Degrees of Separation: Teachers, Administration and Students Address the Diversity of Degrees Teachers Have on Campus

Degrees of Separation: Teachers, Administration and Students Address the Diversity of Degrees Teachers Have on Campus

After another long day of testing and note-taking, Diego Ayala ’18 faced his most challenging task at home: telling his mom what he learned in school. Reflecting on lectures from his science, history and math classes, Ayala said it was difficult to pinpoint a certain lesson that resonated with him because all he could remember […]

The Chosen Ones: Students Request Certain Teachers from Deans

The Chosen Ones: Students Request Certain Teachers from Deans

After Sophie Tippl ’17 received her full schedule with teachers for her junior year, she could not help but worry. Her friends had warned her about one teacher who had a reputation as one of the most difficult graders for the subject, she said. Her friends also advised her to switch out of the class, […]

New Pokémon Go App Is A Summer Trend

New Pokémon Go App Is A Summer Trend

When Assistant to the Head of Upper School Michelle Bracken received a call from her sister-in-law, she was expecting a casual chat about family and friends, she said. Instead, her sister-in-law informed Bracken that her nephew had been robbed at gunpoint while catching Pokemon. Bracken’s nephew had been Pokemon hunting in North Hollywood with a […]

Teacher assignments leaked on The Hub

Upper school students found their teacher assignments on The Hub Tuesday morning, making this the second year in a row that The Hub has prematurely released teacher names and then promptly removed them from the site. Students logged onto The Hub and viewed courses to see their teacher assignments. Students had access to class schedules […]

Giving a grade to grade transparency

Giving a grade to grade transparency

Rachel Lee ’17 impatiently waited as the clock counted down the minutes until 6 p.m. on March 22. Three minutes later, she logged onto the Harvard-Westlake student portal and accessed her long-awaited third quarter grades. “I just felt so relieved to finally see my grades, regardless of whether they were good or bad,” Lee said. […]

A lot to be thankful for at Harvard-Westlake

A lot to be thankful for at Harvard-Westlake

Henry M. Gunn and Palo Alto high schools in Silicon Valley are situated near train tracks. Most students, when they come to the tracks, know the drill; they wait until the train passes, and then they cross. But at Gunn, starting in 2009 and over the course of nine months, three students did not wait […]

Website ranks teachers best in U.S. private schools

Rankings for 2015 on Niche.com placed Harvard-Westlake teachers at number one in U.S. private schools. Niche.com, which was started by Carnegie Mellon University students in 2002, provides reviews and insight of elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges in the United States for prospective students. The ranking is based on surveys from parents, students and alumni, […]