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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Dr. Cristina de Jesus
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