We are loving this epic breakdown of LA private school ‘obvis’ from Crossroads senior Sophie Kissinger. From Soul Cycle to cutting class for Coachella to buying ALL your birthday gifts at XIV Karats to your best friend attending Le Bal Des Debutantes this year, Sophie dead on nails the top 15 Ways You Know You Go To Private School In LA. Here are a few of our faves and you can read the whole thing at HuffPoLA.
1. Schools Shut Down For Coachella Friday
So maybe not every school. But because of the three-day music festival’s popularity among the young moneyed set, private schools in LA have been forced to confront the monster that is Coachella. While Crossroads planned a grading day in which students are not expected to show up to school on the Friday of Coachella, other private schools have taken a different tack. Harvard-Westlake, for instance, actually issues Coachella detentions for Friday no-shows, according to The Atlantic.
3. Pressed Juicery Caters Your School’s Fundraisers
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At Crossroad’s annual fundraiser “The Alley Party,” Pressed Juicery provided guests with varieties of their raw, cold-pressed concoctions, like their famous Watermelon Mint, Greens 2 and Chlorophyll H20. Pressed has been featured in InStyle, Vogue, The Hollywood Reporter and Vanity Fair magazines. Juices run from $6.50 to $8 a pop.
4. Somehow Everyone “Knows” Obama
Since 2008, it seems like everyone in Los Angeles has some connection to President Obama. Okay, so not everyone, but it comes up a lot. Parents are becoming ambassadors right and left in large part because of their massive financial donations, and phrases like “Obama swam in my pool” or “my parents were the first supporters of Barack Obama” are dropped way too frequently.
6. A Popular Friend Birthday Gift Is A Diamond Ring From XIV Karats
To some private school kids in LA, XIV Karat’s “cheap” diamonds are an appropriate gift for friends. XIV Karats, located in Beverly Hills, may be cheap compared to the Tiffany & Co. down the street, but it is certainly not a steal. Diamond bands run at approximately $250 each. Sadly, one could buy a year’s worth of groceries with the amount of money high school kids spend at XIV Karats every birthday season.
7. Urth Caffe Banned Lunch Deliveries Because The Kids Are Too Bratty
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Kids at one westside private school started ordering lunch on the daily from Urth Caffeabout two years ago. Students made the delivery guys wait outside while they plotted when to sneak out of class. Teens would also wait until the delivery man was standing in front of them to realize they didn’t have enough cash for their $15.00 burrata salad and $5.00 boba tea. Needless to say, Urth Caffe has banned campus lunch deliveries and we can’t say we blame them.
8. Your Best Friend Is Going To Le Bal Des Debutantes
Le Bal is a prestigious debutante ball that doubles as a major annual fashion event in November in Paris. Only daughters of celebrities, royalty, politicians and other high society members are invited. Oh, and according to founder Ophelie Renouard, you also have be able to fit into couture and have the overall “Le Bal look.” Le Bal is the ultimate princess experience. Annually featured in TeenVogue, the girls are given a Cinderella-like makeover and dressed in gowns that run upward of $39,000. While a debutante ball might seem vintage to some, according to Teen Vogue, these debutantes are as modern as it gets.
11. Your Friends Go To SoulCycle Twice A Day
LA private schools are swarming with teen SoulCycle enthusiasts. Some students go so frequently that SoulCycle teachers trust them to get up on their bikes and teach for part of the class. Students sometimes do up to three classes a day (!) and occasionally wake up at 5 a.m. to get a spin in before school even starts. It’s great for the body, but let’s not forget that doing a class a day at SoulCycle adds up to $175 dollars a week — and that doesn’t include shoes or water!
14.Your Teacher Is Jealous Of Your Purse
Ever watched “90210”? Sadly, it’s pretty accurate. Walking into a history class at Harvard Westlake is like walking into Barney’s New York in Beverly Hills. Everything from Chanel, Hermes, Celine, and Balenciaga line the aisles between desks. Kids with such obnoxious and flashy things that they most likely didn’t work for is enough to put your hardworking and low-earning teacher in a bad mood.