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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Interested in Applying to Open Magnet Charter? (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Jun 9 (last updated Dec 1)

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 not be holding additional tours this year but will offer them again in the Fall.

Applications are processed through the LAUSD Magnet Choices Program.  The LAUSD Magnet Choices Application is no longer available to take on time applications but will be available again 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 more information about the application procedures, please see Admissions.

Help our Online Auction Grow--Auction Forms Available (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Jan 22 (last updated Jan 22)

Open's Online Auction is an exciting fundraiser where we will be auctioning hundreds of fun and unique items to raise funds for enrichment programs at Open School.  You can help by asking some of your favorite stores if they could donate to our cause by using the auction solicitation letter and donation form.  Thank you!  Please contact (Christie Savitt )with any questions. 

Principal's Message (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Dec 16 (last updated Dec 16)

Dear Open School Families,

What an amazing community we have here at Open School. The outpouring of love shown to families all over Los Angeles this holiday season by our school community is absolutely remarkable. We brought in thousands of toys and books for students across Los Angeles who will benefit greatly from our donations. The school supplies, toiletries and other essentials were overflowing from our holiday boxes. Thank you for helping Open School to enrich the lives of others. The holidays are about giving. I am so glad we are able to fulfill the true spirit of the season.

May everyone have a happy and safe holiday season. See you in the new year.



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Thu 2/19 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Thu 2/19 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Sun 2/22 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Tue 2/24 6:00 pm