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Campus Life



We place a high emphasis on academic rigor at Ánimo Jefferson, and motivate students to be curious. Our curriculum includes 21st-Century Learning electives in leadership & life and problem solving. Through Project Lead the Way, students have access to two unique STEM pathways: App Creators and Medical Detectives. 

App Creators introduces students to the field of computer science and the concepts of computational thinking, through the creation of mobile apps.

In Medical Detectives, students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they learn about medical practices and systems.

College-Going Culture

 Students can take college classes and earn college credit through our dual enrollment partnership with L.A. Trade Technical College. Courses are offered on our campus during the regular school day and we invite students and families to join us on college tours that are available to all grades.

Student Voice

Ánimo Jefferson’s positive school environment inspires students to find their voice. Our Investigations class has produced an award-winning student run news site, The Bulldog Bugle. Students can be staff writers or even nominated as an editor, strengthening their skills in academics and leadership. 

In the annual Ánimo Voices competition, an art, writing, and spoken word contest open to all Green Dot students, we are proud of our student success every year. Recently, two of our winning student pieces were featured in the first women’s issue of Like the Wind, a global quarterly literary magazine about running.

Campus Life

We are committed to helping students build connections and discover a sense of belonging in their community, and ensure that every student can find their place at Ánimo Jefferson. Additionally, we offer the support programs Women and Youth Supporting Each Other through USC and COST Team.

We have a unique variety of clubs and after-school activities through our exclusive Expanded Learning program—at no cost to our families. 



We offer basketball, soccer, volleyball, dance, and Students Run L.A. All students are welcome to become part of our Bulldog teams, which promote teamwork and an active lifestyle. 



We view our parents and guardians as equal partners in providing our children with meaningful educational experiences. Families are welcome to join our School Advisory Council and actively participate in your student’s educational journey.

We have a strong sense of community with our sister school, Ánimo Ralph Bunche Charter High School. Many students graduate from Ánimo Jefferson and continue on their path to college readiness at Ánimo Ralph Bunche, where they can expect the same care and excellence.

Parent Quote

Both of the schools feel like a family to us. The staff even feels that we are a family to them."

Ana Prado

Parent of Ánimo Jefferson and Ánimo Ralph Bunche students

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