Rethinking AP exams

With most of the U.S. beginning to enact strict social distancing orders due to COVID-19, the College Board announced in late March that it would administer all 2020 Advanced Placement exams online. Perhaps due to the rapid turnaround between the president’s lighthearted predictions and the shutdown of society, the first announcement seemed to surprise the […]

School releases revised 2020-2021 Curriculum Guide

The school released its 2020-2021 Curriculum Guide, which includes an array of new courses and modifications that will go into effect next year alongside the school’s redesigned block schedule. The revised curriculum is intended to allow teachers more freedom to design their courses and provide students the opportunity to take greater control over their education, […]

626 students participate in AP examinations

A total of 626 students this past school year took 1,736 Advanced Placement exams, the highest number of exams in recent history. 91 percent of students received passing scores of 3, 4 or 5. Six middle school students also took four BC Calculus and two Computer Science A exams and all scored 5’s. “It’s unusual […]

Foreign language department inducts students into honor societies

Members of the foreign language faculty inducted students, who had completed the Advanced Placement course in their language, into honor societies for Chinese, French, Latin and Spanish at the Foreign Language Honors Assembly on Tuesday, May 21. Four seniors also received awards for their long-term excellence in each of the language programs, and the senior Latin award has been […]

Senior works on farm in Maine

By Aaron Lyons Martin Riu ’13 woke up at 5:30 a.m. There was little light outside, but Riu dragged himself out of bed to feed pigs and chickens, move cows and set up fencing. At 7:30 a.m. he went back to make breakfast. Then he went back outside to continue his work. This was just […]

Slow down and step back

By Judd Liebman During sophomore year, we fill out the “Three Year Plan,” outlining our ideas about our future classes. Our decisions in 10th grade could dictate the rest of our high school career. And that is what high school is supposed to be. Harvard-Westlake teaches us to prepare for the future and to be […]

Chinese AP educators postpone visit to school

By Julius Pak The visit of a contingent of high school teachers from Beijing has been postponed. The trip has been delayed due to visa problems and has been rescheduled to early 2012, Associate Head of School and Head of Athletics Audrius Barzdukas said. The group of six from Beijing No. 12 High School, which […]

Alumna to cover various physics topics at assembly

By Saj Sri-Kumar A physicist will be speaking about nanotechnology at an optional assembly today. Ania Bleszynski Jayich’s ’94 lecture will also cover various quantum physics topics, including Quantum Mechanics and Nanostructures. Jayich won the L’Oréal U.S.A. Fellowship for Women in Science in 2008 while a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University. Following the assembly, Jayich […]

Departments add many new courses

By Eli Haims   In the past four years, numerous new classes have been added to the curriculum, ranging from Advanced Placement Chinese to Studies in Scientific Research. The foreign language department has added AP Chinese, Directed Studies in Greek, Directed Studies in Italian, French Literature Honors and Latin Literature Honors. The two honors literature […]