Students enrolled 407
School leader Antoinette Cass
Transportation options Yes
District Los Angeles Unified School District

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5540 West 77th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90045

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5 stars
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October 20, 2014
I entered this school as my choice for 2 years before she got in. Even though she came from a school that is WELL KNOWN for academics and that had a state API score of 991(the highest in the state) I still wanted her here in an atmosphere of FUN and ACTIVE learning. However, now my daughter s current homework is the same as last year s kindergarten homework that was at her previous school so she gets bored. I had to incorporate workbooks at home and try to keep her fresh with her reading. I've been to a few of the Council meetings just to know how things are done/ran. My husband's daughter went here in the early 90s (she is now a senior at SF state). I have volunteered in class and looking forward to the first conference next month. I talked to a few parents who ve expressed some cons but nothing so crazy that made me think twice. Her teachers call me just to clarify issues and it feels good to know that they KNOW my daughter. There is something for every parent to be involved in and I just love the diversity from ALL walks of life. The activities so far with families have been stellar. I m happy with the decision I ve made to keep putting this school as my first choice.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2014
The best thing going for Open is its diverse community (love it!) and parent support. Other than that I don t find the school to be all that special. Yes, we are fortunate to have gotten in as Open is a huge step up from our home school. In regards to "middle finger's post" My child was in green cluster this past school year and I must admit I was shocked at the lack of supervision and chaotic environment that students were subjected to on a daily basis. The teachers are very nice and nurturing, but do not prepare the students academically to be ready for first grade. I am not sure if all the parents that came to Open s defense had a child go through green cluster, but middle finger's mom has some valid points. I get that kids will be kids and will pick up inappropriate behaviors anywhere. My gripe is making sure my child is prepared for the next grade level. I have spoken to former greenie parents, and they say it does get better (3rd, 4th, & 5th). By third everything clicks and students are where they need to be. My child will return to Open, and I will continue to supplement her curriculum based on what I feel she is missing. Middle Finger's mom, I suggest you do the same.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2014
Open School is an absolute gem in the landscape of LAUSD! As a parent of 11 years at Open I feel compelled to rebut some of these negative reviews. We had all 3 of our kids at Open school and I cannot begin to say how grateful I am that we were lucky enough to be at such an amazing learning environment. The staff and teachers have an unparralled dedication and passion to make this school the wonderful community it is, and they are always striving to make things even better. Criticism is one thing, but wild and untrue accusations need to be responded to. The very idea that kindergardeners are learning curse words and playing violent video games unsupervised in the classroom is simply ludicrous! The yard supervision is caring and proactive. Maybe things aren't always resolved the way the child thinks it should be but they are kids, there are two sides to every story. And yes, things happen on the yard-these are grade school kids for pete's sake!! But I and many families I've known over many years know what a great job staff and teachers do to go above and beyond to support our kids! Love this school and grateful for it's impact on my children's lives.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2014
Overall, this is a school that cares about student education and offers something that we do not get at other schools, which is the ability for our kids to learn in a constructivist environment. I agree that no school is perfect, nor is Open, but given this people should not be chastised for giving their opinion. Office and outside yard school staff should monitor and censor their inappropriate and non-solicited comments on email listservs and social media. Taking two comments posted on social media about the school and posting a dissertation about it shows the lack of respect for parents and students. Outside and inside staff should have a smile on their face to have a job, and should have a smile on their face that they have a principal who they can run over. The school could improve by having a stronger leader, with stronger organizational leadership skills. Yes, I am referring to the principal. She is quick to shut parents down when they approach her concerning difficulties unable to be resolved on the parent-teacher level, which is my major problem with her.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2014
We have loved our experience at Open School. And as my daughter prepares to move on to LACES in the Fall, we are so grateful for the education she received during the 5 years she attended this gem of a school. Though the class sizes are large due to the Team Teaching model the school employs, my child always got the individualized attention she needed. Her teachers were kind, enthusiastic and nurturing, the work always interesting and inspiring. And the best part for me, were the families that you meet here. The parents are super involved and motivated to create the best possible experience for their children and come from all areas of the city, all socio-economic backgrounds, all orientations and ethnicities. It is such a diverse school community! And it is filled with kind children that are taught respect for themselves, others and the environment. I had high expectations coming into Open and it definitely delivered for our family. Is it a perfect school? No. I still wish class sizes were smaller and there was more money available for even more amazing projects, but you will not find a better public school in LAUSD. We are grateful for our time spent at this lovely place.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2014
How can I possibly tell you what the Open School has meant to my family for the last nine years . I could easily start off by writing about my oldest son who learned that he was a writer under the guidance of his teachers who encouraged him to "take a seed idea and to devolope it into a watermelon moment" or to write field guides, and fairy tales while remembering to edit. Or perhaps I could share stories about my youngest son who learned the truth in the statement "that it takes a village" when it came to overcoming his vision, speech and spelling dificulties while under the loving care of the schools resource department. What I can't possibly do is name all of the positive roll models who have touched their lives and have natured their abiltities to be kind, resourcefull, and independent thinkers. As students this has translated into them both recieving high honors in their gpa in both junior and senior high school. But as young men, they have a respect for nature, a love of music, and an abilty to look beyond a persons outer appearance and see a potential friend that I as their mom will be forever grateful to the Open School for.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2014
My daughter attended another public school for kindergarten but has been in Open for two years. There is an incredible difference between her old school and Open Charter. Parent involvement and parent teacher communication is so much better at Open. I have seen first hand the difference between Open and another LAUSD school and it has little to do with the charter status but with the attention and caring of the staff, teachers and parents. Last year my daughter had some "bullying" issues within her friend group. I brought it up to the teachers and they immediately called all the girls in and worked it through with the teachers and staff. I was so amazed at how quickly and easily they took care of the problem. Prior to the meeting is the only time my daughter has not wanted to go to school. She cried almost every day at her previous school.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2014
Open School is one of the most creative, invigorating, caring educational environments I've ever been exposed to, both during my seven years as a parent there, and during my own time as a student anywhere. The two principals who've run Open School during our time there have been gifted leaders who work tirelessly to create a cooperative community in which all voices are heard, even the dissonant ones. These principals constantly reinforce the fact that everyone at the school - staff, administrators, teachers and parents - are on the same page - the page that reads: "Our kids deserve the best education possible." The school has a zero tolerance for bullying and, when conflicts arise, solves those issues with such a fair, even hand that not only my children have learned from the school's methods, I have too. The teachers are unparalleled - smart, hardworking, creative and dedicated. Both my kids, who are extremely different learners, got an equally wonderful education that was tailored specifically to them with incredible caring and attention to their needs. If you're lucky enough to get in to Open Charter, go. You've won the lottery.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2014
Open School is all about the kids. Period. Devoted teachers. My boys are now 17 and 15 and they always ask to go back and visit their teachers. When I was at Open school I was president of the Friends organization and on the governing board my entire 8 years there. I cite the system of collaborative governance as a successful model to this day. If you read the negative reviews below, my answers to the authors follow: 1. It's princiPAL. and you'RE. 2. The parents do not co-teach. I don't send my kids to a school so some random parent can teach my child, I'd rather have my kids taught by an experienced professional. It's not a co-op. 3. I found the teachers and staff extremely accessible and open to hearing concerns. Talk to them. From time to time, disgruntled parents vent on this forum when they want to change or punish the school. my boys moved from one school to another and I know what it 's like when a school is not right for your kids, but I did not try to change or punish that school; it wasn't a BAD school because it wasn't the right school for my kids. I think considering the lack of support from the district it's a miracle what Open School accomplishes.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2014
Our daughters had the privilege of attending Open School and it not only was an outstanding experience but one that you dream of for your children. As a family we attended Open for a total of even years. We were a family that was very involved and active throughout our years there serving on committees, fundraising events as well as in the classroom. We were always welcomed and felt appreciated for our much of our contributions. We initially came from the private school sector and felt so lucky to be a part of such a positive, hands on, integrated learning experience in a very diverse school community. Open School is a private school experience at a public school price...ONLY BETTER! The style of learning was fun, interesting and engaging for our children, they loved going to school and they learned beyond what was expected for their grade level. The teachers were caring, invested professionals who truly want only the best for our children and were invested in each child's individual learning experience. What more could anyone ask for? The school was not perfect then...and it will never be. But, what school is? But, it certainly comes closer than any other school we know.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2014
Honestly, the high ratings for Open School are fully warranted. After 6 years at this wonderful school, my son tells me he how fortunate he feels to to have attended "the best school ever." He is fully prepared for middle school, thanks to Open. Our principal is is strong, child-focused and fair. She has the support of the teachers and the majority of parents. I encourage the two parents who wrote critical reviews to set a face-to-face meeting with her to air their grievances. I am certain she would welcome an open and honest discussion. The same applies to those with concerns about supervision and playground culture. Our experience was the polar opposite of those complaining, but Open School's Community of Respect demands that every voice be heard. I encourage these parents to also arrange meetings with their respective teachers at the beginning of the coming school year. Acceptance to Open School is truly like "winning the lottery." Once your child is accepted, you will soon understand why we rave about constructivist teaching, individualized learning, amazing parent led events, parent-supported enrichment programs and the warm and welcoming Open community.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2014
My two sons are at Open School and we truly feel so fortunate to be a part of this amazing community. We were so lucky to have both boys go through the kinder program and I cannot say enough about how caring, loving, and experienced the teachers are. In this climate of high stakes testing where some schools make kinders test-prep, I am so thankful that my boys had the opportunity to socialize and learn through play, were pulled into differentiated learning groups for academic instruction (which was awesome because they were taught to their level), and they learned to be problem solvers (plus all the enrichment from music, art, and garden). Although there are many students in the multi-age class, I can honestly say that my sons' teachers know them, their strengths, and areas that they need to improve on. There is always an adult that they can go to when they need help, from teachers, to staff, to parent volunteers. Sending my kids to Open exposes them to diversity, a unique learning community, and a positive environment. They are happy, they are learning, and they are loved.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2014
Let's talk about the things that really matter: mission and teaching. Open School has a clear mission, and it has remained true to that mission over 40 years in large part because it has had -- amazingly -- only 4 principals in that time. And the teaching is continuously innovated. In this day and age it is rare -- even at the university level, where I teach -- to find teachers who are able and willing to write their own curriculum. Children can be taught to think critically because their teachers do it day after day year after year as they constantly rework the curriculum and adjust teaching methods to maximize learning. Transition to common core will be a breeze at this school: the basic principles easily align with what Open School has been doing for four decades. Any parent who wants their children to become self-regulated, lifelong learners should give this school a look.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2014
How does a K student learn about "the middle finger" while at school? How does a child, at such a young age, return home to share what new bad words they learned at school today? How does a K child have access to a computer and learn about violent games, only to come home and want to play them in my home? Who is watching the kids when they are learning to chop off the heads on video games? When you try and talk to the principle and make a complaint, she dismisses it. Don't ever try and complain about a teacher, you will be retaliated against. "you should be happy your in the school, why are you complaining" The new principle needs to go back to teaching , she is a better teacher than leader. How did a teacher become a principle when they have had no background in leading a school? The Bullying issue at this school is not handled at all.. The play yard is not supervised well. Each time I visit, I see someone picking on a another child. I have had to address it several times. My child sticks up for herself, but other kids are not and nothing is being done. My child does not know how to read. Her peers are reading. This school is not the super school it claims to be.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2014
Open is not for everybody, my child did not want to go to school everyday and often begged to be home schooled. Parents are not considered to be co-teachers and their input is not received well at times. They do not consistently use evidence based teaching methods There recently has been high teacher turnover and the new principal is not as objective or experienced as the one that left 2 years ago. One of the 4/5 grade teachers was consistently late arriving to school, at times after 9 am (the school starts at 8:20 am ) this was an almost daily occurrence. The new principal is partial to cronyism which might one day be to the school's detriment. Over the years this school has changed, it is not the same school I enrolled my first child in in the early 2000's It was once one of a kind but with the advent of the Charter school movement and neighborhood schools stepping up that is no longer so. It had a more carefree, accepting feel years ago that for us is no longer there. Bullies are a problem for most schools and that includes Open. Our experience with Open has not been a good experience. Open is not for everyone. I do agree that Open has a great group of parent volunteers.

- submitted by a community member
April 26, 2014
I would love to see reviews from anyone who switched from a private school to Open Charter. My review is based on word of mouth and an initial tour. Thanks!!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2014
I've submitted previous reviews of Open in the past, under varying circumstances. Now, having been a parent here for 5 years, under two different principals and about 7 different teachers, I can say without hesitation that while no school is "perfect", Open is probably the best public elementary school in LAUSD. The teachers are committed and work hard to deliver a unique, engaging teacher-created constructivist curriculum. The parent involvement is off the charts, a key critical factor in the school's success. The population is practically a model UN, giving our kids a true integrated diverse experience. The campus is green and beautiful. Sometimes we've had teachers I didn't love at first, but they won me over with their professionalism, dedication, and creativity. We also have extras you won't often find at neighborhood schools, with fantastic specialists - all paid for from parent-raised funds. We feel very fortunate to have had this experience.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
I grew up in a very academic/formal school. I loved it, and did very well. Open is the very opposite, kids don't have exams, grades, even fixed desks. The days go with students investigating and searching for information in different places. One other thing I love is the mixed race/mixed grades. My daughter can learn at her own pace, and not being bogged down but slower students. Now she is the oldest in her group, so she can experience being a leader. And how wonderful is that? Nobody is typecasting the good and bad students like when I grew up. And the best of all, you do not see not even one a student who is not motivated and do not want to go to school. Kids are all excited about school, and having fun while learning. I've never seen anything like it. It is not a school for every student, some kids do need specialized attention, and some parents like to see progression, grades, exams. But if you get picked in the lottery, boy, you really won. We moved from Venice to Westchester just so we could be closer to the school. But what really sold me was that during orientation, I felt excited about going to school, I wanted to be back in school. There are not mane places like it.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
Open Charter Magnet School is amazing. Being a former student of Open School who culminated in 2012, I would know. All administrators do their job with a great attitude. Open School definitely prepares you for middle school. The classes have mixed grades adjacent to the next so that all grades mingle. Open School has a very unique way of teaching. All classes have a theme that they focus on but the teachers spend most time in math, history, English, and science. Open school has art, music, and PE. There are also opportunities for students to learn how to play instruments. In my experience at Open School I had a great time and made new friends through my six years.

- submitted by a community member
October 08, 2013
The Open School encourages students to constantly assess how a lesson is helping them gain their own understanding. By questioning themselves and their strategies, students become "expert learners." This gives them ever-broadening tools to be life-long learners. Students are taught HOW TO LEARN and take ownership and pride in their own learning. I am very grateful my two children attend The Open School. Our Principal is doing an excellent job handling the situations that are dealt to her. We are a community of Respect and new students sometimes need a little more time to internalize this concept.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
The new administration has changed the culture and sense of community the previous principal instilled. The school has increased in behavior problems due to lack of experience and or classroom management which have allowed bullying and isolation to be overlooked and under investigated. Poor staffing decisions within the past 2 years.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
Open School has not even started, but I am already impressed. This school does an awesome job of getting the entering kinders the opportunity to come together prior to school for a play date at the park. My son is kind of shy so this was the perfect opportunity for him to become familiar and ease some anxiety. We were able to meet one of his Teachers and speak with her about some of our concerns. It was great! Open school is also hosting a back to school picnic the sat prior to kids returning to school. So far, so good and our family can't wait for the 13-14 school year to begin.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2013
Per the Open School Directory about 30% students are from within non-busing area. Many friends live in Mar Vista, Mid-City, Village Green and Koreatown. I love the multi-age classrooms, allows kids to progress at their own rate & have a BFF who is 1-2 years younger/older. Love the library & the annual 3 week Readathon (parent-led) is amazing. Each class also has libraries specific to its themes (Ex. Red does "Start to Finish" with book series of that theme. Orange Cluster has an extensive research/inspiration library. Math teaching seems inconsistent from class to class. But, teachers very adaptive. Ex. I saw a cool tool for learning multiplication tables in another class, brought it to ours and teachers adopted it. Few tests overall. Until CST testing my child had only had a few spelling/math quizzes. Open is great for enthusiastic learners taught in variety of ways, lots of hands-on, cross-subject teaching with lessons as likely to come from Garden or Art as from the classroom. Know your child though, for while small groups, centers,volunteers and aides mean that the ratio of adults to kids is pretty good, your kid still walks into a classroom of 48 or 60 kids each day.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2013
I was not aware that most of children that attend come from the community of westchester as stated in previous reviews, maybe someone could post that percentage to clarify?

- submitted by a community member
April 23, 2011
I toured the Open School a week after looking at private schools and one other highly regarded Magnet school. After talking to teachers and watching the students, it didn't take long to realize that this school was every bit as good, if not better than schools I had already seen. Four years later I was not surprised to hear someone at a party call Open Magnet "the best public school in LA". I have yet to find an elementary school with teachers as impressive as the ones you'll find at Open. The kids are engaged and interested and they want to come to school. They love learning - and as a parent you will love watching them grow at this extraordinary school. The music and art programs are pretty special; but what struck me the most is the challenging and rigorous academics. While many students come from the neighboring Westchester neighborhoods; most of the students come from zip codes spanning the LA basin - making Open Charter one of the most diverse schools on the west side. If you're like me and you came to LA to live in a dynamic community filled with interesting diverse people, you and your kids will feel right at home at the Open School.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2011
It is my child's last year at the school and we are very sad there is no Open Charter middle with the same quality of teachers, principal and staff. We have experienced OCS for 5 years and all greades have been excellent. The teachers are experienced, motivated and very creative. The classrooms are full, but children still feel individual attention. The approach used to teaching goes beyond covering the information required by LAUSD. Teachers show children how to relate the information to the world around them, how to use creativity and imagination...how to love learning.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2011
I go to this school and love it so do my parents.The teachers are all really great.So I really recommend IT!

- submitted by a community member
September 14, 2010
I am a parent of two children who attend Open Charter. Open School is an inviting environment for eager learners. Individuality is embraced and addressed in lesson plans/academic programs. The extracurricular activities are awesome and cater to a variety of interests. The level of parent involvement is incrredible. I love Open School and feel extrememly blessed that my children are involved in such an amazing program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 18, 2010
I'm so lucky to have my kids in this school. Both of my kids have flourished and the teachers have been great partners in teaching and raising them as well.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
The principal is intuitive, creative in problem-solving and the teachers are dedicated and inspired. The office staff; top of the tops. The children learn to be thinkers and doers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
Open School is an amazing school and we are so lucky to be there. The families, teachers and the Administration are the best.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
The sense of family/community is phenomenal!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
individualized instruction, mixed age clusters, diversity, socially conscious, creates learners and independent thinkers, emphsizes development of personal responsibility, creative programs and acitivites

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
it is the most well diversed...parent involved, family atmosphere school you will find out there..we are a family and each one of the kids and parent know that.great teachers and kids grow with the respect and love they need to get them through their future schoolyears ahead

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
Open Charter Magnet school is truly an oasis in a sea of average LAUSD elementary schools. With a strong governing board, everyone from the principal, office staff, teachers, aides and parents are actively engaged in the enrichment of the students. In Los Angeles, from K-5, hands-down, there's no place you'd rather have your kids than Open.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
A school that actually emphasizes and promotes music, arts, gardening, and physical education. It provides a well rounded holistic experience for students that allows them to excel academically without teaching to the test.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
Open School is amazing! My twin boys are both flourishing. The teachers take the time to ensure each child is proceeding at his/her own pace and make learning interesting & fun! My boys (and I) all love Open School!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
Such an innovative curriculum -- makes learning exciting for my child. The teachers really care about her growth and work with her based on her individualized needs, rather than basing their teaching on the assumption that the entire class is at the same level. The parental involvement is amazing -- truly a community, even though the students come from all over Los Angeles.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
I am a relatively new parent at the school but the creative learning approach is unbelievable, it gives kids opportunities to learn at their own respective pace while exposing them to amazing things along the way!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
My nephews flourish at Open School and I love visiting the campus. It's just one of the happiest school environments I've ever experienced. The diversity of races in attendance should be a model for every school in the country. And the childrens' exposure to the arts is unparalleled.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 13, 2010
I am a new parent at Open and the school has most certainly lived up to its amazing reputation. My first grader is not only flourishing but she loves going to school. The curriculum is child-centered and the teachers find innovative ways to make learning fun and memorable. My child even loves to stay after-school for the amazing after-school classes. We are very proud to be a part of the Open School Community.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2010
Open Charter is truly an impressive place, where teachers and administrators work collaboratively (and tirelessly) to make education meaningful and engaging for all students. I am particularly grateful for the differentiation of instruction that I see on a regular basis, in the form of acceleration for those who indicate readiness, as well as remediation for students who need it. The constructivist approach provides the diverse student population with the opportunity to be active participants in their own education, while becoming independent and responsible lifelong learners. Although I am a teacher at another high performing charter school, I have chosen to send my child to Open. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to do so.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2010
I feel so lucky that my children won the magnet lottery and got into Open, a successful school with a high-interest curriculum AND green space. What prospective parents should know is that there are no textbooks here: the teachers are both able and willing to write their own project-based curriculum. And there is a broad base of parent participation in the classroom and out. These are difficult times for public education at all levels in California, but Open is holding a steady course. The proof is in the outcomes. My children love to go to school and are engaged in learning (and have test scores to prove it). My biggest problem: finding a middle school that even remotely like it.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2010
The Open School is an extraordinary place wit incredible teachers and staff. Children look forward to school everyday and parents are welcome to assist in every aspect of the school. Much of the reason that our school is such a special place is because of our principal, Robert Burke. He is bright, dedicated, and a great leader who successfully balances the needs of the teachers with the hopes of the parents and children. He personally solicits grants and works closely with parents to write additional proposals. He is very supportive of the parent-led Friends of Open School, which raises substantial funds with the participation of the vast majority of parents who pledge personal dollars and/or plan a variety of successful fundraising events. Concerning the students' behavior, Open School has an excellent record of responding to problems quickly and effectively. It's a wonderful and safe place with a great staff and principal.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2010
I am a very involved parent at Open. The Open School's constructivist philosophy influences every aspect of the school community. It is and should be continually evolving as the needs of our children and staff evolve. One can certainly see this in the areas of discipline and behavior modification. The school has a general discipline 'policy.' Each cluster has one too, yet many times I have observed children's behavior issues addressed individually. A personalized plan is developed and the teachers and staff follow through. Just last week, I saw our Principal Robert Burke take time out of his day to help a cluster work through a behavior problem that was in danger of affecting the cooperative and trusting culture of the classroom. The teachers feel free to call on his leadership in all areas. Parents should also feel comfortable approaching him. He works hard for our school and children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 19, 2010
Due to the budget cuts, this has been a very difficult time in education. Teachers have been laid off, morale has dipped and programs have been cut. When I step onto the Open School campus, it is a relief to see that these negative outside factors have not impacted the school. The teachers are working hard, the special programs have continued and the kids are learning. The principal has done an amazing job of fighting to keep an amazing school together. He fights for the school, the staff and the children and his efforts should be commended. I love The Open School and appreciate the efforts of the staff, teachers, and administrators to hold everything together. BRAVO!!!!

- submitted by a community member
no rating March 19, 2010
The Open School is one of the only bright spots in LAUSD . The teachers are incredibly talented and committed, the students are engaged and happy, the parents are supportive and active, and everyone is inspired by the leadership of the fantastic principal, Robert Burke. In these difficult times for public schools, with the budget crisis looming and teachers losing their jobs, Mr. Burke somehow manages to keep the focus of the Open School community squarely on the children. Students of every age feel comfortable bringing him their problems and conflicts and he seems to know each and every child. With the help of the wonderful parent group, Friends of the Open School and the many many committees (all composed of both teachers and parents) the principal has managed not only to keep the Art, Music, Garden, PE, and technology programs in place, but to expand them. It's a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2009
The Open School has it all! Great Staff, Great Students and Great Parents. Can't wait for my son to join his big sister and be a proud student of the Open School

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 25, 2009
This is the best school. It provides a high quality education based on each child's need. It feels like family because everyone is so involved in trying to make this school the best that it can be. The teachers are great, the parents are great, the children are great!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
It offers kids a great education

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 21, 2009
Wonderful program and opportunities for children. Great education shouldn't cost a lot of money, it should be evenly available to every child just like the Open Charter is.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
The school's diversity and enrichment program makes it an oustanding school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 17, 2009
Open School is the best school! My daughter is a new Kinder. She loves learning in an environment that is caring nurturing, and fun!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
Great teachers who care about your childs development and needs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
Children are regarded as individuals and are accepted with all their strengths and weaknesses. They are not taught just to meet curriculum levels but rather to be creative thinkers and true citizens of the world around them. The entire school is a community of nations and cultures and the teachers and staff are a second family to all of us.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
It's an amazing school with terrific and dedicated teachers, staff, and principals and most all awesome students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2009
Wonderful teachers! Creative Curriculum!!!!Every child is important!!!!

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 12, 2009
Really terrific teachers and staff as well as very engaged parents.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 12, 2009
Open Charter School is all about family involvement and top teachers engaging to create an exciting learning enviornment!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2009
Wonderful teachers, wonderful methodology, wonderful students, wonderful parents - what more can one ask for?

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2009
Incredibly evolved philosophy, boundless belief in the students innate desire to be great people and great learners . A huge commitment on the part of the community and staff to preserve a nurturing environment where great things happen.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
We have amazing, innovative, and caring teachers successfully implementing a constructivist philosophy of education. We also have a diverse population of families who are very involved and committed to making the school the best it can be. Students are very engaged in their learning and love coming to this school!

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
Open Charter Magnet School teachers are simply amazing. My child is getting a fantastic education not only in terms of academics but also in terms of what it means to be a good person. And the principal, the staff, and the incredibly active parent body are all dedicated to supporting the work of these teachers. My daughter is thriving at Open Charter, and I feel very lucky and proud to be a part of this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
Open Charter is an amazing school. Mr. Burke, the teachers, parents and children work incredibly hard to make the environment rich for learning and creating. This is the best school and we're hoping for a middle and high school. My hats off to all the staff including the office workers that do everything and a bit more!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
Open Charter Magnet School has been able to close the achivement gap between white, asian, african-american and latino children thus truely leveling the playing field for all to achieve. Without a focus on multi-culturalism this would not have been possible.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
Open School has an amazing community of involved and dedicated parents, teachers and staff who work hard to create a wonderful and positive educational environment for our children. We love Open School!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
My child comes home happy everyday and loves his teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
The expertise and love that the faculty puts into everything they do! I feel so relaxed and secure when my sons go to school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
Parents are all friendly school facilities,environment,teachers are excellent wonderful and best school in town.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
Incredible learning enviornment - not the traditional rows of desks Plus a full enrichment program - garden, art, P.E., music, percussion, band and more

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
non-traditional thematic learning environment where the children love to learn

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2009
Open School is one of the best schools in Los Angeles...it's unique, special, and just an amazing place.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
I love Open School because the teachers are so dynamic and tuned in to students individual needs.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2009
I love Open Charter Magnet School because of its Arts Program

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
Open Charter is a great school. The school incorporates unique and creative ways to teach the children the school curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2009
It's a fantastic school with amazing faculty and highly involved parents!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
Dedicated parents and dedicated staff members make this the ultimate public school!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
We just started at Open Charter and love it! My daughter, along with all the other kids run to class when the bell rings, a sign that they are very enthusiastic and excited about class time. The teachers and staff seem fabulous and there's a lot of parent involvement. The homework promotes learning at home, and interaction among family members to learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
It took me years to get my child into Open Charter School and was worth the effort. I have found that Open Charter is more than a school but actually drives a family enviroment. The staff members know all the parents by name and child - not because they are told to do so but because I believe they invest there time and interest in knowing every child and helping every child succeed. The school does not focus on tests but rather teaching overall knowledge on all topics. Personally, I have watch my son become an indepent person through the learnings from Open Charter which he was not taught at his other school. The offsite school trips that my children took for 3 to 5 days gave my children the ability to use application of learnings versus solely theorectical knowledge. The school and parents make Open Charter the number one school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
Open Charter Magnet School make everyone feel like a big familie and its a school kids love to go to.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
Open School makes me want to go to elementary school all over again! It blows away the fancy private school we attended previously.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
The quality of the teaching staff is unsurpassed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Kids want to go here. Teachers want to teach here. Quality learning experience with an integrated student body. The future of the country lies in the learning model developed and implemented at Open Charter.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
A very stimulation environment for my two children! Passionate Teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
It is school that teaches children how to think!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
I am thrilled to have my grandkids at Open Charter.They are getting a wonderful wellrounded education.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 08, 2009
Our school gives kids the forum to learn, express, and be good people!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
We have the most amazing school! It is lead by competent, dedicated and caring administrators. Teachers that have made the school an interesting, challenging and engaging place to learn. The school is supported by teaching specialists that have a passion in their field that is passed onto our children and parents that are committed to making it the most rewarding, and academically enriched school in the country. We are proud to be a part of the Open School Community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
The teachers really care about the students. Very high parent participation in the classrooms assisting teachers and with overall school activities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
Open has the best teachers, curriculum, diversity and such committed parent involvement. It's creative, rigorous, and special!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
It is a wonderful school with wondeful teachers who care.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
I love the fact that the teachers teach in an open environment, not dictated by LAUSD and this school offers the extras (such as sports, art, computers, gardening, music, performing arts) that has been cut from the budget long ago. The way this school can offer these wonderful programs is because our parents are so commited to their children's education that they fundraise and volunteer wherever they can. We are so lucky to be part of a great community.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
It's an amazing community and the kids get a wonderful, participatory education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
It's diverse and the principal/staff is great. The kids and grounds are great also, great parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
We really did win the lottery when we got into Open. It's an amazing school with an outstanding staff, a diverse student body and wonderful parents who put so much time and energy into making our kid's elementary school experience the best it can be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
I love what they teach kids and how they allow them to be themselves!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
I have been the Environmental Education Specialist at Open Charter Magnet School for almost 15 yrs. I love being apart of this school community because our school feels like a family. The teachers, staff and parents are all supportive of each other in order to give our kids the best education and experiences possible. Our school is culturally, economically and educationally diverse. Our curriculum is open to everyone sharing their gifts and experience. The children learn to appreciate differences, treat each other and their environment with kindness and respect, and retain their own unique individuality while learning academic and life skills.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 17, 2009
Great principal; very dedicated and committed staff, teachers and parents; most of all the children are taught to develop to their full potential and are excited about learning!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
This is an amazing school with spectacular teachers and so much parent involvement. The kids are really kind to each other and they learn as much as if they were in a private school. Getting your child in is like winning the lottery.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
I love the way they teach. Their philosophy is based on Constructivism. My daughter got the best education here! I wish the school went all the way to twelth grade!!! Thank you Open School!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
The mood is orderly but relaxed. Children seem committed to their tasks. Teachers are, too. Interesting variety of activities.

- submitted by a community member
September 17, 2009
Unique approaches to learning, smart and funny teachers, specialists and support staff = happy challenged students with great test scores!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
The teachers really care for the kids and the parents are really involved in the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
I LOVE the committed, passionate and expert teachers and the principal. Our son has grown by leaps and bounds and literally exploded academically. The teachers are at Open Charter because they believe in the school's philosophy and their commitment is palpable.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Brilliant school.....great teachers

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Wonderful teachers, staff, families, kids and campus. We've had two kids go thru the school over the past 10 years, it's perfection....couldn't ask for a better school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
I love the fact that my child is being educated as a whole person. Her social/emotional growth is just as important as her academic abilities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Great teachers! Rigorous instruction! Involved parents! Respectful, progressive community!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 17, 2009
The principal in addition to the school staff really care about what they are doing. The curriculum stays interesting through a thematic teaching philosophy throughout the year. The kids love to learn there while they learn to have respect for others, our planet and themselves. We are lucky to have gotten in when we did...

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The teachers are very friendly. When I visit the school I get this warm friendly atmosphere and I love to be with the children all day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
I love Open for its diversity, thematic curriculum, teachers who truly care and go way above and beyond and specialist who teach my child art, music, environmental science, and really teach her to love learning. Really... Open offers a top quality private education... for free!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The Open School remembers who is important, the children. Teaching a child to be an indiviual within a community, while supporting the community is evident in the daily operations of Open Charter.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
It's not just about school, it's about the whole child!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Open Charter provides the extracurricular activies that my kids cannot get at an LA Unified school. The diversity and teaching styles are priceless!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
The school's creative philosophy is backed up by excellent teachers, numerous specialists, and dedicated parents -- a combination that leads to excellence.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Our teachers are fantastic - providing an exceptional environment for the kids to learn and grow!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
it's a great place to learn. we draw from a diverse community that stretches to the four corners of Los Angeles. The students enjoy a 360 curriculum that allows them to study a subject from all disciplines. There is a large and active PTA group that raises a good amount of money to allow for a gardening teacher, computers, sports and music coaches, as well as additional staff in each classroom. My kids LOVE going to Open Charter.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Open Charter makes me want to go to elementary school all over again! Our kids both receive an amazing level of individualized attention in a highly motivational, progressive, experiential learning environment. Mixed grade classes with very experienced teachers and a highly supportive parent community add to the overall value. It beats the expensive private school we used to use by a mile.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
I love the advanced curriculum and the parent support. Some days there are more parents than teachers. The afterschool programs are great. There is something for children to do every day of the week and even more than one a day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
open charter is the best school on the planet....my children are more than happy there.....they look forward to going to school EVERYDAY!!!! and the teachers.......SUPERB!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
It's the greatest. My son loves it and so do I.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
I am so impressed with this school for the teachers creative ability to keep students interested through learning by doing activities & problem solving, It has a true community of parents, caregivers, students & teachers. The extra curicular teachers that we so luckily have are also what makes this school, that sets such a high pressident for any school they will move onto in their future. Every school should strive to be what we have found in Open Charter.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Open Charter is the best! Having had my oldest child at another school failing and hating school. Bringing him to Open charter he turned around and did very well and ended up loving school. I have two other kids who attend the school and by far it is the best!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Because it gives more kids a chance to learn in a diverse setting.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 16, 2009
It's a very diverse community....the kids truly learn to be global citizens and to respect people from many different backgrounds yet understand we are all human beings. The administration, teachers and staff are all highly qualified and teach the individual child and address individual needs...We Love It!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
It has the best students and teachers, what else can be said.....

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
I felt like I won the lottery when my child got accepted into Open School! It offers the most amazing well-rounded education: high test scores, caring teachers and administrators, student from diverse backgrounds, extracurricular activities like art, drama, gardening, and yoga.......I could go on and on!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
This is school is phenominal; from the diversity of the students, generosity of the staff, and committment of the parents. Oh and the principal has been known to tell a pretty good joke during assemblies. Best of all it was and still is far superior to the pricey private school my daughter attended(preK and K) prior to joining the Open School family.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
The kids have fun while they learn with great class projects going on all year long. I wish there was a school like this when I was young.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2009
My daughter is a fifth gradet at Open, and htis will ge her first year. We had tried to get into the school for four years and were happy to finally get in. I was initially shocked when I saw that her four/fifth grade class had 62 students. However, after the initial shock wore off, I realized that because there were two teachers in the classroom and mutliple staffers, there was still a proper ratio for learning. The school emphasizes an indpendence in learning while at the same time challenging students in the classroom. Her appitude in math increased significantly in one year. The teachers and principal have gbeen very open receptive to any complaints I have had. What I found really amazing was the Parent?Teacher/Studeht Conference where the child is an active participant in the conference. The after school prorgam is free and has very supportive staff!

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2009
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April 09, 2009
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November 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2008
I too must respond after reading the harsh and negative review from oct. 7, 2008. Both of my children have had the privilege to learn and grow at this fantastic school. The teachers and administration have always had an open door policy. They encourage volunteers (which is a huge part of our great school and the open curriculum) and have always been available. It is an amazing place filled with love, support, creativity and enthusiasm for learning. We appreciate and cherish our years and will forever feel the open school was an awesome community of respect and learning. Our students and parents are better for being a part of the open school. It rocks

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2008
While the academic work here is handled more creatively than a regular public school, trust me, this is not a private school. There is limited one on one attention to the students, far too many children in each classroom, and very little communication with teachers. This must be the only school in the district with no email addresses for the school staff at all! This is our second year at the school and we have found this overcrowding, lack of attention and non-communication policy to be consistent in both Kindergarten and first grade, arguably the two years when students need the most support. The after care is not adequately supervised, and is completely unstructured. The principal, in particular, makes no apparent effort to connect with parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
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September 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2007
I have a Kindergartener and my oldest daughter graduated 4 years ago. I love this school! Although many of the teachers are different from several years ago, they are still great! My 5 year old is learning what many 1st and 2nd graders are learning in math. I am thrilled. Great teachers and great parents!

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2007
This school provides a rich learning environment for the students. All the teachers are friendly and involved in the school community. The school's motto, 'a community of respect' is proudly upheld by all the students and warmly enforced by the teachers and administrators. Our daughter's week is an array of learning opportunities--she is always busy and engaged in all she does. Her teachers encourage her interests and bolster her skills and confidence in the areas where she needs to improve. I particularly like the student involvement in the parent/teacher conferences.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
When your children love school,you know you're in the right place. I have a 4th grader, and a 2nd grader and everything about school encourages using their creativity. They are not passively being drilled lessons.The thematic learning in context,the brilliant, classy teachers, the cultural diversity, the staff, have all raised the bar, and the children rise to it. We live far away from thew school, a 40 minute bus ride, and I can't imagine attending anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2006
My son has attended Open Charter since 3rd grade and my daughter since 1st grade and it has been an amazing experience for all of us. The project based thematic ciriculum makes learning fun and and has really built our children into independent learners. The teacher's dedication and connection to the students is amazing and awesome and combined with the enormous involvement of the parents it is easy to see why the school is so successful. Every child is given the opportunity and encouragement to learn and grow at their own ability level because success comes in many shapes and sizes. It is not the school that we parents attended when we were young, it is better!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2006
This is an excellent school in many ways just concerned about class sizes

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2006
It was very culturally diverse so that the kids grow up embracing differences instead of fearing them. For the most part, the staff was excellent. The 2 bad teachers my son had are both gone. The rest are dedicated and loveing teachers. The acedemic standards are very high. When my son switched schools midway through 4th, he skipped a grade higher because he was so far advanced. They have many of the advantages of private school becuase of the nonprofit set up by the parents to provide all the 'extras' that public schools don't have (art, music, drama, garden class, computers, etc) It was a wonderful school and we miss it.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2006
I am highly impressed with the creativity, intelligence and sincerity of the teachers at Open. The classroom curricula are well-devised and interesting and allow for a high degree of creativity. The diverse student body and the incredible amount of parent involvement makes this an excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2006
Great school. My child is in the 2nd grade and enjoys the support of the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2005
Open Charter school groups the students in clusters of two grade levels, each with two teachers. This works well through third grade, since each cluster has 40 students. The two 4th-5th grade clusters go up to 60-62 students, which gets a little overwhelming. But the teachers are great and the school has a wonderful feeling of community. Students generally get a good education. There is an emphasis on civility and on not allowing bullying. Parent contributions make possible classes in art, music, PE and computer.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2005
Excellent constructivist school which incorporates authentic learning experiences (hands-on, life-connected) in intergated, friendly environment. All classrooms(clusters) use paired teachers to provide balanced, meaningful instruction. Diverse student population which administration that promotes acceptance, awareness, and sensitivity to multicultural view. Extracurricular activities include Art, Music, Garden,'Coach' and school is hooked up with several after-school programs (chess,music instruction. science camps, etc). Parents are expected to maintain involvement with their childrens ongoing academic instruction, and are kept informed through monthly school newsletters as well as child's 'cluster' newsletter. First Charter school in California. One of the best possible public school. Parental involvement is encouraged. Parents are encouraged to participate in classroom activities & school activities including regular fundraising efforts to finance extracurricular activities. Parents are primarily pro-active & involved in their childrens education.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2005
Parents and teachers work well together. High level of parent involvement in classrooms and fundraising. However, the fundraising is kept upbeat and fun, rather than pressure oriented. Fundraising supports music, art, PE, Garden, class aides. Some new afterschool enrichment programs for additional fee. The playground has a 'nice feel.' Children play well together and seem happy. Zero tolerance for bullying is reinforced. This is a magnet school that draws from many neighborhoods and becomes one community.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2005
As a service provider who works with students, teachers, and administrators at many schools, I can say that Open Charter is a very good school. Classroom teachers treat students with respect, expecting a certain level of maturity and getting it from them. The resource specialist is very much involved in giving extra support to learners who need it. Office staff know the students by name and there is an overall good community feeling at this school.

- submitted by a staff
May 17, 2005
I think this school is by far the best I've seen. It is academically unique, challenging, successful and encourages independence. The weekly curriculum includes drama, music, counseling, physical education, reading buddies and leadership. Teachers seem to take pride in their classrooms and seem to enjoy their jobs. The principal is very involved in the school's activities and is very accessible. They have a weekly incentive program called the Rainbow Awards that they give out during the weekly assembly and also put on plays and musical performances. They have a terrific fundraising program and field trips and often have interesting guest speakers in the classrooms. Multicultural week, father-daughter prom, dress-up days, carnival, and other great programs are also part of the yearly activities. Parents are very involved. Kids of all races develop friendships and appreciation of differences is encouraged. There are after-school clubs such as French and homework club. I recommend it.

- submitted by a staff
February 24, 2005
My daughter attended this school from second grade through her fifth grade graduation. I was most impressed with the small size of the school's enrollment and the many wonderful programs and activities there for the students to participate in. This school still has managed to offer classes in gardening and music to its students in grades three through five, despite the budget cuts that have been running rampant in the district. I contribute this to the very large and supportive parent involvement and a group of individuals comprised from community based bussiness and concerned neighbors. The experiences my child were exposed to and the friendships she developed at Open Charter will last throughout her lifetime. I can not forget the incredibly wonderful teachers and other staff members who on a daily basis ensure that the students there receive the best educational experiences possible through their dedicated work and support.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2005
My daughter is in Green Cluster. I love the teachers, their approach to teaching and the class atmosphere. The school offers a lot of extra subjects such as: computers/technology, gardening, art, music, drama, foreign language, chess and P.E.. Some during class and some after school. Most important, the academic curriculum is great and keeps my daughter motivated to learn.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2005
My godchildren attend this school and their parents have nothing but great things to say about it. The curriculum is beyond flexible and allows for the students to explore beyond what is in the teachers' lesson plans. The site is unbelievably huge for the small enrollment and the students are able to utilize every inch of space made available to them. The diversity on the campus is outstanding, and the low student to teacher ratio makes all the difference in the world. I can tell that my godchildren are being made to question and analyze due to their insatiable appetite for wanting to find the answer to everything!

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2005
This is the way all LAUSD schools should be. The children are respected for their different learning styles. The parent involvement is unbelieveable. The 'Friends of Open Charter' do a great amount of fundraising to pay for specialist in music, art, horticulture and academics.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2004
great teachers. 4th and 5th grades overcrowded. beautiful campus. good learning environment.

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September 16, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2004
Open Charter is an awesome school. My Son is about to begin his 3rd year there. The school's parent participation is very high and parents work very closely with the teachers to make the school a success.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2004
This is my son's second year and he is doing great. The teachers are very committed to their students and the parent participation is fabulous.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2004
My 3rd grader has been at Open Charter for three years. When he first started at Open School, he did not like math and his grades proved it. But, over the years, he has excelled in math. Currently, he is doing long division and geometry. Each teacher at Open School has a unique way of teaching which makes the learning in the classroom fun. I took my son out of private school to attend Open Charter and it is a decision that I do not regret. Open School is the best.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2004
My 2nd grader (in addition to reading and writing) is studying different cultures, archeology, and geology. She is constantly writing, writing, and writing. Whereas she was bored at her previous LAUSD school, she happily looks forward to each day. Great teaching!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2003
I have a 5th grader and a Kindergartener at open school. The kids at this school really care for one another they are highly respectful of their teachers. The Teachers have a special way of communicating with their students, and it's greatly appreciated by us Parents. I would not have my kids in any other School. Keep up the great work and academic scores.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
The academics are equal to or far better than any private school in LA, and there is no elementary public school that offers educational standards superior to the education that the Open Charter offers. It is LA's crown jewel...if you can work the system and get in!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2003
As the parent of a 1st grader at Open Charter, I have seen and experienced the best the unified school district has to offer at this school. The staff,teachers,parents and children are the most wonderful people I have known. My son is moving forward quite nicely. Education and socialization is a top priority for this school.

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Open Charter Magnet School
5540 West 77th Street, Los Angeles, CA  90045
(310) 568-0735
Last modified Open Charter Magnet School is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Open Charter Magnet School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 167 reviews. Top