About Us

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Academics

Counseling

campus life

Athletics

Arts

Academics

Our school is dedicated to setting students up for success. We offer 7 Advanced Placement courses in Calculus, Computer Science, English Language, English Literature, Government, Spanish Language, and U.S History. Through Project Lead the Way, we have a Computer Science Essentials pathway, and honors English, Math, and Science courses are available to students starting in 10th grade. 

All of our scholars experience a college-going culture with our 4-year College Readiness Program. Our partnership with East L.A. College allows us to offer college courses on campus during the regular school day, where students can earn real college credit.

Counseling

School counselors and our college success advisor are passionate about supporting students academically and personally. We encourage students to dream big and enlist college program partners for help along the way, including College Track, Minds Matter, POSSE, Dell Scholars, Ánimo Scholars, and Questbridge. 

We have annual college field trips to UC, CSU, and private colleges for every grade level as well as a 10th grade overnight trip to San Diego and an 11th grade overnight trip to Northern California.

Campus Life

Ánimo Pat Brown is a tight-knit community with an inclusive school culture based on positive relationships and Gryphon pride. ARC after-school activities and Expanded Learning programming is available everyday until 6pm–at no cost to our families. Students can explore their interests in over 10 clubs, from the Gryphon Garden to T-Shirt Design.

Athletics

Our school has been approved to participate in CIF sports since 2020. We currently offer volleyball, cross-country, soccer, basketball, and track where our athletes can develop their skills and compete against other local schools. 

Scholars can also participate in Students Run L.A. and train towards running the L.A. Marathon!

Arts

We know that every student is unique and want them to find their place at Ánimo Pat Brown. Among our electives available to all students are Digital Arts, Visual Art, and Drama. Outside of the classroom, Painting Club, Cosmetology/Gel-X Club, DIY Club, and Music Production help our students find their spark.

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Community

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

We have built a strong sense of community with our sister school, Ánimo Florence-Firestone Charter Middle School. Many of our students graduate from Ánimo Florence-Firestone and continue on their path to college readiness on our campus.

Student Quote

I think Ánimo Pat Brown (APB) is really good academically. The teachers were always there to support us. I feel that if I hadn’t attended APB I really wouldn’t have had the potential or resources to get into a school like UCSD."

– Nathan Navarette

Ánimo Pat Brown graduate currently attending UC San Diego

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