Open Magnet Charter School

Welcome to Open Magnet Charter School

Open Magnet Charter is an Affiliated-Charter and Magnet Elementary School (K-5) in the Los Angeles Unified School District.  We are conveniently located near the 405 Freeway in the City of Los Angeles adjacent to the community of Westchester.

Like an oasis away from the busy city, Open students, parents, and staff come together to build a true learning community where students learn through meaningful experiences. Teams of two teachers sharing the same “cluster” of multi-age students design the instructional program to create a thematic project-based curriculum.  Enrichment programs covering visual arts, vocal arts, orchestra, physical education, and gardening are also integrated.  With its constructivist approach to teaching and a dedicated and diverse school community, Open is one of the most unique schools in the district.

Our goal is to inspire and support our students’ love of learning, thereby enabling them to master the skills they will need as lifelong learners and responsible citizens in our ever-changing society.



  • October 15, 2020 at 5 pm                                       
  • October 28, 2020 at 5 pm
  • November 10, 2020 at 5 pm

You must REGISTER at  Please select one date.

--> CLICK TO VIEW OUR SELF-GUIDED VIRTUAL TOUR RIGHT NOW!  You will see various sites on our campus and visit two of our Clusters.  Please sign up for one of our Info Meetings/Live Q & A for more (see above).

-->Check out Ms. Lew's Virtual Office for more resources.

Applicants MUST be residents of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) at the time of application in order to participate in the LAUSD Magnet Program. Click here on how to apply to Open Magnet Charter.


Open Magnet Charter has been designated as a California Distinguished School in 1997, 2003, and just recently in 2012.

California Distinguished School

"[These Schools] demonstrate the incredible commitment of California's teachers, administrators and school employees to provide a world-class education to every student, in spite of the financial hardships facing our state and our schools. Their dedication is inspiring, and I applaud and admire their passion and persistence."
--State Superintendent Tom Torlakson

In 2001, we were one of three schools chosen in the county of Los Angeles to be the recipient of the Los Angeles Educational Partnership Excellence Award. The LAEP Excellence Awards highlight the accomplishments of teachers, schools and school-communities in the Los Angeles Unified School District that have enhanced student learning and achievement in pre-K through 12th grade.

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Open's Virtual Tour and Info Meetings - Spread the Word (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Oct 15 (last updated Oct 15)

Love Open School and know someone who may be interested in joining our Open Family? Looking to especially recruit incoming Kindergarten and First Grade students?

Let them know by forwarding this info and tell them that we have on our Home page:

  • a self-guided mini-virtual tour 
  • sign-ups for our Info Meetings with Live Q & A
  • Info flyer to share with everyone about our meetings

We will be holding our info meetings on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 and Tuesday, November 10, 2020 with all meetings starting at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom. 

There will be an overview of the schools and Q & A Sessions with Open parents and students.

Registration is required. Please click here to register.
You can also find this information on our Home page.

Please e-mail (Peggy Lew) if you have any questions.

Everyday Counts: Attendance is Key (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Sep 24 (last updated Sep 24)

Dear Open School Families,

I am excited to report that 95.7 % of our students have been categorized as being ADVANCED in the area of attendance. Which means all of these students have been present for remote learning at least 24 of the first 25 days of school. That is spectacular! We are aiming for 100% of our students to reach this goal (absent no more than one day)  for the next 25 day period. Everyone can do it!

For remote learning purposes, your child is counted present if he/she is in at least one Zoom and/or active on Schoology that day. However, we are striving to have full participation from all of our students to optimize their learning.

Also, by law, LAUSD requires a written or verbal explanation from a parent/guardian when a student is absent for part or all of a school day.  Please be aware that if notification is not received within 4 school days of the absence, it will be recorded as unexcused and may lead to your child being classified as truant.  You may notify the school of the reason for your child's absence in any of the following ways:

  • Send an email explaining the absence to your cluster teacher.
  • Send an (email )directly to the front office.
  • Send a message using the side bar button on our Home Page marked "Child Attendance" for your convenience.

Thank you for helping us keep our records accurate.

In Partnership,


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Tue 10/27 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Wed 10/28 5:00 pm
Fri 10/30 7:45 am
Fri 10/30 11:55 pm
Thu 11/5 5:30 pm
Fri 11/6 (All day) to Thu 11/19 (All day)
Tue 11/10 5:00 pm
Wed 11/11 (All day)
Mon 11/23 (All day) to Fri 11/27 (All day)