College Board announces that online AP tests will be open-note, open-book

In light of nationwide school closures due to the coronavirus outbreak, committee members on the College Board Advanced Placement Program announced March 20 that AP exams will be administered online and clarified that the tests will be open-note and open-book March 29. The exams will test students’ abilities to apply overarching themes and skills to […]

Upper school deans announce that AP exams are optional

The upper school deans announced in a campus-wide email March 25 that the school will no longer require students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses to take AP exams at the end of the year due to the coronavirus outbreak. While the AP tests are now optional, the deans encouraged students to confer with their instructors […]

Panelists discuss LA’s changing cultural identity during Brown Family Speaker Assembly

Panelists discuss LA’s changing cultural identity during Brown Family Speaker Assembly

Five panelists involved in the Los Angeles arts scene discussed how they each contributed to building a central identity for the city through various mediums, including music, architecture, literature and cuisine, during the Brown Family Distinguished Speaker Assembly on March 10. The speakers included award-winning architect Barbara Bestor, chef of Kogi BBQ Roy Choi (Kaelyn […]

Commons proposes revised River Park plan to City of Los Angeles

In an email to the school community, President Rick Commons announced that the school submitted the draft plan for the River Park athletic facility to the City of Los Angeles, officially initiating the entitlement process. Commons releases revised plan for River Park facility In the past months, administrators involved in the project communicated with members […]

Commons responds to councilmember regarding River Park

President Rick Commons updated the school community in an email regarding the River Park athletic facility’s development plan and pledged to enact the changes suggested by Los Angeles Second District Councilmember Paul Krekorian. In his letter, Krekorian requested that school administrators fulfill 18 additional conditions before beginning the construction of River Park. Krekorian also said […]

Science Bowl team places fourth

Science Bowl team places fourth

Science Bowl Team A, co-captained by Sebastian Li ’20 and Tyler Weigand ’21, earned fourth place out of 42 teams in the Regional High School Science Bowl on Feb. 22, while Team B, led by Micah Gold ’22, finished in eighth place. At the tournament, the teams competed against high school students from across Southern […]

APES students host sustainable fashion sale to combat abuses of fast fashion industry

In an effort to raise awareness about the environmental degradation caused by the fast fashion industry, AP Environmental Science students hosted a sustainable clothing sale with student-donated attire on campus Feb. 11. Maddie Boudov ’21, Sergio Coury ’20, Fernando Diaz-Ojeda ’20 and Mimi Offor ’21 spearheaded the sale as an extension of their AP Environmental […]

BLACC members celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Members of the Black Leadership Awareness and Culture Club (BLACC) traveled to The Proud Bird restaurant to attend the 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Breakfast Celebration and fundraiser for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) on Jan. 20. UNCF hosted the event in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy as […]

Former Vermont Gov. addresses climate change

Former Vermont Gov. addresses climate change

Former Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin spoke to students about environmental leadership and climate change during second and third period Jan. 21. Shumlin calls on administration to improve environmental footprint Shumlin’s visit is part of a larger effort from the administration to call the school community to take action on sustainability in any way they can. […]

A-P(ushed) the wrong way

A-P(ushed) the wrong way

When I first applied to Harvard-Westlake in sixth grade, one of the rumors I heard most frequently was that Harvard-Westlake, or “HW,” stands for “homework” or “hard work.” Harvard-Westlake’s reputation has consistently been one of challenging, rigorous coursework, making students well-acquainted with the late-night homework grind. The new block schedule, which will be implemented in […]

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