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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Opening Our Doors During Institute Celebrates Constructivism (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Feb 11 (last updated Feb 11)

We would like to thank all the participants who attended Open School's Institute: Constructivism in Action held on February 11, 2016.  It was an extremely collaborative effort with our teachers and administrators sharing some of our best practices with approximately 75 colleagues from all parts of Southern California.

This one-day conference offered visiting educators the opportunity to experience and observe learning and teaching processes in an authentic context.  It provided 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.

We also want to acknowledge the incredible support from our parents who helped at the welcome table, gave insightful tours, and assisted with setting up for our luncheon.  It was yet another testament to our collaborative spirit at Open.

Thank you again for being part of an amazing day at Open School.

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Thu 2/11
7:30 am to 3:30 pm
Fri 2/12
7:30 am to 8:15 am
Mon 2/15 (All day)
Thu 2/18
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Thu 2/18
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Sat 2/20 6:00 pm
Tue 2/23 (All day)
Fri 3/4
7:30 am to 8:15 am
Sat 3/5 (All day)
Thu 3/10
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Thu 3/10
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm