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 School's 14th Institute: Constructivism in Action (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Dec 14 (last updated Dec 15)

In an effort to make a more meaningful contribution to the educational professional community at large and to extend our leadership, we created the Open Charter School Institute: Constructivism in Action.

Open School's Institute will take place on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 7:30 am-3:30 pm.

This one-day conference takes place on our campus during the regular school day, offering visiting educators the opportunity to experience and observe learning and teaching processes in an authentic context.  It provides a chance for participants to learn how to integrate constructivist practices into their classrooms and at their schools through a process of focused classroom observation, teacher-led workshops, and panel discussions involving teachers, students, and staff.

Please click the Institute Flyer for more information and details on how to register.

Thank You for Bringing in Those Toys (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Dec 15 (last updated Dec 15)

Four large bins overflowed with lots of love from Open School's community.  A big thank you goes out to those who generously donated their used toys to support the LA County Dept. of Public Social Services' Toy Loan Program.  Here's a thank you letter from them.  You can also contact the Toy Loan Program if you have future donations.

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