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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Interested in Applying to Open Magnet Charter? (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Jun 9 (last updated Oct 14)

Thank you for taking the time to explore all that Open Magnet Charter has to offer!  The registration period is October 4th - November 10th for the 2017-2018 school year.  For prospective parents, we will be holding school tours on October 18th and November 1st at 8:30 am (Previous date was incorrect.  We will not be holding a tour on Nov. 10th). No need to RSVP.

Applications are processed through the LAUSD Magnet Choices Program.  The LAUSD Magnet Choices Application will be available on October 4-November 10, 2016.  Please read through the instructions and details carefully.

Be sure to check out the wealth of information available on our website.  You can read about our latest school news and take a peek at some of our classroom events.  For more information about the application procedures, please see Admissions.

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Sat 10/29
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tue 11/1 8:30 am
Thu 11/3 5:30 pm
Tue 11/8 (All day)
Thu 11/10 (All day)
Fri 11/11 (All day)
Mon 11/14 (All day) to Fri 11/18 (All day)
Mon 11/21 (All day) to Fri 11/25 (All day)