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The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

The Student News Site of Harvard-Westlake School

The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

School removes ISEE mandate for incoming seventh grade students

Fallon Dern February 8, 2021

The school's admissions administration announced that incoming seventh graders will no longer be required to take the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE). Between stressful adjustments to new...

Illustration by Hannah Mittleman '20

Admission Impossible: Exploring the HW Admissions Process

Anusha Mathur March 1, 2019

After each interview, Senior Student Ambassador Co-Chair Sirus Wheaton ’19 always asks perspective Harvard-Westlake students how it went. One tenth grade applicant’s response, however, left him speechless....

Start putting extra time to the test

Start putting extra time to the test

Jessa Glassman February 2, 2019

As many students struggle to bubble in all of their answers while taking the infamously time-crunched ACT, some are given between 50 and 100 percent more time to complete the exam. These students are...

Senioritis: don’t let it catch you

Senioritis: don’t let it catch you

Lucas Gelfond December 13, 2018

Senioritis, noun. An illness afflicting second semester seniors that renders them incapable of completing their work or engaging in their classes as usual. Our school seems to have a particularly dramatic...

Gregory to step down

Maddy Daum October 10, 2017

After 46 years at the school, Director of Admission Elizabeth Gregory Riordan will be stepping down from her position to focus more time on public education and her new marriage to Los Angeles Mayor Richard...

Oscar Cancio ’04: Admissions

Luke Schneider August 31, 2017

After working as a Harvard-Westlake Alumni Volunteer for over seven years, Oscar Cancio ’04 will join staff this year as an Associate Director of Admission. Cancio previously worked in admissions at...

Student Ambassador Co-Chairs announced

Danielle Spitz May 24, 2016

The five freshman and six senior Student Ambassador Co-Chairs for the 2017-2017 school year were announced May 19. The Co-Chairs for next year are Carli Cooperstein '20, Lauren Nehorai '20, Justin Park...

Editorial: Leveling the college playing field

Editorial: Leveling the college playing field

Chronicle Staff April 27, 2016

There is no doubt that Harvard-Westlake is centered around college admissions. We have deans for that specific reason, along with some of the best college acceptance stats in the country and a student...

You cannot just 'correct' the college admissions process

You cannot just ‘correct’ the college admissions process

Jonah Ullendorff February 25, 2016

There is now a general consensus that teens are selfish human beings. A psychological study from October 2013 from the Wall Street Journal reports that empathy only begins to develop in girls at the age...

Upper school deans host college admissions workshop

Kelly Riopelle April 29, 2015

For the 35th year in a row, the upper school deans hosted a College Admissions Workshop April 23, designed to show students and their parents what the admissions process looks like. The event featured...

Being Involved

Marcella Park October 14, 2014

"What is important is that students select activities that are truly meaningful to them and that they really get involved with them," reads UCLA’s Admissions website. "We look for long-standing dedication...

Facebook Facade

Jacob Goodman October 14, 2014

Last year, University of Michigan freshman Jonathan Felker ’14 changed his Facebook name to "nutsackface.’’ It was part of a tradition where seniors change their Facebook names to a pun or a joke...

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