Frequently Asked Questions
Aside from scholastic achievements, academic records, letters of recommendation, and the writing sample, Harvard-Westlake also assesses students according to their talents, aspirations, character, and leadership qualities. Admissions officers are looking for students who are academically excellent and will contribute and add value to the community. The information gathered during the interview plays a significant role in the admission decision.
Harvard-Westlake School holds the 1st rank as the best private high school in California and 2nd in California’s best college prep private high schools. It is also among the top 5% of the best high schools for STEM in California.
The Harvard-Westlake Upper School does not disclose its acceptance rate to the public. Even so, according to other information, admissions to this highly regarded school are more likely to be highly challenging and selective.
No. Harvard-Westlake remains test-optional and does not require standardized test results. However, students may still choose to submit ISEE test scores. We always recommend that applicants take standardized tests and submit the scores. Among the many applicants with the same credentials and achievements, an impressive test score might just be the differentiation needed to gain admission.