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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Register and Sign Up to Help with The Campout! (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Aug 22 (last updated Sep 4)

Our annual Campout  - from September 21st at 3 p.m. to September 22nd at 11 a.m. - promises to be as much fun as all the others!  If you’re one of the few families that haven’t participated yet, please don’t miss it again.  Register here today! Prices go up by $10 on September 17th.

Sign Up here to help with this fun event!

Arrivals and tent-set up will be at 3 p.m.  Then, all the fun begins: dance party, fun games, adult social hour, dinner served, movies shown, arts & crafts, S’mores, breakfast the next day, and more.  Most families do stay the night, but non-overnighters still have loads of fun.  Check out this flyer for more details.

Questions?  Please (email Campout Co-chair Shawna Mills)

Next School Tours Will Be Held Fall 2019 (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Nov 27 (last updated Nov 27)

Our school tours and on-time application period has concluded.  Our next school tours will be scheduled in Fall 2019 usually near the end of October.

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