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Dear Parents,

As we plan for next year’s student transportation needs, I want to remind you of existing school policy as well as new programs for 2019-20.

While the school acknowledges the convenience for some students to drive to and from the Upper School each day, a growing number are arriving by themselves rather than forming a carpool (or riding one of the many bus routes that we offer).  Doing so rapidly exhausts our limited supply of on-campus parking and leads to strained neighborhood relations as drivers look to the streets around the school for parking.

It has long been the school’s policy that students may not park in the neighborhood. Next year, it will be strictly enforced by the security team. Students who attempt to park on neighboring streets will not be permitted to come onto campus (or back to campus).  Missed time will be considered an unexcused absence.

To encourage bus ridership, the school will add another bus route, bringing the total to nine that serve the Upper School.  You can read about the new route on the school website; it travels from Baldwin Hills northward on La Brea Boulevard to mid-City and then westward across the Miracle Mile and mid-Wilshire districts before cutting over the hill to the Upper School campus. 

Student parking passes will be offered via a lottery, and priority will be given to students who drive a carpool.  Passes will then be assigned by grade, beginning with the senior class.  Once all available spaces have been assigned, students who do not receive a pass will need to sign up for a bus, ride in another carpool, or be dropped off at school.  Pricing for the various options has been adjusted to reflect the importance of shared ridership.

Transit Method 2018-19 2019-20
Bus rider (Upper School) $1,275 $1,300
Parking pass    
    Driver only 975 1,300
    Driver + 1 699 499
    Driver + 2 599 0
    Driver + 3 or more 499 0

Thank you for helping Harvard-Westlake to address the parking shortage at the Upper School while being more responsible to the environment and to our neighbors.

Rick Commons
The Charles B. Thornton President & Head of School

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