

Loans: Money that is borrowed and must be repaid with interest. 

 **The College Corner is still under construction.  Please check in periodically for new updates!

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Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School

5156 Whittier Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90022

Phone: (323) 565-3245

Principal: Marco Duran