Published : Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | 6:41 PM
The Harvard-Westlake School Summer Program registration is in full swing! Open to students everywhere, the Program encourages young participants to explore their interests, develop crucial skills and be even more prepared for the next level of academic challenges in the fall. With diverse offerings and the top notch faculty parents and students would expect, at H-W Summer students can choose to make a film, write poetry or news articles, design a website, learn leadership and debate, polish math and language skills, go outside or hit the gym playing their sports of choice.
Be sure to check out the vibrant and engaging Middle School Performing Arts lineup, which includes eleven courses that range from learning how to make hip-hop/Dub/Progressive House electronic music to exploring the comedy of Will Farrell, Kevin Hart, Charlie Chaplin, Eddie Murphy and Lucille Ball, to name a few! Students in grades 5 to 7 also have the opportunity to learn a new instrument, sharpen their Chamber Music skills, or act in a play. All this takes place on our beautiful North Faring Road campus, with its state-of-art facilities.
Also not to be missed is the Summer Film Program, led by Cheri Gaulke. Ms. Gaulke has a peerless track record in teaching young, aspiring filmmakers skills in directing, cinematography, editing, production design, and acting. Students have been exposed to amazing guest speakers like director Jason Reitman (Juno), editor Dana Glauberman (Up in the Air), and screenwriter Matt Ember (Get Smart). The student films have rocked the festival world as official selections at NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth), Westport Youth Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, International Student Media Festival, Reel Youth Film Festival, CineYouth, and Citizen Jane Festival among many others. This year Summer Film has two courses with an activist center: Righteous Conversations Project: Digital Storytelling and Righteous Conversations Project: Public Service Announcement, both of which connect teens with Holocaust survivors. These are films that resonate!
Now in its second year is the innovative, forward-reaching World Youth Leadership Institute. This exciting program embraces the 21st Century global community of business, politics, scholarship, art and culture in a challenging and fun workshop setting. Students will learn to understand the dynamics that drive our ever-changing world and build practical leadership tools through discussion-based lectures, simulations, and student-led presentations. This program brings together both Los Angeles students and visiting Chinese students, with activities in the morning, afternoon, and evening. This is not one to miss for students interested in playing a leading role in our evolving international landscape.
Are you a student who loves to write? Our award winning publications instructors offer up beginner and advanced level courses in print and digital news writing. Just take a look at The Chronicle (www.hwchronicle.com) or Vox Populi, Harvard-Westlake’s annual powerhouses of student news and yearbook to see what these students will be learning during our summer journalism courses. H-W Summer also offers fun and challenging Creative Writing courses for grades 7-12.
Forget the athletes? Never. Harvard-Westlake coaches bring their experience and expertise to engage the young athlete in everything from golf to fencing to football to water polo. Most sessions run for a week and strike the perfect balance of enjoyment and rigor.
Whatever a young person’s interest is, chances are excellent that Harvard Westlake Summer has an experience waiting for them.
For more information, visit http://www.hw.com/summerprograms/Welcome.aspx.
Harvard-Westlake School, 700 North Faring Road, Los Angeles, (310) 274-7281 or visit www.hw.com.