Boil, Fizz, Pop explores the science of cooking in a fun, hand-on class.
Summer Jazz class helps kids develop their improv skills.
Debate LA creates a supportive environment where kids of all levels can improve their skills.
Summer Waterpolo camp is a great way to learn about the sport.
Students learn all the rolls on set while making a short film written during our Screenwriting class.
Group problem solving, a fun way to develop leadership.
Learn how to frame your shot in Making the Short Film.
HW Summer takes pride in advancing STEM based learning to train our next generation of innovators.

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 six different program areas: North Faring Exploration, Coldwater Prep, Coldwater Arts, HW Online, Debate LA, and Wolverine Sports. Students who enroll in North Faring Exploration or Coldwater Prep choose up to three different classes. Students who enroll in Coldwater Arts, HW Online, Debate LA, and Wolverine Sports will have an immersive experience in that one area. 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 participants. 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 and the Leysin American School. His camp 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


Once registration opens, you can 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, and we will get your questions answered promptly.

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