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 3/19/2020 (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 18 (last updated Apr 1)

Hello Open School Families,

Thank you so much for all of the positive feedback. So many families have found ways to let us know their family's particular experiences, both joys and trials with this two-week time away from school. No matter the experience, we have a strong partnership, patience and gratitude to get us through. 

Obviously, we are all glued to the news and interested in how this whole pandemic and altered daily routine will unfold. Only time will tell. As for now, we are committed to our initial plan of sending two weeks worth of work home for our students, with a combination of paper packets and online learning. With our commitment to supporting families with learning-at-home, we will communicate through regular emails and other forms of communication. 

For now, this is our plan. However, our plan is flexible and fluid, as is life during this pandemic. Should the need arise for a plan that extends longer than two weeks, we will share with you our school-wide roll out of any new additions to what we are currently doing. We thank you immensely for standing in our place during this crisis and we do not take your efforts for granted. 

Grab and Go Food Sites are at the following ESC West Locations from 7am-10am daily:

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

Here are a few extra-curricular ideas for Thursday, March 19, 2020:

Music-at-Home by Mr. Cline:
Mr. Cline has been working to create and compile some very exciting resources for continued music learning in the home.Right now, the best way to tap into resources already available is to visit his website:
Feel free to browse the site and find some fun musical inspiration (such as recordings and videos), music exercises for practice, how-to's and recommendations for getting better set up for music learning at home, and more.
In particular, you will see pages on how to continue two of the main music activities students have begun in the classroom this year: Music Karate (3rd-5th grades) and One Pitch at a Time (K-2nd grades). 

He is also in the process of compiling one single resource page with at-home music learning resources for all Open School students. You are encouraged to bookmark this link and check back daily for more engaging resources.

Garden Activities by Mismak:

Click here for some fun indoor garden activities. You might even want to do them outside. Happy Gardening!

In partnership,


Supporting One Another: Remote Learning for 3/18/2020 (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 17 (last updated Mar 17)

Dear Open School Families,

Kudos on a second day of school-at-home. We all know how challenging all of this is and we are facing it with grace. Please be aware, our teachers are currently available via email to answer any of your concerns. We will all make sure to get back to each of you in a timely manner. As time progresses, we will keep you updated as to additional forms of communication that we might implement.

We know that many families have shared that the work can be overwhelming.  The home-school communication is not meant to put more on your plate. Rather, we want to give you resources to support this new learning experience. Please know, if it’s too overwhelming, we are only giving meaningful suggestions. Again, what we share is not meant to cause undue stress, rather to communicate some ideas.  Please do what works for your child and your family’s schedule. As we give suggestions, please know reading, writing, and math are the basic requirements. We understand that every family situation is unique and we are here to support you.

If you have individual needs or concerns, please do not hesitate to email.

Ideas to Incorporate – March 18, 2020

Calendar of writing prompts for the month of March

Do you want your child to write, but they don’t know what to write about?

Here is a calendar of writing ideas, topics and questions. Click here and possibly print or save this so that you have a different writing prompt daily.

Also, please remember that the Grab and Go Food Centers will open tomorrow morning. They will be open M-F, 7am-10am. All children ages 1-18 can pick up two meals per day. Log onto LAUSD for more info.


In partnership,


Supporting One Another: Remote Learning for 3/17/2020 (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 16 (last updated Mar 22)

Hello Open School Families,

How was Day 1? It was weird not having everyone at school today! I hope that you all are staying safe and in positive spirits. Our teachers and the whole Open School Crew are here for you, so just reach out if you need anything.

LAUSD has set up 60 Grab and Go Food Centers, opening Wednesday, March 18th. Together with the Red Cross, the 60 Food Centers will be open in all of our communities. The centers will be open weekdays from 7am-10am, and each child ages 1-18, may take home two nutritious meals. Locations of the centers can be found here. 

The locations set up for Local District West are:

  • Audubon Middle School 
  • Bernstein High School
  • Bret Harte Middle School
  • Dorsey High School
  • Fairfax High School
  • John Muir Middle School 
  • Johnnie Cochran Middle School
  • Marina Del Rey Middle School
  • Palms Middle School
  • University High School
  • Washington Preparatory High School

As promised, here are some activities for your children to try at home. These are some suggestions for Tuesday (3/17):

Yoga at Home by Coach Jolyene

Check out some fun St. Patrick's Day Yoga 

Online Opportunity Through The Kennedy Center
Every day at 1 EST Mo Willems, an American writer, animator, voice actor, and creator of children's books is doing a doodle with him video.   Click here to doodle with Mo Willems 


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's artist to be inspired by Jacob Lawrence

Watch this video about Jacob Lawrence

At a young age Jacob Lawrence became interested in art and the world around him. He liked to tell stories with his art, historical stories and everyday life stories. Jacob's first artworks were of the colorful patterns around his family's apartment. He loved to watch all the action in his busy Harlem neighborhood. He decided to paint scenes and tell stories of his neighborhood on cardboard boxes. 

Let's see if we can do the same. We live in the exciting neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Let’s draw and color our stories! Choose project 1 or 2, maybe try both.


paper and pencil, crayon, marker or paint

Look around your home, what do you see? Color, Pattern? Look at the fabrics on your curtains, blankets, beds, pillows. Look at wall/floor tile, hardwood floor, carpet. Look at books on a shelf, posters on the wall. I bet you see many patterns and many colors. Now choose 1 to draw & color, pay attention to rhythm, repetition, and symmetry.


cardboard, pencil, crayons, markers or paint

Look outside one of your windows and enjoy the scenery. Is it a bustling street, or a quiet front yard, animals? Trees? People? Cars? Airplanes?  Cut open a cardboard box so you have 3 sides to draw on. Now draw or paint what you see.

Happy Learning!

We are Listening: What is Open School's Social Emotional Program? (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Oct 17 (last updated Oct 31)

We are Listening is a segment of Thursday's Backpack that will be published monthly to address some of the information gathered from our May 2019 Program Evaluation Survey. Many families filled out the Open School Program Evaluation Survey, and we thank you for your feedback, as this information helps to guide the work we do to improve and maintain Open School.

What is Open School's Social Emotional Program?

We recognize the importance of teaching not just cognitive skills, but also social emotional learning. As such, after much research, investigation, and discussion, we created our Roots of Respect program. This curriculum provides a literature-based framework for our teachers to create experiences that increase and develop our students’ self- management, social awareness, and relationship skills.

There are ten words that are the foundation of our Roots of Respect curriculum: courage, citizenship, empathy, integrity, optimism, gratitude, perseverance / grit, responsibility, cooperation, and communication. Each year we focus on 5 of those words for 6-8 weeks each and embed a variety of experiences into the classroom and school environment. Teachers plan lessons to engage the students in thinking about and practicing the behaviors represented by each word. 

To help students build a sense of community, teachers give them many opportunities to develop the listening and speaking skills necessary to be able to resolve problems on their own. Both school-wide and in the classroom, members of our community help establish the codes of acceptable behavior. When a conflict arises, students discuss and solve their own problems, either as a group or one-to- one, with adult guidance as needed. At times, the problem may need to be addressed with the whole group where every student is given an opportunity to speak, and every member of the circle is treated with equal importance. This can be in the form of a community circle, Council, or morning meeting. We understand that problems are expected and a part of learning. When those opportunities arise, it's a chance to work through those situations. 

Our school is a place where we are teaching students to "respect themselves, respect others, and the environment."



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Mon 4/13 (All day) to Sun 4/26 (All day)
Wed 4/15 (All day)
Thu 4/16 5:30 pm
Thu 4/16 7:00 pm
Fri 4/17 8:15 am
Fri 4/17 12:15 pm
Tue 4/21 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Thu 5/7 5:30 pm
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