Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy
We are a public, tuition-free, college preparatory charter school serving a diverse population in Watts, California. Our mission is to help transform public education so ALL students graduate prepared for college, leadership, and life.
A Message from the Principal
It is my absolute pleasure to welcome you to Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy. Our faculty and staff consider the opportunity to educate the students of Willowbrook, Watts, Compton, and greater South Los Angeles a complete privilege. We have a rich history of success and growth at our school as evidenced by our ever increasing graduation and college acceptance rates. It is our belief that through innovative instruction, rigorous curriculum, and the use of cutting-edge technology we will continue to improve and attain amazing educational outcomes for our students.
I look forward to engaging in rich conversation with both parents/guardians and the larger community as we strive to achieve our mission. After four years of academic excellence, our students leave ÁWCPA as life-long learners that are cross-culturally competent, socially responsible, and college-ready.
Please call, email or visit our main office if you have any questions about our school, or would like to discuss your current or prospective student.
Dr. Abraham B. de Villiers
Dr. Abraham de Villiers has been with Green Dot Public Schools for the past 5 years. He was an Assistant Principal at Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy for two years before becoming Principal of Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy. Dr. de Villiers believes that “all students deserve an excellent education” and he is inspired by the incredible work of faculty and staff in the face of the many challenges presented in urban education. In Dr. de Villiers’ eyes, Green Dot’s mission of college, leadership, and life is definitely attainable and doing so will improve countless generations of families in Los Angeles. Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy has continued to see growth in student achievement since its inception in 2007 and celebrated a 95% graduation rate in the spring of 2017.
Before working at Green Dot, Dr. de Villiers was a chemistry and biology teacher within Los Angeles Unified School District for five years at Bell High School. Dr. de Villiers earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kentucky, his Master of Arts degree from California State University - Northridge, and his Doctoral degree from Pepperdine University. He is married with three children.
Dr. Abraham B. De Villiers
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President & CEO, Green Dot Public Schools California
Dr. Cristina de Jesus
News & Announcements
Green Dot’s Ánimo Voices Writing and Art Competition invited students from across the Green Dot network to produce written and art pieces depicting innovators, upstanders, visionaries, or rebels that have made a difference in their local or broader communities. The competition was an opportunity to motivate, recognize, and celebrate our strong student voices and writing…
This past fall, in partnership with the USC Marshall School of Business, the USC Race and Equity Center, and the California African American Museum (CAAM), 100 young women of color from Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School, Ánimo South Los Angeles Charter High School (ASLA), Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School, Ánimo City of Champions Charter High School, Ánimo College Preparatory Academy , and Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy took a…
“I remember the first time I wanted to act: I was about four years old, my mom was watching the film Introducing Dorothy Dandridge starring Halle Berry,” recalled Alyssa Nettles, Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy alumnus. “Even at a young age I knew I wanted to be like Halle, Dorothy, and the many other African American women who graced…
Juniors who participated in the CollegeSpring program were greeted by a visit from NBA veterans and twin brothers Jason and Jarron Collins. Jason and Jarron spoke about their academic and athletic careers and shared advice on the value of a college education, goal-setting, and overcoming obstacles. Read the Whole Story Here
Ánimo Watts sophomore, Enas Ibrahim was amongst 25 students selected to participate in the Annenberg Youth Academy for Media and Civic Engagement at USC this summer. The AYA is a three-week summer intensive academy for high school students from the communities surrounding the USC University Park and Health Science Campuses. Ibrahim was exposed to the…
Tobias Felton needed a great teacher to inspire and support him. That’s not uncommon for high school-aged students in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts–a community known as much for its famed “Towers” of found objects as for anti-police brutality unrest in the 60s. Historically in Watts, many male teenagers attended public high schools with…
One of Green Dot Public Schools’ core values is to respect others in the community, knowing when we rise together, we can meet the toughest challenges. A group of young women at Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy exemplifies that respect. Motivated by personal experiences and hard work, the group, Women of Color (WOC), is working to make their community better by…
This spring Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) District 7 Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic honored educators from over 150 schools in his district at the Heroes in Education Award Ceremony. These educators were honored for their achievements in creating opportunities for student success, and making their schools and communities a better place for the families they serve.…
Eleventh grade U.S. History teacher Lesley Quinteros not only grew up in Watts, but has spent her teaching career at Green Dot Public Schools helping her students deepen their relationships with the community. Because of this, last month Quinteros was surprised with an award from Assemblymember Mike Gipson in honor of her commitment to her community and…
For 17 years, Green Dot Public Schools has dedicated itself to creating positive, academically rigorous public schools in neighborhoods across the country that are in highest need of quality school options. We are proud of the work we’ve done to serve high school and middle school students in Los Angeles, Memphis, and Tacoma. This week we are…