The Cost to Compete: Paying a Steep Price for Extracurriculars

The Cost to Compete: Paying a Steep Price for Extracurriculars

When Anya Andrews ’17 and her teammates on the girls’ soccer team got the bill for dinner while at a tournament, she watched as her teammates casually drew money out of their wallets without hesitation. For Andrews, however, the meal meant a little bit more, since the money she used to pay for it came […]

Bonus Points: Are Expensive Tutors Worth It?

Bonus Points: Are Expensive Tutors Worth It?

Blake Wong ’17 sat across from his tutor, reciting his answers to the latest ACT practice test. The room, he said, felt like home, flooded with natural light and complete with warm wooden cabinets. “Yup,” “Yes,” “Correct,” his tutor said after each answer. His anticipation was rising after each correct answer. “Could this be the […]

Some students are schooled in stocks at an early age

Some students are schooled in stocks at an early age

At age 10, Daniel Singer ’17 realized that he was making little interest off of the money in his savings account. Singer asked his father to open an account for him at E-Trade, a financial services company to help investors, and he transferred the money from his savings account to his new E-Trade account. “I […]

Gifted Teachers

Gifted Teachers

Upper School Dean Sharon Cuseo found a gift from a student sitting on her desk. It was a beautiful textile with an intricate pattern made from gorgeous materials. Cuseo wrapped it around herself like a shawl and walked around with it draped over her outfit. Several days later, when she talked to the student who […]

Barking Up the Money Tree

Barking Up the Money Tree

With a $36.4 billion endowment, Harvard University is so rich that it doesn’t need to consider applicants’ financial situations when admitting them. The university promises to meet 100 percent of any student’s demonstrated need and make it possible for them to graduate debt-free. A few years ago, Harvard also committed to paying 100 percent of […]

Not So Free

Blake* ’16 spent his summer between ninth and 10th grade like many other students: working at a summer job. However, the money he earned for each scoop of ice cream he served went to paying a debt to his parents, one he owed after spending about $1,000 of their money in three months on the […]

Publications win national journalism awards

Big Red, Chronicle, Spectrum and Vox Populi all recently won awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Asscoiation, the National Scholastic Press Association and Quill and Scroll. Vox Populi won two Gold Circle awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. One for the sports feature titled “#winning” written by Alexander Ravan ’13 and another for the […]

Hudnut assures ‘everything is ending well’

When President Thomas C. Hudnut arrived at the Coldwater Canyon campus to take up the post of headmaster in 1987, the all-boys Harvard School was known almost exclusively for its academic reputation as an “AP factory” that churned out admittances to top colleges. “But its performing arts were dismal, visual arts were under-appreciated and its […]

Administrators stay optimistic amid round of budget slashes

By Sam Adams Last June’s Lobster Bake, an annual celebration held at the end of the school year for faculty, staff and their families, had a problem: the lobsters were made of bread. Placed at every table at the request of Vice President John Amato, the faux lobsters served as a reminder of high times […]

Finances affect current college decisions

By Alexia Boyarsky and Cathi Choi After spending years studying at Harvard-Westlake, Delilah* ’09 aimed high. Although she had “okay” grades, she applied to an Ivy League school and other reach schools hoping that she would get in. Not even considering the finances, Delilah believed that she would eventually end up at the best school […]