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The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

The Student News Site of Harvard-Westlake School

The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

Fix the admission system

Olivia Phillips March 20, 2024

It was March 8, 2021. I anxiously paced around my room, attempting to stay calm as 5 p.m. ticked closer. In just a few minutes, I would learn not only where I would go to school for the next four years...

Admissions accepts prospective students

Admissions accepts prospective students

Zoe Goor, Assistant Features Editor March 20, 2024

The school received almost 1,300 applications for grades seven through 12 this year. The school is not releasing data on acceptance rates at this point as matriculation has not yet been finalized. In...

Dreading Decision Day

Dreading Decision Day

Alden Detmer and Hannah Shahidi December 13, 2023

Walking onto the Quad on a December morning, Ava Weinrot ’23 could feel the tension among her classmates. It was the day her early decision (ED) result would come out. Only two days away from winter...

Tours resume in person

Hannah Shahidi, Assistant News Editor November 15, 2023

The Admissions Office conducted in-person tours and events for applicants and their families for the first time since the 2019-2020 admissions season. Previous admissions events had been either fully virtual...

The Scantron is used in all forms of standardized testing, including the SAT and ACT.

Testing the SAT

Alden Detmer, Assistant Features Editor August 26, 2023

It was the big day. Months of practice tests, tutoring sessions and caffeine had all been in preparation for this moment. However mere days before the scheduled exam, Ellie Whang ’24 felt her stomach...

Typical college banners from the eight Ivy Leauge schools are being hung up next to each other. Illustration by Iris Chung.

Selection Secrecy

Georgia Grad and Hannah Shahidi August 26, 2023

Clarissa Brown ’24 had to make a decision. Waiting behind the tee box for her turn at golf practice, Brown was approached by her fellow teammate. When her teammate asked her where she was going to apply...

Food trucks served In-N-Out and Rice Balls of Fire for dinner.

Admission Office hosts Student Ambassador Training Dinner

Nathan Wang and Alden Detmer September 25, 2022

The Admission Office hosted the annual Student Ambassador Training Dinner in Saperstein Theater on Monday, Sept. 19 with 318 students in attendance. The training dinner is an opportunity for freshman and...

The Admission Offices applicant data for the 2022-2023 school year reflect an increase in both number and diversity.

Admissions receives record applications

Will Sherwood February 18, 2022

More students have applied to attend the school this year than ever before, according to new data from the Admission Office. The school received 1,260 applications for the 2022-2023 academic year, about...

Student Ambassadors socialize on the Middle School Lower Lawn while waiting to get food from  In-N-Out and Rice Balls of Fire trucks.

Student Ambassadors gather at Training Dinner

Davis Marks September 23, 2021

The Admission Office hosted the annual Student Ambassador Training Dinner at the Middle School campus Monday, Sept. 20. The Student Ambassador Training Dinner is an annual event dedicated to preparing...

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...

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