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 School Tour is This Coming Tuesday, Oct. 23rd (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Oct 15 (last updated Oct 16)

We would love to let prospective families know about our fabulous school.  Open School's tours will be on Tuesday, October 23rd and Tuesday, October 30th at 8:30 a.m.  No RSVP is required.  

Here is our Tour Flyer to distribute to interested parents.  If you can take a stack to your local preschools, we would be so grateful. Please let (Ms. Lew) know if you need copies.  Thank you in advance!

The Magnet Choices online application are due Friday, November 9, 2018.

Buy Tickets & Sponsor of the Fall Family Festival! (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Sep 13 (last updated Oct 2)

Buy your tickets here! Deadline for discount tickets is October 24th.  Tickets sold at the Festival are $1 each.

Click here to Sponsor or Donate!  Sign Up here to Help!

Open's Fall Family Festival is on Saturday, October 27th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Not to be missed, the festival is the most anticipated Fall carnival in our local area.  Buy your tickets here!  A limited edition T-shirt for the Festival is also available for purchase here!  

Questions about the Festival? (Email Sheri Lipschutz.)

More than 500 people from all over Westchester and surrounding areas attend the Festival making it a great marketing opportunity for your business!  If you own, or know of, a company that would like to be a sponsor, or if you wish to create an in-kind sponsorship or make a donation, please click here for more information. Immediate family members of Open School students will receive a $50 discount on any sponsorship level!  The deadline to have your logo included on the Festival tote bag is Friday, September 28th. 

Questions about Sponsorships and Donations? (Email Amy Raichlen).

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Tue 10/23 8:30 am to 10:00 am
Sat 10/27 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Mon 10/29 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm
Tue 10/30 8:30 am to 10:00 am
Thu 11/1 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Thu 11/1 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Thu 11/8 (All day) to Fri 11/9 (All day)
Fri 11/9 12:00 pm
Mon 11/12 (All day)
Tue 11/13 (All day) to Fri 11/16 (All day)
Tue 11/13 7:45 am to Fri 11/16 1:00 pm
Wed 11/14 12:50 pm
Thu 11/15 12:50 pm
Fri 11/16 12:50 pm
Mon 11/19 (All day) to Fri 11/23 (All day)