As a school for girls, Westridge represents an opportunity for students to form lasting relationships, to discover talents and abilities and to develop a sense of responsibility and responsiveness to others.
We know that our graduates are entering a world that will ask much of them, not only that they give of their skills and talents, but also that they live caring and generous lives. To be useful and rewarding, knowledge must be grounded in an ethic of caring and commitment.
While at Westridge, girls will play on teams, act in plays, sing in a chorus, understand the complexities of mathematical principles and concepts, explore science through scores of experiments, learn a foreign language, read Shakespeare and study Latin. They will learn to think for themselves and to trust their own judgement. They will find mentors and friends. They will learn to compete and trust their teammates.
Through all of this, they will learn who they are, what they value and what they have to offer others, because this is a community in which the work of the institution falls to the girls and young women of the school -- they produce the newspaper and the yearbook; they write the poetry and the short stories; they run student government and serve on the Judicial Council. They are the school.
The structure of our program forms a framework within which the girls can begin to create the selves they wish to become. Within that framework there is room for risk, for creativity and for choice. Our purpose as a school, then, is to create an orderly world within which the chaos of childhood and the individuality of development can unfold in security and with purpose.
This web site will tell you a great deal about Westridge. Its sections describe virtually every aspect of our program, and the photographs capture much of the flavor of the school that escapes our words.
But no publication or Web site can do justice to the essence of a school. The place is too complex and too personal to be summed up in words and pictures. At best, we hope to suggest something of the energy, the variety, and the goodness of Westridge.