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. Our 7th Grade advisor program is a multi-dimensional program that teaches the value of diversity while nurturing empathy and inclusion.  Our 8th Grade program focuses on leadership skills for life and aligns well with the curriculum taught in many of the core classes.

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.

Mark Segal
Middle School Director
(310) 889-2660
msegal@bwscampus.com

Nasrin Farahmand
Administrative Assistant
(310) 889-2650
nfarahmand@bwscampus.com

News

  • 7th Grade Visits the Museum of Tolerance

    The Museum of Tolerance field trip, part of the 7th Grade Global Studies unit on genocide, always elicits a swirl of emotions in students and teachers. While this trip was a repeat for many students, one student explained, "It was different this time. It was hard to see. I can't believe ordinary people have the power to be so cruel." The students viewed several exhibits in which they explored concepts of prejudice and hate, including cyber bullying, child labor, genocide, hate crimes in America, and the centerpiece exhibit on the Holocaust. Many students had a chance to hear from Holocaust survivors, which further cemented the reality of history for them. Understanding the psychology of hate and the power of hope are ambitious goals for a one-morning field trip, but many 7th graders came back reflecting on their privileges, the struggles of their relatives, and the actions and behaviors they can commit themselves to in order to prevent history from repeating itself. During one debrief, a student mused, "I could have been born then. It's like the lottery. It's all just luck. I am grateful for that."

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  • The ALS Bucket Challenge with a Twist

    The Middle School joined in the fun of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge as Middle School Director, Mark Segal, called out 7th Grade Dean, Radhika Khandelwal, and 8th Grade Dean, Mike Kalan during inservice week in August. The two deans came through with flying colors on the Middle School Field early in the school year...

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  • The Middle School Maker Room

    Most everyone who makes something experiences a great sense of pleasure and pride. The Middle School at Brentwood is joining the Maker Movement in order to provide more opportunities for our students to make things. A part of the Middle School Science prep room has been overhauled and designated a mini maker space. The space will be the home of our new Bukobot 3D printer made by Deezmaker in Pasadena. In addition, the space will be stocked with various materials for making, ranging from origami paper, to thin ropes for knot making, to copper wire for center of gravity statues, to electronic microcontrollers, and more. The use of the space will evolve as the year progresses and to accommodate the ideas and interests of our students...

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Calendar

Sunday2610

US Choral Concert

Off-Campus3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday2810

9th & 10th Grade Coffee with Cooke

MPR1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Wednesday2910

EC Admissions: MS Prospective Parent Open House

East Campus6:15 PM - 8:45 PM
Friday3110

Halloween

Saturday111

Alumni Flag Football Game and Tennis Tournament

EC Athletics Complex11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Homecoming

East Campus12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday311

NO CLASSES: LS Faculty Inservice

NO CLASSES: MS Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

Wednesday511

6th Grade Parent Coffee & Astrocamp Meeting

WC Arts and Athletics Building8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Open "Mike" Night: East Campus

EC Theater7:00 PM - 9:00 PM