Voting patterns shift in election, ‘blue ripple’ to affect future policy

In a “blue ripple,” the Democrats took the House of Representatives and many contentious governor races in the midterm elections Nov. 6. Following a two-year period of a Republican-dominated legislature and presidency, this change represents shifts in voting patterns since the 2016 election and is expected to impact policy direction. Through their victory in the […]

Annual giving breaks independent day record

Parents, alumni, faculty and staff donated a record $9.3 million to Annual Giving last year, making the school the first independent day school to raise more than $9 million in annual giving, Advancement Committee Chair Melanie Ramberg Staggs ’85 (Cole ’16, Tyler ’18, Carter ’23) said. 100 percent of faculty and staff participated for the […]

School addresses online slur usage

In light of reports of a racist, homophobic and anti-semitic comment left by a member of the school community on a gaming site, the school has launched an investigation to find the offender. Students brought the incident to the administration’s attention, reporting that a classmate had used offensive language toward others in a chatroom on […]

Spanish teacher recognized for research

Spanish teacher Joaquin Fernandez-Castro has worked to improve the Los Angeles education system by publishing his research on the common strengths of top private and public schools in the New York Academy of Public Education Research Journal. While studying education for his doctorate program at Vanderbilt University, Fernandez-Castro was inspired to complete his own independent […]

Slipping Through the Safety Net: Students deal with lower acceptance rates at universities

Slipping Through the Safety Net: Students deal with lower acceptance rates at universities

Lucy* ’18 sat with her friend in a near-empty McDonald’s, silently sipping her drink. As she refreshed her email, her heart sank. The word “rejection” flashed across the screen, informing her that she had just been denied from her dream school. “I felt really disappointed and confused,” Lucy said. “I was just thinking, ‘why, why, […]

Students make app for censored teens to express thoughts, stories

Huddled around their computer, Ari Sokolov ’19 and Izzy Reiff ’18 smiled at each other and clicked the mouse, officially launching the beta for the Trill Project, a safe, anonymous network for LGBTQ teens living in socially repressed countries. “We were amazed at the instant response from the LGBTQ community we received,” Sokolov said. “[Before […]

It’s about time: director Ava DuVernay promotes activism

Award-winning director, producer and screenwriter Ava DuVernay urged students and faculty members to help overcome societal prejudices and recognize their own privilege at the all-school Brown Family Assembly on Monday. As the first woman of color to direct a $100 million film with her most recent movie, “A Wrinkle in Time,” DuVernay emphasized the importance […]

BLACC celebrates Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, the Black Leadership Awareness and Culture Club invited Black Panther Party leader and Harvard-Westlake grandparent Ericka Huggins (Jay Lassiter ’20) to speak to students and faculty. The club also hosted a screening of the film “Black Panther.” BLACC hoped to promote equality and progress for minority groups through the […]

School addresses bullying, marginalization following security threat

Affinity groups and counselors addressed bullying and marginalization on campus after a threatening social media message posted by Jonathan Martin ’08 alluded to bullying. The post resulted in school closure Feb. 23. Martin expressed that his resentment toward the school emerged from the isolation he experienced as one of the few minority students on campus […]

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