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

  • Brentwood School has a New Fight Song!

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    Click on the image to listen to our new Fight Song, thanks to Jordan T. ’16 and J.K. Hilbert, Upper School music teacher. According to Hilbert, "Brentwood School has never had an official Fight Song for pep rallies and sporting events. So this past year Jordan came up with the lyrics and melody, and then approached me to help him with the arrangement and with producing the song..."

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  • A Cultural Medley in the Middle School

    The Middle School enjoyed it’s first Community Time event, a cultural medley celebrating the Indian holiday, Diwali, and the Mexican holiday, Día de Los Muertos. During Community Time, middle schoolers engaged in some of the customs of India and Mexico by participating in various arts and crafts activities throughout campus. They ate samosas and drank mango lassis, created rangoli (designs and patterns on the floor made from sand), painted henna tattoos, painted diyas (lamps), danced to bhangra, and set up the Day of the Dead altar. It was a beautiful and authentic way to bring our community together to celebrate what is incredibly meaningful and joyous to millions of people of diverse cultures...

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  • 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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Calendar

Saturday2012

SCHOOL HOLIDAY: Winter Recess

Thru: 1/4/2015
Thursday2512

Christmas

Monday51

NO CLASSES: All School Faculty Inservice

Tuesday61

Classes Resume

Saturday101

Alumni vs. Crossroads Soccer Game

Off-Campus: Crossroads10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Monday121

EC Admissions: 2015 Application Deadline

Thursday151

CANCELED: BDC Performance

EC Theater7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday161

BTC Dress Rehearsal

EC Theater3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

CANCELED: BDC Performance

EC Theater7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday171

BTC Performance

EC Theater7:00 PM - 9:00 PM