Washington Post ranks school 91st most challenging in the nation

The Washington Post ranked Harvard-Westlake the 91st most challenging high school in the country in its annual Challenge Index on May 5, which is based on Advanced Placement courses. The list is compiled by dividing the number of AP, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge tests offered each year by the number of graduating seniors. Schools that […]

FAC proposes AP limits, unweighted GPAs

FAC proposes AP limits, unweighted GPAs

The Faculty Academic Committee made a formal recommendation to President Rick Commons to limit the number of Advance Placement courses that upper school students can take and to no longer provide additional grade point weighting for honors and AP courses. If approved by Commons and the Board of Trustees, the new policies would begin with the […]

Looking back at how the school has handled diversity issues this past decade

Looking back at how the school has handled diversity issues this past decade

On March 13, 2007, the administration suspended two sophomores who sent an email with a “diss tape” they had made that threatened violence and aimed homosexual slurs at other students. Ten years later, the conversation about students using offensive language on campus and on the Internet remains, most recently seen in the hiring of an […]

First Person Narratives: Prospective HW 7th graders describe advocating in D.C.

Thirty-seven sixth graders from Carlthorp School traveled to Washington D.C. with the nonprofit organization KidUnity from March 12 to 15 to learn about civic engagement and journalism. Three students, who are considering joining the Harvard-Westlake Class of 2023, describe the trip during which they advocated for Congressmen to back their causes and met with policy experts and […]

School reviews diversity climate assessment

Some administrators and faculty were not surprised by the results of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Climate Assessment and are beginning to take steps to tackle the issues identified in the report. “There are lots of things that we want to do,” President Rick Commons said. “We’re beginning now to try to identify those things […]

Trip raises drinking concerns

The school is investigating possible violations of the alcohol policy following the semester break trip to the Inauguration, Interim Head of Upper School Liz Resnick said. An alum, who was not on the trip but in Washington D.C. and visited the travelling students, confirmed to the Chronicle that there was alcohol in one of the […]

Commons to share result of diversity assesment with faculty

President Rick Commons will share the findings of HR Matrix’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Climate Assessment with faculty Jan. 24, he said in an email to all faculty Jan. 4. Commons did not want to share more about the findings ahead of the meeting. “While it is never simple to bring our two campuses together […]

Commons announces Head of Upper School

Effective July 1, Laura D. Ross will become the new Head of Upper School, leaving her position as Head of Upper School at the Greenhill School in Dallas, President Rick Commons announced in an email to students, parents and faculty Oct. 26. “Mrs. Ross stood apart for her inspiring educational vision, broad experience in secondary […]

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