Our school is currently providing instruction through distance learning. We are also offering limited in-person instruction using a hybrid learning model for select grades. Hybrid Learning Model >> ; Distance Learning Bell Schedule >>

Nuestra escuela actualmente brinda instrucción a distancia. También ofrecemos instrucción en persona utilizando un modelo de aprendizaje híbrido para el noveno grado. Modelo híbrido >> ; Aprendizaje a distancia>>

Animo Westside Charter Middle School

5456 McConnell Avenue
Playa Vista, CA 90066

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Phone: (323)-565-3251

A Message from the Principal

At Ánimo Westside Charter Middle School, our mission is to prepare students for college, leadership, and life through innovative instruction, a rigorous curriculum, and the use of the cutting-edge technology. Ánimo Westside Charter Middle School is committed to the education, development, and socioeconomic success of students who historically have been unlikely to attend and excel at an institution of higher learning.

We achieve our mission through a thoroughly student-centered environment that fosters life-long learning, cross-cultural competency, social responsibility, and academic excellence. We align the efforts of family, community, and school to foster these values.

-- Principal Mack Mossett 


Mack Mossett



Join us on campus for Coffee with the Principal meetings.

Area Superintendent

Damon Hands


(323) 565-1600

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

News & Announcements

Big Waves Fridays

May 10, 2021

Animo Voices Winner!

March 12, 2021

Congrats to our 8th Grade Akira Alamin! Akira is the district-wide 1st Place middle school winner of the Animo Voices Writing Competition!

“We Transform Potential Into Excellence!”

February 10, 2021

Waves of Wellness for You and Your Scholar

February 10, 2021

“Riding the Waves to Success” Virtual Seminar!

February 4, 2021

Virtual Parent Info for 5th Grade Parents/ Feria Virtual Información para Padres 5to Grado

January 21, 2021

Click here to take the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) >>

January 21, 2021

Take the California Healthy Kids Survey

Click here to check out our Halloween Contest Winners!

November 17, 2020

1st Place Hailey Alejandre 1st Place Oscar Aldrete 2nd Place Mrs.Lowther 2nd Place Valeria Lopez 3rd Place Jasmine Gudino 3rd Place Frida Ramos

Virtual Parent Information Fair (5th Grade)

November 11, 2020

Prospective Family Virtual Information Sessions

November 2, 2020

Latest updates from Ánimo Westside

  • ‘Ringtone’ by Akira Alamin
    This piece placed first for middle school writing submissions in the 2021 Ánimo Voices Writing and Art Competition, which invited students to express the reality of the challenges they or others face and/or how they or others find hope through difficult times. The competition is an opportunity to motivate, recognize, and celebrate our strong student voices through writing and art. ... read more
    Green Dot Public Schools BlogPublished on 04/14/2021
  • The New School Year Comes at an Unprecedented Time for Green Dot Educators
    COVID-19 has caused an unprecedented shift in education, but while the pandemic has created many new challenges, it has also inspired our schools to innovate and develop new ways to serve our students, families, and communities. As we head into the new school year, our stellar team of educators are ... read more
    Green Dot Public Schools BlogPublished on 08/11/2020
  • How This School Put My Son Back on a Path to College
    Over the past three years Myriam Aguirre’s son Eros, has developed a strong work ethic, gained confidence, and found success in subjects he once found difficult. Aguirre attributes her son’s growth to Ánimo Westside Charter Middle School‘s (WMS) commitment to meeting students where they are. Before attending WMS, Eros lacked the mathematical knowledge to successfully engage with grade level concepts. As a ... read more
    Green Dot Public Schools BlogPublished on 01/14/2020
  • EDVISION: SUCCESS Coaching a Win-Win for SOE Counseling Students, Partner Schools
    As the only counselor at Ánimo Charter Westside Middle School, Mariela Vidaurrazaga (MA ’07) is unable to meet individually with every student. “My focus tends to be on the ones who are in crisis, as well as making sure that our eighth-grade students are on track to graduate,” Vidaurrazaga explains. “But adolescence can be a challenging time, and I know there are ... read more
    Green Dot Public Schools BlogPublished on 05/03/2019
  • I Am Black History: Why and How We Must Contribute to the Pages of All Our Students’ Stories
    By: Simyona Bryant, English teacher at Ánimo Westside Charter Middle School As I think about Black History Month, I remember a drawing of this little brown lady with long, black hair. It was hand drawn by one of my students and it read: “The first day I walked into this [room], I ... read more
    Green Dot Public Schools BlogPublished on 02/06/2019

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Ánimo Westside Charter Middle School

5456 McConnell Avenue
Playa Vista, CA 90066

Phone: (323) 565-3251

Principal: Mack Mossett