Ice Princesses

Rotating in the air, straining to turn a third time, Katie Sing ’16 cheats the jump, her foot stopping in the ice, her body continuing to rotate. Limping off the rink, Sing learns her ankle is sprained, one  her of countless ice skating injuries in the past few years — a hairline fracture in her […]

93 percent of seniors apply early to college

In what may be the highest percentage yet, 93.4 percent of the senior class applied to colleges early decision, early action or both this year, upper school dean Beth Slattery said. That number is a five percent increase from last year and a 21 percent increase since fall 2009. “Most people, for one reason or […]

Artful Applications

Working on her college applications, Aiyana White ’14 stands in a recording studio, crooning “Almost Like Being in Love,” “On My Own” and “It’s Only a Paper Moon” into a microphone. White is recording an art supplement: a portfolio of pictures, music or videos that students may send to colleges to complement the rest of […]

Extended break provides chance for college visits, brief vacation

Students plan to visit colleges, work on college applications and relax during this week’s changed mid-semester break. Seniors will have Wednesday off while juniors and sophomores take the PSAT. The whole Upper School has Thursday and Friday off. Middle school students have spent the week on retreat. “We feel it is almost the only thing […]

From Stadium to Stage

“So let go, go, go of the past now. Say hello to the light in your eyes. Yes, I know that the world’s spinning fast now, but you gotta run the race to win the prize.” Daniel Dávila ’14 sang those bars from the song “Welcome to the ’60s” in “Hairspray,” before sitting down at […]

Online Common Application technology faces glitches

Technological problems with the new Common Application, released online Aug. 1, are beginning to affect students and deans as early application deadlines approach. “We are pretty frustrated with its functionality,” Dean Beth Slattery said. “We are quite concerned about these problems, especially the technological ones. We are, however, confident that, with our connections to colleges, […]

Computer science course enrollment increases 72 percent

Flipping through a 2013-2014 curriculum guide, Laura Campbell ’16 landed on AP Computer Science A, a college-level programming course that teaches object-oriented software design as well as Java. Campbell had taken programming outside of school, but this year was the first that it fit into her schedule. “I’m doing computer science because it’s always interested […]

Record 54 earn Merit semifinalist distinction

A record 54 students, almost 20 percent of the senior class, were named National Merit Semifinalists this year, the highest number in school history. Those students represent almost 2.7 percent of California’s 2,028 semifinalists, ranking the school fourth in the state in number of semifinalists and second in percentage of the senior class. “It’s a […]

Alum interviews Obama about housing market

Spencer Rascoff ’93, CEO of online real estate database Zillow, conducted a Q&A session with President Barack Obama Aug. 7 regarding the housing market and its rebound from the 2008 collapse. The interview took place at the Hilton Hotel in Woodland Hills. Thousands of homeowners, renters and prospective buyers from around the country submitted questions […]

Sinclair Cook: China

Sinclair Cook ’14 studied the simplification of the Chinese language during his six-week trip to China as the recipient of the Gunter-Gross Asia Initiative Summer Fellowship. He focused on examining how and why the government simplified the written characters. Cook met with a linguistics professor at Nanking University in Tianjin three times, spoke to other […]