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About Ánimo Western

Ánimo Western Charter Middle School is a charter middle school located in Los Angeles, California. It serves students in the community of West Athens. Our charter was approved by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the school currently has students enrolled from grades 6 through 8.



In 2011, Green Dot won control of the failing Henry Clay Middle School through LAUSD’s Public School Choice (PSC) initiative, whereby operators can compete for the opportunity to run one of the city’s most persistently low-performing schools. Though PSC has since been closed to outside operators, Clay stands as evidence of its powerful potential. The school, listed as the lowest performing middle school in California, was split into two smaller, safer campuses: Ánimo Western Charter Middle School and Ánimo Phillis Wheatley Charter Middle School. The school was a Special Education hub under LAUSD and has the largest percentage of students with special educational needs of any Green Dot school.


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 Western Charter Middle School

12226 South Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90047

Phone: (323) 600-6000

Principal: Sonja Johnson