Speaking about the schedule

In an email sent to the entire community, the school announced its plan to implement a schedule change beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, when current sophomores will be seniors. The most prominent change in this schedule is the introduction of the block periods, which will create 75-minute class periods to replace the current 45-minute […]

School considers AP class limit in talks of student well-being, academic balance

School considers AP class limit in talks of student well-being, academic balance

School administrators and faculty are discussing placing a limit on the number of AP classes students are able to take throughout their high school careers as part of their ongoing discussion about the happiness and wellness of students. Currently, they have not decided if honors classes would be included in any future limits. “For lots […]

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 […]

1st and 3rd Wednesdays approved for next year

The 1st and 3rd Wednesday assemblies have been approved by the administration for the 2015-2016 school year. Assistant to the Head of Upper School Michelle Bracken said the assembly is being fine-tuned in terms of how long presentations will last or how sign-ups for presentations will work. The assemblies are overseen by the Community and […]

Commons to rewrite mission statement

President Rick Commons has decided to rewrite the school’s mission statement to be more memorable and reflective of Harvard-Westlake’s core values. The current mission statement emphasizes the opportunities the school strives to provide for the development of its students’ intellectual, spiritual and emotional capacities. It states that students are taught to learn how to live […]

Barzdukas assumes new role as Head of Upper School

With a home adjacent to campus and two of his children enrolled at Harvard-Westlake, Head of Upper School Audrius Barzdukas is beginning his 10th year at the school with a new role. When Barzdukas wakes up, he is only a short walk from his office. But this year, instead of overseeing  athletics from an office […]

Honor Board procedure to change

The administration has imposed two changes on the Honor Board system this year in what new Head of School Audrius Barzdukas said was an effort to promote transparency. The Honor Board will continue to review the facts of a case and determine if an Honor Code infraction has occurred, but after this, Barzdukas will step […]