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The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

The Student News Site of Harvard-Westlake School

The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

The Student News Site of Harvard-Westlake School

The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

A sign advertising the school’s River Park plan to replace Weddington Golf & Tennis is posted on a tennis court fence next to the Weddington parking lot. The River Park plan came closer to completion when the City of Los Angeles released its draft environmental impact report (DEIR).

City of LA releases River Park draft environmental impact report

Lucas Cohen-d'Arbeloff and Will Sherwood March 15, 2022

President Rick Commons announced that the City of Los Angeles released the draft environmental impact report (DEIR) for the River Park project in an email to the school community March 10. Commons said...

Harvard-Westlake shows real financial strength against its peer schools in Southern California.

Profitable Nonprofit: Inside Harvard-Westlake’s Tax Records

Will Sherwood January 19, 2022

Featured on its website and published in various brochures, the school’s numerous accomplishments are well known. Today, the school boasts 1,620 students, 206 full-time teaching faculty, more than 300...

HW Visions Progress report released Sept. 15 highlights five administration goals set in 2015 and how the school will implement change based on student opinions in the community to better student life, local communities and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Commons develops new Visions

Tessa Augsberger and Milla Ben-Ezra October 15, 2021

The school published its first Visions progress report and released its broad-based Visions survey for its next report in an all-school email Sept. 15. The report highlights five overarching categories...

In an illustration, a figure takes notes watching the Back to School virtual meeting of an English class. For Back to School Day, parents and guardians were able to follow their childs schedule and attend their classes.

Teachers host Back to School Day

Lucas Cohen-d'Arbeloff October 1, 2021

The school hosted a virtual Back to School Day for upper school parents Sept. 25. The event helps parents learn more about their children’s courses, teachers and learning experiences. Although students...

President Rick Commons presents in front of parents in the Saperstein Theater, beside a slideshow image of upper school students on the Quad.

Administrators reflect at State of the School Address

Will Sherwood September 22, 2021

The school ushered in the 2021-2022 school year with a presentation for parents at the State of the School address in one of the first in-person events since the pandemic began. Head of Harvard-Westlake...

At the Weddington Golf & Tennis Property, members play golf while taking in the Studio City views. With its status as a Historic-Cultural monument, more aspects of the original park will be preserved in the River Park.

Weddington property designated a Historic-Cultural Monument

Kriste An September 19, 2021

The Los Angeles City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee voted to recommend designating the Weddington Golf & Tennis property in Studio City a Historic-Cultural Monument,...

President and Head of School Rick Commons describes the extent of the security breach in an email addressed to parents and alumni. Current students were not affected, as the school stopped using Naviance, the platform that was hacked, in 2020.

Hackers access alumni college application records

Lily Lee September 5, 2021

In a breach of electronic security, unidentified hackers accessed the school’s former online college counseling platform, Naviance. Current parents alerted the school after receiving emails disguised...

A Daily Dose: Chandace-Akirin Apacanis ’21 gives her nasal swab to Upper School Nurse Becca Pilgrim for pooled testing outside of the Munger Science Center in adherence with COVID-19 protocols before her class.

Students attend school on campus together for first time in over a year

Tessa Augsberger May 29, 2021

The school welcomed sophomores, juniors and seniors back to campus May 17 after conducting most of the 2020-21 school year virtually. The school’s decision to reopen campus at full capacity came as...

Juniors (L-R) Matteo DallOlmo 22, Assistant Sports Editor Justin Goldstein 22, Ely Dickson 22, Jack Lesinski 22, Zane Danton 22 and Assistant News Editor Will Sheehy 22 smile for a photo after hearing about the return during lunch.

School announces every day return to campus for all grades starting May 17

Ava Fattahi and Will Sheehy May 10, 2021

Following Los Angeles County’s transition into the yellow tier for COVID-19 cases, the school will welcome all students to campus every day Monday, May 17. Current safety and testing protocols will remain...

In a Zoom breakout room hosted by an administrator, students discuss their thoughts on DEIs progress.

DEI Office hosts virtual student focus groups in new phase of climate assessments

Amelia Scharff May 5, 2021

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) conducted student focus groups as a part of its second DEI climate assessment via Zoom May 3 and 4. Students met in small groups with a leader from...

Seniors will have the option to pass through the halls of Seaver Academic Center on their way to classes every day starting March 3, while juniors and sophomores will be able to attend classes in person for three days out of the six-day cycle.

Commons announces more opportunities for students to learn on campus

Tessa Augsberger April 26, 2021
Sophomores will attend classes in person on Days One, Four and Six, while juniors will do so on Days Two, Three and Five starting May 3. Seniors will have the option to attend school in person every day for the rest of the year.

Los Angeles County enters COVID-19 red tier

Natalie Cosgrove March 27, 2021

Los Angeles County entered the California-enforced Red Tier on Monday, meaning COVID-19 safety protocols for the county will loosen. Indoor dining, museums and gyms are permitted to open with proper precautions...

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