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Surgere TentamusWe Strive to Rise.


Our theme during the 2020-2021 school year, Surgere Tentamus, was a nod to the enduring relevance of our school motto as COVID-19 continued into a second school year and our community and country grappled with political polarization and social justice issues. In addition to supporting student wellness and learning through the pandemic, our theme implored us to continue work in areas such as curriculum development and diversity, equity, and inclusion that will benefit our students today and in the future.


With your support Westridge did just that. The impact of your giving was powerful and immediate, providing financial support through emergency tuition assistance and providing crucial funds for the technology and materials necessary to deliver our program remotely in homes across LA County and beyond. Your care and concern for our students and employees, your support for the school as we built and refined our remote program, and your celebration during our joyous and much-anticipated return to campus in spring 2021 only confirmed what we have always known of Westridge—we are resilient, determined, and committed to working toward a better, brighter future together. 

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rom take-home ceramics wheels and STEAMWork tinker project kits to virtual museum visits, performing arts and science podcasts, and a new student-run Westridge radio station, our time spent in remote learning was “Teaming” with exciting collaborations, interdisciplinary work, and creative technology integration in curriculum.



ur transition back to campus began in February with the formation of small Lower School cohorts focused on social emotional learning and community-building. By the end of April, nearly all students had returned to campus and in June, parents and family members joined us on Frank Field for our Commencement celebration of the Class of 2021!

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like never before.

We are so grateful to have exceeded our Annual Fund goal, bringing the total amount raised in 2020-2021 to over $1.65 million—well beyond our expectations in this uncertain environment. Because of your generosity, we were able to meet an increased need for tuition assistance, new technology, and more, all while navigating new and ever-changing health and safety requirements.


eramics Teacher Juanita Jimenez retired after 50 years at Westridge, and she was named an honorary alumna at Alumnae Weekend on March 12 and 13, 2021. To further honor Juanita, the Frank Family (who, in 1978, also provided the funding to build the Laurie ’68 and Susan ’71 Frank Art Studio in which Juanita spent the majority of her time teaching) established the Juanita Jimenez Endowed Fund for the Arts. Our sincerest thanks to all of the donors who have supported the fund.

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Juanita Jimenez

Endowed Fund for the Arts

Susan & Carlos Garrett

Robbin Gehrke & Robert Moses

Mara Goby ’12

Tae Kyung Ha & Sang Wan Shin

Amirunnessa & Shaikh Mansoor Haque

Lam Ho ’99

Rosemary Howley ’73

Lynwen Hughes-Boatman & Craig Boatman

Rhiannon Hughes-Boatman ’15

Kate Kelley

Lisa Anderson Kelley ’75

Krista Kokjohn-Poehler ’93

Roza & Aron Kuppermann

Dora & Wei Kwan

Carol & Albert Kwong

Valerie Plati Laudenbach ’95 &

   Jay Laudenbach

Nancy & Joshua Leichter

Leslie Reeves Lindholm ’87

Carol & Luther Luedtke

Cindy & Greg Martin

David & Margaret Mgrublian

Jeanne Muff Miraglia ’88

Suzy Moser

Carolyn Smith Mueller ’86

Theresa Mullally

Ellen Narver ’72 

Rebecca & Peter Adams

Kimiko Adler ’19

Aurora Anaya-Cerda ’96


Vanessa Gaw Baik ’94

Brandi Bakewell ’91

Trevor Bauer ’82 

Jennifer Chu Bender ’91

Brooke Bennett ’07

R. David & Beverly Bowlus

Alexandra Brockett ’05

Morgan Muir Callahan ’03 &

   Michael Callahan-Dudley

Melissa Campbell-Langdell ’99 &

   Alene Campbell-Langdell

Laureen Chang & Peter Brockett

Ling-ling Chung & Peter Chi

Patricia & Ivan Colburn

Elizabeth & John Cooper

Deirdre Coppage ’80

M. Elaine Dunham ’76

Georgianna Bray Erskine ’50

Michele Nishiyama Esbenshade ’91 &

   Andrew Esbenshade

Genevieve & Jacob Fakoory

Richard R. Frank

Susan Frank ’71 & Jeff D'Angelo

Cynthia Nichols ’82

Yun Niu & Peng Wang

Sarah Robinson Oerth ’91

Sue Parilla & Theodore Krontiris

Kathleen & Charles Peck

Mary Quirk

Meaghan & Samuel Register

Samantha Reich ’15

Asha & Pratap Saraf

Amanda Schachter ’78

Pamela Schachter ’75

Katharine & Richard Schlosberg

Diane & Michael Scott

Peggy & Jim Shirreffs

Sarah Soifer ’94

Margaret C. Spear

Anahit Sinoryan Turgman

Louise Van Vorst ’75

Lisa Vandergriff

Pamela & Mark Wiedenbeck

Katherine Williams & Robert Waller

Cara Wilson ’21

Christopher Wilson & Brooke Abercrombie

Laurie Frank Wilson ’68

Jennifer Wong Luc & Paul Luc

Raleigh Renick Young ’80

*reflects giving from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021


We recently completed the installation of

Parking Stackers

in the newly renamed Ahmanson Car Park (formerly known as North Lot), built as a solution to a parking shortage Westridge has faced for years. The stackers and the entire project were generously funded by the Ahmanson Foundation.


You—our community—went above and beyond so that together, we all could RISE.

For that and for your unwavering support of girls’ empowerment and education, we are so grateful.