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

  • 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

    Photo

    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.

  • The Middle School Coffeehouse

    Walking into Brentwood’s 2014 Middle School Coffee House event, I had no idea of what to expect. I was prepared for a small, rather unremarkable afternoon, but nothing announced at any assembly had even begun to describe the raw talent and myriad performances that were in store. From the first performance (a beautiful poem read by Mr. Trivas) to the last (an all-encompassing and heart-wrenchingly sweet serenade from Mr. Blumstein), I was perched at the edge of my seat. I was absolutely entranced by the obvious skill, modest introductions, striking words, and conveying sounds that were displayed throughout the event...

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Calendar

Thursday78

Alumni Summer Cocktail Party

The Beach Club7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday188

K-12 Faculty Inservice

Thru: 8/22/2014
Wednesday208

New Family Orientation (Grades 1-6)

WC Music Room9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Monday258

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
Tuesday268

K-12 First Day of School & Opening Ceremony

Friday298

All-School Family Barbecue Senior Class Fundraiser

EC Athletics Complex3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday19

SCHOOL HOLIDAY: Labor Day

Tuesday29

12th Grade Parent/Guardian College Counseling Night

EC Theater7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday49

US Back-to-School Night

EC Gym & US Classrooms7:00 PM - 10:00 PM