Beyond the Classroom

Ánimo Pat Brown Student Headed to UC Santa Cruz with Full Ride Scholarship

May 30, 2023

Although Montiel doesn’t see herself as the perfect student, her struggles have made her even more determined to attend college. The Jordan Brand awarded Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School senior Brianna Montiel the Jordan Brand Wings Scholarship. Montiel is among thirty-four high school students across the United States to join the Jordan Brand Wings 2023 cohort.


 Ánimo Jackie Robinson’s Artist Talks Childhood, Joy, And Winning Ánimo Voice’s Art Competition

May 17, 2023

Ánimo Voices Writing and Art competition named Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School student Elizabeth Martinez as one of three art winners in the 6th annual arts competition. For Martinez, this year’s Ánimo Voices’ theme, ‘About Joy,’ came with many reflections on individual and collective sparks of joy to lift her and others’ spirits to get through difficult times.


Ánimo Voices Middle School Writing Winner Talks Creative Process and Dealing with Feedback

May 16, 2023

Fatima Gonzalez, a seventh grade student from Ánimo Jefferson Charter Middle School, has found comfort in writing about her experiences. This spring, Ánimo Voices’ sixth annual Writing and Art competition gave Gonzalez a platform for her voice through her written piece, ‘A Feeling That Felt Like Freedom.’


Ánimo Voices Spoken Word Winner Talks Writing Process and Getting Over Fears

May 15, 2023

The Green Dot Public Schools California literacy team founded the Ánimo Voices Writing and Art Competition in 2017 to give Green Dot California students a chance to elevate their voices, express creativity, and build community.


10th Annual Launch to College and Career Event Prepares Seniors to Transition From High School to College

May 12, 2023

At this year’s 10th annual Launch to College and Career Event, our Green Dot Public Schools California seniors took over universities and colleges across Los Angeles for a day full of learning and networking. After round table discussions with current students and graduates, our scholars are more prepared than ever to transition into the next phase of their lives.


Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy Opens New Gymnasium and CTE Room

May 10, 2023

Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy is undergoing a wave of exciting upgrades to vitalize its academic and athletic programs. This spring, Locke opened its renovated gymnasium, a $1.1 million project, as well as its new Career Technical Education (CTE) room.


Community Schools Explore the Connection between Sports and STEM at Dodger Stadium

May 1, 2023

You can’t have a Dodgers’ game without science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). On April 19, 2023, students from Ánimo Compton Charter School, Ánimo James B. Taylor Charter Middle School, and Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School—three Green Dot Public Schools California Community Schools—enjoyed a Dodgers STEM Day event and a game of baseball at Dodger Stadium.


Ánimo City of Champions Juniors Learn Real Estate at School

April 28, 2023

This past semester, Ánimo City of Champions Charter High School offered its first Real Estate course to juniors. Through this course, students get their first glimpse of college courses, not only having a chance to receive certification but to create a seamless pathway to college.


Ánimo Florence-Firestone Recognized in 2023 California Schools to Watch

April 21, 2023

The Department of Education in partnership with the California League of Educators recognized Ánimo Florence-Firestone Charter Middle School as a California School to Watch, an award exclusive for California middle schools.


More Than a Project: How this English Teacher Uses Social Media for Action-Based Learning

April 14, 2023

From sharing our thoughts, influencing our shopping, or how we organize our social lives, social media can shift the way we connect with each other. For Ánimo Venice Charter High School teacher Mary Tang, it has catapulted her annual student’s English composition project to an online format, where students build community and develop their voice.


From Class to Courtside—How This Teacher Pushes Student Athletes To Uncover Their Full Potential

March 27, 2023

When Karishma Hossain isn’t teaching Math Foundations or Project Lead The Way, she’s outside coaching the Titans, the boy’s basketball team of Ánimo James B. Taylor Charter Middle School. Hossain began this program last spring after having coached the sport for several years. We had the chance to learn what coaching means to Hossain, and what playing a sport means to her student athletes.


Community Schools Grant Provides Green Dot California Schools Tools for Student Achievement

February 27, 2023

Three Green Dot California Schools recently became the recipients of Community Schools Partnership Program Grants funded by the California Department of Education. Over the course of five years, Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School, Ánimo Compton Charter School, and Ánimo James B. Taylor Charter Middle School will be awarded over one million dollars each to expand their access to community resources to further the mission of transforming public education and creating equitable outcomes for all students.


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