Gregory to step down

After 46 years at the school, Director of Admission Elizabeth Gregory Riordan will be stepping down from her position to focus more time on public education and her new marriage to Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. “I just felt that it was time for me to spend a little more time with my husband,” Gregory […]

Oscar Cancio ’04: Admissions

After working as a Harvard-Westlake Alumni Volunteer for over seven years, Oscar Cancio ’04 will join staff this year as an Associate Director of Admission. Cancio previously worked in admissions at the University of La Verne, Bates College and the University of Southern California. Cancio graduated from Bates College with a bachelor’s degree in English […]

Student Ambassador Co-Chairs announced

The five freshman and six senior Student Ambassador Co-Chairs for the 2017-2017 school year were announced May 19. The Co-Chairs for next year are Carli Cooperstein ’20, Lauren Nehorai ’20, Justin Park ’20, William Seymour ’20, Megan Cohen ’17, Natalie Musicant ’17, Courtney Nunley ’17, Brennan Lee ’17, Jack Li ’17 and Charlie Thompson ’17. […]

Editorial: Leveling the college playing field

Editorial: Leveling the college playing field

There is no doubt that Harvard-Westlake is centered around college admissions. We have deans for that specific reason, along with some of the best college acceptance stats in the country and a student body that expects that their hard work should yield high-ranking college acceptances. As the college process ends for many seniors this month, […]

Upper school deans host college admissions workshop

For the 35th year in a row, the upper school deans hosted a College Admissions Workshop April 23, designed to show students and their parents what the admissions process looks like. The event featured admissions officers from 46 colleges. Approximately juniors and their parents from Campbell Hall, Oakwood and Harvard-Westlake attended the two-hour event. Attendees […]

Being Involved

“What is important is that students select activities that are truly meaningful to them and that they really get involved with them,” reads UCLA’s Admissions website. “We look for long-standing dedication and significant time commitment to an activity, and we notice students’ progression to positions of leadership or recognition of achievement.” Some students keep what […]

Facebook Facade

Last year, University of Michigan freshman Jonathan Felker ’14 changed his Facebook name to “nutsackface.’’ It was part of a tradition where seniors change their Facebook names to a pun or a joke so colleges can’t find their postings. For Felker, the tradition backfired. “My dean was emailed by a college, alerting him about my […]

Choosing between my education and my education

I ditched a class a few weeks ago. I simply did not attend third period, my directed study in Ancient Greek. I didn’t forget about class, I wasn’t cramming for a test, I wasn’t even at home “sick.” No, I was in Chalmers 313 along with a couple dozen other seniors, listening to the University […]

High Stakes: Choosing early schools

Melvin*, The Brain The college process has not changed much for Melvin since August but he is now certain he will apply Early Action to the University of Michigan. He is also sure he will apply to the University of Chicago, which he described as one of his top choices. “I have started writing the […]