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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Author of Bad Kitty Coming to Open School (Article)

Submitted by Yellow Teacher on Jan 10 (last updated Jan 16)

We are so excited that our next author visit is coming up!  Nick Bruel, who writes and illustrates the very funny Bad Kitty series, will be at Open School on Friday, January 19th.  All Open School students will have the opportunity to see him talk to us about writing and drawing.  He has a couple of picture books and chapter books that are really more like full length graphic novels.  The books are very funny and the kids love them.  

Rather than personalizing the books with someone’s name, he will be signing each book and adding a drawing as well.

Click here for order forms  that were also sent home via backpack.  Orders are due by Tuesday, January 16th.  Children’s Book World keeps sending us authors for free because we purchase so many books, so your support of our author visits is greatly appreciated!  If your child is not interested and you want to support the program, consider checking with your child’s teacher or Pam, our wonderful librarian, to see if they would like any signed books donated.

GATE Updates (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Jan 8 (last updated Jan 16)

Here's the latest from the Office of Gifted/Talented Programs:

  • Please read the latest GATE Winter Parent Newsletter with the latest information from LAUSD.  You will find an article about Mindset, including "growth vs fixed mindset." This concept has been embraced by our teachers and it was one of our topics during a recent professional development session. 
  • There will also be an LAUSD parent workshop on Twice Exceptional Students (2e learners), defined as students identified gifted who also have an individualized education plan (IEP).  This workshop will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 9:00-11:00 am at Portola Middle School.
    Click for the Twice Exceptional Workshop Informational Flyer.
  • Save the Date for the GATE annual conference for parents of GATE/SAS students being held on March 17th at Robert F. Kennedy Community School from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm (registration starts at 7:30 am). 
    This FREE parent event features a dynamic keynote speaker and one self-selected workshops catered to the needs and interests of parents of gifted learners.  Learn more about the complexities of your gifted child from cutting edge researchers, teachers, psychologists, and more!
  • Please contact Ms. Lew if you have any questions regarding gifted education.
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