About Us

Explore Our Approach at Ánimo Leadership

Academics

Counseling

campus life

Arts

athletics

Academics

Our school encourages students to explore their interests and challenge themselves with rigorous courses.  We offer 10 Advanced Placement courses in Calculus, Biology, English Language, English Literature, Government, Psychology, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Studio Art Drawing, and U.S History. Through Project Lead the Way, we have a Principles of Biomedical Science pathway as well as elective courses in Drama, Ethnic Studies, Visual Art, Yearbook/Journalism, College Readiness, and Information and Communication Technology.

All of our scholars experience a college-going culture through our dual enrollment partnership with West LA College. We offer college courses on campus during the regular school day, where students can earn college credit in classes like Psychology, Child Development, and Political Science.

Counseling

School counselors are passionate about supporting students academically and personally. Our team provides personalized guidance to help students navigate the college application process, explore career options, and develop essential life skills. Through one-on-one counseling and college visits, we ensure every student is equipped and excited to make informed decisions about their future. We encourage students to dream big and enlist college program partners for help along the way, including College Match, USC Bovard Scholars, and POSSE. At Ánimo Leadership, we strive for innovation, and lead with compassion.

Campus Life

Ánimo Leadership is a small, safe school with a supportive environment. Students can participate in over 15 clubs and afterschool programs. We want our young scholars to feel inspired the second they walk through our doors, which is why our campus has a radiant design, complete with murals and college flags to remind students that anything is possible. 

Regular assemblies, award ceremonies, and incentive events are hosted to recognize and celebrate student success. Parents and guardians are always welcome at Ánimo Leadership.

Arts

Join the Aztecs! Our school has been approved to participate in CIF sports and currently offers volleyball, soccer, basketball, cross-country, baseball, and softball, allowing athletes to develop their skills and compete against other local schools. This year, our boys’ soccer team won their first CIF championship since 2014!

Students can also be part of our teacher-sponsored clubs like weightlifting, yoga, drill team, and running club. 

athletics

AP Studio Art Drawing and Visual Art will unlock your creative potential. Outside of the classroom, Photography Club, Folklorico, Drama Club, and Cosmetology/Gel-X Club are great opportunities to connect with classmates and learn a new skill. 

This year, our Spring Festival of the Arts was a huge success! Performances by our drama class, Grupo de Folklorico de Ánimo, dance team, and drama club made this event a memorable one. 

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Community

We view our parents and guardians as equal partners in providing students with meaningful educational experiences and regularly find ways to connect and give back to our community. Leadership alumni are an integral part of our Ánimo community, and we invite them to return to our campus to share stories of their incredible accomplishments. 

Student Quote

“This fall, I will be the first in my family to attend college when I start at Stanford University. I credit my success to the preparation I received at Ánimo Leadership, combined with my family’s love and encouragement. With the foundation I built at Ánimo Leadership, I feel confident embarking on this next chapter of higher learning.”

Nathalie Ayala

Ánimo Leadership graduate

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