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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Open House, Tuesday, April 23rd (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 9 (last updated Apr 23)

Open House Schedule

5:30 - 6:00 p.m.: Governing Council Nominees Meet and Greet in the Library

Governing Council Election Ballots will be made available that evening. You will receive your ballot in the cluster of your youngest child. Parents are encouraged to cast their vote that evening, but have until 4 p.m. on April 25th to do so. 

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.:  Open House Presentations in the Clusters

Please stop by various clusters to see our students and their fabulous projects.  

Yellow Cluster will be holding their Object Parade in the Auditorium at 6:00 p.m.  All families are welcome to hear about California History and see the large objects that they've created.  Ms. Nichole will also have art displayed along the walls of the Auditorium.

Food: Pizza will be available for purchase outside of the Library (CASH preferred). To reduce single-use plastic, water will be available in paper cups.  We encourage you to bring your own refillable bottles.

Reminder: Open House's Tuesday dismissal will be the usual 1:15 p.m. and all Tuesdays to the end of the school year will continue have a 1:15 p.m. dismissal.

We hope to see everyone at the Open House!

One School, One Book - The One and Only Ivan (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 28 (last updated Mar 28)

Today we kicked off our second school wide reading event of the 2018-19 school year. Our One School, One Book event is off to a terrific start. There is a buzz in the air as our kiddos received their very own copy of The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

The teachers have been hard at work forming lesson plans, reading timelines and making audio recordings for all of our families to enjoy. Please click on the link to access the Open School's Audiobook Recording of The One and Only Ivan. With so many of our staff members reading different segments of The One and Only Ivan, you are sure to be captivated as you try to figure who is reading.

To download the audiobook, please follow these steps:

  • On your desktop computer, go to this link Open School's Audiobook Recording
  • Click the blue Download tab and select "Direct download"
  • Go to your Downloads or Audiobooks Folder and Select "The One and Only Ivan" file.
  • iTunes should automatically open and start playing the file.
  • Go to the main Menu at the top of the iTunes window and select Chapters to navigate to a specific chapter of the book as we read over the next few weeks.

* Please note that if you download the file on your mobile device (cell phone, iPad, etc.), you will need to get the DropBox App.  Your device must be able to handle the file size (about 60 MB).  It will not be able to separate by chapters, so please print out the Audiobook Chapters Guide

You will also receive cluster specific instructions from your teachers, as each cluster is specifically tailoring this experience as to make it age appropriate. However, every class will follow the same Reading Schedule, and finish the same pages each day. Please read, (or re-read) each evening with your child so all of our families can enjoy the story together, at the same pace. I am so grateful for this community reading opportunity, and I hope you all are as well.

Happy Reading!

In partnership,


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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