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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Screenagers Documentary: Please Sign this Permission Slip by Tuesday, November 14 (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Nov 12 (last updated Nov 15)

LAST CHANCE REMINDER for FOURTH/FIFTH GRADERS--Screenagers Movie for students THIS FRIDAY during school

If you have already filled out a form, please disregard. If not, CLICK for the permission slip that needs to be signed and returned TOMORROW in order to view the documentary. Please sign and return the slip to the office.  Forms will are also available in the office.

If you would NOT like your child to view the film or your child does not have a permission slip, your child will have an alternate activity for them to participate in, as the film will be a part of the conference week activities.

We recently held a parent education night on the topic of screen time and social media. We shared the documentary Screenagers which is an unrated documentary which is recommended for ages 10 and up. The version we will show all 4th and 5th graders on Friday, November 17 has been condensed to address relevant topics for their age group. The running time of the abbreviated documentary is approximately 50 minutes.

Movie Overview:

Award-winning SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.




Open School's 40th Anniversary Diversity Celebration (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Nov 15 (last updated Nov 16)

Forty years ago, a community of parents who sought a child-centered, meaningful, and experiential education program for their children, founded Open School.  Their commitment to ethnic diversity continues to this day and has enhanced the educational endeavors of all Open school students.

In the years since 1977, our school has received many accolades, but perhaps more importantly, it has succeeded in providing generation after generation of students a unique educational experience that instills in them a lifelong love of learning.  

So it is with great pride that our school community comes together to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Open School with a Diversity Celebration.   

Please look for your invitation in you child's backpack later this week or click here for event details and to purchase tickets!  

We would love to walk down memory lane with the families, teachers and staff who have gone before us.  So please help us spread the word among your alumni friends so that they can join us to mark this milestone for our school. 

Dismissal Schedule for Conference Week (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Nov 9 (last updated Nov 9)

Just a friendly reminder that for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (November 15th - 17th) dismissal is at 12:50 p.m. with one brunch at 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.  

  • After school services will begin directly after school (contact (Jasmine with STAR) for any questions).
  • Buses will be approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes earlier.
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Fri 11/17 10:45 am
Mon 11/20 (All day) to Fri 11/24 (All day)
Wed 11/29 2:45 pm
Sun 12/10
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Wed 12/13 (All day)