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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 collegeleadership, and life.



12628 Avalon Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90061

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Phone: (323) 756-3930


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 Community. For over 10 years, we’ve transformed worked hard to improve our graduation and college acceptance rates. This year, our theme is “Warriors Climb Higher” and we are focusing on Academic Excellence, a College-Going Culture, and Effective Interventions. We know that by climbing higher, we will further transform the educational opportunities for our students.

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


About Our Principal


Dr. Esther Deth



Join us on campus for Coffee with the Principal meetings.

Area Superintendent

Dr. Alyce Prentice


(323) 565-1600

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

Latest Updates from Ánimo Watts

  • The Power of “Yet” — Rising to the Challenge Amid a Global Pandemic
    Carmen 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
    Green Dot Public Schools BlogPublished on 08/04/2020
  • Why This Alumna Is Committed to Public Service
    Ánimo 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 Public Schools BlogPublished on 07/15/2020
  • Green Dot Counselors’ Message to the Class of 2020
    Though 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
    Green Dot Public Schools BlogPublished on 06/08/2020
  • Green Dot Schools Work to Narrow the Digital Divide in South LA Families
    For many parents, COVID-19 has surfaced new challenges and anxieties as they grapple with uncertainty. Adjusting to what some call the ‘new normal’ has been far from easy for Noemi Rodriguez and her family. Navigating social services and completing school work ... read more
    Green Dot Public Schools BlogPublished on 05/21/2020
  • Art: ‘My Anchor’ by Kimberly Mejia Vasquez
    This piece placed second for high school art submissions in the Ánimo Voices Writing and Art Competition, which invited students to consider a change they’d like to see in their community or the world and to convince an audience, through any genre of writing or visual medium, of the importance of this change. The competition was an opportunity to motivate, recognize, and celebrate our strong student ... read more
    Green Dot Public Schools BlogPublished on 05/07/2020

2018 Graduation Photos

Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy Graduation 2018

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Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy

12628 Avalon Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90061

Phone: (323) 756-3930

Principal: Dr. Esther Deth