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.

Information about upcoming tours will be available on our website in September-October. 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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Next School Tours Will Be Held on Oct. 22 & 29, 2019 (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Sep 23 (last updated Oct 10)

Our school tours will be held on Oct. 22, 2019 and Oct. 29, 2019.  Both will start at 8:30 am in the auditorium.  No RSVP required.  We will start with an overview of our school, then move on with a tour, and conclude with a Q & A and application procedures.

We will not have any other tours, so we hope that you can make it to one of the dates.

Fall Family Festival - All Hands on Deck! (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Oct 10 (last updated Oct 10)

The Fall Festival planning is in full swing and it is time to lend a hand. Many volunteer opportunities are available and very much needed for this very special day. Please sign up on our Signup Genius and make sure to navigate between the tabs (or drop down menu on mobile devices) for all our various needs: donations, items to borrow, set up and break down helpers, game booth supervisors, food booth helpers and more. You are not required to volunteer only under your child’s cluster(s).

Thank you to our Premier Pumpkin Festival Sponsor: The Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation and to our Golden Ghoul Festival Sponsors: Gerez Real Estate TeamI do Love Math and Nairn Constructions Inc.

Pre-sale discounted tickets for the Festival are now available online: $20 for 25 tickets! (Day of Festival tickets are $1 each.) Click here to purchase yours! Not sure how many tickets to get? Here is a general idea: Games & Crafts booths: 3-6 tickets, Food Booths: 4-10 tickets per meal, Snack items: 1-3 tickets. An off-line ticket order form will be sent with student in the few days. 

For more information, please (email Friends).

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