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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

Spring Break! We have all been looking forward to the next couple of weeks for some fun, relaxation, and general rejuvenation. One thing I know for sure is that your children have been working hard and deserve the break. I also know that this restoration is necessary for a meaningful final push to end the academic year...

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Brentwood's Statement of Purpose is our North Star when it comes to how we operate and to what we aspire as a school. From how classes are conducted, teams are coached, and performances are directed to policies, hiring decisions, and publications, we regularly consult our Statement of Purpose for guidance. Therefore, I am always on the lookout for examples of these words and thoughts in action. A most wonderful example, specifically of "think critically and creatively," shone brightly last Friday night when I entered this year's PA Benefit, "Cirque du Brentwood."...

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On the surface our Core Values seem straightforward, however, in practice they are often much more complex. Therefore, whenever I discover an insight into our Core Values that seems to cut through some of the inherent complexity, I grab onto it. I had such a moment earlier this week, on of all things, the subject of panhandling...

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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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