Harvard-Westlake Summer is divided into five different program areas: North Faring Exploration, Coldwater Prep, Summer Film, Debate LA, and Wolverine Sports.
NORTH FARING EXPLORATION AND COLDWATER PREP offer three-week, in-person programs where participants can choose up to three different classes. The day is divided to allow for an immersive experience:
9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Period 1
10:50 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. Period 2
12:35 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Period 3
On Fridays, classes will meet for 90 minutes and lunch will be extended. The pool will be available on Fridays for swimming, and we will have the Kona Ice truck on campus. During free time, students can hangout in the quad, spend time with their friends, and relax. Harvard-Westlake prides itself in giving students free, undirected time, and we encourage summer participants to enjoy it as well.
COLDWATER PREP OTHER PROGRAMS offers in-person, specialty classes that may be held outside of the times listed above. For those classes, please refer to the course description to get an idea of what to expect.
NORTH FARING VIRTUAL EXPLORATION is a fun, online program showing kids the creativity of Harvard-Westlake teachers. Participants can choose up to three classes. The day is divided to allow for an immersive experience as well as leaving some time for other activities.
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Period 1, virtual
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Period 2, virtual
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Period 3, virtual
Classes will be a blend of online discussions with the teacher as well as offline, independent activities. Many teachers have offline independent activities during the 90 minute sessions so that students will have a good blend of online and offline learning.
COLDWATER PREP ONLINE ACADEMY is a virtual experience. The day for the three week program is divided to allow for an immersive experience:
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Period 1, virtual
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Period 2, virtual
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch/Office Hours
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Period 3, virtual
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Office Hours
Teachers will hold 45 minutes of office hours within one of the office hour blocks. Your teacher will let you know how to attend the office hour session.
COLDWATER PREP ONLINE ACADEMY OTHER PROGRAMS offers specialty classes that may be held outside of the times listed above. For those classes, please refer to the course description to get an idea of what to expect. You will receive information from your teacher about the synchronous activities as well as the asynchronous independent work. Generally, you can expect the total time of synchronous and asynchronous work to take the total class time listed in the course description. So, for a three hour class, you will have a blend of synchronous, online activities and asynchronous offline activities that will require about three hours every day. You can expect all synchronous, online activities to be within the time frames listed for the classes.
SUMMER FILM AND DEBATE LA: Students who enroll in Summer Film and Debate LA will have an immersive experience in that one area. Most programs begin at either 9:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. and span five or six hours. Be sure to check the class details regarding specific program times. If these programs are virtual, students will be sent information about synchronous class times and asynchronous work, and you can expect all synchronous, online activities to be within the time frames listed for the classes.
WOLVERINE SPORTS CAMPS: Wolverine Sports Camps offer immersive, in-person camps.
LATE AFTERNOON IN-PERSON PROGRAMS: Late afternoon, in-person programs are only provided on the Upper School Campus. After camp Yoga will run until 5:00 PM. Check out the schedule in the Wolverine Sports Camps section to learn more. If a late afternoon program is not available when your child is participating in one of our programs, you will need to pickup your child at the end of the program.
Generally for in-person classes, all class activities will occur during class time; there will not be any homework. The exceptions are for-credit, academic classes such as Geometry, Spanish 1, and Spanish 2. Those in Debate LA's advanced labs can expect homework as well.
Virtual programs will include online class sessions as well as offline, independent work. Students will be sent links to virtual class sessions from their teachers. Those enrolled in North Faring Virtual Exploration can expect to complete most activities during the 90 minute periods above. Independent activities may take up to 15 minutes longer but can be completed before the next class period to allow for free time later in the day. Students enrolled in Coldwater Prep Three Week Program should be prepared to spend 45 minutes each day outside of class on the offline, independent work. Students in other programs will be given information about the amount of offline, independent work from their teachers. Harvard-Westlake Summer has designed the program to allow for an appropriate blend of online and offline learning. Amounts will vary based on the age and grade level of the participants. Virtual programs combine both types of activities so that students do not have too much screen time.
Participants need to have their own technology to participate in our virtual summer program as well as access to the internet. Harvard-Westlake has a student laptop requirement for the academic year. These requirements are recommended for the summer program, and computers that meet these requirements are sufficient for any summer class. We know that many students attend schools that issue Chrome Books. While Chrome Books do not meet the minimum standards for our academic year program, a Chrome Book will be sufficient technology for most summer classes. If you have a Chrome Book and enroll in a summer class that requires a more sophisticated computer, we are happy to help you find an alternative course.
Students will also need an email account. Students who have a Harvard-Westlake email account can use it for their summer classes. Students who do not have a Harvard-Westlake email account will need a personal gmail account (not one from another school) since some summer classes will use Google Classroom.
If a student is under 13, parents can use their own gmail account to help their child access Harvard-Westlake Summer classes, or parents can use Google family link to create an email account for their child.
Please note that you can only use a Harvard-Westlake email account or a personal gmail account (not one from another school) for your Harvard-Westlake summer classes.
Once you have chosen the courses and programs, you will need to complete the enrollment process. After registration opens, click on the registration tab to be directed to our on-line enrollment forms. If you are a current Harvard-Westlake student with an active student account, you may bill your student account. A student’s Harvard-Westlake account can only be used to pay for that particular student’s summer courses and camps; fees for siblings or other household members must be paid by credit card or check. If you do not have an active Harvard-Westlake student account or do not wish to have your account billed, you must pay the full value of tuition before your child will be enrolled in any course or camp. Payment may be made by check or credit card. Checks should be made out to Harvard-Westlake School. Because we purchase books and materials as well as secure teachers based on enrollment, full tuition is due upon registration and spaces will not be held without payment. Registrations for open courses will be accepted up to the first day of the class or camp.
The enrollment deadline for a class or program depends upon its start date:
May 31: Enrollment Deadline for Programs Beginning in June
July 1: Enrollment Deadline for Programs Beginning in July
July 15: Enrollment Deadline for Programs Beginning in August
On the Program Overview page, you may check the start date for a particular class or program.
If you would like to register for a class that is full, you will be give the option to be placed on the wait list if there is a wait list for that particular class or program.
Harvard-Westlake is a school of limited enrollment and makes advance arrangements for the accommodation, materials, textbooks, and instruction of each of its students who has enrolled in Harvard-Westlake Summer. Thus, there is a $60 non-refundable registration fee required from each student.
If you withdraw from a class, camp, or program, you will receive a full refund, less the $60 non-refundable registration fee, provided you withdraw by the enrollment deadline for that class or program. No refund will be made if you withdraw from a class after the enrollment deadline. If your class changes format from in-person to virtual after you originally enrolled in that class or program, you will have the opportunity to withdraw and receive a full refund. You will be notified of these changes via email, and you will be given one-week to decide whether you would like to remain enrolled in the new class or withdraw without penalty. After one-week, the above cancellation policy will apply.
Tuition is not prorated due to absence or late entry. Transfers between courses are allowed when space is available. Immediate payment is required for any incremental monies due based on course selection differential. No transfer credit is given for selection of a course which costs less than the original choice. Harvard-Westlake Summer reserves the right to cancel a class, camp, or program. A full 100% refund will be made for such cancellations.
Many in-person classes and programs include lunch. Lunch is included in tuition. Lunch will be served from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. only. Students can choose a regular lunch, vegetarian lunch, or gluten free lunch. Students choose one lunch type (regular, vegetarian, or gluten free) during the registration process. If your child requires a different lunch option, your child may bring lunch each day. Students who wish to change their lunch type must inform the summer office at least one week before beginning their program. Please review the menu options above.
Lunch is offered to any three hour or longer program that spans the lunch hour as well as the second period classes. Lunch is not offered for sports camps at the River Park Campus and O'Malley Family Field (baseball, tennis, and golf).
If lunch is not included in your child's registration and you would like your child to have lunch, please contact our office directly.
Drop off and pickup procedures will be emailed to you approximately one week before each class begins. On the first day, be sure to arrive early. Follow the signs and directions by our staff when you arrive.
Each Friday, lunch will be extended and the pool opened for anyone who wishes to swim. There will be a lifeguard on duty. This is an opportunity for recreational swimming; no swimming lessons will be offered during this period. If your child does not want to swim, the pool deck will open for relaxing, and there will be opportunities to play on the field or relax in the lunch area.
During the summer program, Harvard-Westlake does not offer bus service. For parents who need transportation services, you may contact Hop, Skip, Drive. Hop, Skip, Drive is a separate, non-affiliated, unendorsed company from Harvard-Westlake Summer, and it provides transportation services for children.
Please note that the libraries and bookstores on both campuses will be closed for the entire summer unless specified in the particular program.
The grade level for each course is the grade the student will enter in September 2021.
Each year, Harvard-Westlake Summer welcomes students from all over the world. If you are an international student and want to attend, please know that we encourage your participation in all our programs. You must be able to secure any required visas or travel documents on your own. Also, please be aware that our classes are taught only in English and your English skills must be at the advanced or college prep level.
If you need a receipt with our tax ID number for a summer registration, please login to your campbrain account. You are able to access your account statement which has the tax ID number on it.
Please contact the Harvard-Westlake Summer Office: +1(818)487-6527 or email@example.com.