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 usually in October. Applicants MUST be residents of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) at the time of application in order to participate in the LAUSD Magnet Program. 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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Donations Needed for Online Auction (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Feb 12 (last updated Feb 13)

Time to tap those connections! The Online Auction Committee needs your help with getting

  • Various restaurants and eateries
  • Summer camps
  • Hair, nail and spa services
  • Specialized lessons and other unique services

This year we are adding auction baskets! If you have new/ unused items of value, such as apparel and fashion; self-care, beauty and spa; family fun; etc. please bring them to your cluster or the front office, so we can create a few valuable baskets to auction off and raise money for Open School!

The auction begins on March 2nd and bidding is open to the general public. Also, bidding on auction items makes for fun, exciting times. So please help us make our auction a fundraising success!

Use this auction letter and donation form to donate a listing or solicit a donation from your favorite vendors! Please (email Jamie Shwartz) if you have questions or need assistance.  

Our annual online auction raises funds for our art, music, PE and garden programs.  

READ-A-THON 2020 (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Feb 3 (last updated Feb 13)

On Thursday, February 6, Open Magnet Charter transformed into Open’s Chocolate Factory, kicking off our 2020 Read-A-Thon! Over the next three weeks, students and staff will participate in this worthwhile literacy program that highlights the joy and wonder of reading.

Your child will bring home a reading log in a brown envelope. Please familiarize yourself with these materials in order to encourage their participation. 

To view the launch video shown to the students, visit; the case sensitive password is Open.

For a fun overview of the instructions, view this link:; the case sensitive password is Open.

Here is some information to help your child(ren) get off to a great start!

  • Ensure child reads/is read to at least 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
  • Ensure the reading log is legible. If you can’t read their minutes, neither can we!
  • Verify total weekly minutes and initial the reading log in the spaces provided. 
  • Bring reading log back to school on Wednesday, February 12, 19, and 26. 
  • Encourage child to become a Super Reader or a Junior Super Reader.
  • Remind child to visit the Control Room on the back of the log and to explore different categories of books. This requires an adult’s initial.
  • Only students who meet the minimum reading requirements will be allowed to participate in the Read-A-Thon party on Friday, March 6.

If you have any questions, please reach out to (Lauren Saunders )or (Isis Raja).

Happy Reading!

We are Listening: What is Open School's Social Emotional Program? (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Oct 17 (last updated Oct 31)

We are Listening is a segment of Thursday's Backpack that will be published monthly to address some of the information gathered from our May 2019 Program Evaluation Survey. Many families filled out the Open School Program Evaluation Survey, and we thank you for your feedback, as this information helps to guide the work we do to improve and maintain Open School.

What is Open School's Social Emotional Program?

We recognize the importance of teaching not just cognitive skills, but also social emotional learning. As such, after much research, investigation, and discussion, we created our Roots of Respect program. This curriculum provides a literature-based framework for our teachers to create experiences that increase and develop our students’ self- management, social awareness, and relationship skills.

There are ten words that are the foundation of our Roots of Respect curriculum: courage, citizenship, empathy, integrity, optimism, gratitude, perseverance / grit, responsibility, cooperation, and communication. Each year we focus on 5 of those words for 6-8 weeks each and embed a variety of experiences into the classroom and school environment. Teachers plan lessons to engage the students in thinking about and practicing the behaviors represented by each word. 

To help students build a sense of community, teachers give them many opportunities to develop the listening and speaking skills necessary to be able to resolve problems on their own. Both school-wide and in the classroom, members of our community help establish the codes of acceptable behavior. When a conflict arises, students discuss and solve their own problems, either as a group or one-to- one, with adult guidance as needed. At times, the problem may need to be addressed with the whole group where every student is given an opportunity to speak, and every member of the circle is treated with equal importance. This can be in the form of a community circle, Council, or morning meeting. We understand that problems are expected and a part of learning. When those opportunities arise, it's a chance to work through those situations. 

Our school is a place where we are teaching students to "respect themselves, respect others, and the environment."


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