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

Nasrin Farahmand
Administrative Assistant
(310) 889-2650


  • Le Grand Concours National French Exam

    On March 11, 2015, French students across America had the opportunity to participate in Le Grand Concours, which is the National French Exam. Le Grand Concours 2015 attracted nearly 100,000 students of French ranging from beginner to AP levels. This year, Brentwood School French students had an outstanding number of gold, silver, and bronze medal recipients. Ranging from French 1 to AP French, 52 students were awarded a medal. What an honor! Congratulations! Read more for a complete list of student participants...

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  • Middle School Ensemble Concert

    On Wednesday night, Middle School ensembles took the stage in the Pavilion to show off their many talents in front of a packed audience of parents, faculty, and fellow students. The concert marked the end of a year of collaborations, where students supported each other in a musical setting, learning from each other while growing their instrumental skills. In their own words, Middle School music teachers Gregg Barnes and Jonah Blumstein, elaborate on the event...

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  • MS Coffeehouse and Poetry Slam

    Middle School students and faculty crowded into the Student Life Center on the afternoon of Friday, May 1 to witness the annual Middle School Coffeehouse. Approximately 100 students and faculty members gathered to share their love of music and writing by sharing a variety of their own works. The Coffeehouse included 14 slam poems and four short stories with unique insights into life and death, as well as a light-hearted comedy. In addition, eight songs were performed, two of which were original pieces, while the others were vocal and instrumental covers of songs...

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Alumni Summer Cocktail Party

The Beach Club7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

K-12 Faculty Inservice

Thru: 8/27/2015

New Family Orientation (Grades 1-6)

WC Music Room9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

7th Grade Student Orientation

EC Theater8:45 AM - 1:00 PM

All 9th Grade & New US Student Orientation

East Campus9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

K-12 First Day of School & Opening Ceremony


12th Grade Parent/Guardian College Counseling Night

EC Theater7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

MS Back-to-School Night

EC Gym6:45 PM - 9:30 PM

All-School Family Barbecue Senior Class Fundraiser

EC Athletics Complex3:00 PM - 6:00 PM