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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Summer 2019 Playdates to Welcome New Families (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Jun 10 (last updated Jun 14)

These playdates will be very informal – just an opportunity for the kids to run around, have some fun, and meet some of their new classmates, and for parents to get to know each other as well. Returning families are welcome. Feel free to bring blankets, snacks, balls and/or other outdoor toys.

Though this is not an official school event, Friends of the Open School Representatives and members of the Open School Welcome & Hospitality Committee will be in attendance at each play date to answer any questions new families might have about our amazing school community. Just look for the grown-ups wearing shirts or hats with the Open School logo.

  • Wednesday, June 26, 3-5:30pm - Kenneth Hahn (look for the second play structure on your left that looks like a castle--see pic below* )
  • Saturday, July 13, 11am-1:30pm - Glen Alla Park, Marina del Rey
  • Sunday, July 28, 1-3:30pm - Del Aire Park, Hawthorne

Contact (Shawna Mills) if you have any questions.

Save the Date - 2019 Back-to-School Picnic & Mentor Families (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Jun 11 (last updated Jun 14)

Back-to-School Picnic

Meet classmates, parents, and teachers at the Back-to-School Picnic at Open School from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 17, 2019.  There will be a New Families Meeting in the auditorium from 11:30 am - 12:00 pm for our newest members of our Open family.

  • Play games with your Cluster
  • Purchase t-shirts and hats
  • Enjoy a delicious potluck lunch
  • Learn about events at the school and how to get involved

Please bring the following items for the picnic according to grade level/cluster:

Green, Red, Silver (Gr. K-2):  Fully Cooked Entrées

Indigo, Orange, Yellow (Gr. 2-4):  Salads/Side Dishes

Purple, Blue (Gr. 4-5), Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:
        Last Name A-K:  Fruit/Vegetable Trays or Desserts
        Last Name L-Z:  Drinks

Mentor Family Program

Do you remember all the questions you had before becoming an Open Family?  Wouldn't it be great if there was a warm welcoming family who could help you navigate your first year?  It you would like to help do that, we have our Mentor Family Program for our new incoming families.

Please contact (Deedee Li) if you'd like to pitch in.  Come join the welcoming committee!  It's easy and so appreciated.

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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Sun 7/28 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Sat 8/17 (All day)