Students & Families

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Welcome Back Panthers!

Welcome back to Ánimo South Los Angeles Charter High School! We’re excited to start another year of growth, learning, and community together. This year, we have a wide range of activities and programs planned, from engaging academic courses and inspiring arts opportunities to dynamic athletics and clubs. We invite you to explore our website for the latest updates on events, extracurriculars, and resources for students and parents. Our dedicated staff is here to support you every step of the way, and we look forward to another successful year ahead. Here’s to a fantastic new school year!

Athletics & Support

At Ánimo South Los Angeles Charter High School, our athletics programs are designed to promote teamwork, discipline, and physical fitness. We offer a variety of sports and activities that cater to different interests and skill levels, encouraging students to engage in a healthy and active lifestyle. Our experienced coaches are dedicated to helping students develop their athletic skills, build character, and foster school spirit. Whether aiming for competitive excellence or simply enjoying recreational sports, our athletics programs provide valuable opportunities for personal growth and community connection

Sports offered include:

  • Boys & Girls
  • Basketball
  • Cheer
  • Cross Country
  • Boys & Girls Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Track & Field

Clubs available to students include:

  • Driver’s Education
  • Students Run LA
  • Just Keep Living
  • Music Production
  • Cooking
  • Painting & Illustration
  • Weight Lifting
  • SOGA
  • Korean
  • Creative Writing
  • Gardening 
  • Cosmetology
  • DIY
  • Soccer
  • Crocheting

Our school welcomes all students, regardless of background, and encourages everyone to join our inclusive community. We enhance our instructional programs and professional development to ensure that English Learners (ELs) engage deeply in rigorous and challenging content. Valuing family and community partnerships, we leverage their diverse languages, skills, cultures, and experiences. We empower all stakeholders to prioritize the needs of ELs, integrating ELD principles across our curriculum, supporting their academic growth, and affirming their cultural and linguistic identities throughout their educational journey.

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 Special Education & Psychological Services Commitment

Ánimo South L.A’s special education and psychological services team is committed to addressing barriers to learning through an integrated academic, social-emotional and behavioral system that bridges services to students with disabilities in an inclusive environment.

Our approach

We provide high quality and accessible programming that embraces the strengths of our students. Our special education supports are created with high structure in order to foster a highly inclusive supported environment for all of our scholars and their families.

Department Contact Information

Dr. Susana Campo
Senior Director of Special Education & Psychological Services
[email protected]
(323) 565 – 1600

Special Education Program
Administrator
Didi Smith
deidra[email protected]

School Psychologist
Nico Saldivar

nico.[email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can my child attend Ánimo South L.A if she/he has an IEP?
Yes, we are a public school and welcome all students.

I have questions about my child’s IEP. Who should I reach out to?
Please contact the school and ask to speak with your child’s special education teacher.

Who should I contact for a special education evaluation or support for my child?
Please contact our school psychologist to share your concerns.

Related Links:

Notice of Procedural Safeguards Special Education Rights of Parents and Children -English

Aviso de Garantías Procesales Derechos a la Educación Especial de Padres-Español

Understanding The IEP Process, For Parents- VIDEO English

Our School Liaison is:

Melissa Peña
Community School Manager
1149 S. Hill St., Ste. 600
323-565-1600

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act for Homeless Children and Youth entitles all homeless school-aged
children to the same free and appropriate public education that is provided to non-homeless students. To that
end, Green Dot has adopted the following policy regarding the enrollment and education of homeless students.

A homeless student is defined as a person between the ages of two and eighteen who lacks a fixed, regular, and
adequate nighttime residence. It includes children and youths who:

  • Live in an emergency or transitional shelter; abandoned building, parked car, or other facility not designed as a
    regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
  • Live “double-up” with another family/are sharing the housing of other persons, due to loss of housing,
    economic hardship, or a similar reason;
  • Live in a hotel or motel due to lack of alternate adequate accommodations;
  • Live in a trailer park or campsite due to lack of alternate adequate accommodations;
  • Have been abandoned at a hospital;
  • Reside in a home for school-aged, unwed mothers or mothers-to-be if there are no other available living
    accommodations;
  • Are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or
    similar settings; and
  • Are a migratory or abandoned, runaway, or throwaway youth that qualifies as homeless because he/she is
    living in circumstances described above.

Homeless status is determined in cooperation with the parent or guardian. In the case of unaccompanied youth,
status is determined by the School Liaison.

School Liaison

The Principal designates the following staff person as the School Liaison for homeless students:

Melissa Peña
Community School Manager
1149 S. Hill St., Ste. 600
323-565-1600

The School Liaison shall ensure that:

  1. Homeless students are identified by school personnel and through coordination activities with other
    entities and agencies.
  2. Homeless students enroll in, and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed at Green Dot.
  3. Homeless students and families receive educational services for which they are eligible, including
  4. Head Start and Even Start programs, and referrals to health care services, dental services, mental
    health services, and other appropriate services.
  5. Parents/guardians are informed of the educational and related opportunities available to their
    children and are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their
    children.
  6. Public notice of the educational rights of homeless children is disseminated at places where children
    receive services, such as schools, shelters, and soup kitchens.
  7. Enrollment/admissions disputes are mediated in accordance with law, the Green Dot charter(s), and
    Board policy.
  8. Parents/guardians and any unaccompanied youth are fully informed of all transportation services, as
    applicable.
  9. The School Liaison collaborates with State coordinators and community and school personnel
    responsible for the provision of education and related services to homeless children and youths.
    Enrollment

Green Dot shall immediately admit/enroll the student (subject to the school’s capacity and pursuant to any
procedures stated in the charter), even if the student lacks records normally required for enrollment. Records
will immediately be requested from the previous school.

If the student needs to obtain immunizations or does not possess immunization or other medical records, the
Principal or designee shall refer the parent/guardian to the School Liaison. The School Liaison shall assist the
parent/guardian in obtaining the necessary immunizations or records for the student

    • On-site school psychologists and college counselors
    • Student-tailored academic Advisory course
    • Restorative Justice Discipline Model
    • Community Building opportunities and grade-level events
    • Mental health and behavioral support for all students
    • Tutoring and office hours to support students\’ academic needs
    • Personalized learning for all students

Parent Resources

 Panther families can find important information here including portal login links, policies, calendar, and opportunities to partner in your student’s education. 

For more in-depth policies, please visit our policy and compliance page.

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