Harvard-Westlake School is an independent, co-educational university preparatory day school consisting of two campuses located in Los Angeles, California, (San Fernando Valley) with approximately 1,600 students enrolled in grades seven through 12. Its two predecessor organizations began as for-profit schools before turning non-profit, and eventually merging. It is not affiliated with Harvard University despite being named after it.
|Motto||Possunt Quia Posse Videntur|
(They can because they think they can)
|Established||Harvard School for Boys: 1900|
Westlake School for Girls: 1904
Fully Merged as Harvard-Westlake: 1991
|President||Richard B. Commons|
|Associate Head of School||Elizabeth Resnick|
|Teaching staff||212.0 (FTE) (2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||7.5∶1 (2015-16)|
|Athletics||California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section|
|Accreditation||WASC, NAIS, CAIS|
|2013 SAT average||688 verbal/critical reading|
700 North Faring Road
|Campus size||12 acres (4.9 ha)|
The former Administration Building, Middle School (demolished summer 2008)
3700 Coldwater Canyon Avenue
|Campus size||22 acres (8.9 ha)|
Ted Slavin Field, Upper School
The school has two campuses, the middle school campus in Holmby Hills and the high school, or what Harvard-Westlake refers to as their Upper School, in Studio City. It is a member of the G20 Schools group.
Harvard School for BoysEdit
The Harvard School for Boys was established in 1900 by Grenville C. Emery as a military academy, on the site of a barley field located at the corner of Western Avenue and Sixteenth Street (now Venice Boulevard) in Los Angeles, California. Emery was originally from Boston, and around 1900 he wrote to Harvard University to ask permission to use the Harvard name for his new secondary school, and received permission from the university's then-President, Charles W. Eliot. In 1911, it secured endorsement from the Episcopal Church, becoming a non-profit organization. In 1937, the school moved to its present-day campus at the former Hollywood Country Club on Coldwater Canyon in Studio City after receiving a $25,000 ($436,000 in current dollar terms) loan from aviation pioneer Donald Douglas. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Harvard School gradually discontinued both boarding and its standing as a military academy, while expanding its enrollment, courses, classes, teachers, and curriculum.
Westlake School for GirlsEdit
The Westlake School for Girls was established in 1904 by Jessica Smith Vance and Frederica de Laguna in what is now downtown Los Angeles, California, as an exclusively female institution offering both elementary and secondary education. It was so-named because it was near Westlake Park, now known as MacArthur Park. At the time, the school was a for-profit alternative to the already-established Marlborough School, which had been established as a non-profit before the turn of the century.
It moved to its present-day campus located on North Faring Road in Holmby Hills, California, in 1927. The school was purchased by Sydney Temple, whose daughter, Helen Temple Dickinson, was headmistress until 1966, when Westlake became a non-profit institution. The Temple family owned the school until 1977, with Dickinson serving in an ex officio capacity. In 1968 Westlake became exclusively a secondary school.
As both schools continued to grow in size towards the late 1980s, and as gender exclusivity became less of a factor both in the schools' reputations and desirability, the trustees of both Harvard and Westlake effectuated a merger in 1989. The two institutions had long been de facto sister schools, and interacted socially. Complete integration and coeducation began in 1991.
Currently, the school is split between the two campuses, with grades 7–9, the Middle School, located at the former Westlake campus in Holmby Hills and grades 10–12, the Upper School, located at the former Harvard campus in Studio City.
The Middle School completed a four-year modernization in September 2008, replacing the original administration building, the library, and the instrumental music building. The campus now features a new library, two levels of classrooms in the Academic Center, the new Seaver Science Center, a turf field, a new administration office, a putting green, a long jump pit, and a large parking lot. Another significant addition of the project was the Bing Performing Arts Center which features a two-level, 800-seat theater, a suite of practice rooms, a few large classrooms for band, orchestra, and choir classes, a black box theater, a dance studio, and a room with atomic pianos for composing electronic music.
Remnants of the former Middle School campus include the Marshall Center, which houses a gymnasium, weight room, and wrestling room, a 25-yard (23 m) swimming pool and diving boards, an outdoor basketball court, and a tennis court. Reynolds Hall, an academic building which is home to history, foreign language, and visual arts classes, began a modernization effort in June 2014 to be completed by September 2015. The building was named Wang Hall in honor of two parents who donated approximately $5,000,000 to fund the project.
The Upper School features the Munger Science Center and computer lab; the Rugby building which houses the English department, 300-seat theater, costume shop, and drama lab; the Seaver building, home to the foreign language and history departments as well as administrative offices and the visitor lobby; Chalmers, which houses the performing arts and math departments, book store, cafeteria, sandwich window, and student lounge; Kutler, which houses the Brendan Kutler Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and Independent Research and the Feldman-Horn visual arts studios, dark room, video labs, and gallery.
The athletic facilities include Taper Gymnasium, used for volleyball and basketball as well as final exams; Hamilton Gymnasium, the older gymnasium still used for team practices and final exams; Copses Family Pool, a 50-meter Olympic size facility with a team room and stadium for viewing events for the aquatics program; and Ted Slavin Field, which features an artificial FieldTurf surface and a synthetic track and is used for football, soccer, track & field, lacrosse, and field hockey. In 2007, lights were added to Ted Slavin Field. The school also maintains an off-campus baseball facility, the O'Malley Family Field, in Encino, California.
In the early 1980s, annual tuition at the schools that now make up Harvard-Westlake was around $4,000; by 1983/1984, this figure surpassed $5,000 ($13,000 in current dollar terms).
For the 2018-19 academic year, the annual tuition was $38,400, the new student fee was $2,000, optional bus service was $2,450-2,550, and other costs such as books, meals, and activities were estimated to be $2,500-3,500.
In 2017, 679 Harvard-Westlake students took 1,832 Advanced Placement tests in 28 different subjects, and 87% scored 3 or higher. In addition, the class of 2011 had 90 students out of approximately 280 receive National Merit recognition, with 28 students receiving consideration as National Merit Semifinalists.
- In 2002, Worth magazine ranked Harvard-Westlake number 34 out of thousands of secondary institutions across the country in sending children to top colleges and universities.
- In 2008, Harvard-Westlake was ranked one of America's 25 best independent schools according to www.prepreview.com, an education ranking aggregator.
- In 2008, Los Angeles magazine named Harvard-Westlake as one of the most elite prep schools in the Greater Los Angeles area.
- In 2010, Forbes magazine ranked Harvard-Westlake 12th among the country's top prep schools.
- In 2018, Niche ranked Harvard-Westlake 2nd nationally among private schools.
Harvard-Westlake fields 22 varsity teams in the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section, as well as teams on the junior varsity, club, and junior high levels.
The school won back-to-back California tennis championships (1997–98). Additionally, the Harvard-Westlake Boys Tennis team reclaimed their CIF championship title in 2017. The 2015–16 football team shared the Angelus League championship with Cathedral High School, the first league championship in football for the school since 2006.
In 2009, the men's and women's fencing team won its seventh consecutive league title. In 2013, the baseball team won the CIF Southern Section championship and was named Baseball America’s Team of the Year. From 1991 to 2014, the school won 19 swimming and diving league titles, and one CIF championship. In 2016 the school won the Boys Basketball CIF State Division IV championship, and in 2017, Harvard-Westlake Boys Basketball won the Southern Section 1A championship. In 2017, the boys tennis team won the CIF-SS Division 1 championship.
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