Our first day back at school got off to a good start. Lower, Middle, and Upper School teachers began with a 7:30 a.m. meeting in their respective divisions to talk about the day ahead. Everyone acknowledged that this was not a typical day; this was a day where our students would need our presence more than ever. This would take many forms: pushing aside a lesson in favor of class discussion, or conversely, pushing aside a discussion in favor of a structured lesson; more intentional "hanging out," whether on the pool patio, around the play yard, or in one of the quads; or simply asking individuals what the last couple of days were like for them...
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
Assistant to the Head of School
A few years back, Benedict Carey wrote the book, How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens, that has, among other insights, some thoughts relevant to students on the verge of final assessments and exams. Below are six bolded statements. Read them one at a time, but before reading the text that follows, answer them for yourself...
Brentwood School parents of students in every grade know that service learning is an integral part of our educational experience in all three divisions. In fact, the "season of giving" has officially begun and you will soon be asked to contribute to our annual Thanksgiving Food (and Turkey) Drive—please help! From time to time, there are also service learning opportunities available just for Brentwood employees and other adults in our community. Last Friday was the culmination of one such opportunity: the 3rd Annual VA Stand Down at the West Los Angeles campus, our neighbor to the south...To get a better sense of the Stand Down, please enjoy these photos and this video....
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.