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
Welcome to Animo Watts College Preparatory Academy! Our Warrior staff and faculty are honored to serve the Willowbrook, Watts, Compton, and South Los Angeles Community. For over 10 years, we’ve transformed worked hard to improve our graduation and college acceptance rates. This year, our theme is “Warriors Climb Higher” and we are focusing on Academic Excellence, a College-Going Culture, and Effective Interventions. We know that by climbing higher, we will further transform the educational opportunities for our students.
At AWCPA, we firmly believe that all stakeholders are critical in the education process. Please call, email, or visit our main office if you have questions about our school, or would like to discuss your current or prospective student.
Dr. Esther Deth
This is Dr. Esther Deth’s 10th year at Animo Watts College Preparatory Academy. She joined the team as an English teacher in 2009 and became an Assistant Principal in 2014. For her, Animo Watts is home. Dr. Deth believes that all students deserve a quality education, regardless of where they were raised. This belief is very personal, inspired by her own years as a student in LA County public schools. For Dr. Deth, one of her greatest joys has been seeing former students graduate from college and pursue their professional dreams. She is honored to serve as Principal and continue seeing more Warriors receive their college degree.
Dr. Deth was born in Guatemala and grew up in Inglewood and Long Beach. She attended Long Beach City College before transferring to the University of California, Los Angeles to complete her degree in American Literature & Culture. At UCLA, she realized she wanted to help students who came from neighborhoods like her own recognize that college is not only attainable, but also crucial. She enrolled in graduate school and received her teaching credential and Masters in Education from UCLA. In 2018, she received her Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. She is married, so you might remember her as Ms. Hamm if you’ve been around AWCPA for a few years.
Dr. Esther Deth
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President & CEO, Green Dot Public Schools California
Dr. Cristina de Jesus
News & Announcements
Latest Updates from Ánimo Watts
- Students Escape Classroom to Build 21st Century SkillsThe idea that technology and artificial intelligence (AI) will replace humans in the workplace is debatable. Though automation and AI may occupy some jobs in the future, there are many things that robots can’t do as well as humans, like improvised creativity. We don’t know what the future will look like, but we know that learning how to work with people and learning ... read more
- Send Us to SXSWedu 2019: Vote Now for Green Dot’s Panel SubmissionsFor the fourth year in a row, Green Dot Public Schools [LINK] submitted proposals for our educators, leadership team and staff to lead panels and workshops at SXSWedu’s annual conference in Austin, TX. Once a year, educators from around the country come together to connect, discover best practices and share how to best serve students. Green Dot has submitted four panels for the ... read more
- New Year, New School! Doors are Open at Ánimo ComptonThis month, Green Dot’s newest school in California, Ánimo Compton Charter School opened its doors to smiling faces and eager minds at the Vanguard Learning Center in Compton. Ánimo Compton is Green Dot California’s first school to serve sixth through twelfth grade students. We’ve learned over the years that if we are able to serve students earlier in their lives, we ... read more
- Families Advocate for Better Food Quality in our Communities“For far too long having fast food restaurants on every corner has taken a toll on the health of our communities,” said Keisha Mitchell, a United Parents & Students leader. In many underserved neighborhoods there is a higher likelihood of residents finding multiple fast food chains than wholesome grocery stores, which requires residents to venture into other neighborhoods ... read more
- Daily Breeze — Local High School Graduates Land Prestigious ScholarshipsFifteen accomplished Los Angeles Unified School District graduates will have an extra $10,000 to fund their plans for higher education after being selected for the Milken Scholars 2018 Scholarship Program. The program is open to college-bound graduates in L.A. County, New York City and Washington, D.C., and Milken Scholars are chosen based on their academic excellence, community service and capacity to persevere in ... read more
- EdSurge–How Data Science Adds Computational Thinking—and Fun—to Gym Class
- Ánimo Watts Students Let Their Voices Be Heard
- A Leadership & Life Playlist: Songs That Have Inspired My Work in Student Leadership & Life SkillsBy Charli KempLeadership & Life Coordinator, Green Dot Public Schools California "Wake Up Everybody" by John Legend and The Roots is the theme song of my teaching experience. I love this song for so many reasons, especially the lines: “Wake up all the teachers / Time to teach a new way / Maybe then they'll listen to ... read more
- Meet Some of the Founding Faces of Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High SchoolLast year, Green Dot Public Schools opened the middle school grades for Rainier Valley Leadership Academy, and now we are excited to announce the opening of Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School (RVLA HS) this fall! At the helm of RVLA HS will be Seattle native Arneidra Lloyd. “I’m honored and excited about creating a great high school in Southeast Seattle,” said Lloyd. At ... read more
- Green Dot Students Create Women in STEM Scholarship
- Why So Many Fairley Students Are Heading to Clark Atlanta University
- Green Dot Students Advocate for After School Programs in Sacramento
- Chalkbeat–How one group unites, provides opportunities for Memphis-area musicians
- The Broad Center–Equity, inclusion and welcoming learning environments fill us with pride
- Check Out the Smiles of the Class of 2018