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, […]

School announces plans for River Park

School announces plans for River Park

After a year-long design process, the school has released draft site plans for its River Park campus, which will offer athletic and recreational facilities to both the Harvard-Westlake and Studio City communities. The new project will not only help improve student life, but will also significantly benefit the neighbors and the environment, President Rick Commons […]

Ross implores seniors to prioritize love over hate

Encouraging students to spread love and take action against hate, Head of Upper School Laura Ross addressed seniors in class meeting in response to the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, Kroger shooting, mail bombs and the burial of Matthew Shepard, a gay man who was beaten to death 20 years ago, Oct. 30. “I hope that all […]

Ross informs community of increased security, student resources after security threat

Ross informs community of increased security, student resources after security threat

In light of a threatening social media post that caused school to close Friday, Head of Upper School Laura Ross addressed students and faculty about increased security on campus, resources for students seeking support and ways for students to take action against gun violence. Although Ross said she could not disclose all of the added […]

‘Ruff’ morning for a dog on campus

Students found an unexpected surprise roaming on campus upon arriving at school on Wednesday — a lost poodle mix. Kinly McCaffrey ’18 and Thomas McCaffrey ’20 discovered Teddy, who belongs to Head of Upper School Laura Ross and her family, after he left his yard and wandered onto campus. Kinly McCaffrey called her mom and […]

Ross schedules second round of meetings

Head of Upper School Laura Ross scheduled the second round of “How Are We” meetings to begin Dec. 4. The meetings are designed to construct a stronger understanding between Ross and the students by encouraging students to talk about the school experiences that they like, as well as those that they would like to see […]

Ross makes effort to get to know students

In an effort to strengthen a sense of Harvard-Westlake community, Head of Upper School Laura Ross is initiating meetings with students starting next week. “The goal of these meetings is just to get the chance to know you a little bit better and to hear from you about your experience at Harvard-Westlake thus far,” Ross […]

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 […]