The dean system at Harvard-Westlake reflects the school’s commitment to holistic counseling. The ultimate goal of the deans on both campuses is to serve the students’ academic, social, and emotional needs and to guide them through the challenges of adolescence in the hope that, as they leave Harvard-Westlake, they will have developed a sense of individual purpose and integrity.
Middle School Dean System
At the middle school, there are six grade-level deans, two per grade. Two deans work exclusively with the new seventh grade class each year, helping students acclimate to their new environment. The remaining four deans work in pairs and stay with a class for eighth grade and ninth grade, enabling the deans to provide stability and continuity in the middle school years. The deans are resources for both students and parents as they have a global view into the lives of their students.
Upper School Deans/College Counseling
When students transition to the upper school campus in their sophomore year, they are assigned to one of nine upper school deans who, over the next three years, advises and counsels the student in all academic and social matters. The upper school dean also serves as the student’s college counselor, guiding the student and parents through the entire college research, application, and decision process. For more information, please visit the upper school deans webpage.