Harvard-Westlake’s history courses empower students to understand our complex world through a rigorous study of the past. Students read a variety of sources and historiography and are encouraged to confront differing perspectives and points of view. Students will also develop their skills of analytical reading, critical writing, oral presentation, and research using print and digital media. They graduate as lifelong learners in the discipline, equipped with the skills of critical thinking and with a deeper appreciation and understanding of the modern world.

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I lean on my colleagues; they are my mentors, allies, and friends.


Kyong Pak
Middle School History/Social Studies Teacher

I lean on my colleagues; they are my mentors, allies, and friends.


Kyong Pak
Middle School History/Social Studies Teacher

The middle school history department is a hub of support, expertise, learning, and laughs. I lean on my colleagues; they are my mentors, allies, and friends. And the fabulous, curious, brilliant, creative, kind, and resilient students keep me on my toes. They challenge me and impress me and inspire me to keep getting better at my craft, and every day there is an unexpected moment in class that brings levity to the rigor of academic mastery.

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