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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Donations Sought For 2018 Online Auction (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Jan 29 (last updated Jan 29)

Open School's annual online auction raises funds for for our kids' gardening, music, arts, and PE programs, while providing an (inevitably exciting) opportunity for parents to bid on valuable listings!  This year the auction opens on March 1st. Bidding is open to the general public.

But the auction can only succeed if we have enticing listings that our friends would want to bid on!  If you wish to donate an item for listing in the auction, or solicit donations from your favorite vendors, please use this auction letter and donation form to facilitate the process.  Volunteers on the auction committee are ready to provide further help, if necessary.  Please email questions or requests for help to (Jamie Shwartz).

Thank you for your help in making this fundraiser a success for our kids!

GATE Updates (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Jan 8 (last updated Jan 18)

Here's the latest from the Office of Gifted/Talented Programs:

Please read the latest GATE Winter Parent Newsletter with the latest information from LAUSD.  You will find an article about Mindset, including "growth vs fixed mindset." This concept has been embraced by our teachers and it was one of our topics during a recent professional development session. 

Also, save the Date for the GATE annual conference for parents of GATE/SAS students being held on March 17th at Robert F. Kennedy Community School from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm (registration starts at 7:30 am).  This FREE parent event features a dynamic keynote speaker and one self-selected workshop catered to the needs and interests of parents of gifted learners.  Learn more about the complexities of your gifted child from cutting edge researchers, teachers, psychologists, and more!

Please (contact Ms. Lew) if you have any questions regarding gifted education.

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