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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Principal's Message--An Exciting New School Year (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Aug 10 (last updated Aug 10)

Welcome to Open School for the 2015-16 school year. I am thrilled to start another year at Open School and wholeheartedly cherish the responsibility as principal that you have entrusted to me. I am so lucky to be working amongst such talented, dedicated and committed faculty staff, as well as the amazing families here at Open School. I hope everyone’s summer was adventurous and that you are ready to begin a new and exciting year with us.

The first day of school for all new and returning students will be Tuesday, August 18, 2015. August 18th will be a regular school day. School will begin at 8:05am and end at 2:30pm. On the first day of school all new parents are invited to an orientation meeting at 8:30am in the auditorium. We urge you to attend to find out very important information and to ask questions.

Daily there will be a warning bell at 8:00am, which will let students know that it is time for them to walk to class. 8:05am-2:30pm will be the bell schedule on all regular school days (M,W,Th,F) throughout the entire school year. Beginning, Tuesday, August 25, 2015, the bell schedule will be 8:05am-1:15pm every Tuesday for the remainder of the school year. We will dismiss every Tuesday at 1:15pm for teacher professional development.

We look forward to a successful 2015-16 school year. Our priority is to provide meaningful learning experiences in a safe environment for our students through an innovative, enriching and challenging curriculum. We are proud of our outstanding teachers, and our school community’s involvement and spirit. We count on you, veteran and new parents, to be a part of our team as we continue achieving educational excellence.  


Antoinette Cass

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Tue 9/1 6:00 pm
Wed 9/2 7:30 am
Fri 9/4 (All day)
Mon 9/7 (All day)
Thu 9/10 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Thu 9/10 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Mon 9/14 (All day)
Wed 9/16 (All day) to Fri 9/18 (All day)
Tue 9/22 8:20 am to 12:00 pm
Wed 9/23 (All day)
Sat 9/26 (All day)