Even in our first year, Ánimo Compton is dedicated to providing our students with a rich and rewarding educational experience, including after-school clubs focused on developing the whole child. Our current club after-school offerings include:
- Fitness Class: Mondays and Thursdays
- Step Team: Fridays
- Dreamer’s Student Government & Ambassadors (DSGA): Select days throughout the year
Our academic program includes a physical education class for every student. This class focuses on health education and active participation in a variety of sports and fitness activities. We teach every child to understand and care for their physical well-being.
We partner with Preferred Meals to offer both breakfast and lunch to our students each and every day. Breakfast is offered in the classroom as part of our advisory period, and lunch is offered during our afternoon break.
We also participate in the Federal School Meals program, which help to provide low or no-cost meals to students.
1. Plan for college beginning in 9th grade
The University of Southern California's "Preparing for College Guide" offers detailed descriptions of what students need to do at each grade level to be a competitive applicant. The CSU Planning Guide offers similar recommendations.
2. Check admission requirements
The California State University requirements and the University of California A-G requirements should guide the courses that you take in high school. Green Dot high schools use the A-G requirements as graduation requirements, so most students on track to graduate will complete the required coursework.
3. Develop a list of colleges to apply to
Helpful resources to guide your college search include:
- CaliforniaColleges.edu is the state's official website that provides information about higher education in California for students and parents.
- CSU Mentor is designed to help students and their families learn about the California State University (CSU) system and has information on planning for college, applying to college, and financial aid.
- CAcolleges.org is a search enginge for colleges in California.
- U.S. News College Rankings provides a list of the top colleges.
- The Princeton Review is a search engine that allows you to set the parameter (your interests, majors, public or private school, size, etc.) and then gives you a list of schools that fit your profile.
- My College Options is a search engine that matches your interests with colleges that fit those interests.
- CampusTours.com provides prospective students with a virutal tour of hundreds of college campuses. It is a great way to get a feel for the campus that might be too far away for a weekend drive.
- Black Excel has college information for African American students.
- Art Institutes International is an association of some of the top private Art schools in the country, with links to all of them.
- Colleges That Change Lives is a non-profit that helps students expand their college search process beyond ratings and rankings.
- Landmark College is designed to help those with ADHD and learning disabilities get their associate's degree and gain the tools to advance their education to a four-year school.
4. Complete your college application
After you have decided where you want to apply, you need to complete the applications:
Don't let the high cost of college discourage you or your child. Numerous sources of financial aid can help you afford even the most expensive schools. In fact, nearly half of all college students receive some financial aid. The key is to start saving and researching now. Consider the types of college your child might attend (public, private, urban, rural), the requirements of your potential major (books, supplies), and living costs (housing, transportation, food). Estimate your child's financial needs, and begin saving money each month. Many banks offer special college savings accounts.
You and your child can apply for several types of aid from federal and state agencies, private foundations, and colleges.
Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation and should be the first stop for students seeking financial aid. By completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), students are considered for federal student aid. Many other financial aid programs require that students first fill out the FAFSA (including Cal Grants). To fill out the FAFSA, you will also need to complete the application for a Federal Student Aid PIN.
The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) is the principal state agency responsible for administering financial aid programs for students attending California colleges and universities. Students can apply for the Cal Grant program and several other financial aid programs through the CSAC website.
Undocumented students who are eligible for AB 540 are now eligible to receive financial aid from the State of California. To apply for California State aid, AB 540 students must complete the California Dream Act Application and the Cal Grant GPA Verification process. More information on AB540. Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) also provides college information and scholarships for undocumented students.
LA Cash for College provides free assistance to Los Angeles students and familes applying for federal and state financial aid. Visit their website to find out more about the workshops and other services they offer.
Many colleges and universities also provide financial aid to their students. You should ask each college on your list what their financial aid policies are and what it takes to apply for financial aid. Many colleges will require that you fill out the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE before applying for financial aid.
Scholarships are awarded to students based on several criteria. Your child can receive a scholarship for academics, athletics, community service, and many other endeavors. FastWeb.com is a great Web site to search for scholarship opportunities. Your child can fill out an online profile and the website will match their profile with potential scholarships. The Minority Scholarship Search allows students to search for scholarships that are open to students of their race. Other organizations that offer college scholarships include:
- Sallie Mae Scholarship Search - Searchable database of more than 3 million scholarships
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund - Largest scholarship program for Latino students in the nation
- United Negro College Fund - Administers a range of scholarship programs for African-American students
- Boston University Trustee Scholarship Competition - Full tuition scholarships to Boston University for high-performing students
- Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation - Scholarship program sponsored by Coca-Cola
- Dell Scholars Program - Scholarship program sponsored by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
- Gates Millennium Scholars - Scholarship program for minority students sponsored by the Gates Foundation
- Jackie Robinson Foundation - Scholarships and mentoring for minority students provided in memory of Jackie Robinson
- "Make The U (Haz La U)" Scholarship Program - Scholarships for Latino students sponsored by Colgate
- MALDEF Scholarship Resources - Information on scholarships collected by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
- SALEF Scholarship - Scholarships for Latino students sponsored by the Salvadoran-American Leadership and Education Fund
- Univision "es el momento" Scholarship - Scholarships for Latino students sponsored by Univision
Apply for these Summer and Enrichment Opportunities
The Jobs For Teens Headquarters website is dedicated to helping teens find jobs. Jobs For Teens offers information on jobs for students:
- Ages 11-19
- Looking for Winter Jobs
- Looking for Summer Jobs
- Looking for Part-time Work
- Looking for Online Work
City Year, Washington, DC (AmeriCorps)
Graduating seniors who are not sure what they want to do after high school should consider applying for a paid community service position with City Year, Washington, DC, a group of 17-24 year olds committed to full-time service for ten months in the Washington, DC, community. Benefits include: living stipend, health care coverage, free metro pass, and an educational scholarship. Find out more
Constitutional Rights Foundation Youth Internship Program
The Youth Internship Program (YIP) places qualified urban students as paid interns in law firms, businesses, government offices, and non-profit organizations. Open to sophomores and juniors during their out-of-school months, the program is offered three times a year to accommodate students in Los Angeles’ year-round school systems. Each paid internship program lasts eight weeks. Students work at job sites for six out of the eight weeks. During the first and last week and every Friday of each program, YIP participants take part in educational seminars. Find out more
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program
Since 1992, the HACU National Internship Program (HNIP) has recruited college students for paid summer- and semester-long internships at federal agencies and private corporations in Washington, D.C. and throughout the country. These ten and fifteen-week internship programs give college students direct experience in a diverse array of careers in the federal and corporate sectors. Find out more
African American Youth Leadership Program (AAYLP)
The African American Youth Leadership Program is an annual conference for high school juniors and seniors in Sacramento, hosted by the Research and Policy Institute of California. Participants are exposed to training in leadership and personal development and are shown the tools of success in education, business, and government. Conference participants get hands-on experience that culminates in a mock presentation and debate of proposed bills in California’s Assembly Chambers. AAYLP graduates are admitted into the Society of Leaders, a virtual community connecting high-achieving students to academic support, career counseling, and to each other. Find out more
Boys State and Girls State
Boys State and Girls State are summer leadership programs, sponsored by the American Legion and the American Legion Auxillary. Students spend a week living on a college campus and learn about city, county, and state government. Students are eligible to participate the summer after their junior year. Find out more about CA Boys State or CA Girls State
California Youth Think Tank (CYTT) Summer Residence Program
A youth leadership and diversity training program for California youth to explore important issues, bridge the gaps that divide them, and work collectively to find solutions to the challenges facing their communities and society. The program is designed to bolster students' leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills and has components for both high school and middle school students. Find out more
Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project
This week-long leadership training conference hosted in Sacrament is open for all California high school students currently in the 10th and 11th grade. The conference provides valuable information on Chicano/Latino culture and history through personal experiences of presenters and their study of related topics. The leadership training is presented so that students can take what they learn back to their schools and communities. Find out more
Junior Statesmen of America Summer Program
Junior Statesmen of America allows students to immerse themselves in politics and government while making new friends and developing leadership skills. Find out more
Pre-College Leadership Program at Morehouse College
There are 2 programs, one for male students completing their sophomore or junior year, and the other for male students completing their senior year. The curriculum focuses on personal and interpersonal leadership skills. Find out more
Tavis Smiley Foundation "Youth to Leaders" Leadership Institute
The Tavis Smiley Foundation’s Leadership Institute is the core training and development program of Youth to Leaders. Each year students, ages 13-18, are invited to apply to attend this five-day conference held on a college campus. Between 200 and 250 students are accepted for participation along with adult allies who serve as chaperones. The majority of the Institute participants are moderate to low-income from urban and suburban communities nationwide. Each year 20-25 states are represented. Find out more
COSMOS – The California State Summer School for Mathematics & Science
The mission of COSMOS is to motivate the most creative minds of the new generation of prospective scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who will become leaders of California, the nation, and the world. The program aims to create a community of students who participate in and contribute to an intensive academic experience delivered by distinguished educators and scholars. Find out more
George Washington University Science & Engineering Apprenticeship program
This program places academically talented high school Students (at least 16 yrs old, sophomores/juniors) with interest in science & math in Department of Defense laboratories for an 8-week period over the summer. The program provides experience in the world of scientific research, with hands-on exposure to scientific & engineering practices not available in the HS environment. It is a paid apprenticeship and the students are assigned a scientist or engineer as their mentor. Find out more
National Space Club Scholars Program, sponsored by NASA
This is a 6 week summer internship at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. It is open to students who will be 16 years old and have completed the 10th grade, have demonstrated high academic success, and have an interest in space science or engineering as a career. Find out more
MITES Program (Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science) at MIT
MITES is a challenging 6 week summer program that prepares promising rising seniors for careers in engineering and science. If you are selected, all educational, housing, meals and activity costs are covered. You must, however, pay for your own transportation to and from MIT. Find out more
UCLA Engineering Science Corps Outreach Program
The UCLA Summer Research Program for high school students offers hands-on research experience working in an engineering laboratory of a distinguished UCLA faculty member. Each participant is matched with a faculty mentor and works as a member of that faculty mentor’s research group for eight summer weeks. Participants will attend weekly workshops/presentations conducted by faculty and staff during a catered lunch, which will expose participants to the various engineering departments at UCLA. High school participants also learn to translate their research data into the constructs of a scientific poster, which is presented on the final day of the program. Find out more
UCLA Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity "SMARTS" Program
Admitted students participate in CEED's Annual Science Mathematics Achievement and Research Technology for Students Program (SMARTS). SMARTS is a six-week summer college preparation program at UCLA designed to engage traditionally underrepresented students in rigorous science, technology, engineering and math instruction and training. Participants engage in math courses, SAT preparation, research, and college and career planning workshops. Students also complete six weeks of research in UCLA labs through the Research Assistance Program. The six-week experience is culminated with a closing ceremony where Research Apprentices formally present their projects to an audience of faculty, staff, parents and their peers. Find out more
Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC)
The SUMaC program brings mathematically talented and motivated high-school students from across the United States, and from around the world, to Stanford University for four weeks of serious mathematical pursuits. The goals of the program are to provide access for these students to advanced topics in mathematics, to lead these students through topics that are of great significance to mathemetics and the sciences, and to provide a friendly social environment for interaction between SUMaC participants and Stanford Mathematics Department faculty and students. Find out more
Women in Engineering, E2@UMD (University of Maryland)
Exploring Engineering at the University of Maryland (E2@UMD) is a one-week summer program for high school women (rising juniors or seniors) who are considering engineering as a possible major and career. You will live on campus for one-week and explore the world of engineering through fun hands-on activities, laboratory experiments, informative workshops, team challenges, and seminars with professional engineers.Find out more
Young Scholars Program at UC Davis
The Young Scholars Program and UC Davis is designed to expose students to the world of original research in the natural sciences with an emphasis on the biological, environmental, and agricultural sciences. Find out more
Harvard Secondary School Program
The Harvard Secondary School Program offers students the chance to take Harvard courses while meeting people from around the world. Find out more
Brown University offers pre-college summer programs that are on campus, online, and aborad. Find out more
Summer Pre-Collegiate Program at UC Berkeley
The Summer Pre-Collegiate Program at UC Berkeley offers students a chance to earn college credit by taking college-level courses. Find out more
UCLA Summer Sessions
UCLA Summer Sessions and Special Programs offers summer programs to motivated high school students who would like to get a jump-start on their college career and gain enrichment in a variety of interesting and challenging subjects. Find out more
UC Riverside Summer Academy for Advanced High School Students
The UC Riverside Summer Academy opens summer courses to high school students, giving students the chance to earn college credit. Find out more
UC San Diego Academic Connections
UC San Diego program to connect high school students with college subject matter courses led by graduate students in a wide array of academic disciplines. Find out more
University of Maryland Young Scholars Program
The University of Maryland Young Scholars Program targets rising juniors and seniors who have a strong academic record and a desire to excel to experience college life while earning three academic credits. 14 courses are offered for three weeks. Find out more
UCLA Extension for High School Students
UCLA's High School Level Program designed for the college-bound student. These intensive academic courses help introduce students to the UCLA campus, and can provide high school credit, with prior agreement from your counselor. Students can also take regular UCLA Extension degree-credit courses, available evenings and weekends. Find out more
College Admission Prep Camp
The College Admission Prep Camp is a way to have a great time on a college campus this summer while getting a head start on the college admissions process. The program offers: SAT test preparations with a proven curriculum, college admissions essay one-on-one tutoring, college admissions guidance – where to apply, how the process works. Find out more
Hispanic College Fund Hispanic Youth Institute
The Hispanic Youth Institute is a national pre-college program that begins the Hispanic College Fund’s pipeline of programs helping students graduate from college, pursue professional careers and give back to the community. Students experience a university campus for a four-day, three-night college empowerment program where students will learn to overcome both real and perceived barriers to college access. The students participate in college and career workshops, connect with local Hispanic professionals, meet college admissions officers, interact with mentors, listen to inspirational speakers, and compete for scholarships. Throughout the on-campus experience, the students will build their confidence and receive practical tools to help them along their pathway to college. Find out more
Outward Bound, Los Angeles (OBA)
Serving the Greater Los Angeles area, OBA, Inc., better known as Outward Bound Adventures, is a nonprofit organization that provides meaningful nature-based educational experiences for urban underserved youth, young adults and their families. OBA uses the wilderness, urban communities and classroom settings to teach its middle school and high school participants about the natural world. Participants engage in activities and initiatives that promote self-empowerment, integrity, accountability, health, community service and environmental education. Find out more
Summer Discovery offers summer enrichment programs from UCLA to Florance, Italy, in a wide array of subjects. Find out more
Summer Journalism Program at Princeton University
The Summer Journalism Program is designed for low-income sophomores or juniors who have an interest in journalism. The cost is free including travel costs to and from Princeton! Find out more
Community College Opportunities
Students interested in making themselves more academically competitive may want to attend community college courses over the summer. Students who take advantage of concurrent enrollment opportunities demonstrate that they are capable of handling college level coursework. In addition, UC/CSU approved courses at the community college can help satisfy a high school subject requirement while simultaneously earning the student college credits. For more information, students should visit the website of the community college that they wish to attend. Some local options to consider include:
- Los Angeles Trade Tech
- East Los Angeles Community College
- Santa Monica Community College
- West Los Angeles Community College
- El Camino Community College
Some summer opportunity information provided by UCLA EAOP