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Estimated percentage of students in the last 10 classes who were accepted into the early round of admission, according to the Deans Office.

Early Decision Insights

Hannah Shahidi, Assistant News Editor February 1, 2024

The Class of 2024 received their early admissions decisions last December, with 51 percent of the students who applied early applying to the same 14 schools, according to the Deans’ Office. There were...

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...

Einstein and Shakespeare box each another.
Illustration by Iris Chung

Bar Charts vs. Liberal Arts

Zoe Goor August 26, 2023

As Lauren Park '25 made her course selections last March, she scrolled through the curriculum guide, seeing offerings like Slam! Spoken Word Poetry and Mass Entertainment in America and Principles of Engineering....

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...

Getting a head start

Getting a head start

Sabrina Hamideh, Layout Assistant and Staff Writer May 24, 2023

The minute I walked onto the Upper School quad, it clicked. I was in high school. Grades and extracurriculars all count now. But, unfortunately for me, it had all clicked a year too late. Although this...

An illustration depicts how charity is often considered to be a gateway into college.

A Cause for College

Dylan Graff February 12, 2023

As Skyler Griswold ’24 went out to recess in third grade with a backpack full of lanyards, she said all she could think about was the goal of 240 dollars she had set for herself. The night before, Griswold...

Alex Astalos ’23 to play for Vassar College soccer team

Mason Walline September 29, 2022

Alex Astalos ’23 committed to Vassar College’s Division III soccer program. She said soccer has been an immense commitment for most of her life. “Soccer has just been in my life forever.” Astalos...

Dani Lynch ’23 commits to Clemson for D1 soccer

Eden Conner September 29, 2022

Defensive midfielder Dani Lynch ’23 announced her commitment to attend and play Division 1 soccer at Clemson University on Aug 23. Lynch said she is looking forward to her continued time as a student-athlete. “I’m...

The Hidden Opponent founder Victoria Garrick gestures out to the audience during her question-and-answer session with Avi Carson 22 and Mental Performance Coach Kat Scardino.

Mental health nonprofit founder speaks to students

Lucas Cohen-d'Arbeloff March 26, 2022

The Hidden Opponent founder Victoria Garrick spoke to students about mental health during Community Flex Time on Thursday. Garrick played volleyball at the University of Southern California before becoming...

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Standardized Dissatisfaction

James Hess, Assistant Opinion Editor February 19, 2022

In the course of its nearly century-long history as the foremost standardized test for American high schoolers, the SAT has undergone major changes: in 1936, administrators split the exam into two...

Konnie Duan 23 participates in a fencing tournament during mid-semester break in Torrance, CA.

Students participate in school activities, travel over mid-semester break

Lucas Cohen-d'Arbeloff October 20, 2021

Upper school students engaged in a variety of activities throughout Los Angeles and beyond over mid-semester break, which lasted from Oct. 13 to Oct. 15. Most sophomores and juniors participated in the...

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