Middle School (7-8)

The Brentwood Middle School program fulfills the academic, social, and emotional needs of 7th and 8th Grade students. No longer elementary school students, and not yet high school students, eleven to fourteen year olds are ready for more independence, academic challenge, and guidance.

In the Middle School, our emphasis is on deep understanding and wide participation, as well as learning how to learn. As students begin to take more responsibility for their own learning, the faculty remains supportive and nurtures curiosities and competencies. Students are exposed to a wide variety of experiences that help make this time of great transition and personal growth a successful one. The Middle School curriculum accentuates investigation and independent thinking while providing a solid knowledge base in all curricular areas.

Teachers work together to build explicit links between subjects to deepen students’ understanding of the world in which they live and to enable students to consider higher-level thinking. Our hope is to engender wonder and a belief in every student that s/he is a powerful learner.

In addition to preparing students for life after the Middle School, Brentwood School provides experiences that allow students to grow intellectually, physically, and with character. We believe that we should prepare our students to be confident, independent, and responsible citizens. It is also our aim to help students learn to lead their day-to-day lives with compassion and kindness and to serve the needs of others.

Our strong affective curriculum, promoted through our advisor program, recognizes the unique challenges and possibilities of this age. As peer relationships become more important and complex, mentors are key and moral reasoning is a critical skill to develop.

Finally, our goal is to inspire enthusiasm for learning and to nourish each student’s intellectual and emotional development in a supportive and diverse community grounded in Brentwood School’s core values of trust, respect, responsibility, honesty, caring, community, and diversity. Our program and strong partnership between students, parents, and faculty will empower our middle schoolers to become well rounded, lifelong learners who are able to see through multiple lenses in order to understand and improve their world.

Diane Oliveira
Middle School Director
(310) 889-2660

Nasrin Farahmand
Administrative Assistant to the Middle School Director
(310) 889-2650

Middle School News

Science As Magic

by Rana Hakhamimi, Middle School Science Teacher

To me science possesses an elusive mystical quality. I remember my first science experiment in Ms. Flannagan's 1st Grade class, the common soaking the egg in vinegar experiment. Everyone's done it, right? I was amazed by the transformation of something so inherently fragile into a bouncy, resilient ellipsis. The fragile opaque outer shell magically disappears leaving a durable opalescent film. I was #hooked...

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Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, Celebrated on Both Campuses

by Rossana Whitmore, Middle School French Teacher

On October 19 and 20, Middle and Upper School students had the pleasure of joining members of the East Asian school community in celebrating Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. On Thursday, during the division assemblies, both Upper and Middle School students shared the traditions and meaning of Diwali through various presentations, including religious symbols and family photos. The Middle School students also had the honor of watching one of their peers, Raul Y., perform a traditional Bharata Natyam Indian dance. Their reaction was nothing short of amazement.

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STEM Workshop for Middle School Girls

by Emily B. '18

Seniors Emily B., Paula P., Melissa R., Neha M., Isabel F., and Upper School Science Teacher Laura Feucht, recently envisioned and manifested a 4-part STEM Workshop for Middle School girls, which has been happening over the past 4 Saturdays on the East Campus (Oct. 14-Nov. 4), sponsored by Snapchat. Brentwood Middle School girls along with Paul Revere students interested in STEM activities were invited to attend this free program and the sessions have almost sold out. Emily took a moment out of her busy senior schedule to explain why she wanted to present this opportunity to girls just beginning their STEM journey...

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