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 usually in October. 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.


Due to our school closure, please contact us at  if you have questions regarding your child's enrollment application or if you have wait list questions.

Thank you for your patience, as we usually experience a high volume of questions during this period.  We will try to reply as soon as possible.

Note that the application window has closed for the 2020-21 school year.  The next opportunity to apply will be in the Fall 2020 for the 2021-22 school year.


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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Supporting One Another: Remote Learning for 4/2/2020 (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 31 (last updated Apr 1)

Dear Open School Families,

As more information is given to us from LAUSD about the state of the school closures, I will continue to keep you posted. 

Our community continues to come through for each other. Here is a Name Art idea from Jamilah Lang (mother of Jalen):

"Here’s a really fun art activity I did with the boys. Only 3 supplies needed: painter tape, paper and either crayons, markers or paint. Your choice."


LAX is hosting the First Annual Virtual Aircraft Design Competition- Due April 24

Please have your child consider joining the fun. Click here for the design template and here for the flyer with more information. Designs are due April 24, 2020.

Supporting One Another: Remote Learning for 4/1/2020 (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 30 (last updated Apr 1)

Here are a few things you might want to jump into tomorrow, 4/1/2020 to kick-off the month of April:

Get Empowered a performing arts group is hosting several arts opportunities via zoom. Check out this flyer for their Beat Box Class tomorrow. 


Parents and students, The art I am suggesting should be enjoyable for all. Everything can be done simply with scrap paper and pencil or you can use supplies you have around the house. Be creative and have fun!
This lesson lets be inspired by balance, movement, and joy.
Calder, known to his friends as ‘Sandy’, invented the mobile in 1931 when he decided to create a drawing in the air!

Calder was born in Pennsylvania, in 1898 into an artistic family, his grandfather, his father and his mother were all artists. However, as a kid he was great at Maths, so he decided to study engineering at university. This turned out to be very useful later on when he was inventing his kinetic sculptures. Kinetic is used to describe a type of art that moves, either by air or the use of a motor.

In 1926 Calder made a miniature circus out of wire and bits of cork and fabric. He called it the Cirque Calder, and artists like Pablo Picasso were invited to come and watch performances. As a kid, Calder loved the circus, especially the acrobats. He was impressed by their ability to balance on thin wires high up in the air. 
Here is Alexander with his circus.

Look at one of Alexanders amazing mobile sculptures.
Have you heard of Cirque Du Soleil? I have been lucky enough to see 4 different shows by this spectacular circus. The balance, strength, and creativity that goes into every wondrous show truly blows my mind.
Here is a clip of one of their shows.
supplies: paper, crayons, marker, scissors, string/yarn, metal straw or clothes hanger, tape 

Draw your acrobat, color them, cut them out (young children have an adult help) and hang them over a hanger or straw with string. Give your acrobat some character are they riding a bike, holding a ball, or balancing a pizza on their head? Give their clothes some pattern stripes, polka dots, checkers for example.

Supporting One Another: Remote Learning for 3/31/2020 (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 29 (last updated Mar 31)

Dear Open School Families,

This is a 4-day week in which the teachers are piloting online and virtual learning. Teaching from a distance has its learning curve for the kids and adults alike. During this week the teachers will be observing a minimum day teaching schedule, meaning that after 12:50pm they will not be available, as they will be in Virtual Professional Development to enhance their ability to teach remotely. Our commitment is to prepare to deliver instruction to ALL of our students despite the many obstacles.

There is no school this Friday, April 3, 2020 in honor of Cesar Chavez. Please also remember that next week is Spring Break. Let's make the most of this week 

Music-at-Home Activities from Mr. Cline
Did you enjoy learning about Mozart last week? In case you missed it, there were 5 days of exciting activities, each day with an inspiring piece of music to listen to and more!
This week's series is titled "5 Days of the Beatles" and begins Monday with a fascinating story about the 1960's British rock band known as the Beatles and their wild fans. There is even an audio recording with Mr. Cline reading this story for all students and their families to enjoy.
Click here and bookmark this link to learn more about the "5 Days of Great Musicians" series and see a listing of all current and future featured musicians.
Also, be sure to keep visiting Mr. Cline's ever-growing Guide for Continued Music Learning at Home, where you will find resources for practicing music we had been working on in the classroom, this new "5 Days of Great Musicians" series, and much more coming soon!

Exercise at-Home 

Got Game is having online Zoom sessions this week. Check out the schedule here.

Thank you Leslie Parker (parent of John & Claire) for this great resource to get our bodies moving  Click Here to Try the Color Dash Board Game 

An art extension by Gisa Nico (parent of Adele)

Last week Ms. Nichole sent home an informative art project about Georgia O'Keefe. This art lesson by Gisa Nico, (Open School Parent) will surely extend that learning for our youngest students. I hope our little ones enjoy!

An Introduction to Georgia O'Keefe
Here is the link to the YouTube lesson on looking at an O'Keeffe painting with children.


Supporting One Another: Virtual Learning Officially Begins at Open School -3/30/2020 (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 27 (last updated Mar 29)

Dear Open School Families,

Thank you for your patience, as we embark on this very unusual situation. This is not normal for any of us, parents or teachers (and some of us are both) are all, CRISIS Schooling! And all we can ask of one another is to do so with EMPATHY and GRACE, for our children are watching. Be kind, be understanding, and know that every single one of us is trying our absolute best for ourselves and our kids!

Your teachers are extraordinary educators who have been working non-stop, around the clock to start officially teaching online tomorrow, Monday, March 30. There will be bumps, and hurdles, but in true Open School fashion we are here to support one another.

You will get more information from your teachers directly, about the specifics for each cluster, including their class schedule, video conferencing (Zoom), pre-recorded lessons, teacher office hours, recommended online support programs, additional paper pencil work, extra-curricular activities, etc. We will also be piloting an online learning management system, which is new to Open School called Class Dojo. This will be a gradual roll out, there will be more information as we learn this system together. We are looking at using this platform mainly to streamline communication and to engage student work in an elementary school setting.

Please be aware that although teachers will be offering classes via video conferencing, we are also using the guidelines provided by LAUSD for how much total screen time learning a child should be doing per day. As a teaching staff we will gauge what is best for our students and adjust accordingly.

K: 1 hour daily

1st - 3rd : 2 hours daily

4th-5th : 3 hours daily

As a community, I hope we are in agreement that life and learning have many components and we want our children to learn through many modalities, not just via technology. Also,  in accordance with LAUSD guidelines, we will not be able to provide one-on-one instruction via any video conferencing platform. 

We are listening—and know that we understand that families will each have their unique dynamics, so it’s important to reach out to us directly as we navigate these times together. My wish for each member of our Open School family is that you are healthy, safe and learning. Be well and hopefully we will all be back together soon. 

-- Antoinette 

Here is a wonderful art experience to share with your family for Monday, 3/30/2020:


The art I am suggesting should be enjoyable for all. Everything can be done simply with scrap paper and pencil or you can use supplies you have around the house. Be creative and have fun!

Let's travel to Egypt for a bit! Egypt is on the African continent. So many interesting things about Egypt!
-They used moldy bread to help with infections.
-They were one of the first civilizations to invent writing. They used ink to write and paper called papyrus.

-The Ancient Egyptians were scientists and mathematicians.They had numerous inventions including ways to build buildings, medicine, cosmetics, the calendar, the plow for farming, musical instruments, and even toothpaste.

-Ancient Egyptians loved board games “Mehen” and “Dogs and Jackals,” but perhaps the most popular was a game of chance known as “Senet.”

-Egyptian men and women wore makeup. It was thought to have healing powers, plus it helped protect their skin from the sun.

-Cats were considered sacred in Ancient Egypt.


CATS AND HIEROGLYPHS -- Mummy cat sculptures and your name in Egyptian letters


check out this video (parents, please preview the video)

Use either an empty toilet or paper towel roll, on one end press in on 2 sides making a fold so both sides come together (you will see in my photo) now you have a cat.

Use either crayon or paint to decorate your cat.

Draw, with a pencil first, the cats face, then outline with a marker.

Choose from a variety of supplies scarp paper, ribbon, tissue, etc. to wrap up your cat.


Use either paper or a brown bag for your PAPYRUS (paper)

Start with a pencil and draw your name in Egyptian alphabet, then trace with a marker.

Supporting One Another: Remote Learning for 3/26/2020 (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 25 (last updated Apr 1)

Dear Open School Families:

So many resources have been shared with you with in a short amount of time, I wanted to make sure you had some of the key ones again.

LAUSD Grab & Go Meals Centers

Grab and Go Food Sites are at the following ESC West Locations from 7am-11am daily. Please note the hours have been extended for food pick up:

Audubon MS, Bernstein HS, Bret Harte Prep MS, Cochran MS, Dorsey HS, Fairfax HS, Marina Del Rey MS, Muir MS, Palms MS, University MS & Washington Prep HS

Free Internet and Wi-Fi Resources for Students:

Spectrum internet is offering free internet for 60 days.

For free wifi call: (844) 488-8395


Story Time on YouTube with Ms. Pam (School Librarian) for Thursday, 3/26/2020:

Augustus and His Smile by Catherine Rayner

After the Fall by Dan Santat


Supporting One Another: Remote Learning for 3/25/2020 (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 24 (last updated Apr 1)

Hello Open School Families, 

Switching to online learning has its difficulties, we are learning that, no doubt. It also has its philosophical differences, as well. When we sift through all of this, the one thing we can all most likely agree on is we are all doing our best, given these mountainous circumstances. As we continue to cultivate our loving and supportive Open School community, please read this blog by Brene' Brown that shares both the teacher and parent perspective in these new times.  As we all sort out the kinks, we will surely be patient with one another. 


Here's a fun idea for Wednesday, 3/25/2020:


The art I am suggesting should be enjoyable for all. Everything can be done simply with scrap paper and pencil or you can use supplies you have around the house.

Be creative and have fun! 

This lesson's artist to be inspired by: Georgia O'Keeffe

Watch this video about Georgia O'Keeffe

Nature was the true source of Georgia O'Keeffe's art. Growing up in a small town in Wisconsin she was surrounded by nature. She loved how nature made her feel, calm and intuitive. When she lived in New York City she felt as though everyone was so busy and never stopped to look at the flowers so she started painting them really big and close up and it did get people's attention! “FILL A SPACE IN A BEAUTIFUL WAY” is how she approached her art.


paper, pencil, colored pencil, paint

Take a look at nature, in your yard, from your window or an indoor plant. Look at a plant, leaf, flower, tree up close and draw what you see. Pay attention to detail, like the veins of a leaf or the shape of a  petal of a flower, the shadows, and colors created by the plant. THINK BIG and follow the shapes of the plant.

Does this have to be realistic? No! 

Georgia O'Keeffe is my favorite artist because she truly had her own style. Make your art your own. 
Art is as much about seeing as it is feeling. 

Let's fill our papers in OUR OWN beautiful way!


Extend School Closure: Still Supporting One Another (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 23 (last updated Apr 1)

Hi Open School Families,

By now you know that the school closure has been extended until at least May 1, 2020. The teachers and I are having our third faculty meeting (since the closure) tomorrow morning at 10am to discuss next steps for Open. We are in the midst of rolling out a system that we hope will be feasible for all families. You will hear our plan soon. Please have your child continue to work on the two-week plan that was sent home initially and continue to check all correspondences from your cluster teachers. In the meantime, if you are in need of a school issued device (laptop), please let us know immediately. We are aware that most families have devices, however under these extenuating circumstances, if using a school device would make life a little easier, please reach out, we are here to help.

Please send the email to immediately. We want to have all devices to our students by this Thursday, 3/26.

Here are some fun PE and Art ideas for Tuesday, 3/24 :


Try some of these activities to get your bodies moving.


Parents and students,

The art I am suggesting should be enjoyable for all. Everything can be done simply with scrap paper and pencil or you can use supplies you have around the house.

Be creative and have fun! 

TEXTURE is 1 of 7 elements of art 

our sense of touch or feeling of a piece of art is created by using or making texture with the art piece

Watch this video about texture


the way something feels

sea urchin, hedgehog, pineapple, cactus=SPIKY

clay, chocolate, honey, mud, eggs=GOOEY

metal, ribbon, jewelry, disco ball=SHINY

Take the time to really notice the textures around you. 

The smooth leather of a chair, the coarse grains of the carpet, and the 

fluffy softness of the clouds in the sky all bring feelings.


pencil and paper can add color if you want
Think of or look at an object and how it feels, for example, a rock, is it smooth or bumpy? 
Then draw that rock with the texture you want it to have. If it is smooth it should have long soft lines if it is bumpy it could have short choppy lines.

Texture rubbings

place a paper over an object and rub, with either a pencil or the side of a crayon, back and forth. Floor tile, a piece of wood, the bottom of you sneaker, pineapple skin are all good places to start.


Support One Another- Remote Learning for 3/23/2020 (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 22 (last updated Apr 1)

Hello Open School Families,

I hope everyone is well and that you are all taking advantage of this slower pace.

Tomorrow morning, Monday, March 23 @ 11am, Superintendent Beutner will have a press conference on KLCS-TV and online. Please tune in for additional information about the next steps for LAUSD. The teachers, staff and I will be tuned in as well. After these much awaited announcements, we will share additional information that is specific to Open School, as soon as possible.

As for extra-curricular ideas for Monday, 3/23/20, here are some fun musical suggestions from Mr. Cline:​
Music-at-Home by Mr. Cline
Starting this week, Mr. Cline will be adding daily content to his website to engage students and introduce them to important and influential musicians. There will be one musician highlighted over the course of every week. And, each day's post will include at least one song and one video, as well as a daily activity:
Day 1 - A story
Day 2 - Fun facts
Day 3 - A worksheet or other at-home activity
Day 4 - A fun quiz or game
Day 5 - Bonus materials!
This week is "5 Days of Mozart". Bookmark this page and check back each day for new and exciting activities to help your child learn about this incredible childhood composer!

In partnership,


Inspiring Learning -- How can you get involved? (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 20 (last updated Apr 1)

Hi Open School Families,

Last night we sent an article celebrating the learning that is happening at home and connecting back to school. Here is one more home-school connection that is a testament to the curiosity of children and the beauty of Open School.

Need some hand sanitizer? Amiyah (Orange) and Ariyana A. (Silver) will show you how. Click here to learn.


If you are interested in sparking the young minds of students and having a voice in the educational lives of our students then RUN FOR GOVERNING COUNCIL for the 2020/21 School Year. Please click here to download a nomination form. Fill it out and return it by April 15, 2020. All forms are due to Denise Benjamin at

Supporting One Another: Remote Learning for 3/20/2020 (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 19 (last updated Apr 1)

Fun suggestions for Friday, 3/20/2020:


Parents and kids alike, take some time out to enjoy some partner yoga with a family member. 

Yoga for Kids and Partner Yoga Workout


Parents and students,

The art I am suggesting should be enjoyable for all. Everything can be done simply with scrap paper and pencil or you can use supplies you have around the house.

Be creative and have fun! 

THE COLOR WHEEL: Watch this video about the color wheel

We have talked a lot about the color wheel at school so you probably remember this.
Primary Colors: Colors at their basic essence; those colors that cannot be created by mixing others. 
Secondary Colors: Those colors created by a mixture of two primaries.
Complementary Colors: Those colors located opposite each other on a color wheel.
Warm colors: RED, ORANGE, YELLOW
Cool colors: GREEN, BLUE, PURPLE

PROJECT 1: Collect things around your house that represent the six (R,O,Y,G,B,P) colors of a basic color wheel and arrange them in a circle. Toys, clothing, cups, blankets for example.


Let's combine our One School One Book The Lemonade War and art. Think of flavors for the six (R,O,Y,G,B,P) colors of a basic color wheel to add to the lemonade. Like strawberry or cherry for red, pineapple for yellow maybe something weird like broccoli for green!

Draw a glass with a lemon slice and the new ingredient then color the glass with crayon and or marker then arrange the glasses in a color wheel/circle.

Examples of famous paintings: 

In partnership,



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