Green Dot Public Schools

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Green Dot Public Schools
TypeCharter schools
FounderSteve Barr

Green Dot Public Schools is a non-profit educational organization headquartered in Downtown Los Angeles, California that operates 20 public schools in Greater Los Angeles, including nine charter high schools,[1] five schools in Tennessee, and three in Washington.[2]

The organization was founded by Steve Barr in 1999. The schools that Green Dot operates in California are each named Ánimo, the Spanish word for rigor and strength. The graduation rates of schools operated by Green Dot are higher than those of the Los Angeles Unified School District; in the 2014–2015 school year, 80% of students graduated from Ánimo schools, compared to 72% that year for LAUSD (79.7% for Comprehensive High Schools.)

In 2006, Green Dot opened 5 charter schools within the attendance area of Los Angeles' troubled Locke High School. In 2008, a majority of permanent teachers at Locke High School voted to reconstitute the underperforming school as a Green Dot Charter School. [3][4]

California School results[edit]

Green Dot serves middle and high school students in and around Los Angeles, California. The five Green Dot schools that opened prior to 2006 are achieving high results on several key metrics compared to neighboring traditional public schools. Green Dot's first campus, Ánimo Leadership High School in Inglewood, has an API score of 806 compared to the 589 score of neighboring LAUSD Hillcrest High school.

In 2008, an OpEd by in the Los Angeles Times raised numerous concerns about plans for Green Dot to "operate Locke High School during the regular school year" and predicted failure.[5] UCLA's National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing evaluated Green Dot's Locke Transformation Project, finding generally positive results. The CRESST Evaluation claims, "results from matched samples of students suggest that 9th graders who entered GDL generally performed better on a range of student outcome measures than they would have if they had attended a comparable LAUSD high school." Countering concerns that Green Dot would simply purge students who proved more challenging to educate, the CRESST Evaluation concludes, "GDL students were very similar to Locke’s demographic profile prior to the GDL transformation, as well as to comparison students from GDL feeder schools who attended three comparison high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)."[6]


The Greendot public school system has 28 charter schools across three states which include:[7]


  • Ánimo City of Champions High School
  • Ánimo College Prep Academy
  • Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School
  • Ánimo Florence Firestone Middle School
  • Animo Inglewood Charter High School
  • Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School
  • Ánimo James B. Taylor Charter Middle School
  • Ánimo Jefferson Charter Middle School
  • Animo Leadership Charter High School
  • Alain Leroy Locke College Preparatory Academy
  • Ánimo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School
  • Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School
  • Ánimo Phillis Wheatley Charter Middle School
  • Ánimo Ralph Bunche Charter High School
  • Ánimo South Los Angeles Charter High School
  • Animo Venice Charter High School
  • Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy
  • Ánimo Western Charter Middle School
  • Ánimo Westside Charter Middle School
  • Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School


  • Bluff City High School
  • Fairley High School
  • Hillcrest High School
  • Kirby Middle School
  • Wooddale Middle School


  • Destiny Middle School
  • Rainier Valley Leadership Academy
  • Excel Public Charter School

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Mission and Model". Green Dot Public Schools. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Our Schools". Green Dot Public Schools. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  3. ^ Whitmire, Richard (September 26, 2017). "Green Dot Public Schools: Not Just About Getting Students Into College, but Getting them Into the Right Ones and Keeping Them There". The 74 Million. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  4. ^ Stokes, Kyle; Javier, Carla (February 20, 2018). "LA's Notorious Locke High School is Improving. Is It Still 'Failing'?". KPCC 89.3. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  5. ^ LA Times
  6. ^ CRESST REPORT 799 - EVALUATION OF GREEN DOT’S LOCKE TRANSFORMATION PROJECT: FINDINGS FROM THE 2007-08, 2008-09, AND 2009-10 SCHOOL YEARS Archived 2014-08-10 at the Wayback Machine, UCLA
  7. ^ "Schools". Green Dot Public Schools. Retrieved March 29, 2018.