Admission Process

Thank you for your interest in Harvard-Westlake. We hope you get to know the HW community by talking with our students, parents, teachers, as well as attending school events and admission programs. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible once you have decided to apply. This allows us the best chance to accommodate requests and respond to your questions thoroughly.

For your reference, paper checklists that summarize the application process are available to print; please click on the buttons to the right. We encourage you to contact the Admission Office at 310.288.3200 or with any questions.

  • Complete the online Admission Inquiry form.  Introductory information about Harvard-Westlake will be mailed to you and a PIN (personal identification number) code to access the secured Online Application system will be issued to you via email. This system will be available from September 2017 through January 2018.
  • The Financial Aid application process, although separate and distinct, runs concurrently to the Admission application process. At this time, please visit the Financial Aid webpage for information about financial aid to learn of what documents and information your family should prepare for these applications.
  • You will have a chance to work on your online application before finalizing the form. Whenever possible, please complete the Application for Admission as soon as possible. The application fee is $200. This fee is waived for families applying for financial aid.
  • Complete supporting documents through the Online Application system: 
    1. Upload a recent photo of the applicant to the online system. This is not required, but strongly encouraged.
    2. Complete the Student Questionnaire and the Parent Questionnaire at least 5 days before your interview.
    3. Provide English and math teachers' contact information and administrator contact information for recommendation forms.
    4. Print out the Authorization for Release of Records. Please fill out this form, and give it to the applicant’s current registrar or school official.  Please provide an envelope, stamped and pre-addressed to the Harvard-Westlake Admission Office.
  • 7th and 9th grade applicants who submit their application and application fee on or before November 17, 2017 (Interview Guarantee Deadline) will be guaranteed an on-campus interview. Interviews will be granted on a space available basis to families who submit their applications between November 17, 2017 and the application deadline of January 16, 2018. 
  • For applicants to 7th grade, the Admission Office will contact you to schedule your weekday interview once the Application for Admission and fee have been received. 
  • For applicants to 9th grade, the Admission Office will schedule an interview on the Family Visiting Day for which you have made a reservation once the Application for Admission and fee have been submitted. Saturday Family Visiting Days for applicants to 9th grade fill up early. Please submit your request as soon as possible. All Family Visiting Days are held at the Middle School campus.
  • For more information, visit the Get to know HW page.

ISEE dates fill quickly! Register on the ERB’s website, and list Harvard-Westlake as a score recipient.  Our school code is 052135All applicants to Harvard-Westlake should take the ISEE before January 16, 2018. 

Please know that test results are just one factor we consider in gaining a clearer academic picture of each applicant. They serve to illuminate the school record and to provide us with a common denominator, given that students apply to Harvard–Westlake from so many different schools and bring with them their own individual qualities. As the President of Educational Testing Service, a group that devises and administers a number of standardized tests, once said, multiple-choice tests can’t "...assess the glint in a student’s eye." We wholeheartedly agree.  

We recommend taking the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) only once. However, if you choose to have your child take the ISEE multiple times, we will accept only one score report.

Most students should not require any special preparation or tutoring for the ISEE.  

Students can take the test at any test site.  The ERB will provide test results directly to parents after the test is taken (approximately 7 to 10 days). The cost for the test and information about fee waivers are available on the ERB website.

  • For students applying to Harvard-Westlake for August 2018, admission decisions will be mailed on the following dates: 
    1. For applicants to 9th grade and above: March 9, 2018.
    2. For applicants to 7th grade: March 16, 2018.
  • Please contact the Admission Office at 310.288.3200 or if you have questions about the application process.