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.

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 morally. 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.

Finally, it is the fervent hope of Brentwood School's Middle School that students will gain not only vision but also joy in the discovery and fulfillment of that vision. We hope that they will be endowed with the moral fiber to work through difficulty toward a true understanding of the way in which individual goals can harmonize with the greater good of the world in which we live. Our Middle School's programs are committed to this development.

Mark Segal
Middle School Director
310.889.2660

Nasrin Farahmand
Administrative Assistant
310.889.2650

News

  • 8th Grade Visits Three Head Start Preschools

    By Sam H., Georgia M., and Ava P.As a part of the Middle School American Studies course, the 8th Grade class took a field trip to three different Head Start preschools in an effort to deepen our knowledge about government-run facilities...

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  • Stepping into Density: Science and Math Merge Together in the Middle School

    Science is all about asking questions. 8th Grade D track science had just finished calculating the density of air in the room, when a student asked if we knew the density of a human. Everyone in the class was intrigued, so we decided that we should conduct an experiment to determine the density of some students in the class. We started immediately brainstorming how we could do the experiment...

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  • Letter of the Week: Wow! It's Our Turn

    One school, an advisory board of 8 administrators, faculty, and staff, 7 corporate sponsors, 32 incredible students, 35 guest speakers, 75 volunteers, countless hours of planning—that’s what it took to manifest “It’s Our Turn: Young Women’s Conference at Brentwood School” last Saturday. There was an electric energy in the air as nearly 1,000 young women from over 90 high schools in the LA area joined conversations about identity, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and more, with an impressive range of female leaders. Highlights of notable speakers included, Geena Davis, actor and advocate, opening the conference with a compelling presentation of her research on women in media, a candid conversation between Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling who shared personal experiences related to finding one’s passion, and an intimate interview of Honorary Chair Maria Shriver by two Brentwood School students about her role in creating The Women’s Conference and her newest project, The Shriver Report.

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    The observation of Josh Berger, Director of Student Life in the Upper School, who along with Registrar Sarah Bishop served as a primary advisor to the student planning committee, sums it up perfectly: "It was wonderful collaborating with such passionate and dedicated students. So much collective energy goes into planning a conference of this magnitude, and I will never forget going into the dance room after the closing keynote and seeing the total elation from the 32 girls on the committee.”

    The young women of the planning committee have much of which to be proud as they truly led the day, introducing speakers, interviewing special guests, and being interviewed by the plentiful press. Here are some of their reflections...

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Calendar

Wednesday234

College Admissions Case Studies for 11th Grade Families

East Campus7:30 PM - 9:45 PM
Thursday244

(MOVED to 5/8) BDC Performance

EC Theater7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday254

(MOVED to 5/9) BDC Performance

EC Theater7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday264

(MOVED to 4/27) Incoming 7th Grade Welcome Day

East Campus8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

6th Annual EagleTri Fitness Challenge (moved from 4/27)

EC Athletics Complex9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Sunday274

(MOVED to 4/26) 6th Annual EagleTri Fitness Challenge

EC Athletics Complex9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Incoming 7th Grade Welcome Day (moved from 4/26)

East Campus10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Latino Family Potluck

Alumni Hall (Cafeteria)4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday284

Downstairs Gallery Show: Brentwood Open (non-visual arts faculty and staff)

Thru: 5/10/2014

All-School Art Show

EC PavilionThru: 5/1/2014