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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News Highlights

June 2nd: Last Campus Beautification Day of the 2017-2018 School Year! (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on May 16 (last updated May 24)

Join the Site Committee on Saturday, June 2nd from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for one last clean-up day during this school year!  Come weed, pick up trash, hang up the lost and found, help stain our new garden bridge and do some general tidying up and organizing.

Kids are welcome and always have a blast. Bring your hats, sunscreen, a reusable water bottle and snacks. We will have tools on site. There is a recital that day for Mr. Adkins' students as well.  The Site Committee would love to have you help out after the recital, if your kids come to play!

LA Public Library's Student Success Card Program (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 23 (last updated Apr 30)

Los Angeles Public Library and our super helpful local Westchester branch have provided all our students with new Student Success Cards.  With these special library cards exclusively for students (K-12), they can:

  • Borrow up to 3 books with no overdue fines or other fees
  • Get digital books, magazines, music, movies, and newspapers
  • Find an online tutor/get homework help
  • And more... Find it all here.

New Student Success Cards went home this week.  Start your reading adventure at your local LA public library with your child now!

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