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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Welcome New Families to Our Open Community! (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Jun 9 (last updated Jun 29)

Thank you for taking the time to explore all that Open Magnet Charter has to offer!  The registration period has closed for the 2014-2015 school year.  For prospective parents for the 2015-2016 school year, we will be holding school tours in late October.  Please check back on our website for dates in the Fall.

Be sure to check out the wealth of information available on our website.  You can read about our latest school news and take a peek at some of our classroom events.

For our new and returning students, we will ease everyone back to school by holding our Back-to-School Picnic on Sunday, August 10th before school starts.  This will be a great way to welcome new families into our Open community.  New students will get their cluster assignments later in the summer.

Enjoy the summer break and we'll see you in August!

Open School's Team Wins it all in Chess (Article)

Submitted by Administrator on Jun 29 (last updated Jun 29)

Our amazing chess players outdid themselves on June 28th, at the Grand Match Gala at USC.  Our team, drawn from our Chess Tutors participants, beat 23 other schools to win the overall championship match on the big board, earning the championship trophy and college scholarship money for our school!

Our individual players did exceptionally well, too, winning first, second, or third in many of the divisions in which we competed (there were total 150 students at the event).  Congratulations to our team members, Anthony, Branden, Chitsein, Evan, Harrison, Jesse, Kai, Leon, Michael, Nicky, Nicholas, Noah, Robbie, and Wesley.

Here's a picture taken just after we won the final:

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Sun 8/10 10:30 am to 1:00 pm
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Thu 8/21 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm