7 Ways Our Schools Are Helping Students Smile Past Uncertainty


This year, our schools across the network have focused their efforts on supporting students' well-being beyond academics. we have transitioned to 100% live online classes throughout distance learning, our advisory courses emphasize socio-emotional learning and boost the amount of peer-to-peer interactions, and we have transformed our support services into a virtual hub where all students can receive help to tackle challenges that may inhibit their learning.

Our school leaders have truly taken our commitment to removing barriers and embracing connectedness to new heights. This week we’re celebrating 7 ways our schools are supporting learning and their students’ well-being every day.

Resources to Ease Stress

This week, Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School, in East L.A., is hosting a virtual stress-coping workshop for families. In this update, AEO principal Cynthia Ybarra also shares successes and upcoming opportunities for students and families.

Ánimo Florence-Firestone Charter Middle School, in South L.A., celebrated students who have had perfect attendance this semester. Watch how this surprise delivered smiles to this student and her two furry friends.

Eagles Soar High

At Wooddale Middle School in Memphis, educators crowned Hadasa the 8th grade student of the month!

Panther Profiles

The intrepid Ms. Burnette at Ánimo South Los Angeles Charter High School, has documented our students’ experiences during distance learning and explored the things that excite them about the future. This week she interviewed two Best Friends Forever (BFFs).

Word from the Principal

Principal Xochitl Avellan at Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School in Boyle Heights, keeps students and families up to date through short, informative weekly videos. This week, Avellan shared news on upcoming parent-student meetings.

Ànimo City of Champions

It’s no secret that good attendance is critical for academic success. As a reminder, Ánimo City of Champions Charter High School in Inglewood, CA made a short video for their students.

Drawn to This Program

The arts help students develop creative thinking skills and also provides a valuable outlet for stress. This month through our new virtual expanded learning program, students across Los Angeles are connecting with their friends and sharpening their sketching skills.