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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    A+
About Harvard-Westlake School...
Address
700 North Faring Road
Los Angeles, CA 90077
Telephone
(310) 288-3200
Website

Applying

Application Deadline
January 17
Application Fee
$150
Interview Required
No
Required/Recommended Tests
ISEE

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$39,700
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
21%
Average Financial Aid
$29,983
From Harvard-Westlake School

Harvard-Westlake is an independent, coeducational and college preparatory school for grades 7-12, located in Los Angeles, California. Harvard-Westlake strives to be a diverse and inclusive community united by the joyful pursuit of educational excellence, living and learning with integrity, and purpose beyond ourselves.

Harvard-Westlake School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1460
271 responses
Average ACT
33
205 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.17 responses
Poll
76%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.17 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 65 responses
Report
  • Homecoming
    28%
  • Whenever a speaker comes to school.
    12%
  • Loyola basketball games
    11%
  • Annual, great Black History Month assemblies.
    9%
  • Theatre Productions
    8%
  • Prom
    6%
  • Playwrights Festival
    6%

    Students

    Diversity
    A
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    1,598
    95%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.19 responses
    89%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.19 responses
    84%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.19 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    8:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    95%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.22 responses
    Poll
    86%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.22 responses
    Poll
    95%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.22 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    92%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.13 responses
    77%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.13 responses
    92%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.13 responses
    Living in the Area
    B
    Overall Niche Grade
    How are grades calculated?
    1. Cost of Living
      D
    2. Good for Families
      B-
    3. Housing
      D
    Median Household Income
    $54,501
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,302
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $549,800
    National
    $184,700

    Harvard-Westlake School Reviews

    132 reviews
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    Harvard-Westlake's reputation matches reality: it is definitely an extremely challenging school with a lot of competition. You are pushed everyday and it's definitely very challenging. However, I feel like I've grown so much while I've been there. Harvard Westlake has made me feel like I'm prepared for college and I will actually have the skills to succeed. I get great teachers, great students who are all super motivated, and great courses. I'm not looked down upon for actually trying to do well in school, something that I had experienced before going here. When all is said, if you want to challenge yourself and grow to be a better person in every way possible, this is the place for you.
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    My son started at HW in the 9th grade. He looked at many schools when his prior school ended in 8th grade. We took a leap of faith, as the decision to attend HW meant: he would know very few, if any, HW students; he would catch the daily shuttle at 6:30 am; and we had very little prior personal knowledge of HW, except by reputation. Hands down, he could not have chosen a better school, both by fit, quality of teachers, close friends he has made, and pure enjoyment of the opportunities HW offers. As parents with initial reservations, we are one of HW's biggest fans. Yes, it's challenging, but HW's approach to address competitiveness is to be commended. My son said he thinks his 4 years at HW will likely be the best years of his life.
    Harvard-Westlake is a great school for students who want to push themselves academically. If you're willing to work hard, it's a great school that provides you lots of opportunities. The college counselor/dean program is great. There's a little bit of a "we're better than everyone" attitude which is sometimes warranted, but usually isn't, and it's very annoying. The programs at HW are still really good, though.