School task force planning for next year

School task force planning for next year

A specialized task force will handle the school’s operations for the fall semester and decide whether classes will be held online or in-person during the 2020-21 year, President Rick Commons said. The task force is comprised of seven members: Head of Athletics Terry Barnum, President Rick Commons, Head of Communications and Strategic Initiatives Ari Engelberg […]

Slattery appointed Head of Upper School beginning 2020

Following a months-long, nationwide search, Upper School Deans Department Head Beth Slattery will assume the position of Head of Upper School, effective July 1, 2020. Laura Ross, who currently serves in the position, will become Associate Head of the school on the same date.  Thinking behind the Promotion Because the school conducted such a comprehensive […]

Commons addresses college cheating scandal

No parent of a student or graduate has been charged in the recent college admission cheating scandal, President Rick Commons announced in an email sent to the school community March 18. “The LA Times has reported that one of the indicted parents had a child who attended Harvard-Westlake,” Common said in the email. “That student […]

Judgment day: committee to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of school, offer advice for improvement

The California Association of Independent Schools will evaluate both campuses Jan. 28-31 to accredit the school and compose a report that offers suggestions on areas of improvement. The school becomes re-accredited every six to seven years, which helps them set goals that stay true to its mission and philosophy, according to the CAIS website. Coordinator […]

School closes due to fires

School closes due to fires

Classes and activities were canceled on both the upper and middle school campuses on Wednesday and Thursday due to poor air quality caused by recent fires in the area. “We took into account air quality, the level of the winds, the containment percentage of the Skirball fire and other factors,” Head of Upper School Laura […]

HW purchases Weddington Golf & Tennis

HW purchases Weddington Golf & Tennis

Harvard-Westlake purchased Weddington Golf & Tennis with plans to build a Community Athletics Center and put parking structure plans on hold, President Rick Commons announced in an email to the school community Monday. The 16-acre property located less than a mile from the upper school campus between Whitsett Avenue and the LA River currently includes […]

City Council postpones parking structure discussion

Due to an influx of public comments, the City Planning Commission postponed discussion of the school’s parking structure proposal from Sept. 28 to a date in the foreseeable future, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian said in an email. “I support this decision to delay the hearing to ensure that everyone from the community and […]

Parents to attend forum for LAUSD

President Rick Commons urged the community to attend a forum for candidates for the L.A. Unified School District 4 school board. Participating in the forum would help members of the Harvard-Westlake community become more aware of the issues facing public schools, Commons said. The forum will take place Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. at the […]

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 […]

Search for upper school head narrows

A team of administrators, deans and faculty narrowed the search for a new head of the Upper School to eight candidates and expects to make an appointment at least before Thanksgiving. Two of the eight semifinalists are current faculty members and the other six come from California, Texas, Ohio and New Hampshire. The names of […]