About Us

Ánimo College Preparatory Academy is a charter high school located in Los Angeles, California. It serves students in the community of Watts. Our charter was approved by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the school currently has students enrolled in grades 9 through 12.

Words from Our Community

"I felt it, that this was going to be his house, where they're going to take care of him, and cherish him and love him the way I wanted him to be loved and helped. I haven't been disappointed. It's been the best. I couldn't have chosen a better place."

-Blanca Ramirez, Ánimo College Prep Academy parent

En Español

-Erica Cruz, Ánimo College Prep Academy parent



Acknowledging the early success at Locke, LAUSD invited Green Dot to attempt a similar turnaround at David Starr Jordan High School in the heart of the Jordan Downs housing project in Watts. The school, a hub for local gang violence, was split between Green Dot and Mayor Villaraigosa’s PLAS organization. Entering its second year under new management, the newly named Ánimo College Preparatory Academy is now a far safer and more welcoming campus actively building positive relationships with the broader community. The campus is undergoing a $78 million renovation to be completed in 2015 and Green Dot has high hopes for the school’s long-term success.

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About Green Dot

Green Dot Public Schools is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help transform public education so ALL students graduate prepared for college, leadership and life.

Unique in the nation for a major non-profit charter management organization, Green Dot is proving it can achieve better student outcomes with the same student population, lower per pupil funding than the district and a unionized workforce. We are the leading charter school operator in Los Angeles and one of the top three largest in the nation.

Ánimo College Preparatory Academy

2265 E 103rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90002

Phone: (323) 568-4136