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 […]

Students, teachers start gender-identity conversations

Speakers discussing gender and sexuality discussion on campus have visited the school in an effort to bring greater awareness to gender-identity issues. This comes after recordings of a number of students using homophobic slurs were discovered. “I wanted to start this conversation because I think there has been so much silence on campus about transgender identities […]

CBS News features senior in ‘People Making a Difference’ segment

Reporting from Rugby Theater, a CBS News crew filmed senior class meeting April 28 for a segment focused on Sophia Van Iderstine’s ’17 effort to start a conversation about mental health among her peers. According to the piece titled “People Making a Difference,” CBS reported on the “powerful lesson” from CEO of the Human Power Project Ross […]

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: combination of Coachella, Senior Ditch Day contributes to record low attendance

One-hundred-twenty students missed school after Coachella on April 17, exceeding the number of absences in recent history. Upper School Attendance Coordinator Gabriel Preciado said this year’s absences were slightly higher than in the past due to the combination of Coachella and senior ditch day, as well as the fact that it fell the day after […]

Community Council extends deadline

Applications to join Community Council were due Friday at 2:40, after the deadline was extended due to an oversight on timing. Since the applications were originally due the day students returned from spring break, fewer applications than expected were turned in and many students asked for an extension Director of Student Affairs Jordan Church said. […]

Juniors order rings for senior ceremony

Juniors ordered personalized class rings last week on campus from Jostens from April 19 to 20. Students could choose either the traditional ring, which features the school crest, or the achiever ring, which features the student’s birthstone. “I wanted something to remind me of my experience at Harvard-Westlake,” Claire Tan ’18 said. “The rings will […]

Publications receive 2017 Crown Awards

The Chronicle received a Gold Crown award for high school hybrid news from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association at the 93rd Annual Scholastic Convention at Columbia University on March 17. Big Red received a Silver Crown for high school print magazine. The middle school magazine The Spectrum received a Gold Crown for middle school print […]

Queen Sweep: Chess club distributes shirts

Chess Club distributed shirts to students in the lounge Monday periods three through six. Leaders offered seven base slogans, such as “Trap Queen” and “Rookie Mistake.” They also featured an option to customize the slogan on the back of the shirt in 25 characters or less. Each shirt costs $23.99 on Didax to the buyers’ […]

Senior prank falls without a splash

Security guards thwarted an attempt at a senior prank following the Head Prefect election assembly in Taper Gym on March 29. The seniors planned to throw water balloons at the underclassmen as they exited the assembly, but, under an order from Assistant to the Head of the Upper School Michelle Bracken, the security guards confiscated […]

The last song: prefects host last coffeehouse

Prefect Council hosted the fourth and final Coffeehouse of the year on Monday in the Chalmers lounge after school. Acts included Elizabeth Gaba ’17 singing “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley and Ori Zur and Charlie Kogen singing “Penny Lane” by the Beatles. In addition to musical performances, students recited poetry and did magic tricks. “I think […]