Ánimo Venice Charter High School is a charter high school located in Venice, California. It serves students living in and near the Oakwood community of Venice as well as Santa Monica, Culver City and Mar Vista. The school also attracts many students from Inglewood and South Los Angeles. The school serves families from a wide cross-section of the racial, cultural, and socioeconomic spectrum. 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
"Small schools are a perfect fit for my sons. I know everybody from the security, to teachers, to the principal. Everybody knows my sons by name. I make an appointment here, and I'm welcome all the time, and I feel at home! My son Emiliano is in 11th grade, and he's already preparing for college. He's very excited the same way my older son was, who's already in his third year at college, they are very happy and very proud to be part of Ánimo Venice."
"It's very friendly and intimate--intimate in the way where you really get to know each other. You get to know what a student needs. You get to know where they're struggling. Because you get to know what their challenges are so carefully, you can individualize their instruction so they get exactly what they need out of class time. "
Founded in 2004 by Green Dot Public Schools, Ánimo Venice Charter High School is located in one of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods. Though located on several campuses over the years, it has found a permanent home sharing a site with Broadway Elementary through California’s Proposition 39. The new, LEED-Certified building features solar panels and a gray water reclamation system. Like many Green Dot schools, Ánimo Venice serves a largely Latino population despite three quarters of the local community being ‘white’. Latino students scored an API of 779 last year, 78 points more than the state average.
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.