The education is top notch and students matriculate to some of the finest colleges in the country. Yet, this classroom excellence comes at the expense of personal development. On the whole, students are spoiled, arrogant, and snobby. Things are generally done well around HW, such as the newspaper and the drama department, but the sports teams aren’t too great, for the most part. Regardless of the reputation of their activity, participants think that it is awesome. It’s at “H-dub”, after all!1
Attendees and their families think that they are part of the best school in the universe which will ensure their success. Boy, are they wrong. My brother attended the school and never amounted to anything, but he sure thinks he is hot shit.
Students drive expensive European cars that their usually divorced parents buy for them. After all, they are entitled to only the finest. Certainly, HW kids love to make fun of other, less-nice parts of Los Angeles. They tell stories about what they think Mexicans are like, since their friends are overwhelmingly white. Harvard-Westlake is totally sheltered from the poverty which scars Los Angeles.
Harvard recruits a great basketball team each year, and as they take the floor, the largely white crowd cheers on a bunch of black boys given illegal, unethical athletic scholarships to the school. That’s how Harvard does business; win at all costs.
Parties are taken way over the top, in keeping with the rich, wannabe celebrity vibe. Major bank is plunked down for nice venues, and tickets cost a fortune. People gets wasted to the point of vomiting. At formal after-party in 2005, a student had to visit the emergency room for a serious injury she suffered while drunk off her ass.
Harvard Westlake represents everything that is wrong with Los Angeles. It is home to lots of stuck-up people who drive expensive cars to communicate to others how important they are. There is lots of name-dropping about who your entertainment industry daddy worked with on his last project. Keep doing what you’re doing, Harvard-Westlake.
"Word to your mother."
Even though Harvard-Westlake has a very pretty intense work load, it takes good care of it's students and some (not all though...)of the sports teams are pretty good. They also have a good music program and an amazing dance program too.
"No, it wont. Calm the fuck down and drop some balls."
High-pressure place. People cry because they didn't get into AP chemistry.
Has a sushi chef.
It is mainly Asian but you don't see them or know about them because they're all in the library competing to see who's smarter.
It pretty much sucks if you don't care about having perfect grades and getting into Ivy League.
People for the most part are pretty nice, although they get shallower with the years. Everybody's pretty open-minded since there are so many races and religions in the student body that they don't discriminate (but they do make a lot of stereotypical jokes).
There are some students, like myself, that have gotten scholarships to HW for being "incredibly smart" even though once you're in there you see you're not so intelligent after all.
People like to exaggerate about how hard it is, but it is only hard if you're taking 6 AP classes out of 8 periods. They should really take it easy and enjoy all the drugs they can buy with all that money and stop calling people fat as an insult.
Fellow Harvard-Westlake student: "I only got 3 hours of sleep because I have a chemistry test today."
Me: "So you spent all night studying?"
Fellow Harvard-Westlake student: "I need to get a 100% or my grade will drop to an A-!"
Me: "That's the most ridiculous thing I've heard all day. I'm gonna take a year off at a public school."
Guy 2: I know, she goes to my school she lives near the Hiltons.
Guy 2: Damn, those Harvard Westlake girls are so hot..
Guy 1: Whatever...I prefer Marlborough girls if I'm going for hot and rich..