About Us…

Open Classroom Leadership Magnet, established in 1993, is a community of students, teachers and families dedicated to a unique way of learning:


-7 Leader in Me Habits and parent trainings promote personal leadership and responsibility, and respect on campus and at home.


-Parents' weekly time commitment and specialized teachers support small-group, hands-on, thematic learning in the classroom.


-Multi-age classrooms and school-wide educational events encourage mentoring and collaboration across grades.


OCLM at a Glance

Since its inception in 1993, the Open Classroom Leadership Magnet at Conejo Elementary has provided an alternative program founded on a community-based instructional model. The program is the only standards-based, K-5 public educational option available in the Conejo Valley and is designed for families who recognize the value of parent involvement and who want to participate in their child’s education more fully.

We believe that all children are unique, have an innate desire to learn, and in fact learn best through experience rather than rote memorization.  This is achieved at OCLM through a dynamic and responsive environment where a low student to adult ratio is maintained by consistent parent participation in the classroom.

Dr. Covey's 7 Habits

The Leader in Me has received national recognition for its emphasis on developing leadership in elementary-age children. The philosophy is grounded in the belief that building cooperative relationships and nurturing responsibility, kindness and good judgment is the basis for creating a successful community of learners. By developing the whole child – socially, emotionally, academically and ethically – the OCLM program fosters a climate of principle-based values that develop personal leadership in every child.

The "7 Habits" of Dr. Stephen R. Covey, internationally renowned consultant and author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, are embedded in OCLMs culture, and they guide students, faculty and staff in building an effective leadership model. To further enhance the collaboration between school and parents, families are provided monthly seminars and training opportunities to learn and apply these 7 Habit principles to their own lives while helping to foster them in the lives of their children.





Coffee with Dena
Coffee with Dena Join Principal Dr. Dena Sellers every Tuesday at 8:20am in OCLM’s Parent Resource Center (room 26) for coffee and conversation. During these informal chats, Dr. Sellers updates parents with current goings-on at school and answers questions. Participants also have the opportunity to express ideas while connecting with one another in a positive, encouraging environment.