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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Campus Re-opening Information (Article)

Submitted by Antoinette Cass on Apr 5 (last updated Apr 8)

Dear Open School Families,

Welcome back from a well-deserved Spring Break.

As you know by now, we will begin in-person school the week of April 19. If you opted to come to campus in-person, your request will be honored. If you opted for virtual learning, we are honoring your request. Cohorts will be announced in the next few days. Please note, cohorts have been made, we cannot make any switches at this time.

Please see below for the roll out schedule:

Cluster Start Date Hours AM Cohorts Hours PM Cohorts Entrance Gates
Green April 20, 2021 8:00-11:00am 12:00-3:00pm Green Gate
Silver April 20, 2021 8:00-11:00am 12:00-3:00pm Green Gate
Red April 20, 2021 8:00-11:00am 12:00-3:00pm Garden Gate (Breen)
Orange April 21, 2021 8:00-11:00am 12:00-3:00pm Front Gate (Office)
Indigo April 21, 2021 8:15-11:15am 12:15-3:15pm Garden Gate (Breen)
Yellow April 22, 2021 8:15-11:15am 12:15-3:15pm Green Gate
Blue April 22, 2021 8:15-11:15am 12:15-3:15pm Front Gate (Office)
Purple April 22, 2021 8:15-11:15am 12:15-3:15pm Garden Gate (Breen)

As promised, we will have meetings next week to give additional information to families about the start of school. The dates for the meetings will be as follows:

Green, Red, Silver, Indigo, & Orange- Monday, 4/12 @ 5:30pm
Yellow, Blue & Purple – Tuesday, 4/13 @ 5:30pm

Please use this link for the zoom meetings or Meeting ID: 944 9276 6433  Passcode: Respect

We will have information on the following topics and more:

  • Safety & COVID-19 Protocols
  • COVID-19 Weekly Testing
  • Bell Schedules
  • Childcare (Beyond the Bell and STAR) - 8am - 4pm
  • Arrival & Dismissal Procedures 
  • Meals
  • Playtime
  • Transportation
  • Cohorts

Things to do to prepare your child for campus to open:

  • Practice Wearing a Mask for extended periods of time
  • Sign-up for the Daily Pass
  • Schedule a COVID-19 test (All students/staff will have to have a weekly COVID-19 Test)
  • Fill out the application for Beyond the Bell - Youth Services and send it to (Fill out the BTB application if you indicated that you need childcare. This application is only for Youth Services, more information will be provided about STAR)

See you on zoom.

In partnership,