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.


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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. 

On-time application for the 2021-22 school year.  Late application is available through LAUSD's Unified Enrollment .  We are listed under the magnet program as Open Charter ES Liberal Arts. On-time applications are given priority.


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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Week Three: Find Out Who Won the Final Week of Read-A-Thon! (Article)

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

…and that’s a wrap for the 2021 Read-A-Thon! Huge thanks to every student who submitted minutes using the online form and to every family who made the fundraiser an unequivocal success. It's very much appreciated. 

Moving on to the main event: Week Three results! This week’s winning team read the most minutes out of any team throughout the entire 2021 Read-A-Thon. What a huge accomplishment! Congratulations are in order to the Voyagers with an astonishing 44,730 minutes read! The Globetrotters were right on their heels, collectively reading 43,995 minutes. Well done!

·      1st Place goes to the Voyagers with 44,730 minutes.

·      2nd Place goes to the Globetrotters with 43,995 minutes.

·      3rd Place goes to the Explorers with 41,946 minutes.

·      4th Place goes to the Trailblazers with 37,677 minutes.

Our adventurous students and staff read a combined total of 467,585 minutes! Fun facts: 127 returning students read more minutes this year than in 2020; 61 of those returning students increased their minutes by at least 500 minutes, and 31 students increased their minutes by 1,000-plus minutes.

Let’s celebrate our TOP Readers in each cluster:

Sylvan M: 1085
Arianna Z: 1073

Aneirin I: 1105
Avery T: 1003

Estelle P: 1696
Kelly M: 1168

Leo R: 1861
Anastasia W: 1454

Oliver A: 1993
Eli S: 1740

Cora KB: 2224
Preston P: 1481

Olive A: 1966
Destinee V: 1948

Evan P: 2049
Harper H: 2017

Let’s cheer on the clusters with the MOST participants:

Indigo Cluster had 95.7 class participation.
Silver Cluster had 93.7% class participation.

Every student who submitted minutes for at least one week will receive a goodie bag from the Read-A-Thon committee. We are currently coordinating pick-off dates with Cluster teachers. Fundraising incentives will be included with the goodie bags. If you’ve raised $400-plus dollars for the Fundraiser, we will contact you to coordinate the Zoom incentives (see the website for more information).

The 99Pledges website will be up and running until this Friday, February 26th. The daily raffle will continue this week for any family who has raised at least $100. Thanks again to every family who participated! Currently we have raised more than $62,000!

Website link:

Fundraising link:

Yours in Adventure,
Open School Read-A-Thon Committee

It's Read-A-Thon Time! (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Feb 1 (last updated Feb 1)

After much ado, we are pleased to announce the theme for the 2021 Read-A-Thon: Choose Your Own Adventure!

Please read directions for this year's Read-A-Thon:

Over the next three weeks, we invite every student to choose THEIR own adventure. Explore new worlds, new characters, new genres... The sky's the limit!

Although the Read-A-Thon looks different this year, the expectation remains that each student will read at least 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Any reading that happens during school time should be counted toward their daily minutes. Please encourage your child(ren) to only enter the TOTAL number of minutes per day onto the Read-A-Thon website. You will find your Reading Team info there, too!

Team assignments are on the homepage, broken down by cluster. Siblings were placed on the same team. Contact the RAT committee at immediately if your children are NOT on the same team.

The latest we will accept minutes for each week is Sunday (2/7, 2/14, 2/21) at 10am. At that point, we will deactivate the Google Form for that week and replace it with a form for week two and week three respectively. Team winners will be announced at assembly the following day (except for Monday, February 15th, which is a holiday).
The website has a comprehensive FAQ section we encourage everyone to read. There is an explanation of how incentives will work for both the Read-A-Thon and the Read-A-Thon Fundraiser, how students can attain Junior Super Reader and Super Reader status, plus a bevy of other information.

Please check out the fantastic Read-A-Thon video we showed to the students this morning at assembly where we revealed the theme. And if you missed Ms. Pam's presentation today at the 1pm redo Zoom, you can find it here.

If you did not receive a letter from the Read-A-Thon committee, please click here

Lastly, please keep reaching out to your communities for our Fundraiser! Register here if you haven't already. The Fundraiser will continue throughout the entire Read-A-Thon, with chances to win raffle prizes every week day! We are well on our way to meeting our fundraising goal of $40,000!

Thank you to the entire Open School community for your support!

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