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AFF Middle School students

About Florence-Firestone

Animo Florence-Firestone was founded in 2016 with a mission of preparing all students for high school, college, leadership, and life. Building upon the success of Animo Pat Brown High School, Animo Florence-Firestone aims to continue a tradition of academic excellence and community empowerment in the Florence-Firestone neighborhood of Los Angeles. It is chartered through Los Angeles Unified School District while managed by Green Dot Public Schools, a non-profit organization. Ánimo is a Spanish word meaning “vigor, mind, spirit, valor, and the courage to overcome odds.” This embodies Green Dot Public Schools’ commitment to student success through hard work.



Ánimo Florence-Firestone (AFF) opened with 100 sixth grade students in the summer of 2016. The school plans to increase enrollment and add additional grade levels until reaching a target capacity of 600 six through eighth grade students in the 2019-2020 school year.


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.

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Ánimo Florence-Firestone Middle School

8255 Beach Street
Los Angeles, CA 90001

Phone: (323) 565-3280

Principal: Josh Hartford