Jones promoted to Chair of Deans

Jones promoted to Chair of Deans

Effective July 1, 2020, Upper School Dean Chris Jones will replace Beth Slattery as Upper School Deans Department Head, following her promotion to Head of Upper School. Jones’s Past During his eight years at the school, Jones has worked with students and families, helping them navigate academic and social concerns. In his new position, Jones […]

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 […]

New mid-year assessment schedule to be implemented

In order to allow teachers more flexibility while also alleviating students’ stress, the Scheduling Committee formulated a new plan for mid-year assessments this year, Upper School Deans Department Head Beth Slattery said. The new schedule consists of three 90-minute periods per day, with 60 or 90-minute breaks between each.  The first periods of Monday, Tuesday, […]

School considers AP class limit in talks of student well-being, academic balance

School considers AP class limit in talks of student well-being, academic balance

School administrators and faculty are discussing placing a limit on the number of AP classes students are able to take throughout their high school careers as part of their ongoing discussion about the happiness and wellness of students. Currently, they have not decided if honors classes would be included in any future limits. “For lots […]

Schedules to be available Friday morning

By Jack Goldfisher Upper school students’ schedules became available on the Harvard-Westlake web site Friday, Sept. 2, three days earlier than was expected. Final adjusted student schedules complete with teacher assignments were, in past years, released the day before school started, but they were completed early by the upper school schedulers. “Every year we work […]

How low can you go?

By Max Rifkind-Barron Despite what may seem like an end to the stress and pressure that is said to plague the lives of seniors, seniors admitted early now face the question: how low can you go? “No one tells you exactly what kind of drop will get you kicked out,” said Alex Gortman ’07 who […]