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 usually in October. Applicants MUST be residents of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) at the time of application in order to participate in the LAUSD Magnet Program. 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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Brainstorming Meetings Regarding Family Childcare (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 6 (last updated Aug 6)

Hello Open Families!

In the Open School Parent Survey many parents indicated that they would appreciate parent-led brainstorming sessions about childcare. Therefore we are hosting parent-led discussions to share ideas and pass along information to each other.
We are limiting the attendees to 25 per meeting to be able to facilitate the discussion more easily.  Please reserve your spot on a call by signing up on our Sign Up Genius.  We are loosely targeting these calls to lower and upper grades to help facilitate connections between families, but you are welcome to join whichever call works best for your schedule.

  • Tuesday, August 11 - 7-8pm (families with 4th and 5th graders)
  • Wednesday, August 12 - 5-6pm (families with Kinder and 1st graders)
  • Thursday, August 13 - 6-7pm (families with 2nd and 3rd graders)

We are gathering all the resources we find into this Google Sheet to share with Open Families.  We will add to this sheet after each call to capture the ideas and resources discussed.  Feel free to add/update this sheet as you find options to share.
Open Magnet Charter School cannot endorse nor coordinate childcare options for its families.  We hope these parent-led discussions connect families with each other and provide information on options and resources.

Thank you,
Ann Kaatz LoBue
Parent of Casey (2nd grader) and Charlie (4th grader)

Join Open School for an Informational Meeting about the 2020-21 School Year (Choose from Two Possible Dates) (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Aug 2 (last updated Aug 6)

Dear Open School Families,

What an honor it is to be the Principal of Open School for the past eight years. It’s disappointing to not be able to greet all of our kids and families in a traditional fashion, however we have been putting in endless time creating new and innovative ways for student and family engagement.

Please join me on one of the following days listed below for an informational meeting about the coming school year. The specific meeting days are geared towards grade levels so try to attend your scheduled time, however, attending any of the meetings is perfectly fine.

We look forward to seeing you on zoom (please choose one):

Friday, August 7 @ 3pm (Second and Third Grade)

Monday, August 10 @ 3pm (Fourth and Fifth Grade)

Join Zoom Meeting - The link/Meeting ID & Password below will be used for all three meetings:

Meeting ID: 980 9088 1880

Passcode: Welcome

To join by phone dial:

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+14086380968,,98090881880# US (San Jose)

+16699006833,,98090881880# US (San Jose)

Also, we will be hosting fun virtual Back to School Cluster events which will take the place of our traditional back to school picnic. The dates and times are still being decided and we will give you more information as soon as we can.

Please stay tuned for more information about cluster placement as well. This information will be provided to you no later than August 10.

In partnership,


Open School will Return in August Virtually (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Jul 13 (last updated Aug 4)

Dear Open School Families,

Today LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner announced that LAUSD will begin the school year on August 18, 2020 virtually. As an affiliated charter school within LAUSD, we will do the same. Please click here to hear his entire message. 

Please know we have been working tirelessly to make this transition as smooth as possible. Remember to be on the lookout for the Open School parent survey around July 24th, which will help us gather information about your family's virtual learning needs. We appreciate your patience and partnership.



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Tue 8/18 (All day)