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


  • MS Debate Tournament on Our Home Turf

    After winning an unprecedented 7 consecutive NCAA basketball championships from 1967-1973, UCLA lost the 1974 championship game to North Carolina State. A similar example of "history repeating itself" occurred this past weekend at our Middle School Debate Tournament—for the first time in 8 league tournaments dating back to 2013, a Brentwood School team did not win the first place award for top team, and yet the tournament was a resounding success...

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  • Summer at Brentwood 2015


    It’s that time of the year again—the second semester is in full swing, the days are getting longer and warmer, and dreams of summertime are beginning to percolate. In making your summer plans, we hope you will consider participating in our diverse offerings at Summer at Brentwood. We are excited to announce that registration for Summer at Brentwood 2015 is officially open! The complete schedule is available on the Summer Website. Our exciting array of camps and courses are open to rising K-12 students and will run from June 15 to July 31, all taking place on the East Campus...

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  • Learning from Native Speakers in Middle School Mandarin


    A lovely group of students from China and their teacher, Liya, spent a few days in my Mandarin classroom this week. My students practiced speaking Mandarin, while the visitors practiced English. In one 8th Grade class, I asked the visiting students to grade my students' Chinese composition, and my students were thrilled that their writing could be understood by native speakers! In a 7th Grade class, the visiting students taught my students to sing a New Year song (see video.) Read more for some fun cultural observations...

    The visiting students attended other Middle School classes, such as Movement, Digital Art, Algebra AB, Science, and Global Studies, and felt warmly welcomed by our community. Meaningful cultural exchanges like this one make learning a language a truly dynamic experience for our students. Having the opportunity to interact with native speakers is really the icing on the cake!

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MS Spring Sports Parent/Guardian Meeting

MPR6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

7th Grade Parent/Guardian Meeting re: 8th Grade

MPR7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

9th-12th Grade Admissions 2015 Notification

NO CLASSES: MS Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

6th Grade Coastal Canyon League Volleyball Festival

EC Pavilion1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

US Musical Performance

EC Theater7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Parents Association Benefit

US Musical Performance

EC Theater2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

US Musical Performance

EC Theater2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

NO CLASSES: MS Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences