School closes due to fires

School closes due to fires

Classes and activities were canceled on both the upper and middle school campuses on Wednesday and Thursday due to poor air quality caused by recent fires in the area. “We took into account air quality, the level of the winds, the containment percentage of the Skirball fire and other factors,” Head of Upper School Laura […]

School buys Weddington

School buys Weddington

After years of attempting to expand athletic facilities, the school put plans for a new parking structure on hold and entered an agreement to purchase Weddington Golf & Tennis with intentions to build a Community Athletics Center, President Rick Commons announced in an email to the school community Oct. 30. Chairman of the Board of […]

HW purchases Weddington Golf & Tennis

HW purchases Weddington Golf & Tennis

Harvard-Westlake purchased Weddington Golf & Tennis with plans to build a Community Athletics Center and put parking structure plans on hold, President Rick Commons announced in an email to the school community Monday. The 16-acre property located less than a mile from the upper school campus between Whitsett Avenue and the LA River currently includes […]

Hurricane devastates Puerto Rico, evokes concern in community

Hurricane devastates Puerto Rico, evokes concern in community

  Four backup generators arrived at the front door, ready to be stowed away on a flight to Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. With their help, Diego Ayala’s ’18 grandmother and aunts would have access to electricity again, including a working refrigerator. But before Ayala’s dad purchased his plane ticket, he realized there were complications. “He could […]

Degrees of Separation: Teachers, Administration and Students Address the Diversity of Degrees Teachers Have on Campus

Degrees of Separation: Teachers, Administration and Students Address the Diversity of Degrees Teachers Have on Campus

After another long day of testing and note-taking, Diego Ayala ’18 faced his most challenging task at home: telling his mom what he learned in school. Reflecting on lectures from his science, history and math classes, Ayala said it was difficult to pinpoint a certain lesson that resonated with him because all he could remember […]

AP restrictions start with Class of 2022

AP restrictions start with Class of 2022

  President Rick Commons, Associate Head of School Liz Resnick and Head of Upper School Laura Ross approved the Faculty Academic Committee’s recommendation to limit the number of Advanced Placement courses upper school students can take and remove the GPA weighting for AP and honors courses. The policy, which will go into effect for the […]

PSA Improvement Project to hold first public hearing

PSA Improvement Project to hold first public hearing

The Parking, Safety and Athletic Improvement Project will hold its first public hearing with the City of Los Angeles on Aug. 8, President Rick Commons said in an email sent to parents and alumni on July 13. The project includes a parking structure, bridge to cross Coldwater Canyon and practice field for school athletics. “This […]

The Academic Epidemic: Some Seniors Lose Motivation Once they Enter Second Semester

The Academic Epidemic: Some Seniors Lose Motivation Once they Enter Second Semester

After discussing genetic mutations in AP Biology, the conversation took a lighthearted turn to talk about a condition more relatable to students. The symptoms for “senioritis,” including lack of motivation and oversleeping, seemed all too familiar to Eitán Sneider ’17. While he listed the side effects, Sneider’s teacher stared unfalteringly at him, confirming his diagnosis. […]

Facebook Official: Posting College Decisions on Social Media

Facebook Official: Posting College Decisions on Social Media

Dani Mirell ’17 opened the portal to the University of Michigan website hesitantly. She knew she loved the school, but she told herself she would be okay if she didn’t get in. Marlborough student Lily Goldsmith ’17 opened her email inbox and searched for the email from the University of Pennsylvania. She anxiously clicked the […]

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