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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Winter Concert Next Week! (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Nov 27 (last updated Dec 8)

Our amazing Winter Concert will be held on Wednesday, December 14th with two complete performances at 8:45 am and 11:00 am (different order) which includes all Clusters, Orchestra, Band, and Choir.  The show is approximately 90 minutes long.

We will also have a third performance at 1:10 pm that will only have Cluster Performances (no Orchestra, Band, or Choir).

We ask that parents stay for the whole show out of respect for our students.  Seating is limited, so please be prompt and possibly attend another performance if your schedule is flexible.  We hope that you will be able to join us and see how our teachers, specialists, and students come together to create a spectacular show!

You can also sit back and enjoy the show and let Steve, our super tech support and professional film maker, capture this special moment for you (DVD order form).

* Winter Concert Bake Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

* Holiday Boutique so you can get a little bit of your holiday shopping done!
Questions? Contact (Kanokon Rabowsky)

Sales from the Bake Sale and Holiday Boutique will benefit the Open School. Thank you for your support!

Toy Donation Drive--Those Toys Need a New Home! (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Dec 6 (last updated Dec 8)

We are still accepting used toys!  Open School's Toy Donation Drive continues, but don't wait and miss this chance to make some room in your closets because the Toy Drive ends on December 14th at 3 p.m.  Please support the Dept. of Public Social Service's Toy Loan Program by bringing in the following items to the front office:

  • New or gently-used, unbroken, complete toys
  • New or gently-used books
  • Video games and consoles
  • Toys for those with special needs

The Department is especially in need of dolls, castles, kitchen sets, arts and crafts, and creative play. Let's show our students that you get more by giving. And decluttering your house is always a plus!

Interested in Applying to Open Magnet Charter? (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Jun 9 (last updated Nov 28)

Thank you for taking the time to explore all that Open Magnet Charter has to offer!  The registration period for the 2017-2018 school year has closed.  The next opportunity to apply will be Fall 2017 for the 2018-2019 school year.  

Applications are processed through the LAUSD Magnet Choices Program.  The LAUSD Magnet Choices Application is available on Please read through the instructions and details carefully.

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.

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Wed 12/14 8:45 am
Wed 12/14 11:00 am
Mon 12/19 (All day) to Fri 1/6 (All day)