School provides financial support for all faculty, staff members in midst of pandemic

School President Rick Commons announced in an email that the school will continue to support all staff and faculty members during the COVID-19 pandemic after members of the community expressed concern for employees’ wellbeing. “I am proud to say that Harvard-Westlake is not only providing extra assistance to our employees and school families who are […]

Commons proposes revised River Park plan to City of Los Angeles

In an email to the school community, President Rick Commons announced that the school submitted the draft plan for the River Park athletic facility to the City of Los Angeles, officially initiating the entitlement process. Commons releases revised plan for River Park facility In the past months, administrators involved in the project communicated with members […]

Commons responds to councilmember regarding River Park

President Rick Commons updated the school community in an email regarding the River Park athletic facility’s development plan and pledged to enact the changes suggested by Los Angeles Second District Councilmember Paul Krekorian. In his letter, Krekorian requested that school administrators fulfill 18 additional conditions before beginning the construction of River Park. Krekorian also said […]

In Loving memory of Rabbi Emily Feigenson

In Loving memory of Rabbi Emily Feigenson

Compassionate, bright and devoted to students’ wellbeing, Rabbi Emily Feigenson touched the entire Harvard-Westlake community during her 14 years at the school. On Jan. 23, Feigenson passed away after a two-year battle with brain cancer, surrounded by her husband Dennis Perluss and her children Netanya ’15, Talia ’18 and Gabriel. Students, faculty, parents and members […]

Middle School Chaplain passes away

Rabbi Emily Feigenson passed away Jan. 23, surrounded by her loved ones after a two year battle with brain cancer, President and Head of School Rick Commons announced in an email to alumni, faculty, staff and students. Since 2004, Feigenson has served as a rabbi and spiritual leader for members of the middle school community. […]

School to revise 2020 testing requirements

Beginning next year, the school will eliminate the mandatory mid-year assessment testing week and will allow teachers of specific Advanced Placement courses to decide whether their students must take the AP exam at the end of the year. President Rick Commons said the changes will coincide with next year’s new schedule as a part of […]

Students, faculty convene for seventh annual all-school convocation

Students, faculty convene for seventh annual all-school convocation

The school community gathered today for the seventh annual all-school convocation on Ted Slavin field to celebrate the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. Along with speeches from select administrators, Head Prefects Michael Lehrhoff ’20 and Grace Burton ’20 offered advice to underclassmen. To open the convocation, Head of Middle School Jon Wimbish discussed the […]

Ross to become Associate Head of School in 2020

Current Head of Upper School Laura Ross will step in as Associate Head of School beginning in July of 2020, President Rick Commons announced in an email to students, parents and faculty July 8. Ross will replace Interim Associate Head Debbie Reed, who agreed to fill in the position after the passing of former Associate […]

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 […]

Survey reveals students’ experiences

Results from a survey examining student stress and sleep levels, parental expectations and cheating occurrences, taken by students of all grades last spring, showed a correlation between parent expectations and student stress, as well as an increase in the enjoyment of the overall experience of female students since 2013. The survey was administered by Challenge […]

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