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8255 Beach Street
Los Angeles, CA 90001

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Phone: (323) 565-3280

A Message from the Principal

Welcome to Ánimo Florence-Firestone!


We are a public charter school that is free to attend and open to all. We are committed to building a small, safe school, where everyone knows your name. I have been working for the students and parents of South Los Angeles since 2001 and I was previously the principal at Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School, an award-winning school in the Florence-Firestone neighborhood. I am excited to use what I learned to build a new, high-quality school where we care about each other, ourselves, our school, and our future.

Our highly qualified and diverse staff are excited to work together with parents and students to ensure that all of our students are prepared for High School, College, Leadership, and Life.



Joshua Hartford



Joshua Hartford


(323) 565-3280

Join us on campus for Open House meetings.  Call the front office to make an appointment.

Area Superintendent

Taiala Regnier


(323) 333-9002

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

News & Announcements

Updates on Mental Health Supports / las necesidades socioemocionale

By joshhartford | April 20, 2020

This is, and continues to be, an unexpected and ever-changing time for our entire community.  With the recent closure of our schools, below is an update on how social-emotional health will be supported during this time due to the public health crisis created by COVID-19: Este es, y sigue siendo, un tiempo inesperado y siempre…

Read-180 and i-ready links

By joshhartford | March 24, 2020

Lions Learn @home! Use these links to keep up with Read-180 and i-ready every day!

Bonus Math Practice

By joshhartford | March 17, 2020

Lions! Follow these links for bonus math practice. Students who return this completed practice (and show work) will be entered into a raffle to win a prize when school reopens. Be Well!

Latest Updates from AFF

  • Ánimo Pat Brown’s New Building Strengthens the College Pathway
    This fall, the Florence-Firestone community gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School (APB) building. The community was overjoyed not just by the prospect of a new facility, but the sixth through twelfth grade pathway the new building will support. The new facility will be a close neighbor to Ánimo Florence Firestone Charter Middle School (AFF), which ... read more
    Green Dot Public Schools BlogPublished on 01/08/2019
  • And the Winners of the Sixth Annual Golden Dot Awards Are…
    On May 5, 2018, eight Golden Dot Awards were given to staff who exemplify Green Dot Public Schools’ core values. The Golden Dot Awards highlighted educators and staff who demonstrate exceptional teaching, school leadership and support for our schools. The night’s awardees were selected from our more than 1,500 inspiring teachers, staff and administrators who serve Green Dot’s 13,800 students across California, Tennessee and ... read more
    Green Dot Public Schools BlogPublished on 05/17/2018

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Ánimo Florence-Firestone Middle School

8255 Beach Street
Los Angeles, CA 90001

Phone: (323) 565-3280

Principal: Josh Hartford