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A community blog featuring Head of School Elizabeth J. McGregor, the Westridge Leadership Team, our esteemed faculty members and occasional special guests

  • Admission
An Admission Director’s Thoughts on Getting to Know Schools from a Distance
Margaret Shoemaker

Although we know parts of the search for a new school can feel overwhelming (we try our best to minimize those!), touring a new campus, seeing classes in action, having coffee with current parents or having impromptu conversations with students can also be exhilarating. Even brief immersions into the life of a prospective school can provide a vision of the future for your child as well as visceral feelings about the school and a glimpse into the life of the community beyond classroom doors. While these in-person opportunities are missing this year, there are some unexpected benefits of our current situation for those researching schools this fall.

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  • Head of School
Westridge School

We are grateful for your urgent calls for comprehensive, institutional change at Westridge. Through your Instagram posts on BlackatWestridge, emails and letters, and a series of conversations we have had individually and with groups of Black and African American community members, we have heard of the scarring effects of racism on our campus. The experiences you have relayed of racist language and actions, microaggressions, isolation, inaction when your concerns were brought forward to administrators and faculty, and more, are horrendous. They cut across all aspects of our school and community and are similar across the decades. We apologize for your painful experiences at Westridge and thank you for your willingness to share them with us.

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  • Head of School
Elizabeth J. McGregor at Convocation 2020
Elizabeth J. McGregor

Our annual Convocation ceremony was held on August 26, 2020, marking the beginning of the new school year. Although the ceremony took place online, students joined their classmates in Teams meetings to watch the traditional remarks from ASB President Sosi D. ’21 and Head of School Elizabeth J. McGregor, introductions of our new faculty members, and a performance by the Madrigals.

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  • Head of School
  • reflections
Westridge School

To the Westridge community: We are profoundly sorry for the hurt we caused members of the Black community with our message about the George Floyd protests. We recognize that we caused further pain with the language we chose and our lack of concrete action steps to combat institutionalized racism both outside and inside our community.

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Resources for Parents: All Things Girl

Please note: This is not an exhaustive list, but gives an indication of some of the resources we draw from as educators, which may also be helpful for you and your daughters. Some of the resources, particularly the websites, update continuously and we are in no way encouraging or endorsing their content in its entirety. Some may contain material or subject matter not suitable for younger children. Please use your discretion when viewing.