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 Makes a Difference! Gorilla Adoption and Donation (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on May 9 (last updated May 9)

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ―Anne Frank

We recently finished The One and Only Ivan, our first “One School, One Book” experience, and what a beautiful, thought-provoking, and meaningful experience it was!  While the story was fictional, it was inspired by the true-life story of Ivan, a gorilla who lived in a similar situation for 27 years. Reading the story wasn’t always easy, but it fostered powerful discussions among our students about animal conservation. It also helped us to realize that we can do something to help! 

Open School would like to “adopt” a Silverback gorilla through the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, a charity aimed at studying and protecting mountain gorillas in their natural habitats. We would like to raise money as a community so that we can help the charity continue the very important work they are doing. We need a minimum of $150 to adopt a gorilla, but we are hoping to raise much more! 

What a great opportunity for our students to use what they have learned and make a positive impact in the world beyond our community here at Open.

This is optional, of course, but if you would like to donate, please return the white envelope that your child will bring home, to school with your contribution. Check (payable to Friends of Open School), cash or spare change will gladly be accepted, and no amount is too little! 

Thank you for your support! 

All the Deals! All Year Long! (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Apr 24 (last updated Apr 24)

The Open School Discount Card gets you deals at 17 local businesses, from now until April 15, 2020.  At just $15, the card pays for itself many times over, while you support Open School and local businesses!  Click here to order your card online, or fill out this form and drop it off in the Main Office. 

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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