Orchestra students to perform original compositions

Two students will have their original music pieces featured at the spring orchestra concert on May 2 at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica. Ray Kim ’14 will conduct the Symphony, which will play his original orchestral piece, titled “Pobi’s Little Adventure.” Performing arts teacher Mark Hilt will conduct Concert Strings, which will play […]

National Spanish Exam now available

For the first time, the World Language department will offer the National Spanish Exam to students currently enrolled in Spanish 3 at the Upper School, and to students currently enrolled in Spanish 1A at the Middle School. This is the pilot year for the administration of the exam at Harvard-Westlake. Depending on the results, the […]

Students to tour Spain during spring break

Students from both the upper and middle schools will travel to Spain for the annual Spanish immersion trip from March 22 to April 6. The purpose of the trip is to provide a real-life encounter for students who wish to learn more about Spanish customs, culture and language, upper school Spanish teacher Javier Zaragoza said. […]

Winter Chamber Music features small groups

Symphony orchestra, concert strings and wind ensemble combined to play in the Winter Instrumental Chamber Music Concert at 5 p.m. at Santa Monica 1st Presbyterian Church Sunday Feb. 23. Rather than multiple, large group pieces, performing arts teacher Mark Hilt divided the students into several chamber ensembles, the sizes of which range from duos to […]

'All of her six children were killed'

One thing was immediately noticeable as I stepped off of the plane: the smell of smoke, hanging thickly in the air. Later, I would discover that it was the smell of burnt trash, but at that time, my only thought was, “Finally. Rwanda.” I found out about the Investigative Journalism Adventure to Rwanda last summer […]

Dancers perform in charity show

Advanced Dance I will hold a special outreach performance showcase during school today. The showcase is for The Arc of the United States, an organization dedicated to helping adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The dances will be based on  fairytales, like the Ugly Duckling or the Evil Stepsisters. “I’m really excited to be a […]

Latino Club helps students apply to private high schools

The Latino Club is collaborating with an organization called Hype to connect with aspiring middle school students and get underexposed but high-achieving public school students into private high schools. Mentors employed by Hype help students with standardized test prep and applications before acceptance. After enrollment, the mentor accompanies the student’s parents to dean meetings and […]

Student drive collects used sports equipment

The Community Council sponsored the first Harvard-Westlake Sports Drive, collecting used sports equipment to donate to the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club. Community Council planned to incorporate community service into the Homecoming Dance, but ran into logistical issues, and decided to hold a drive on Homecoming day and the week of Oct. 7. The […]

Senior debater ranks in Texas tournament

Debater Annie Kors ’14 won sixth speaker in the Greenhill Fall Classic, which was held in Greenhill, Texas, Sept. 16. Kors dropped in octofinals, the round of sixteen, after going 5-1 in preliminary rounds. Julie Engel ’14 dropped in the first round of elimination, after going 4-2. Tommy Choi ’14 went 4-2, but did not […]

Record numbers attend summer classes

During the summer, 1,041 students took 1,487 classes with Harvard-Westlake’s extensive summer program, a record number.  This year, the program team added certain sports and extended others, leading to a higher enrollment of athletes. Students from other countries such as Korea, China, Singapore and Saudi Arabia also  enrolled in  various classes in the program. “The […]