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Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy
We are a public, tuition-free, college preparatory charter school serving a diverse population in Watts, California. Our mission is to help transform public education so ALL students graduate prepared for college, leadership, and life.
A Message from the Principal
Welcome to Animo Watts College Preparatory Academy! Our Warrior staff and faculty are honored to serve the Willowbrook, Watts, Compton, and South Los Angeles communities, providing free, high quality, college-prep education. We are a small school with a culture of learning with many Advanced Placement, Honors, and Intervention courses to fit the needs of our students. We also offer a CIF athletics program and a full after school program. Whether
At AWCPA, we firmly believe that all stakeholders are critical in the education process. Please call, email, or visit our main office if you have questions about our school, or would like to discuss your current or prospective student.
Dr. Esther Deth
Dr. Esther Deth
Join us on campus for Coffee with the Principal meetings.
Dr. Alyce Prentice
President & CEO, Green Dot Public Schools California
Dr. Cristina de Jesus
News & Announcements
Latest Updates from Ánimo Watts
- New Park Renovations Bring Sanctuary, Sustainability to Green Dot SchoolsThe Earvin “Magic” Johnson Park holds a special place in the hearts of students, educators and families from Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy and Ánimo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School. The park is more than just a green space, it’s a place of play, connectedness, and community. When it is safe to return to school, Ánimo Watts and Ánimo Mae Jemison will ... read more
- LAUSD Renewal of 7 Green Dot Schools Reaffirms Accountability and PerformanceAs Green Dot Public Schools celebrates 20 years of changing the odds for students, we are proud that seven of our schools received charter renewals from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education. On Tuesday, December 8, the board renewed Ánimo Florence-Firestone Charter Middle School, Ánimo James B. Taylor Charter Middle School, Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy, and Ánimo ... read more
- The Power of “Yet” — Rising to the Challenge Amid a Global PandemicCarmen Leiva, a math teacher at Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy, loves watching students in her classroom experience “light bulb moments” of realization. In these instances she’d see a spark in their eyes when they’d see their hard work come to fruition. “Carmen works so hard to build positive mindsets toward math in her students,” said ... read more
- Why This Alumna Is Committed to Public ServiceÁnimo Watts College Preparatory Academy alumna, Breanna Maldonado, has never been afraid of hard work. From taking advanced classes and dual enrollment college courses, holding a part-time job, and volunteering in her community, Maldonado has demonstrated that you can achieve anything with determination and drive. This year she received a full tuition scholarship to attend the ... read more
- Green Dot Counselors’ Message to the Class of 2020Though graduations and commencements look different than years prior, the achievement remains the same-- the hard work, challenging times, and sacrifices were all worth it. Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our culminating and graduating classes of 2020 this week. The post Green Dot Counselors’ Message to the Class ... read more
2019 Graduation Photos
- Why This Alumna Is Committed to Public Service