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

  • 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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  • MS Music Ensemble Concert Rocks the Pavilion

    It was a balmy night in the East Campus Pavilion on Wednesday, May 14, as friends and parents gathered to hear a wide range of music performed by the varied and accomplished Middle School Music Ensembles: Orchestra, Rhythm Sections A & B, Strings 1, Band 1, Chorus, and Jazz Band. Led by music teacher Jonah Blumstein, each group exhibited great skill, creativity, and poise as they showed off a semester's worth of work for all to hear. Enjoy the highlight reel of the evening in case you missed it! [Video by Adam Preskill, Middle School Film teacher]

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  • Makey Makey and Tie Die Exploratories Join Forces

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    The Middle School Makey Makey and Tie Die Exploratories joined forces over the last few weeks and produced the debut performance of the Brentwood School Makey Makey Human Orchestra. A Makey Makey is a small controller circuit board that can turn anything that conducts electricity into a computer keyboard, in this case, students. The five students that are standing are each holding onto a string of alligator clips. The end of each string is connected to a port on the Makey Makey that corresponds to a key on the keyboard which is used to play the Scratch piano online. The students sitting in front are all holding a copper wire that is alligator clipped to the ground on the Makey Makey. You could say that these kids are really grounded. :) When the standing kids tap the hands of the kids that are sitting, the circuit is completed and the key is essentially pressed on the keyboard. Both the Makey Makey and Scratch were produced at a lab called Lifelong Kindergarten at the MIT Media Lab. Enjoy the video.

Calendar

Monday229

7th Grade Parent/Guardian Potluck Dinner

South Quad & Alumni Hall (Cafeteria)6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday259

SCHOOL HOLIDAY: Rosh Hashanah

Saturday279

Brentwood Invitational Cross Country Meet

EC Athletics Complex8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Sunday289

Latino Family Potluck

Alumni Hall (Cafeteria)4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday309

8th Grade Parent/Guardian Coffee re: Upper School

MPR-B8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Wednesday110

EC Admissions 2015 Application Deadline: Faculty/Staff, Sibling, & Alumni

All-School PA Meeting & Party Book Kick-off

EC Pavilion9:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Alumni Association Cocktail Party

TBD7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday210

Kindergarten Welcome-to-School Night

WC Arts and Athletics Building6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday410

Yom Kippur