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About Ánimo Westside

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



Ánimo Westside Charter Middle School was opened in 2011 to provide the Venice community with a high quality alternative to underperforming district schools and boost the achievement levels of students entering local high schools, including Ánimo Venice. With just a sixth grade enrolled in 2011-12, the school achieved an API score of 817, well above local and state norms. The school is perhaps the most demographically diverse within the Green Dot network, hinting at a return to public education by the middle class after decades of ‘white flight’ to parochial and private schools. Green Dot expects the successes at Westside to continue and the effects to be felt at Ánimo Venice in the coming years.



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 Westside Charter Middle School

5456 McConnell Avenue
Playa Vista, CA 90066

Phone: (323) 565-3251

Principal: Mack Mossett