Admission Impossible: Exploring the HW Admissions Process

Admission Impossible: Exploring the HW Admissions Process

After each interview, Senior Student Ambassador Co-Chair Sirus Wheaton ’19 always asks perspective Harvard-Westlake students how it went. One tenth grade applicant’s response, however, left him speechless. The student was distraught because his interview did not play out as he and his family had carefully planned. He knew that his mom would be upset with […]

Start putting extra time to the test

Start putting extra time to the test

As many students struggle to bubble in all of their answers while taking the infamously time-crunched ACT, some are given between 50 and 100 percent more time to complete the exam. These students are recipients of extra time: a system created with the intent of equalizing the playing field for test-takers with learning disabilities. Unfortunately, […]

Senioritis: don’t let it catch you

Senioritis: don’t let it catch you

Senioritis, noun. An illness afflicting second semester seniors that renders them incapable of completing their work or engaging in their classes as usual. Our school seems to have a particularly dramatic strain of it spreading around. Jan. 18 is a time many seniors seem to have mentally designated as a time of mass relief. The […]

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 […]