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STEM Forward



Campus Life


stem forward

Our students have access to unique educational opportunities offered by no other middle school in the area. Scholars can explore STEM pathways in Environmental Science, Coding, Robotics, Medical Detectives, Flight & Space, and Green Space Architecture through Project Lead the Way, or expand their knowledge outside of the classroom on STEM field trips.

College-going culture

Students can take college classes and earn college credit through our partnership with East L.A. College. Courses are offered on our campus during the regular school day and we invite students and families to join us on college tours.


We provide mental health and socioemotional support for all students with the support of full time school counselors and school psychologists on-site. All of our services are free to students and provided on our campus.

campus life

At Ánimo Ellen Ochoa, you’ll find a safe and nurturing environment where students can focus on learning. We are a community for students, powered by a strong college-going culture and pride ourselves on having open communication with parents. 

We are excited to have a unique variety of clubs through our exclusive Expanded Learning program—at no cost to our families.


Join the Astros! Sports at Ánimo Ellen Ochoa include soccer, basketball, flag football, volleyball, and dance, encouraging teamwork and an active lifestyle. We invite every student to be a part of a team. 

Students participating in basketball and soccer have the opportunity to compete against local schools. 

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We view parents and guardians as equal partners in providing students with meaningful educational experiences. In 2023, we were honored as a California Community Schools Grant Winner, allowing us to connect our families to partners and programs that support their needs.

We built a strong sense of community with our sister school, Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School. Many students graduate from Ánimo Ellen Ochoa and continue on their path to college readiness on the Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo campus.

Our annual community events are open to families and include a Dia De Los Muertos Celebration, High School Fair, AEO STEM Competition, and Voces Unidas Exhibition.

Parent Quote

I have always shared my experiences with friends and family. I have never doubted my decision to have taken my students to [Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School]. It was the best decision that I could have made as a parent ."

– Maria Navarette

Parent of Ánimo Ellen Ochoa students

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