FAC considers new post-AP activities

The Faculty Academic Committee rejected the idea of continuing AP courses for students after exams finish but is still searching for other potential uses of seniors’ time during the period in late May between AP exams and graduation. “I think the discussion began because there was this concern that somehow we weren’t making a good […]

Deans consider new early admissions policy

The deans may institute a policy next year that would require Harvard-Westlake students to treat any Single-Choice Early Action application to Harvard, Yale, Princeton or Stanford as an Early Decision application. This would mean that the school would not support any additional applications by students accepted early to any of these four colleges and would […]

Fanatics to equally promote both genders for sports

Fanatics to equally promote both genders for sports

The Head Fanatics are working to promote gender equality in sports and are also writing a mission statement. These changes are the result of high tensions on the Fanatics’ Facebook page as members and supporters of girls’ sports teams pointed out the Head Fanatics’ lack of promotion for girls’ sports so far this year. “We […]

More schools send ‘likely’ letters for academics

A sizeable number of colleges and universities sent out “likely” or acceptance letters for academics rather than athletics more than a month before April 1, the expected date by which almost all colleges notify Regular Decision applicants of their decisions. Though this isn’t the first year this has happened, more colleges than ever sent out […]

Stanford professor to present at Junior Parent Night

All Harvard-Westlake parents are invited to hear author Julie Lythcott-Haims speak at Junior Parent Night Feb. 16 at the upper school. The deans decided to open the presentation to the entire parent community because of how important they believe Lythcott-Haims’s message is. “All parents were invited to this event due to the popularity of Ms. […]

Students adjust to new PSAT, SAT exams

The College Board released scores Jan. 7 for the 2015 PSAT, which along with the new SAT that debuts in March, had a new structure and scoring system, and the Harvard-Westlake juniors and sophomores who took the exam last October do not seem to have been adversely affected by the updates, upper school dean Beth Slattery […]

College Board sends scores late, almost misses deadline

The College Board was delayed in sending many seniors’ SAT, SAT Subject Test, and AP exam scores to colleges by Nov. 1, the early application deadline of most colleges, causing extra stress during the college application process. The situation resolved itself as almost all colleges extended their deadlines since the delay was not the students’ […]

Deans warn about drawbacks of overshooting early application process

Upper school deans Beth Slattery and Kyle Graham gave a presentation to seniors and their parents entitled “The Opportunity Cost of Aiming Too High in the Early Application Process” at Senior College Night Sept. 15. The talk was one of nine special interest sessions available at the event, and it addressed the possible cons of […]

31 seniors named National Merit Semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced Wednesday the names of 16,000 National Merit Semifinalists across the country, including 31 students from Harvard-Westlake. The semifinalists are the students whose 2015 PSAT scores comprise their respective states’ top one percent. California’s selective index, which is the state-specific cutoff minimum PSAT score needed to achieve semifinalist status, is […]

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