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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Book Fair Continues Online until April 7th (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Mar 22 (last updated Mar 23)

This Friday, March 24th, is the last day of Open School's Spring Book Fair.  Hours are 7:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Library. Come on by!

The Book Fair continues online through April 7th.  The online fair has an extended selection of books and your purchases are shipped for free. Books ordered online will be shipped to Open in mid-April and distributed to your child in the classroom. Open School's online book fair can be accessed here

Thank you for supporting Open School with your Book Fair purchase!

We Need Your Help with the Online Auction (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Mar 20 (last updated Mar 23)

We need help from all you shoppers and bargain hunters out there!  Open School's Online Auction is just around the corner.  

You can help in any of the following ways:

  • Find one or more donors for us to auction 
  • Make a donation by purchasing a gift card or gift certificate

Last year, we raised over $20,000 and we hope to beat that number in 2017!  The deadline for donations is March 27, 2017.

Click for the donation letter and donation form.  We prefer gift cards or gift certificates. They can either be emailed to, mailed to our school address attention to the Friends of Open School, or can be picked up.  Additional forms can be found in the office or can be emailed to you upon request.

What kind of donations do we need?

  • Perhaps you frequent a class, gym or restaurant that might want to offer a Gift Card? 
  • Do you have a new Gift Card that you won’t use or an item you’ve been meaning to return that you’re never going to get around to? 
  • Maybe you have access to sporting events, show tickets or TV tapings. (These do great on our online auction open to the public).


If you have any questions or need additional information, please email Online Auction Chair (subject: Auction) (Jamie Shwartz).  Thank you for your participation in this great event!

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