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.


--> CLICK TO VIEW OUR SELF-GUIDED VIRTUAL TOUR RIGHT NOW!  You will see various sites on our campus and visit two of our Clusters.  

--> Our VIRTUAL MAGNET TOURS & Info Mtg Zoom into Open will be on October 19, 2021 and November 9, 2021 both at 5 pm. Please click below for registration information closer to meeting dates. There will be an overview of the school, a session to meet current Open families, followed by a Q & A session on LAUSD's Choice Application process.

REGISTRATION FOR INFO Meeting Zoom into Open

-->Check out Ms. Lew's Virtual Office for more resources.

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  • FAQ about Applying
  • Transportation (click on yellow bus)

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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Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving Break (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Nov 19 (last updated Nov 19)

We hope everyone will take some time next week to be with family and friends during Thanksgiving Break. There is so much to be grateful for as we appreciate all that we have.

Conference Week was a great opportunity to hear from our students as they set new goals for school. Thank you for your partnership as students continue their educational journey at Open.

All students and staff today had the opportunity to get their COVID test. If your child was absent, please have a negative PCR COVID test upon return. Testing at LAUSD testing sites will be open Monday, November 22nd and Tuesday, November 23rd but closed the rest of the week for the holidays.

LAUSD's Holiday Hours for Food Distribution will provide food boxes for students that includes meals for 7 days at 63​ Grab & Go Food Centers.

We will see everyone back at school on Monday, November 29th well-rested and rejuvenated!

Keeping Everyone Safe (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Aug 26 (last updated Aug 30)

Hello Open School Families,

As we close the second week of school, I know there are many questions and concerns about COVID-19, school safety and quarantine policies. Still our number one commitment is the health and safety of our school community. Our commitment is to the wellness of our kids so that they can learn and prosper because learning and happiness cannot be fostered in an unsafe environment.

LAUSD has developed the COVID-19 Data – School Report Card Dashboard, which has all of the COVID-19 case information for each school. You may use this resource to gather our school COVID-19 data. This information has also been readily linked on our website, under COVID--19 Resources. All information on individual cases or clusters is confidential and will not be shared by school personnel. 

If there is a positive COVID-19 case at Open School the whole school community will be notified via email. Subsequently, community members who were in close contact with the person will be individually notified to quarantine. As our testing is on Fridays, we will do our very best to make individual phone calls, however these individual notification may need to come via email, as we may not be available on weekends to notify families individually via phone. If you get an email, please feel free to contact us via phone on Monday. It is imperative that you follow these home quarantine orders.

Here is the latest information as it pertains to steps to keeping our community safe:

  • COVID-19 testing every Friday at Open School 
  • COVID-19 Testing at other school sites (feel free to get an LAUSD  test whenever you need one)
  • Daily Pass for personalized health screening (read the questions each morning)
  • Mandatory masks, except when eating
  • Staggered school day to increase space
  • Utilizing outdoor classroom space, when possible
  • Seating charts to identify close contacts 
  • Contacting all close contacts as soon as possible, and implementing a home quarantine order
  • Quarantine and isolation areas for any student who feels ill (we will call immediately for them to be picked up). If your child goes home with possible symptoms, they need a negative COVID-19 test completed for them to return. 

Thank you for partnering with us to keep everyone safe. 


Open School will Return in August Full Day and In-Person (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Jul 28 (last updated Jul 28)

Hello Open School Families,

As we gear up to begin the 2021-22 school year, we are becoming accustomed to our new normal of life which requires us to be comfortable with uncertainty and continuous flexibility. Moving forward into the new school year, will require much of the same. However, one thing that you can always be certain of is that Open School will put the needs and safety of our children first and foremost. 

LAUSD currently has plans for all schools to have a full day, in-person return to school for all grade levels. That means that, Open School (unless changes are made by district, local and state government officials) will be back in session beginning Monday, August 16, 2021 for full day, in-person school. Please be on the lookout for more specific information from us about the re-opening of our school, including cluster placement, virtual parent meetings, safety protocols, and more. 

In the meantime, LAUSD has shared the Welcome Back to School Family Guide for you to read. In this Family Guide, there is information about an online school option for those families that are interested. Please read the the Online Program section for more information. If you opt for online learning, your child will be enrolled in school through City of Angels School, but they will not lose their spot at Open School. Students who will be attending virtual school through City of Angels, need to sign up by July 30th. If you have questions about the online program, feel free to reach out to City of Angels 323-415-8350.

In partnership,


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