How to Visit

How to Visit

All applicant families will have an opportunity to tour and visit the Middle School during a weekday interview (applicants for 7th grade) or during one of our Family Visiting Days (applicants for 9th grade). We also offer Weekday Coffees at the Middle School and Upper School campuses. Please check the schedule for dates. Additionally, all applicant families are welcome to attend any performance sponsored by the performing arts department or any sporting event hosted by our athletic teams

For directions to either campus, please click here.

Weekday Parent Coffees

The Admission Office hosts weekday Coffees throughout the fall at the Middle School and Upper School. These information sessions are intended for prospective parents of students applying for admission in September 2016. You will have the opportunity to hear from the Director of Admission, faculty, deans, students, and current parents. Optional student-led tours of the Middle School/Upper School campus follow the Coffees.  Please complete the admission inquiry form. Because application to Harvard-Westlake is online, we will need your information in order to complete a reservation. 

For reservations, please contact the Admission Office at or 310.288.3200.

For directions to either campus, please click here.

Admission Interviews and Tours (7th grade)

Applicants for 7th grade will be interviewed during the week on the middle school campus. An Admission Office representative will contact your family to schedule your interview once we receive the Application for Admission (to be completed by parents). We suggest you plan to be on our campus for approximately 90 minutes. 

Your visit will consist of:

  • a 20-minute student conversation with an Admission Officer or faculty member
  • a 20-minute parent interview with the same individual
  • a 40-minute campus tour with a student ambassador

Admission Interviews and FVDs (9th grade)

Two Saturday Family Visiting Days (FVDs) for applicants to 9th grade are offered throughout the fall and winter. All Family Visiting Days are hosted at the Middle School campus.

The FVD Program for prospective 9th grade students includes an interview with a faculty member as well as separate presentations for students and parents. Parents will learn about Harvard-Westlake through a slide presentation, faculty panel, and student panel. They will have an opportunity to meet the faculty interviewer. Students will sit in on mini-classes and view the Harvard-Westlake slide show. Family Visiting Days for 9th graders will be held on December 12, 2015 and January 9, 2016. Reservations are required.

Families will have to reserve a Family Visiting Day through the Online Application system. Please call our office at 310.288.3200 if you have any questions about registering for Family Visiting Day. 

All families of applicants to 9th grade and above are strongly encouraged to attend a Family Visiting Day; however, we can schedule a weekday tour and interview for families who cannot attend due to religious reasons or because they reside out of state. Please contact Ashley Ma at to schedule a weekday tour and interview if you are unable to visit us during our established programs or if you reside outside of Los Angeles (requests must be made by January 8, 2016).

Admission Interviews and Visits (10th grade)

We welcome applications for 10th grade. Once we receive your Application for Admission, an Admission Office representative will contact you to arrange a tour and an interview on our Upper School campus. On the day of your interview, you are welcome to attend classes with one of our Upper School students. We look forward to speaking with you and thank you for considering Harvard-Westlake.

HW Shadow Days

On select dates from November 2015 through mid-February 2016, the Admission Office hosts 7th grade applicants for Shadow Days. A Harvard-Westlake Student Ambassador hosts each applicant. Applicants will visit two classes:  either periods 1&2 or periods 3&4 at the Middle School. This schedule has been designed to offer applicants a Shadow Day visit with minimal disruption to elementary school schedules.


To request a Shadow Day, please complete the following steps:


  • Complete the Application for Admission (Step 1 of the Online Application) and submit application fee or fee waiver.
  • Please send a request to with applicant’s name in subject line. Please include in your email: student name, gender, grade applying for, and sending school.

Shadow Days at Harvard-Westlake are intended for applicants to gain insight into the daily student experience at Harvard-Westlake. Space is limited. If you feel you are already familiar with Harvard-Westlake through a sibling who is a student, please decline a Shadow Day and do not miss school. Please bear in mind, attending a Shadow Day does not improve your chances of admission, nor does declining a Shadow Day have negative impact on your chances of admission.


MS Coffees:
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

US Coffees:
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

September 29, 2015: 7th grade Parent Coffee (Middle School)

September 30, 2015: Parent Coffee for parents of current Harvard-Westlake students and legacy applicants (Middle School)

October 6, 2015: 7th grade Parent Coffee (Middle School)

October 29, 2015: 7th grade Parent Coffee (Middle School)

November 3, 2015: 7th grade Parent Coffee (Middle School)

November 5, 2015: 7th-11th grade Parent Coffee (Upper School)

November 17, 2015: 9th grade Parent Coffee (Middle School)

December 2, 2015: 9th grade Parent Coffee (Middle School)

January 5, 2016: 7th-9th grade Parent Coffee (Middle School)  

January 12, 2016: 7th-11th grade Parent Coffee (Upper School)