Welcome to Our Virtual Open House


Visiting campus and attending an open house are the best ways to get a feel for our community, but we know it's not always possible for every interested family to visit us in person. With that in mind, we’ve created this series of brief videos to provide you with an introduction to our academic departments and some of our other key programs. While their primary focus is the upper school, they are reflective of our educational philosophy and campus culture, so we believe all families learning about Westridge would enjoy them.

Choose a thumbnail below to gain insight into each of our departments and hear directly from our faculty and staff on what makes Westridge truly special!


English Department
with Jessica Bremmer, ph.d.
"I ask myself, what is the book, poem, or play that will change the way my students think about reading and literature?"

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Math Department
with Dan Calmeyer
"We're going to make sure that every student sees a way into mathematics."

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Science Department
With Laura Hatchman
"Our students are insatiable in their yearning to understand how the world around them works."

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History Department
with Willa Greenstone
"It's so important to us that our students recognize that history is part of our lives and the story of who we are and where we're going."

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Modern & Classical Languages Department
WITH HILARY EICHELBERGER & REGINA WEI
"We do everything we can to make our classes a lot of fun - we do skits, we have presentations, we play games to practice vocabulary."

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Visual Arts Department
With David Prince & Juanita Jimenez
"What really excites me is process, and what I try to relate to the students is that there are no mistakes."

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Music Department
with Michael Powers & Paul Stephenson
"We train students to make a contribution to an ensemble - no matter what that might be."

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Theatre Department
with Brandon Kruhm
"We think it's important to create space and time for people to look each other in the eye and practice listening and collaborating."

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Physical Education Department
with Edwin Scott & Karen Hanselman
"Our job is to get students moving, and if we send them home sweaty - even better!"

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Dance
With Becca Marcus & Kashmir BlakE
"Dance at Westridge is about meeting students where they're at and empowering them to create work, be part of other people's work, and drive their own learning process."

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Athletics
With Gary Baldwin & Melanie Horn
"A lot of schools will view athletics as an extracurricular activity; we view it as a co-curricular activity, which means that it's part of the educational process."

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STEAMWork Design Studio
With Colleen Hargaden & David Prince
"S.T.E.A.M. stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. This is an interdisciplinary space designed for all students in 4th-12th grade."

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College Counseling
With Lynn O'Grady
"What makes Westridge students interesting to colleges is their specific gifts, talents, and voices, which they've really developed at Westridge. We help kids think about who they are, what they want to do, and who they want to be."

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Lives of Impact
with head of school Elizabeth J. McGregor
"I think what makes Westridge special and unique for girls specifically is that we're given the freedom to try different things without the fear of failure."

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An independent, forward-thinking
day school for girls, grades 4–12

324 Madeline Drive
Pasadena, California 91105
Phone: 626-799-1153
Fax: 626-799-9236
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