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robotics

How This Robotics Program Is Preparing Students in Watts for the Future

December 3, 2019

In just six weeks, ACPA students designed, built, and programmed a 120-pound industrial sized robot. Although at first the task felt challenging, together ACPA students learned to problem solve, collaborate, and work through failure to achieve a shared goal.

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Leaders

Join Us in Celebrating National Principals’ Month

October 1, 2019

At Green Dot, our school leaders drive the direction of our schools and embody our mission to serve our communities. They have a true passion for education and are committed to the pursuit of college, leadership, and life for all students.

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Wanding

Ending Random Searches of Students

July 30, 2019

Green Dot has always believed that schools should be a place where students feel safe, supported and cared for; not a place where they are seen as criminals or suspects. Unfortunately, this has been the norm for students in Los Angeles for more than a quarter-century.

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Special Education

Locke Students Shine at First Unified Sports Track Meet

July 29, 2019

On an early Thursday morning, student athletes from Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy’s Unified Sports Track and Field team, boarded their bus anxious, but eager to compete as a team for the first time. Unified Sports is an inclusive sports program where student athletes with and without disabilities play and compete together.

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College

Why This Senior Almost Didn’t Apply to His Dream Schools

July 22, 2019

Justin Villeraldo once had a strained relationship with school. “Before coming here I would mess around in class and do just enough work so I could culminate,” recalled Villeraldo. “I hated English class the most; I wasn’t able to focus, and I wouldn’t try.”

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College

What My First College Tour Taught Me About My Future

July 15, 2019

This year, I had an eye opening experience during my very first college tour as a sophomore at Ánimo City of Champions Charter High School. Together with my classmates and teachers, we visited Stanford University, University of California, Santa Barbara; Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; California State University, Fresno; University of California, Merced; San Jose State University; San Francisco State University, and the University of California, Berkeley.

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Soccer

Second Annual Ánimo Cup Soccer Tournament Turns Out Two School Winners

June 24, 2019

This spring, Green Dot middle school and high school students competed in the second annual Ánimo Cup, an intramural soccer tournament for teams in our network. In the middle school division, Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School won against Ánimo Phillis Wheatley Charter Middle School with a score of 2-0 to place first in the middle school tournament.

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Clean up

Middle School Students Organize a Clean Up in the Wetlands

June 18, 2019

Styrofoam, plastic straws, and cigarette butts were just a few of the items Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School (AEO) students collected at Ballona Creek this spring.

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College

Making College Real: Why All Green Dot Schools Tour College Campuses

June 4, 2019

At Green Dot, college tours are a critical component of our students’ path to higher education. Most importantly, exposing students to college campuses feeds a vision for their future, and allows them to imagine themselves walking the campus as a student one day.

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Obama

How this student Shared a Stage with Michelle Obama

June 4, 2019

When Jenissi Gyan, a seventh grader at Excel Public Charter School, joined her local Girl Scout troop four years ago, she never imagined that her participation would lead her to sharing her future dreams in front of former First Lady Michelle Obama and a sold out crowd of 27,000 at the Tacoma Dome.

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LGBTQ+

How a Student Group Helped Promote a More Inclusive School Environment

May 28, 2019

“The reaction when you hear the word ‘gay’ on this campus is not the same as it once was. What was once pervasive is no longer,” recalled Sarah Ducker, English teacher at Ánimo Leadership Charter High School.

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Camping

Happy Campers: Bluff City Students Experience the Great Outdoors

May 27, 2019

Last year, a group of 40 founding freshmen from Bluff City High School spent one night at Camp Chia La Key in Huntsville, Alabama. Participants were offered a spot on the trip based on behavior and attendance. The trip began with a tour of Alabama A&M University, where students had lunch on campus and learned more about the university, and ended at the YMCA campground.

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