Huybrechts to visit Obama’s alma mater

By Lara Sokoloff

Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts will travel to the Punahou School in Hawaii to attend bi-annual Independent Schools with Maximum Complexity meetings.

INMAX is a group of 10 large, complex schools that agree to collaborate in service of improvement, Huybrechts said.

Complex schools are those with more than one campus, more than 1,000 students and programs that serve the greater community.

President Barack Obama attended Punahou and presidential candidate Mitt Romney attended the Cranbrook School in Michigan, another school attending INMAX.

“If all goes as expected, both presidential candidates will have gone to independent schools for high school, and both will have gone to an INMAX school,” Huybrechts said.

“Of course we will [graduate a future president]” she said. “It’s only a matter of time.”

While in Hawaii, Huybrechts will visit two other INMAX schools, the Iolani School and Kamehameha School, in addition to Punahou.

Other consortiums that the school is a part of, such as the California Association for Independent Schools, do not include schools anywhere near the size of Harvard-Westlake, she said.

“We are able to share the best practices and learn from each other in ways that would not be possible if we were just collaborating with small independent schools,” Huybrechts said.

The group meets twice a year, once in conjunction with the National Association for Independent Schools meeting and once in the summer at an INMAX campus.

School heads came to Harvard-Westlake four years ago.

Other INMAX schools include the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla. and the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pa.