Secret Santa

As the holidays approach, students share their experiences of how and when they found out that Santa Claus isn’t real: “When I was younger, I thought [Santa] was great, but one day I wondered why homeless people didn’t use him to get presents and food, and why some of my friends got more or less […]

Filmmakers in a Gray Area

Jack Safir ’19 and Kat Swander ’19 won the Teen Press HERO Award for their short documentary entitled “Gray Areas” after their visit to Tijuana, Mexico and the United States border with Mexico. “Gray Areas” marks the second consecutive HERO finalist award that has been received by students. The festival, in which winners of the […]

Gaulke to screen short film at DTLA Film Festival

Visual arts teacher Cheri Gaulke produced and directed Gloria’s Call, a short film that will be screening at the Downtown Film Festival of Los Angeles Film Festival on Oct. 21. film festivals in Michigan and internationally in Croatia and England, Gaulke said she’s excited to have a showing so close to home.  Gaulke will discuss her […]

Speaking Up

Over 500 students from all over the Los Angeles area arrived on campus to engage in workshops, listen to speakers and participate in an open mic during the fourth annual Wider Than The Sky Poetry Festival on Saturday. While students from Harvard-Westlake were welcome to attend, the event was mostly geared toward students from LAUSD […]

Performing arts department releases selected plays

The names of 13 plays chosen for production in the school’s annual Playwright’s Festival were released Tuesday night. Student playwrights worked on their plays from October 2017 to February 2018. Auditions for roles in the Festival begin March 6 and end March 8. The plays will be produced in May. The selected plays are as […]

An Evening of Jazz: Upper school jazz musicians perform in winter concert

Upper school jazz musicians performed in the first jazz concert of the year Dec. 10 in Rugby Theater, showcasing their months of hard practice. The concert, which was originally scheduled for Dec. 8, was postponed due to the recent wildfires in the area and the school’s subsequent closing. Upper school performing arts teacher Shawn Costantino directed the concert. […]

2018 YoungArts Winners Announced

YoungArts recognized arts students for their contest submissions. The winners of the 2018 contest stand in the top 10 percent of applications.  The winners have been awarded at various levels: finalists, honorable mention and merit winners. Finalists will be able to attend National YoungArts Week in Miami throughout January 7-14, 2018. Finalist Dance: Joseph Lesher-Liao […]

Bel Canto sings to the beat of its own drum in festival

Bel Canto, the women’s choir at the Upper School, attended the Women’s Chorus Festival on Nov. 16, hosted by Redlands High School. Performing arts teacher Zanaida Robles said the purpose of the festival was not to compete, but was to get professional feedback and to hear what music other choirs in the Los Angeles area […]

Art and Soul: Students Participate in Arts Camps

Nina Neumann ’20 For Nina Neumann ’20, summer 2017 was spent mastering ballet at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet 5-Week Summer Ballet Program. Each day began with two 90 minute technique classes which were followed by a pointe or variations class. The day typically wrapped up with an optional technique or partnering class. Neumann said […]

Students perform in spring jazz concert

Middle and upper school jazz musicians performed in the annual spring jazz concert on April 29 in the Upper School Rugby Auditorium. Students performed a wide variety of pieces including songs from World War II and songs by the band Radiohead. The theme of the program was pieces of American music, the majority of which […]

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