Summer Opportunities

Every year, Harvard-Westlake School receives information about many opportunities for summer enrichment. Some of these programs are academic, some involve travel, and others involve entirely new experiences. Their main purpose is to help students gain confidence and develop independence. We have created a directory to help parents and students alike research the different summer opportunities that exist here and abroad. By offering this information to you, we are hoping that you can make an informed decision about this summer. While we have created this website to help you with your summer plans, Harvard-Westlake does not endorse or make any guarantees about any of these programs.

To access the directory, please login to your account by clicking the login button above on the right. Then, click on the summer programs directory below.

Visit Summer Opportunities Directory >

If you have participated in a summer program that is not listed here, please let us know about that program by emailing Zaakirah Daniels at

Gap Years

More and more students are taking gap years and delaying college matriculation for a year in order to work, travel, and/or serve their communities. Many colleges encourage gap years, and if students are interested in pursuing a gap year they should contact the college to which they have deposited and inquire about deferring their enrollment for a year.

Gap Year Fair:  In February, we will be hosting the Studio City Gap Year Fair. The evening begins a speaker who can answer many questions about gap years, and the fair will be in Hamilton Gym. More information about Gap Year opportunities can be found here:

For many of our students, investigating options in this direction can be a great fit and offer experiences that could deepen their focus and enjoyment of their first years in college. We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to learn about Gap Years and find out if it might be right for your daughter or son.

Harvard-Westlake students are also eligible to apply for two fellowships to support their gap year experiences:  the Michael Brownstein '99 Memorial Gap Year Fellowship Program and the Service Year Fellowship Program.

Good luck with your research!