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 2018 Online Auction is Now Open (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Mar 4 (last updated Mar 6)


Check out all of the exciting and fun things we have on the Online Auction this year through Bidding for Good. We have camps, classes, restaurants, fun experiences, and much more.  All the money raised goes directly to our school!

Click for OPEN School' Online Auction  site.  Remember anyone, even those outside our school can go online and bid for these items. Share the link with your friends! 

Don't delay--auction ends March 22nd.

We have over 200 items and are still collecting! It's not too late if you have something to donate. 

Sports & TV show tickets, beauty services, and restaurants are always such bidding success! Please leave it in the office with Ann or Matthew Attn: Jamie Shwartz. Use our auction letter and donation formLast day to donate is March 20th.

All proceeds help pay for our kids' gardening, music, arts, and PE programs, so the more items we have the more money we make to support these programs for our school.

Thank you & Happy Bidding!!!

The Read-A-Thon was OUT OF THIS GALAXY! (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Mar 1 (last updated Mar 2)

This year our Read-a-thon took us to another dimension!

The Star Wars theme brought about reading competition like no other! A resounding shout out goes to Shana Aelony and Pamela Evans for all of their hard work and creativity as the Chairs of this event. The entire Read-a-thon Committee went above and beyond to boost reading for our kids. Thank you to Chey Townsend, Shachar Lavi-Pangindian, Isis Raja, Nadia Torkelson, Katie Turnbull, Tracy Bevington and Maria Magallenes. The whole experience, including today's party was tremendous!

What an amazing team of Jedi Academy Elites!

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