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's Campout is This Weekend! (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Aug 27 (last updated Sep 20)

Buy Your Campout Tickets Here Before Prices Go Up!

Ticket prices for the Campout go up by $10 per person this Wednesday, September 19th!  

Click Here to Buy Your Tickets Today!  

The Campout is on September 22 - 23, 2018.  Check out the flyer for details. After tents go up starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, our Open School family will gather for Bubblemania in the auditorium, followed by dinner, movies, arts and crafts, and S'mores.  All this fun is open to everyone at Open - even those who do not wish to sleepover.  Breakfast is served on Sunday for our overnight camping families, and the event closes at 10 a.m.   

A little help from everyone means more fun for everyone! Sign Up to Help Out here.  

Questions?  Email event co-chair (subject: Campout) (Shawna Mills).

Buy Tickets & Sponsor of the Fall Family Festival! (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Sep 13 (last updated Sep 18)

Buy your tickets & t-shirts here!

Click here to Sponsor or Donate!

Open's Fall Family Festival is on Saturday, October 27th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Not to be missed, the festival is the most anticipated Fall carnival in our local area.  Buy your tickets here!  A limited edition T-shirt for the Festival is also available for purchase here!  

Questions about the Festival? (Email Sheri Lipschutz.)

More than 500 people from all over Westchester and surrounding areas attend the Festival making it a great marketing opportunity for your business!  If you own, or know of, a company that would like to be a sponsor, or if you wish to create an in-kind sponsorship or make a donation, please click here for more information. Immediate family members of Open School students will receive a $50 discount on any sponsorship level!  The deadline to have your logo included on the Festival tote bag is Friday, September 28th. 

Questions about Sponsorships and Donations? (Email Amy Raichlen).

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Sat 9/22 (All day)
Tue 9/25 8:30 am
Wed 9/26 8:05 am to 10:00 am
Fri 9/28 7:30 am
Fri 9/28 12:50 pm
Thu 10/4 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Thu 10/4 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Tue 10/9 8:15 am to 10:00 am
Fri 10/12 12:00 pm
Thu 10/18 (All day) to Fri 10/19 (All day)