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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
I go to this school and love it so do my parents.The teachers are all really great.So I really recommend IT!
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.
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.
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.
Open School is an amazing school and we are so lucky to be there. The families, teachers and the Administration are the best.
individualized instruction, mixed age clusters, diversity, socially conscious, creates learners and independent thinkers, emphsizes development of personal responsibility, creative programs and acitivites
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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