Nine Green Dot High Schools Rated As Best in the U.S.

April 23, 2020

Alanna Klein
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Nine Green Dot High Schools Rated As Best in the U.S.

Four schools rank in the nation’s top 10%, and two rank as the top school in their district.

Los Angeles, CA (April 23, 2020) – The U.S. News & World Report ranks Nine Green Dot California schools as among the best in the nation. Most notably, Ánimo Leadership is ranked in the top 1% of high schools in the country, as well as the best school in its district. Additionally, Ánimo Inglewood, Ánimo Pat Brown and Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School remain in the top 10% of high schools in the nation. Ánimo Watts, Ánimo South Los Angeles, Ánimo Ralph Bunche, Ánimo Jackie Robinson and Ánimo Venice Charter High Schools are among the top 25% of schools.

We are humbled by this recognition. The efforts of our students, teachers, counselors, administrators and support staff have made our high schools among the best in the country,” said Dr. Cristina de Jesus, CEO of Green Dot Public Schools California. “We are inspired every day by the inherent brilliance in each of our students, and it is our goal to ensure all of our students have access to the highest quality educational opportunities possible as we prepare them for college, leadership and life.”

Green Dot California operates 20 middle and high schools in Los Angeles - primarily in Watts and Compton - and serves 11,200 students. Green Dot is dedicated to creating academically rigorous schools in communities that have the highest need of quality public school options. Across the network, every classroom provides students with a personalized learning plan and differentiated support to meet their needs and ensure college readiness. 

This recognition affirms Green Dot’s approach and our role as a source of innovation and a replicable model of excellence in public education. Green Dot has a strong history of addressing the most pressing challenges in public education and remains committed to preparing the college graduates needed to build and sustain pathways to prosperity in the communities we serve,”  said Chad Soleo, CEO of Green Dot Public Schools National.

As Green Dot celebrates 20 years of excellence, we look forward to continuing the impact our schools have on the lives of students as they harness their potential and chart a course for lifelong success. 

U.S. News revamped its ranking system in 2019 to include six different measurements: college readiness, determined by how many students take and pass Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests; math and reading readiness, based on state testing scores; math and reading performance, based on how the school’s least-advantaged students compare on tests to their peers nationwide; whether those least-advantaged students are outperforming similar students in their state; breath of college readiness, based on the number of students who take and pass multiple AP and IB tests; and graduation rates. US News used data from more than 23,000 public high schools in the country and ranked more than 17,000.

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About Green Dot Public Schools

Green Dot Public Schools is a non-profit organization with a mission to transform the landscape of public education so all students graduate prepared for college, leadership and life. Green Dot operates 20 public charter schools in California and five in Tennessee, all purposefully located in highest-need communities.

From a rigorous, college-prep curriculum inside the classroom to meeting challenges outside the classroom – we do whatever it takes to prepare all students for college, leadership and life. Green Dot believes in engaging parents and the community in the education process and its schools are publicly funded and free to attend. For more information visit: