President's Spotlight honors aid recipients

Nearly 300 alumni and parents and 10 students on financial aid attended the annual President’s Spotlight Dinner March 9. “It is a wonderful way to honor [the students on financial aid] and impart the message that financial aid is a big part of our excellence and community,” President Rick Commons said. Oscar Cancio ’04 and […]

Two seniors attend AIPAC conference

Ari Berman ’15 and Jules Gross ’15 attended the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference March 1 in Washington, D.C. The conference includes daily general sessions with up to 16,000 people. U.S. senators, U.N. ambassadors and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu were among the speakers. Berman and Gross also attended three breakout sessions each […]

1st and 3rd Wednesdays approved for next year

The 1st and 3rd Wednesday assemblies have been approved by the administration for the 2015-2016 school year. Assistant to the Head of Upper School Michelle Bracken said the assembly is being fine-tuned in terms of how long presentations will last or how sign-ups for presentations will work. The assemblies are overseen by the Community and […]

Rascoff ’93 writes bestselling book

“Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate,” written by real estate analytics company Zillow’s CEO Spencer Rascoff ’93 and published Jan. 27, debuted at the number two spot on The New York Times bestseller list and reached the number one position on Amazon’s bestseller list shortly after publication. In the book, Rascoff and Zillow […]

Administration increases tuition 3.6% to $34,700 for 2015-2016 school year

Tuition for the 2015-2016 school year will rise to $34,700 from $33,500, an increase of 3.6%, Chief Financial Officer Rob Levin said. The 2015-2016 re-enrollment contract became available on on Feb. 9. This is the fifth consecutive year that the tuition increase rate has been about 4 percent, with last year’s increase at 3.7 […]

4HandsLA performs "Piano Phase" in Ahmanson

4HandsLA performed “Piano Phase” by Steve Reich in Ahmanson Lecture Hall today for the study of aesthetics in the Philosophy in Art and Science course taught by performing arts teacher Ted Walch and math teacher Kevin Weis. The performance by professional pianists Danny Holt and Steven Vanhauwaert culminated Holt’s week-long presentation in the class. They also performed Igor Stravinsky’s […]

Blogging Havana: Starting in Little Havana, Miami

Sunday, Jan 18 From the moment we got off our shuttle van in Domino Park on Calle Ocho in Little Havana, Miami, we could feel the difference in culture. Inside the park, retired Cuban immigrants were spending hours glued to their domino or chess game. The environment was filled with laughter, fast-spoken Spanish and the […]

Define your own success

One month into the seventh grade, I auditioned on a whim, with no prior experience, for the part of Rizzo in the fall musical, “Grease,” only to come out laughing at myself (with no role) having learned a lesson that has stuck with me since: The Harvard-Westlake community strives for excellence in every aspect of […]