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.


INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT MORE ABOUT OPEN SCHOOL?

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

--> We will not have any further Q & A sessions until next Fall.

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

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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.

Honors

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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Opening School Information (Article)

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

Hello Open School Families, 

As we get closer to the start of school, many decisions are still being made. We will share protocols and logistics with everyone as the decisions are being made and as information develops. Please make sure to check your email as this is the main source of communication that we use to share information with all of our families. 

Are you opting for virtual learning with City of Angels?

As we make plans and finish organizing our clusters, it will help us tremendously to know who is opting into City of Angels. Please remember, you will not lose your spot in Open School. Please fill out this brief three question survey that will help us with planning. Please fill this out by July 30th.

Virtual Learning:

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.

Covid-19 Testing: 

The latest information from LAUSD is that school will begin on August 16, 2021 for full day, in-person instruction. In order for your child to come to school beginning the first day, they must have a baseline Covid-19 test for the 2021-22 school year. Here are the dates and times that you may bring your child(ren) to Open School to get a base line test.  

Baseline Testing at Open School: 

Friday, August 6, 2021  8:00 am -2:30 pm 

Friday, August 13, 2021  8:00 am – 2:30 pm 

In addition, if you cannot make these dates, you may go to one of these other LAUSD sites for testing. Please click here for additional sites, dates and times.  

Meetings for Open School Parents/Guardians: 

We will have two information sessions via zoom to share more about the opening of the school year. Please feel free to join either session, however there will be some slight differences.  

Please use this zoom link to access both meetings

Meeting ID: 944 9276 6433

Passcode: Respect

Meeting for Veteran Families: 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 @ 5:00pm 

Meeting for Newer Families: 

Thursday, August 5, 2021 @ 5:00pm 

 

We look forward to meeting with you. 

In partnership, 

Antoinette  

 

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,

Antoinette 

Summer Play Dates Are Back! (Announcement)

Submitted by Friends on Jul 5 (last updated Jul 6)

Hello Open School Family,

We hope your summer is going very well and we are excited to invite you to two play dates happening soon! ​All new and returning families of students Kindergarten through 2nd grade are welcome to join us: get to know each other, give the children an opportunity to run around, make new friends and socialize. Returning families will be there to welcome you and answer questions. 

First Play Date: 

Saturday, July 10, 11am – 1:30pm
at Glen Alla Park: 4601 Alla Rd,
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Hosted by Sue + Andy (parents of Madeleine, 4th, and Spencer, K)

 

 

Second Play Date: 

Sunday, August 1, 1pm – 3:30pm
at Del Aire Park: 12601 Isis Ave,
Hawthorne, CA 90251
Hosted by Beth (mom of Leo, 3rd, and Max, 2nd)

Summer School Covid Testing (Article)

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

Students who have been attending school this spring do not need a COVID test to join the summer program.

Students who have not attended in-person learning must have a baseline test within 7 days prior to the start of the Summer School Program.

Please click to Register for a Covid-19 Test at one of LAUSD's testing sites (the closest one to Open School is at Twain Middle School). You will need a Parent Portal account. Call the LAUSD help desk for assistance at (213) 443-1300.

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