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I APPRECIATE YOUR VISIT TO BRENTWOOD SCHOOL’S WEBSITE AND HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY A GLIMPSE OF WHAT MAKES brentwood SCHOOL SUCH A powerful and VIBRANT LEARNING COMMUNITY.

As you peruse the site, please keep in mind our motto: “Start curious. Stay curious. Go anywhere.” These six words drive Brentwood. From the School’s outstanding faculty that fuels the fire of curiosity in our students, to the daily athletic and artistic risk taking and accomplishments that occur on our playing fields, in our studios, and on our stages, to a service learning program that inspires deeper understanding and appreciation of the greater Los Angeles and global communities, Brentwood provides a myriad of opportunities to engage its students. It is this level of engagement that fosters the inspiration and intellectual passion we witness in our students on a daily basis.

With your first steps on campus you will feel the sense of community and pride that is Brentwood School. Brentwood students are devoted to their school, as are their parents and guardians, who give generously of their time and resources. We are a school that is small enough to build upon individual and collective curiosity, and simultaneously large enough to have breadth and depth of opportunity for all our students.

Two beautiful campuses, outstanding programs, a dedicated faculty and staff, inspired leadership, engaged students, and committed parents add up to a great school. Our website gives you a taste of all this; I hope it makes you curious enough to schedule a visit to learn more.

Michael Riera, Ph.D.
Head of School
(310) 476-9633

Amelia Hollis
Assistant to the Head of School
(310) 889-2611

Letters of the Week

This has been a huge year for Brentwood, and now I have even more good news in terms of securing our future for the next generation of Brentwood students. You already know that, after years in the making, we signed a long-term lease with the VA and received approval from the City of Los Angeles for a new Conditional Use Permit and our 30 Year Educational Master Plan for both campuses. This brings me to the newest and important third achievement that, together with the first two, makes for a "the sum is greater than the parts" situation....

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My favorite 30 minutes from this past week was on Tuesday morning when I met with 4 of our 11th Grade students: Emily B., Max F., Will G., and Jonathan M. I had invited them in to speak with me about their recent experience as one of a handful of high school teams competing in a mostly college-level "hackathon" sponsored by LA Hacks and held at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. Their energy and intellectual curiosity during our meeting was contagious. But before getting into this further, some background on hackathons...

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One of the favorite articles I read over Spring Break appeared in the NY Times on April 4—Check This Box if You're a Good Person. In the article, Rebecca Sabky, former Admissions Director at Dartmouth, writes about an unusual letter of recommendation she received on behalf of an applicant and what it communicated to the entire admissions department...

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About Dr. Mike

Mike Riera is the Head of School at Brentwood School, a best-selling author, an award-winning columnist, an educator, a television commentator, and a national speaker on issues of children, adolescents, families, and parenting. Mike is the author of 5 books: Right From Wrong: Instilling a Sense of Integrity in Our Children (2002), Field Guide to the American Teenager (2000), Uncommon Sense For Parents With Teenagers (1995), and Surviving High School (1997). His most recent book, Staying Connected To Your Teenager (2003), was launched with three appearances on Oprah!

For eight years he was the Family Consultant for CBS The Saturday Morning Early Show and also hosted an award winning television show on the Oxygen Network, Life in Progress, as well as his own daily radio show, Family Talk with Dr. Mike. Mike has worked in schools for over twenty years as a head of school, counselor, dean of students, teacher, and consultant.

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