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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Action Required - Please Read Important Info About Start of School (Article)

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

Welcome Open Families! We are eager for the start of our 2020-21 school year at Open School.  To help make a smooth transition back to school, please carefully read the important information below.

Required Forms - You MUST turn in these completed forms ON MATERIAL PICK UP DAY:

School Materials Pick Up Days
Please see below for your child's Cluster Materials Pick Up Day.  You will receive specific directions about this from your cluster teachers.

If there is an older sibling in Yellow, Blue or Purple, materials will be distributed at the YOUNGEST sibling's location so you do not need to come both days.

Cluster Day/Time Location
Green Tuesday, Aug. 18  1:30-3:30 pm Green Cluster Gate on Breen St.
Silver Tuesday, Aug. 18  1:30-3:30 pm Small Parking Lot near Front Office
Red Tuesday, Aug. 18  1:30-3:30 pm Breen Gate on Breen St.
Orange Tuesday, Aug. 18  1:30-3:30 pm Osage Ave. (by Teachers' Lounge)
Indigo Tuesday, Aug. 18  1:30-3:30 pm Large Bus Lot off Osage Ave.


Cluster Day/Time Location
Yellow Wednesday, Aug. 19  1:30-3:30 pm Small Parking Lot near Front Office
Blue Wednesday, Aug. 19  1:30-3:30 pm Large Bus Lot off Osage Ave.
Purple Wednesday, Aug. 19  1:30-3:30 pm Breen Gate on Breen St.


Welcome Meetings for Open Students
There will be a special welcome geared toward students where our teachers will say their HELLO!  Then our students will have a chance to see each other and interact in some fun activities as we celebrate the start of the new school year.  More details (e.g., Zoom code) to come, but see below to SAVE the DATE!

Cluster Date/Time for Student WELCOME Meeting:
Red Monday, Aug. 17th     9:45 - 10:30 am
Green Monday, Aug. 17th     10:45 - 11:30 am
Indigo  Monday, Aug. 17th     11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Silver Monday, Aug. 17th     1:15 - 2:00 pm
Orange Monday, Aug. 17th     2:15 - 3:00 pm


Cluster Date/Time for Student WELCOME Meeting:
Purple Tuesday, Aug. 18th     9:00 - 9:45 am
Yellow Tuesday, Aug. 18th     10:00 - 10:45 am
Blue Tuesday, Aug. 18th     11:00 - 11:45 am


Welcome Meetings for Open Parents/Guardians by Cluster
There will be informational Parent Cluster Meetings set up by the cluster teachers to go over information about the start of school.  They will be emailing you regarding dates and times.

Family-Student Handbook
The LAUSD Student and Family Handbook is meant to be a guide to help parents and students with information they will need in the days leading up to and through the first weeks of school. Our hope is that this Handbook will serve as an additional tool to help make the start of this school year a success. 

Family & Student Handbook (English)
Family & Student Handbook (Spanish)

Westchester Community of Schools

Open School is one of the twelve LAUSD schools making up the Westchester Community of Schools, a smaller group of schools to support the needs of their local community.

See the Westchester Community of School's website for more information.

Parent Portal Information

The LAUSD Parent Portal is a one–stop online system that securely connects parents and guardians to important information about their children at school.

Through the LAUSD Parent Portal, you can immediately:

  • Monitor your child’s attendance
  • Access available State and District test scores
  • Update emergency telephone information
  • Complete online applications
  • And much more!

If you HAVE NOT set up your Parent Portal Account, an email was recently sent from (Erica Terry) (Open parent liaison helping parents with technology) with necessary information including a parent PIN.  If you did not receive an email, most likely you have already set up an account.  Please contact Erica if you have any questions.

Here is a video walking you through How to Register for the Parent Portal and information on How to Add Your Child to Your Account.

Website Log-in
You will need to set up your Open School Website Log-in in order to do the following:

  • Access Online Directory to look up other families' contact information (if provided)
  • View Governing Council Minutes from our shared decision-making team
  • Read any Private Content posted on our website

Directions on How to Log in to Open's Website

Thank you for taking the time to review all of this important information.

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)

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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