Admission receives over 1,200 apps

Over 1,200 students submitted applications to Harvard-Westlake for grades seven through 12, Associate Director of Admission and Enrollment Management Nancy Jeon ’89 said. This is the second highest number of applications that the admissions office has received, having received the most applications in 2017. The number of applications has grown incrementally over the past five […]

Deans implement new college planning software

In order to improve the college search process, the upper school deans introduced College Kickstart, a software for college planning and career assessment. The Class of 2020 will be the first class to utilize the program, Upper School Dean Celso Cardenas said. “[The deans] have been talking about College Kickstart for probably over two years,” […]

School substitutes plastic straws to reduce waste

After the Environmental Club pushed for change, the school is now replacing plastic straws with papers ones in an effort to reduce the its amount of plastic waste. Environmental Club leader Anja Clark ’19 said that the new policy will raise awareness about the school’s resource consumption and encourages movement towards eliminating plastic waste. “The […]

School releases grades unintentionally online

Due to a technical error, the school’s website displayed students’ first semester grades early through unofficial transcripts Jan 22. The premature release was due to a glitch with the system, upper school dean Celso Cardenas said. Teachers have a window between submitting grades and students receiving them so that they can make changes, Cardenas said. […]

Student’s Instagram photo surpasses 11,000 likes

In response to the most liked picture on Instagram, Dahlia Low ’20 posted a photo of herself on @most_liked_my_face, an account she created as a joke, she said. However, Low’s picture has now received over 11 thousand likes. According to NBC News, a picture of an egg from the account @world_record_egg received 50.5 million likes, […]

Jonathan Martin ’08 to stand trial for threats

After posting an image on Instagram of a shotgun and a reference to four individuals and Harvard-Westlake, a judge ruled Wednesday that there is enough evidence for former NFL players Jonathan Martin ’08 to stand trial for his criminal threats. Martin received four felony counts of making criminal threats, one for each person tagged in […]

Environmental Club holds first Donut Forget Your Water Bottle day

To reward students for supporting sustainability, the Environmental Club held its first Donut Forget Your Water Bottle day on the quad Thursday.   Donut Forget Your Water Bottle day is the Environmental Club’s new initiative to encourage individuals to stop using single-use plastic water bottles, which are harmful to the planet.  In exchange for presenting […]

Animal Rights Club fundraiser exceeds collection goals

The Animal Rights Club, ARC, exceeded their collection goal of $300 from the second annual fundraiser they held for the Los Angeles Animal Service shelters, Club President Amelia Koblentz ’20 said. Over winter break, club members delivered the donations collected from the drive. “Ever since adopting my dog, I have discovered a great love for […]

Students contract whooping cough

Eight students across both the middle and upper school campuses were diagnosed with pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, Community Health Officer Milo Sini said in an email Dec. 18.  The school notified only the parents of students who share classes or activities with those infected. This is the second consecutive year the highly contagious […]