ANIMO Pat Brown Charter High School: Full Guide

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Are you a student or parent at ANIMO Pat Brown Charter High School? Want to understand how to get the most out of high school?

We've written the best guide to ANIMO Pat Brown available. Here we'll cover:

  • Breakdowns of student ethnicity, gender, and family income
  • How safe ANIMO Pat Brown is to attend
  • SAT/ACT/AP scores earned by ANIMO Pat Brown students
  • Which AP/IB classes you can take at ANIMO Pat Brown
  • Every sports team you can join at ANIMO Pat Brown

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Basic Information

ANIMO Pat Brown Charter High School is a public school, supporting grades 9 to 12 . It's located in Los Angeles, CA in Los Angeles County.

Based on its location, ANIMO Pat Brown is classified as a school in a large suburb. Here's the location on a map:


Contact Information

Mailing address:

ANIMO Pat Brown Charter High School
1149 S. Hill St., Ste. 600
Los Angeles, CA 90015-4014

Phone number: 3235853312

ANIMO Pat Brown Charter High School homepage: http://greendot.org/patbrown?p=3799

Principal: Joshua Hartford
Email the principal: [email protected]


Student Demographics

Student Enrollment

The total enrollment at ANIMO Pat Brown Charter High School is 613 students, making it a somewhat large high school, in the top half of all California high schools by size.

As a mid-sized high school, ANIMO Pat Brown strikes the balance between size and comfort. There will be enough students to provide a diversity of experiences, like clubs and sports, for you to join. But it'll be small enough that you'll likely get to know most people in your class.


Growth in Student Body Size

Is ANIMO Pat Brown Charter High School growing or shrinking? This will help you see trends in where the school is headed.

From our calculations, the enrollment at ANIMO Pat Brown has steadily increased over the past few years. We calculate this by comparing enrollment in grades 9 to 12.

Male Students Female Students All Students
9th grade 89 90 179
10th grade 87 78 165
11th grade 73 71 144
12th grade 49 76 125

As you can see in the table above, the freshman class is 54 students larger than the senior class. This suggests that the school is growing in size and taking on more students.

There are a few reasons this could be happening. The city of Los Angeles could be growing in population, thus sending more students into ANIMO Pat Brown. Alternatively, ANIMO Pat Brown could be relaxing its student policies and taking in more students.


Gender Split

Are there more boys or girls at ANIMO Pat Brown Charter High School?

From our statistics, ANIMO Pat Brown has a 49:51 split between male and female students in the high school grades.

ANIMO Pat Brown has a balanced male-female ratio that's largely representative of the general population in Los Angeles County. Since the student body is roughly half and half, it should feel like there are equal numbers of boys and girls in your classes.

This usually means that ANIMO Pat Brown doesn't strongly select for either males or females, unlike other schools that have a large majority of males or females.


Ethnicity Breakdown

What's the racial diversity at ANIMO Pat Brown Charter High School? Does one ethnicity make up most of the student body, or is it fairly balanced?

From our statistics, ANIMO Pat Brown has a very homogenous student body, with over 90% of students identifying as one ethnicity. This is especially extreme - fewer than 10% of California schools show as little racial diversity as ANIMO Pat Brown does. When attending class, you'll be surrounded by students of the same ethnicity.

The majority of students at ANIMO Pat Brown are Hispanic. In California, Hispanic students make up the majority of all students at 51.5%, and are thus the most common ethnicity. Predominantly Hispanic schools are the most common type of homogenous school, and ANIMO Pat Brown fits within this category.

Percentage Number
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.0% 0
Asian 0.0% 0
Hispanic 97.5% 598
Black 1.6% 10
White 0.0% 0
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0.0% 0
Two or more races 0.8% 5

High schools usually reflect the population in the surrounding area, so the ethnicities of students likely resembles those of Los Angeles. If you'd like to see how other nearby schools look in diversity, just google "[name of school] prepscholar" to find our guide to that specific school.


Income Level of ANIMO Pat Brown Families

What are the family incomes of students at ANIMO Pat Brown Charter High School? To determine this, we look at the number of students who qualify for free or reduced lunches, a classification by the US federal government.

To qualify for a reduced price meal, family income needs to be below 185% of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of 4, this means an income of around $45,000 or below.

To qualify for a free meal, family income needs to be below 130% of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of 4, this means an income of around $32,000 or below.

The lower the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced price meals, the higher the income levels are likely to be.

At ANIMO Pat Brown, 7.3% of students qualify for reduced-price lunches, and 87.7% qualify for free lunches.

This means ANIMO Pat Brown has a high percentage of students at or near poverty. Almost a third of all schools in California show this level of poverty, and by National Center for Education Statistics standards, ANIMO Pat Brown can be classified as a high poverty school. The income level of families in Los Angeles is thus likely to be low.

Number Percent
Reduced-price lunches 45 7.3%
Free lunches 538 87.7%
Do not qualify for reduced-price or free lunches 30 4.8%

As with ethnicity, this likely reflects the surrounding community in Los Angeles and doesn't speak much about the school itself.

Unfortunately, schools in areas of lower income levels are likely to be more poorly funded. As a result, they might feature less advanced coursework like AP/IB classes, and you may not have a full range of sports and extracurriculars to draw from. Because ANIMO Pat Brown is an especially high poverty-level school, it might not have the resources you need to meet your full potential.

You definitely don't have control over the city, the school, or other families, but you can structure your own learning to be more productive. If you'd like to open yourself to more opportunities, you can look into whether it's possible to transfer to a nearby school with higher income levels.

If not, don't be alarmed - it's possible that ANIMO Pat Brown has all that you need for your ambition. And you can definitely be proactive about learning outside of your school, looking to your community or to the Internet to find more resources.

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School Safety

How safe is ANIMO Pat Brown Charter High School to attend? Can you expect a lot of conflict as a student here?

To study this, we look at disciplinary data for two types of incidents at ANIMO Pat Brown: referrals to law enforcement (when incidents are reported to police), and arrests.

These are the most serious disciplinary actions available to school administration and are more severe than suspensions or expulsions. Suspensions are often discretionary and can be given just for being disruptive in class. In contrast, law enforcement referrals and arrests often indicate incidents that put the safety of other ANIMO Pat Brown students at risk.

In the school year of 2011-2012, there were 0 referrals to law enforcement, and 0 school-related arrests. This is out of a total enrollment of 585 students.

To put this into perspective, most California schools (59% of them) reported 0 law enforcement referrals and arrests.

Compare this school with other high schools in the same school district, using the following table:

Los Angeles Unified School District Safety

School Name Total Referred Total Arrests Enrollment
Frank Lanterman 0 0 222
Youth Opportunities Unlimited 6 0 323
Jane Addams Continuation 0 0 216
William Tell Aggeler Opportunity High 0 0 65
John R. Wooden High 0 0 144
Angel's Gate (continuation) 0 0 84

Academic Performance


Now we get to a major aspect of assessing a high school: academic performance. How good of an education will you get at ANIMO Pat Brown Charter High School? Will you be competitive for college? Will you have access to advanced classes?

We've compiled everything we could find about ANIMO Pat Brown's academics here.


Standardized Testing


Next, we'll look at another major piece of high school academics: standardized testing performance for ANIMO Pat Brown Charter High School students. These are tests that are administered to large populations of students for comparison purposes.

Let’s start by taking a look at the data for nationally administered standardized tests.

SAT Scores

As you probably know, the SAT is a critical test used for college admissions. The higher the score you get, the better your academic performance compared to students nationwide, and the easier it is to get into top colleges.

We did in-depth research and found the average ANIMO Pat Brown Charter High School SAT scores.

The average composite SAT score is a 1210 out of 2400, compared to a national average of 1500. Each year, roughly 187 at ANIMO Pat Brown take the SAT.

This is a very low SAT score, putting ANIMO Pat Brown in the bottom 25% of all California schools, and well below the national average. Only 11% of SAT takers here score above the national average. Unfortunately, this suggests that most students attending ANIMO Pat Brown are not high-achieving, and may find it difficult to be admitted to a good college.

Note, however, that an average is just an average - you still have the potential to rise above expectations. If you work hard and earn an SAT score well above ANIMO Pat Brown's average, you'll have a great shot at entering a good college.

Here's a breakdown of SAT scores by section:

Average SAT Scores (2013-2014)

Source Critical Reading Math Writing Composite
ANIMO Pat Brown 391 426 394 1210
California 498 510 496 1504
United States 495 511 484 1490

Note that the SAT has since changed to a 1600 scale, but the trends above for your high school are likely to continue. Just use this guide to convert between the old 2400 scale and the new 1600 scale.

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ACT Scores

In California, the ACT is less popular than the SAT. Fewer students take the ACT, and typically these students are more motivated and academically prepared for college. Therefore, it's harder to compare ANIMO Pat Brown Charter High School ACT scores with the rest of the country.

At ANIMO Pat Brown, the average ACT composite score was 16, compared to the nationwide average of 20. Each year, roughly 96 out of 613 total students take the ACT.

Unfortunately, this is well below average performance, putting ANIMO Pat Brown in the bottom 25% of high schools in California. Most students who take the ACT here are well below the national average.

Since the ACT tests what you learn in school, this may be a warning sign that the quality of education you'll receive at ANIMO Pat Brown may be lacking compared to other schools.

Here are the average English, Math, Reading, and Science scores for ANIMO Pat Brown compared to California and the US:

Average ACT Scores

Source English Math Reading Science
ANIMO Pat Brown 15 17 16 16
California 21.8 22.8 22.3 21.7
UnitedStates 20.3 20.9 21.3 20.8

Scores provided are for the 2013-14 school year.

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Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) classes are college-level courses that are an additional academic challenge may give ANIMO Pat Brown Charter High School students credit for college.

Here's what we're looking for: high average AP test scores as well as high AP passing rates.

AP Scores

Every year, roughly 67 students in grades 9-12 at ANIMO Pat Brown take 96 AP exams. It's important to understand how students score on the AP - earning a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP test means passing the test and often earning college credit.

The average score of all AP exams taken at ANIMO Pat Brown is 3.1 out of 5.

This is a solid achievement showing above average performance. The majority of students get a passing grade of 3 or above, placing them above the national average. This performance places ANIMO Pat Brown Charter High School in the top 25% of schools for AP tests.

ANIMO Pat Brown therefore has a robust AP program with classes that will help you pass the AP exam. Furthermore, a sizable number of students still earn a 4 or a 5 on their AP tests, so if you're motivated to do well, you can still get a great AP score.

We have specific data on how many students got a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 (out of 5) on AP exams in the chart below:


To find out the passing rates for specific AP courses at ANIMO Pat Brown Charter High School, you'll have to talk to your guidance counselor (who can then help you find that information). For instance, one AP Calculus teacher may have an above-90% passing rate, while another might only have a 50% passing rate. If you can, you'll want to take the class with the teacher who has more students get a 3 or above on the AP exam.

Find out more about the average score for each AP subject here.


State Tests

As of 2014, eleventh graders attending ANIMO Pat Brown Charter High School must take standardized tests in English/Language Arts and Math as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). These align with the new Common Core standards and are called the "Smarter Balanced" tests.

If ANIMO Pat Brown students meet or exceed state standards, they're academically prepared to graduate high school and go to college. Specifically, we care about the percentage of students who meet or exceed state standards. The larger this number, the higher the preparation of students at ANIMO Pat Brown.

English/Language Arts

At ANIMO Pat Brown Charter High School, 52% of students meet or exceed state standards in English/Language Arts.

This is considered above average and puts ANIMO Pat Brown in the top 50% of all high schools in California for English/Language Arts. Around half of ANIMO Pat Brown students pass state standards, and around half do not.

This specific percentage isn't much cause for concern - because the standards have gotten harder with the Common Core, the pass rate at ANIMO Pat Brown will likely rise over time. But it still reflects ANIMO Pat Brown's roughly average ranking among California high schools.

English/Language Arts Test Results (2015)

 

Read more about what’s measured in each ELA area score here.


Math

The other major test taken for state assessments is Math. Across the state, Math performance is generally lower than English/Language Arts performance, so it's natural for this number to be lower.

At ANIMO Pat Brown Charter High School, 24% of students meet or exceed state standards in Math. This is considered well below average and puts ANIMO Pat Brown in the bottom 25% of all high schools in California. The vast majority of ANIMO Pat Brown students don't meet state standards, and only a small percentage pass.

Math Test Results (2015)

 

Read more about what’s measured in each Math area score, go here.


Academic Offerings


In addition to the standard high school curriculum, many high schools like ANIMO Pat Brown Charter High School offer advanced coursework as part of the Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.

Brief Intro to AP/IB

AP and IB courses are designed at the difficulty level of college introductory classes. There are several important benefits to taking advanced coursework at ANIMO Pat Brown. First, taking more advanced classes shows colleges that you're committed to challenging yourself academically, and that you're one of the more advanced students at ANIMO Pat Brown. Taking AP/IB classes also raises your weighted GPA and makes you a stronger college applicant.

Furthermore, many colleges will accept your ANIMO Pat Brown AP/IB coursework as college coursework. In some cases, you'll be able to skip introductory-level classes and move to more advanced classes. In other cases, you'll be able to avoid having to take required courses and might even be able to graduate earlier than the standard 4 years. Often this will require you to pass the AP test, getting a score of 3 or above.

So what advanced courses does ANIMO Pat Brown Charter High School offer?

AP Courses

ANIMO Pat Brown Charter High School offers AP courses in 7 subjects.

This is a relatively low number of AP subjects, putting ANIMO Pat Brown Charter High School in the bottom 50% of California schools offering AP courses. You'll likely be able to take the most popular courses like Calculus, English, and US History, but you won't have most other subjects available.

The total number of AP subjects is 38, so ANIMO Pat Brown is missing most. If you want to take any AP courses not being offered at ANIMO Pat Brown, ask your counselor for ideas on how to cover the gap. If you're a strong student, you might consider transferring schools to access a more advanced curriculum.

Of course, keep in mind that even though ANIMO Pat Brown doesn't offer many AP courses, it might teach the ones it does offer quite well. You can see student performance in the AP score analysis section above.

The following AP courses were offered at ANIMO Pat Brown during 2015-2016:

Course Title
Calculus AB
Chemistry
English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition
Spanish Language and Culture
United States Government and Politics
United States History

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