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 collegeleadership, and life.



12628 Avalon Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90061

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Phone: (323) 756-3930


A Message from the Principal

About Our 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


About Our Principal

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



Join us on campus for Coffee with the Principal meetings.

Area Superintendent

Gordon Gibbings


(323) 565-1600

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

Latest Updates from Ánimo Watts

  • Students Escape Classroom to Build 21st Century Skills
    The 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
    Watts Blog RSSPublished on 08/21/2018
  • Send Us to SXSWedu 2019: Vote Now for Green Dot’s Panel Submissions
    For 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
    Watts Blog RSSPublished on 08/21/2018
  • New Year, New School! Doors are Open at Ánimo Compton
    This 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
    Watts Blog RSSPublished on 08/15/2018
  • 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
    Watts Blog RSSPublished on 08/08/2018
  • Daily Breeze — Local High School Graduates Land Prestigious Scholarships
    Fifteen 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
    Watts Blog RSSPublished on 08/06/2018
  • EdSurge–How Data Science Adds Computational Thinking—and Fun—to Gym Class
      By Eli SheldonFounding Computer Science TeacherRainier Valley Leadership Academy High School It’s the bottom of the ninth with two outs and it’s all tied up. You’ve got a runner on first base and you need to decide who ... read more
    Watts Blog RSSPublished on 07/31/2018
  • Ánimo Watts Students Let Their Voices Be Heard
        By Samantha LevraCommunity Engagement Coordinator Elected officials make decisions that impact every single person in this country. For Green Dot [LINK] students these decisions can affect their safety, health, and education. To ensure that lawmakers consider their ... read more
    Watts Blog RSSPublished on 07/30/2018
  • A Leadership & Life Playlist: Songs That Have Inspired My Work in Student Leadership & Life Skills
    By 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
    Watts Blog RSSPublished on 07/25/2018
  • Meet Some of the Founding Faces of Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School
    Last 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
    Watts Blog RSSPublished on 07/23/2018
  • Green Dot Students Create Women in STEM Scholarship
    Watts Blog RSSPublished on 07/18/2018
  • Why So Many Fairley Students Are Heading to Clark Atlanta University
    Watts Blog RSSPublished on 07/11/2018
  • Green Dot Students Advocate for After School Programs in Sacramento
    Watts Blog RSSPublished on 07/05/2018
  • Chalkbeat–How one group unites, provides opportunities for Memphis-area musicians
    Watts Blog RSSPublished on 07/03/2018
  • The Broad Center–Equity, inclusion and welcoming learning environments fill us with pride
    Watts Blog RSSPublished on 07/02/2018
  • Check Out the Smiles of the Class of 2018
    Watts Blog RSSPublished on 06/28/2018
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2018 Graduation Photos

Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy Graduation 2018

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Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy

12628 Avalon Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90061

Phone: (323) 756-3930

Principal: Dr. Esther Deth