Summer is the best time to improve your debate skills before the season starts in the fall.
An HW Go! Guatemala Digital Storytelling participant takes a selfie with Mayan teens after interviewing them about their lives and aspirations.
Take a look at this. A scene is played backed immediately to improve the next take.
Meet new people this summer!
Make friends to last a lifetime at HW Summer Program!
Working directly with our programming experts, students learn to develop their coding prowess.
Watch your child’s creativity take shape by enrolling in our HW Summer (Ceramics) Art Course.
Student filmmakers access top notch equipment during film camp.

Harvard-Westlake Summer offers the chance to learn what makes Harvard-Westlake special. Participants can experience our renowned programs in academics, visual arts, performing arts, film, debate, and athletics.

Harvard-Westlake Summer is divided into five different program areas: North Faring Virtual Exploration, Coldwater Prep Online Academy, Summer Film, Debate LA, and Wolverine Sports. Students who enroll in North Faring Virtual Exploration or Coldwater Prep Online Academy choose up to three different academic and arts enrichment classes. Students who enroll in Summer Film, Debate LA, and Wolverine Sports will have an immersive experience in that one area. Wolverine Sports will not be offered in 2020. Further details about the schedule can be found in the general information section of our website.


Harvard-Westlake Summer takes great care in hiring teachers and coaches. The overwhelming majority of teachers and coaches work at Harvard-Westlake during the academic year. They are full and part time teachers, coaches, adjunct faculty, and lecturers who are eager to share their expertise with our summer students. When a faculty member is hired for the summer only, that candidate is vetted by the same process as academic year faculty. Rest assured, your summer faculty will give you a true Harvard-Westlake experience.


Jim Patterson has been the director of the summer program since 2007 and has been at Harvard-Westlake since 1994. Before taking the helm at Harvard-Westlake summer, he worked at the UCLA Summer Program for High School Students. His summer program experience began when he worked for 10 summers at Camp Emerald Bay on Catalina Island. Jim also is the Director of the Kutler Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and Independent Research. He can be  contacted at


Click on the Program Overview tab to see what we have to offer. If you would like more information about how our program is structured, click on the general information tab. Be sure to like our Facebook page to get updates about our programs. Give us your email address by visiting the Stay Updated page.

If you have any questions, we are here to help. Feel free to contact our office directly, and we will get your questions answered. Email and we will promptly respond.

We look forward to working with you this summer.  Join us and get a taste of Harvard-Westlake.